Frederika Krier
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Frederika Krier

New York City, New York, United States | SELF

New York City, New York, United States | SELF
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Frederika Krier Quartett: Devoted (2008)



REDERIKA KRIER (jazzviolinist/composer) was born in Timisoara/Romania and grew up in in Forchheim (Bavaria/Germany). She got her first classical violin lesson at the age of 7, studied among others with Silvia Reichhardt (EMI Erlangen) and took lessons with Uwe Haiberg (UdK Berlin). She started to play early in regional orchestras as concert master and soloist. She also played in many bands of different music styles (folk, gypsy swing, funk, soul, latin, hard rock,...) and took part in musical and film productions. At the age of 18 she discovered the jazz world at a workshop with jazz violinist Jörg Widmoser (Modern String Quartett). Regular lessons with him followed along with workshops with Mic Öchsner, Peter o'Mara, Gregor Hübner, Mark Feldman and Barry Harris. After studying ethnomusicology she entered the renowned jazz department of the UdK Berlin, now Jazz Institut Berlin (JIB), and studied there with musicians like Jerry Granelli, Peter Weniger, Chris Dahlgren, David Friedman, John Hollenbeck and Kurt Rosenwinkel.

She leads her own bands (Frederika Krier Quartett/Berlin and Molecular Vibrations/NYC) and toured with the famous Danish singer Gitte Haenning and her Orchestra. Furthermore she recorded with Mario Spinetti, Leron Thomas, Abdoulaye Alhassane, Jojo Kuo (Fela), Kurt Rosenwinkel and worked with Dennis Davis (David Bowie, George Benson), Dana Hanchard (Harmonia Mundi), Juini Booth (Sun Ra Arkestra), Karl Berger, Frank Lacy, Ladell McLin just to name a few.

Recent album: Frederika Krier Quartett: Devoted

Frederika Krier moved to New York and is based there now.

FESTIVALS: International Jazzfestival Garana (Romania), Blue & Green Jazz Festival, Regensburg Europa der blaue Stern 2007, Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin Leipziger Jazztage 2007, Jazztage Dresden, Weinstadt Jazzfestival, Jazztage Düren, Kieler Woche, Jazz & Blues Festival Köpenik Tocnik Festival CZ, Roskilde Jazz Days DK .....
THEATER, MUSICAL, FILM...: theater play "Die Liebe - ein Grimmical" 2007 at Ballhaus Ost (Berlin), musical "Feuer von Asgard" (Forchheim), movie "Augenlicht", short movie "Hochzeit" (Anika Wangard, RBB/DFFB 2006), videoclip for Vanessa S. "one single tear" (Berlin), videoclip for Siri Svengler "their vine" (2009, Berlin) ...
CLUBS: The Stone (NYC), Nublu(NYC), Drom(NYC), Cornelia Street Cafe (NYC), Bowery Poets Club (NYC), Sullivan Hall (NYC), Bohemian National Hall (NYC), Nuyorican Poets Cafe (NYC), St Nicks Pub (NYC), A Trane (Berlin), B Flat (Berlin), Passionskirche (Berlin), Friedrichstadtpallast (Berlin), Schlot (Berlin), Theater FiftyFifty (Erlangen), E Werk (Erlangen), riesa e.V. (Dresden), Neue Tonne (Dresden), ........
ORGANISATIONS: Frankfurter Musikmesse for David Gage, Tag des deutschen Denkmals (Akademie der Künste am Brandenburger Tor, Berlin), Karl-Hofer Gesellschaft (Berlin), New Year Party of the president of the University of the Arts 2007 (Berlin), Gallery at Wasserturm (Neuenhagen), Gallery delta25 (Berlin), RBB,…
QUOTES: "galactically good on the violin Frederika Krier" (Nordbayrische Nachrichten, Dez 2007), " Gitte Haenning and her Orchestra pulled all the stops. Especially E-violinist Frederika Krier gave a buoyant lightness to the songs that meandered fluffily through the evening"(Fuldaear Zeitung, Nov 2008), "and exceptional violinist in the field of jazz!" (Yorkschlößchen Berlin, March 2009), "lucent sounds for the present" (Neue Tonne Dresden, March 2009), " the young 'Frederika Krier Quartett' has broken fresh ground in composition and musical execution and these who let themselves in for that new at the Jazzkeller have experiences a special evening. Simplicity and exuberand joy of playing took turns, you could hear improvisation and inspiration and time and again Frederika Krier took over the musical lead." (s'blättla Weinstadt, March 2009).


A young and exceptional high energy project, led by German-Romanian violinist Frederika Krier, breaking fresh ground in composition and musical execution, creating lucent sounds for the present. Own compositions characterize the special sound of the band. The influences and categorisations seem to be full of opposites. Jazz, groove, free, minimalism, world music and new classical music melt together to an organic whole and actual contradictions connect with the greatest of ease. African rhythms build a synthesis with indian scales, composition techniques of Arnold Schoenberg and drum&bass grooves. But most important is always the creation in the moment, improvisation and personality of each single musician forming something new. This band fascinates with a unique mixture of clear, intellectually formed often minimalistic compositions full of emotional depth, a supreme rhythmic complexity and an unbrakeable joy of playing. By the awake and interactive interplay of the talented musicians there ar