Hans Lüdemann TRIO IVOIRE
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Hans Lüdemann TRIO IVOIRE

Köln, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE

Köln, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2014
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TRIO IVOIRE - reviews
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„Striking rhythms, catchy themes and cool beats.
„Timbuktu“ presents a transcontinental unit. „ (4 stars) (AUDIO, 2014)

„Jazz as a door into the wild, wide world - the Trio Ivoire performed an overwhelming concert with the NDR bigband....The inner eye sees pictures, pictures from a different stream of consciousness... Lüdemann did a great job with his arrangements: the interplay between the small trio and the big group of musicians worked perfectly from begin on.“
(die Welt, 2012)

„Breathtaking examples of jazzy - African polyrhythmic art.
Thundering applause, standing ovations....“ (Aachener Nachrichten, 2011)

„While playing, the band was careful to sustain a basic and comprehensible musical structure despite all their wild improvisational jaunts, so as not to alienate the audience.
Of course, it helped that the band members were enjoying themselves. Keita kept grinning mischievously while Lüdemann and Sardjoe reciprocated with sly smiles of their own as if sharing a little-known secret. So when the bright, fast beats finally exploded from the stage, I was caught off guard but not completely surprised. The music drove towards a dynamic, grandiose crescendo that was reminiscent of joyful African dances. These guys
were a riot.“ (The Phoenix, USA, 2010)

„Passion that trancends borders.... this music deserves no label, neither world jazz nor Ethno Pop. It is far too personal, seems to grow organically out of a transcending passion for music in general - and to finally blossom in marvelous colors and nuances.“
(Süddeutsche Zeitung, 2008)

...In this trio, different cultures come together with self-confidence... the musicians communicate on highest level. This is possible because Lüdemann and Keita are simply great virtuoso players on their instruments. They have a mutual understanding, it does not matter that one has a European classical and the other a West-African background:“ (Rondo, June 2006)

„Trio Ivoire, who astonished with their sonic waterfall of piano, xylophone and drums“
(the Guardian, 2008)

„unconventional, fascinating and ernourmously vital ...... the most intense and expressive
work of the Trio Ivoire.“ (Jazzthing 2006)

"You could go to an entire festival and not see musicians enjoying themselves half as much as the three men that make up the Trio Ivoire..... Don't miss them."
(Andrew Iliff, Hifalutin, Harare/Zimbabwe, May 2007).

„The Afro-European TRIO IVOIRE approaches African music from Jazz and shows on its albumTouching Africa more African soul than mostAfrican pop groups. .... the trio creates sort of a musical kaleisdoscope between two continents.“ (41/2 stars, Jazzthetik 2006)

„One of the highlights was Trio Ivoire from Germany, the Ivory Coast and Holland. The band, made up of Hans Lüdemann (piano), Aly Keita (balaphon/sanza) and Chander Sardjoe (drums/percussion), played a tribute piece entitled Injure for all those displaced, beaten or killed during the post-election violence. Trio Ivoire were a huge success at HIFA with their concentrated, complex and beautiful combination of African rhythms and melodies and European jazz.“ (the Zimbabwean 2008)

The Trio Ivoire or the encounter of black and white keys
„At first sight it is hard to imagine, how musicians with such diverse backgrounds could create such a harmony and performance.... With its magic melodies and rhythms the trio, a mixture of Africa and Europe, has seduced even the ones who are normally not receptible to Jazz. (...) This encounter of the black and white keys of German pianist Hans Lüdemann and the sonoric waves from the wood of Ivorian balaphonist Aly Keita, all well-tempered through Anglo-Catalan drummer Steve Argüelles, comprises an African-European formation of highest originality - on the level of rhythm as well as sound. The secret consent in the heart of the group is so, that in certain moments one can not tell the notes of Hans Lüdemann`s piano from the ones of Aly Keita`s balaphon. (...) The least one can write is that on the 1st of March 2002, the globalisation has become all its sense.“
(L‘Inter, Abidjan, 2002)

Hypnotising musical flow - the amazing Trio Ivoire
„When you go long ways“ is a title of one of their pieces. And this is characteristic for the Trio Ivoire, the ivory trio, in a geographic sense: The musicians come from the West African Ivory Coast, from England and Germany. But long and new ways they go also in a musical sense. Their almost hypnotic musical flow is really „cooking“ - and at the same time it is intellectually stimulating. A mix of tradtion and experiment that found an enthusiastic audience...
The harmonic possibilities are stretched by pianist Hans Lüdemann in a elaborate way. Impressive his technique in incredibly fast repetitions, his rhythmic feel and his broad stylistic range. Sometimes he improvises ear-catching melodic lines from few notes like Keith Jarrett. Sometimes he uses the inside of the piano for avantgarde sounds.“
(HNZ Kassel, March 5, 2004)

„The trio finds an intimacy of chamber music, that in its integrative interlocking of African, Jazz and Classical elements reaches a quality that has not been heard of before.“
(Jazzpodium, June 2002)

Jazz in Nijmegen tops North Sea Jazz Festival
„ Jazz as musical cement played an important role in the performance of the absolute highlight of the festival, the Trio Ivoire. Drummer Steve Argüelles was building a bridge between Ivory Coast and Germany. The contrast between the crackling, rattling and sizzling balaphon of Aly Keita and the clear piano playing of Hans Lüdemann could not have been greater. But with subtle cymbal playing and rhythms full of fantasy Argüelles brought the two together. In the moments when Aly Keita took over the white keys and Lüdemann the black ones, it came to a blend of rare beauty. ... The music of the Trio Ivoire touches different connotations - from minimal music to wassoulou - but is impossible to be labelled.“
(NRC Handelsblad , NL, November 4, 2002)

a lively music full of freshness
„West African, jazzy, classical and minimal music elements melt in this trio into a lively music full of freshness. The Trio Ivoire gives the label „world music“ in Dortmund its own meaning.“
(Westfälische Rundschau, March 3, 2004)

Vision and energy - Trio Ivoire in the Brotfabrik
„Sometimes, for long contemplative minutes, the three are in all openess so close together and create such a complex horizon of events that one feels: the Trio Ivoire is about to mark a path completely their own in contemporary improvised music with visionary energy, far away from the motorways of world music, equally far away from the idiomatic influences of contemporary Jazz:“ (Frankfurter Rundschau, November 11, 2002)

The Trio Ivoire plays intelligent Afro Jazz
„The grown friendship, the familiarity with each others culture and the mutual respect have led to one of the most beautiful and colorful world music productions.“
(FAZ, July 27th 2002)

„The opener immediately sends the listener on a fascinating journey: the simple, almost folkoristic motif is excellently suited for charmingly interwoven excursions with a quality of sweeping seduction. Heart of the CD is the three part „Suite Africaine“ which introduces Argüelles and Keita with solos before all three play alonside the intricate polyrhythms of the tune with rich variaitons. This piece ist the only joint production while all other compositions are by Lüdemann. (...) Trio Ivoire shows that even in the 21st century, still discoveries are possible.“
(JAZZthetik, JulyAugust 2002)

„The African cooperations of Cologne pianist Hans Lüdemann are unusual in may respects. They contradict the usual way of decorating oneself with something African or, even worse, merely adapting it. We are talking of exchange on an equal level. (...) The result easily goes beyong all categorisation that could be helpful int e record store, but not in someones head. (...) What Hans Lüdemann puts together with Aly Keita has almost utopian breath.“
(StadtRevue. Köln Magazin, July 2002) - various




as a leader/co-leader

Hans Ldemann TRIO IVOIRE Timbuktu 2014 INTUITION

Winterschladen - Ldemann heavy hearts 2013 A-Jazz/nrw

Hans Ldemann die kunst des trios 2012 BMC records (5 CDs)

< ECHO Jazz Award 2013 >

Ldemann - Boisseau - Terzic ROOMS 2010 BMC records

Hans Ldemann TRIO IVOIRE Across the Oceans 2009 ENJA 

Hans Ldemann (solo) Between the keys  2009 RISM/Alive

Hans Ldemann TRIO IVOIRE Touching Africa 2006 RISM/Alive

Hans Ldemann & Tata Dindin Kano 2005 NRW Records

Hans Ldemann (solo) African Variations 2004 RISM/Alive

Hans Ldemann Trio Ivoire Trio Ivoire 2002 ENJA-Records

Hans Ldemann & 

Reiner Winterschladen Mysterious Call 2001 Konnex

Hans Ldemann & Tata Dindin Kora meets piano 1999 RISM-Edition

Hans Ldemann RISM 7 (Septet) Futurism 1998 Jazz Haus Musik (2 CD)

Hans Ldemann (solo) The natural piano 1995 Jazz Haus Musik

Hans Ldemann & Paul Bley Moving Hearts 1994 ITM/West Wind

Hans Ldemann RISM (Quartet) Unitarism 1994 Jazz Haus Musik

Blau Frontal (w. Feldman/Roberts) Bad Times Roll 1993 Jazz Haus Musik

Hans Ldemann RISM (Trio) Aphorisms 1991 Jazz Haus Musik

Blau Frontal Blau Frontal 1989 Jazz Haus Musik

NANA Schwarze Nana 1985 Jazz Haus Musik

NANA ber Leben 1984 Jazz Haus Musik


Ludolf Kuchenbuch/Hans Ldemann Fernuni- Blues 2004 RISM 

as composer

Susi Hyldgaard/R. Winterschladen Minority 2003 Warner

Ensemble Indigo Reflections 2001 ENJA Records

as Sideman

Dobet Gnahor Na Dr 2014 contrejour

Kamal Ben Hicham Andalucia 2010 Ed. Deut. Welle

hR Jazzensemble   Festansage 2009 Jazzwerkstatt

Angelika Niescier Sublim II 2004 Sha Music

Angelika Niescier Sublim 2002 Sha Music

Dirk Raulf Theater I 2000 Poise

Gabriele Hasler Familienglck 1997 Foolish Music

hR Jazzensemble Atmospheric... 1995 ECM

Minimal Kidds No Age 1987 Intuition/EMI


Arabesque Arabesque 2013 Steinway & Sons

ECHO Jazz 2013 2013 EDEL

Ldemann - Boisseau - Terzic LOFT-calendar 2011 second floor 

Hans Ldemann solo German Jazz Meeting 2010 MGH

Hans Ldemann mit Sublim German Jazz Meeting 2006 MGH

Trio Ivoire & Tata Dindin tales of the Kora 2006 sheer music


Feeling a bit camera shy


1999 on his solo tour through West Africa, German Jazz pianist Hans Ldemann met balaphon master Aly Keita in a project of the Goethe institute Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The premiere was a big success. Further invitations to Abidjan followed, and the Trio Ivoire was founded.The first meeting was in Germany to record a radio production for the WDR, which came to be the first CD. As a drummer they chose one of the most individual European musicians, Paris-based British drummer Steve Argelles. In 2000 the TRIO IVOIRE had its first concert in Africa with immediate success. The show in Abidjan was recorded and broadcasted on television. Since then they have been on many concert tours and festival, radio and tv appearances in Europe and Africa. Highlights have been the EXPO 2000, the Music Meeting Nijmegen 2002, Leverkusener Jazztage 2004, Mnchener Klaviersommer 2005, in the cultural festival program of the soccer worldcup in Germany in 2006, featuring singer Dobet Gnahor from Ivory Coast. Also, the trio has appeared on different official occasions such as the Afrika-Forum of the German President in 2005.

Dutch drummer Chander Sardjoe played with the TRIO IVOIRE for the first time in 2002 and became the new drummer of the group from 2007 - 2012. The 2007 tour of West and South Africa was received with soldout concerts and standing ovations, showing the renewed energies of the TRIO IVOIRE. The TRIO IVOIRE also performed at the Bachfest Leipzig and the Nancy Jazz Pulsation and went on another African Tour in 2008, performing also at the HIFA-Festival Harare and doing a special project with singer/Mbira player Chiwoniso. 

In 2009 - 2011, the TRIO IVOIRE has celebrated 10 years with the new CD release on ENJA records and concert tours in Europe, Africa and the USA. Highlights included appearances at the Jazz Festivals Basel and Ouagadougou and special jubilee events in Bielefeld/ Oetkerhalle, Berlin/Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Aachen/Jazz across the borders festival. Special guest on these concerts and the new CD was Chiwoniso. 

In 2012, Hans Ldemann & TRIO IVOIRE realized a project with the NDR Bigband in Hamburg. In January of 2013, the group had its premiere with new drummer Christian Thom in Vienna at the Porgy & Bess. In 2014, the group is on tour in Europe and releasing its 4th CD "Timbuktu" on INTUITION records. Perfomances include Budapest Spring Festival, Elbjazz Hamburg and 8 Bruecken Festival Koeln.

lineup: Hans Ldemann - piano/electronics, Aly Keita - Balaphon/Sanza, Christian Thom - dr/perc/electronics

Band Members