Virginia Genta and David Vanzan first met Hartmut Geerken in 2007, and they have collaborated in several occasions during the years. Free improvisation that pushes time and space limits way further, in a flow of primitive organic sounds.
Born in Stuttgart in 1939, Hartmut Geerken is a musician, composer, writer, journalist, filmmaker, actor, mycologist and much more. After a classical music training, Geerken discovers contemporary music while studying with Karlheinz Stockhausen, and during the same period he also develops his love for jazz, which will bring him to collaborations with masters such as The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Don Cherry, John Tchicai, Sunny Murray and to the formation of The Cairo Free Jazz Ensemble. Hartmut is also responsible for having brought Sun Ra and the Arkestra to Cairo in 1972, where he was living at the time. www.hartmutgeerken.de
Blowing minds all over the world since 2004 with hundreds of performances and some cult records, Jooklo keeps spreading their powerful and vibrant sound, deeply rooted in free jazz avant-garde but heavily influenced by traditional folk music, and at the same time open to extreme sound experiments. Over the years the perpetual research for new and challenging combinations has led Genta and Vanzan to form a large variety of ensembles and to collaborate with artists such as Bill Nace, Chris Corsano, Thurston Moore, Dror Feiler, Dylan Nyoukis, Makoto Kawabata, and many others. The duo has also been working with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company alongside John Paul Jones and Takehisa Kosugi * * *