In 1997 Ernst
Bier and Stefan Weeke were touring a lot as a rhythm section for
many different bands. One night their schedule brought them to Istanbul
where they were to play at a festival for the exchange of art and
music between Istanbul and Berlin.
Weeke, Önder Focan, Ernst Bier
great Turkish jazz master Önder Focan invited them to visit
a well-known jazz club after the concert. The two did and, together
with many other musicians, shared a great night of jazz and improvisation.
In the early morning, when the sun came up over Istanbul, new friendships
had been made that led to a new international high-class jazz formation:
The spontaneous international jazz friends ... sijf.
This was followed
by a tour through Turkey and a couple of concert visits from Önder
Focan to Germany. Inspired by these live activities the musicians
decided to give their music a chance on a record.
So here it is-another
picture of what jazz is about-spontaneity and improvisation-here
in a small jazz group ensemble, on an international level. We hope
you enjoy it.