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Strakhof, Dirk

Strakhof, Dirk, double bass player, composer, b. Oberhausen, Germany, 12 May 1960. His parents were teachers. Theo Strakhof (father), born 1928 and Ursula Schulz (mother), born 1932.

Strakhof grew up mainly in Bielefeld, Germany. Classical guitar lessons from age 12. Studied classical guitar 1979-1981 in Munster and 1981-1984 in Berlin. Dirk started playing e-bass in various jazz groups. He studied double bass at the UdK Jazzdepartment, Berlin, from 1989-1993 with Siegfried Busch, David Friedman, Jerry Granelli and Wolf Burbat.  1993 he got a Scholarship from the Berlin Senat and went for two months to New York for tuition with Dave Holland, Richie Beirach, Rufus Reid and Ron McClure, Harvie Swartz and Ed Howard. From 1990 to 1995 he worked with Celine Rudolph and out of print, from 1996 he continued working with this band as a piano trio with Volker Kottenhahn, piano and Johannes Bockholt, drums. With this group he traveled to Rumania, Madagascar, Kenia, Tanzania, South Africa and Columbia, where they did Workshops with local musicians. Dirk formed his own group called Batoru in 1996. Various CDs, concerts on festivals, and broadcasts with this band. Since1999 it is a German-Bulgarian project. Dirk is also working as a teacher in Berlin. His compositions for different instrument combinations are to be found on all his CD's. He's also been a member of Das Lied project by Erika Rojo and Tim Sund. He's done a collaboration with the Thakt Ensemble for Arabian Music and Mo hammed Askari. He had cooperation with Michael Riessler in Sigune von Osten's Art Point, for Expo 2000, Hanover. He had previous collaborations with Uli Beckerhoff, Lauren Newton, Nils Petter Molvaer, Pierre Dorge, and Denney Goodhew.

Recordings:
Batoru: Elegy for africa (1998), Tree of sounds (2000); Dirk Strakhof and Batoru: Arabesque (2003)
As sideperson:
Die Chromatischen Phantasten: Reise nach Dscharbasa (1994); Out of Print with C. Rudolph: Paintings (1994), Book of Travels (1996), Fishland Canyon (1999); Erika Rojo and Tim Sund: Das Lied (1999)

Films:
Music for the documentary film "A Tokyo Fusebox" by Susanna Salonen; He's played jazz festivals at Hamburg, Leipzig, Stuttgart, Brandenburg, Berlin, Neubrandenburg, Bucharest, Antananarivo, Bogota, Medellin, Bucaramanga, and Manizales.

Radio broadcasts:
Live radio broadcasts on SFB, WDR, RB

Television broadcasts:
Television performance on NDR

Awards:
1st prize at the competition for Jazz Newcomers in Leipzig with "Out of Print"
Several times winner of the Studio Competition held by the Berlin Senate

Contact information:
http://www.strakhof.de
Roonstr. 24
D-12203 Berlin
Germany
fon +49 30 844 09 337

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