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Nendza, Andre

Nendza, Andre, bassist, composer, educator b. Hemer, Germany, 1 November 1968.

Nendza lived with his parents Bernd Nendza (b. 1947) and Gerda Nendza (b.1947) in the area between Dusseldorf and Cologne. In 1982 he started playing electric bass guitar joining the jazz orchestra of his high school. In 1986he began a classical education with the upright bass. He took private lessons by famous German players Gunnar Plumer and Stefan Rademacher. Nendzastudied both at the University of Fine Arts in Hilversum (NL) and atGermany's premier jazz-department of the Conservatory of Music in Cologne.He received his diploma in 1997. In 1997 he also was awarded with the price of "Cultural furtherance of the Sparkassenstiftung", which led to his first extended composition "Songs from a red notebook". This Suite, inspired by the literature of Paul Auster, was highly critically acclaimed. The oldest German Jazz magazine "Jazzpodium" wrote that Nendza "is one of the most promising and important young musicians in the jazz idiom" and the well-known jazz-magazine "Jazz-thing" says that "he is on the edge to a most promising career as a musician and composer". In the following, Nendzabecame highly appreciated through more of his own projects (Andre Nendza Quartet, A.tronic and a Duet with saxophone player Angelika Niescier) and his work with musicians like Dave Liebman, Charlie Mariano, Rick Margitza, Adrian Mears, Dominique Pifarely, Dave Pike, Alex Acuna, Ramesh Shotham, Zoltan Lantos, Tom van der Geld, Rob van den Broeck, Karl Latham and many other of Germany's top players like Philipp van Endert, Christoph Spendel, Thomas Heberer, Gabriele Hasler, Celine Rudolph, Olaf Kubler among others. Numerous radio, TV and CD productions are documenting his wide stylistic range. Furthermore he has played on many internationally acknowledged German festivals like Leverkusener Jazztage, Viersen Jazzfestival, Kemptener Jazzfruhlig, Greizer Jazzwerk Festival, Eberswalde Jazztage, Stuttgart Jazztage der IG Jazz, Ingolstadter Jazztage, Isny Festival der Zwischentone Besancon/F Nouveau Theatre, Hildener Jazztage.In 2000 Nendza founded his label "crecycle.music" to publish his own music. Currently, he also writes a Blog for the German Jazzmagazine "Jazzthing". These days he is married to designer Susanne Wittelsburger and lives near Cologne.

Andre Nendza Septett: Into the gap (1996); Songs from a red notebook (1997);
Angelika Niescier/Andre Nendza: Holzlinienspiel (2000) The poetry of rhythm (2007);
Andre Nendza Quartet: The invention of rooms (2000); Wild open rooms (2004)
Andre Nendza`s A.tronic feat. Dave Liebman: Lichtblau (2002); Spectacles (2007)  
Lemke-Nendza-Hillmann: El Arte (2005) Kyrillis (2007)
As sideperson:
Stefan Heidtmann Quartett: Pink (1996);
Lirico: balli (1997);
Stefan Max Wirth Quartett: Mythos (1997);
Berger: Garagenjazz (1997);
AlexGunia/Phillip van Endert: The beauty of silence (1998);
Stefan Heidtmann Quartett: Beatles Songs (1998);
Matucana feat. Charlie Mariano: Ritual (1998);
Isla Negra (2000) Christoph Spendel Trio: Silent night (1999),
Unexpected elements (1999), New Avenues (2002) Shanghai city lights (2005);
hartkamp: hartkamp (2002);
Olaf Kubler: When I'm sixty four (2001) Midnight Soul (2003);
Lirico: sussorro (2003);
Andreas Wildenhain: Terra incognita (2003);
Philipp van Endert Trio feat. Kenny Wheeler: Trio (2004) Khilebor (2006)

Radio Broadcast:
Radio Portrait DLF "...following the flow of music" (2002)
Radio Portrait BR (2005)
Radio Portrait WDR (2005)
Radio broadcast DLF Andre Nendza's A.tronic "Live at the domicil" (2002)
Radio broadcast BR Andre Nendza Quartet "Live at Studio 2" (2005)
Radio broadcast BR Andre Nendzas A.tronic "Live at Studio 2"

Feature Jazzpodium "Ausserordentlicher Aktionsradius" 2000 by H.J.Osterhausen
Feature Jazzthetik "Auf dem Holzweg" 2001 by R.Thomas
Feature Jazzthing " Kreative Kreise" 2005 by R.Thomas
Interview Jazzpodium "Andre Nendza und die Kunst des eigenen Tons" 2005 by
Interview Bassprofessor "Man muss auf seine Musik bestehen" 2005
Feature Jazzzeitung "Jedem Musiker sein Label" by S.W.Pakzad 2005
Interview jazzdimensions "Nachspielen ist uninteressant" 2005 by K.Duregger


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