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Heinrich von Kalnein & KAHIBA
Hometown: Graz
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Saxophonist / flutist Heinrich von Kalnein, born on july 4, 1960 in Baden-Baden, Germany is one of the most high-profile artists of the European scene. After graduating with honors from the University of Music Graz, Austria he took masterclasses with David Liebman and Oliver Lake.

In the 1990ies he toured extensively all over Europe with his own Heinrich von Kalnein Group (among others feat. French guitarist Nguyen Le) as well as with the Indo-Jazz Worldmusic Project ‚Free Winds’ (feat. Shakti’s Selvaganesh Vinayakram). With the latter he also toured India and Sri Lanka.
Since 2003 he is co-leading JBBG - jazz bigband graz, with whom he performed a.o. with the vocal groups ‚Take Six’ , ‚The New York Voices’ as well as with singers Jon Hendricks and Kurt Elling. With their CD ‚Joys & Desires’ (2005) featuring the work of drummer John Hollenbeck and vocalist Theo Bleckmann they got critical acclaim worlwide, which led to performances at the 2006 IAJE–conference in New York as well as the Northsea Jazzfestival. With their current production 'Electric Poetry & Lo-Fi Cookies' blending the worlds of electronic music and jazz they perform all over Europe.
2008 he founded his new trio KAHIBA (‚Global Dialects’) featuring Swiss drummer / electronic musician Gregor Hilbe and Austrian accordionist / pianist Christian Bakanic.

Additionally he worked as a musical producer and bandmember with the Vienna Art Orchestra performing worldwide. Currently he is living in Graz and holds a position as a professor for saxophone at the Jazz institute of the University of Music Graz KUG.
Performances also with Iain Ballamy, Django Bates, Bob Brookmeyer, Jay Clayton, Wayne Darling, Gil Evans, Heiner Goebbels, Jerry Granelli, Doug Hammond, the Peter Herbolzheimer Bigband, Peter Herborn, Marc Johnson, Sheila Jordan,  Nguyên Lê, Charlie Mariano, Bob Mintzer, Glen Moore, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Ed Neumeister, Marc Ribot, Paquito d'Rivera and the Austrian National Public Radio symphony (ORF Radiosymphonieorchester) among others
Festival appearances: Berlin (D), Hofheim (D), Gdynia (PL), Guimaraes (P), Graz (A), Lisboa (P), Madrid (E), Magdeburg (D), Maribor (Slo), New York, Ploiesti (Ro), Salzburg (A), Sibiu (Ro), St. Petersburg (Rus), Strasbourg (F), Usti Nad Labem (CZ), Trencin (SK), Vienne (F), Warsaw (PL), Wien (A), Wiesbaden (D), Wiesen (A), Wroclaw (PL).

„One of the most polished saxophonists of the Austrian scene, Heinrich von Kalnein knows how to produce both high impact jazz and masterful lines with a lyrical feel. Warmly recommended!..." (DER STANDARD/ Vienna)

Kahiba, Global Dialects (Intuition)
Kahiba is another in a growing line of exciting European trios playing today. On Global Dialects, the group delivers a mix of jazz meets tango meets electronica meets folk meets noir. Kahiba is led by saxophonist/ flutist Heinrich von Kalnein, a veteran of the Austrian music scene and an alumnus of the Vienna Art Orchestra, who has an amazingly rich tone on his instruments. He is joined by Swiss drummer Gregor Hilbe, another former member of VAO, who digs in with an incredibly creative drum/percussion/electronics work. Christian Bakanic, a rising star on the European scene for his accordion work, completes the trio. That saxophone/ drums/accordion combo is surprisingly good; throw in the electronica undertones and the group is surprisingly modern, too.
Frank Alkyer (Downbeat Magazine, March 2010, 'Editor's Pick')

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Heinrich von Kalnein & KAHIBA
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