Evgeny Ring

Saxophone

Evgeny Ring is a German-Russian jazz saxophonist. Heavily influenced by the American jazz tradition, Evgeny has developed a strong individual style in playing and composing. He possesses the rare ability to combine elegiac melodies with complex rhythmic structures. He also uses the entire dynamic range, and a wide range of timbres of his instrument and creates so great narrative structures. As a bandleader he has the ability at the same time to lead to music, and on the other hand also fit in an orchestral sound structure.

 

Evgeny Ring was born in 1987 in Rostov-on-Don in Russia. At the age of 7 he began his musical studies on the saxophone at the Kim Nazaretow-Kids Jazz School where he played in the Children's Jazz Bigband under the direction of Andrey Machnew. He has toured throughout Germany and many neighbouring European countries. In October 2007, Evgeny decided to come to study to Leipzig at the Academy of Music and Theatre "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" with saxophonist Uwe Plath and later with of Prof. Johannes Enders. During this time he also received lessons from Richie Beirach and participated in numerous master classes among others, Billy Hart, Dave Liebman and Mark Turner. Based on these enriching experiences, he decided then to spend several weeks in New York. During this time he took lessons with Dave Liebman and met, among others on musicians like Randy Brecker and Phil Markowitz.

 

In 2015 Evgeny concluded his saxophone studies in Leipzig with honors and began studying composition in Cologne.Evgeny has participated in numerous competitions. He has won the Grand-Prix of the Russian Young Artists Jazz Award 2007", the "Jazz Award of the City of Leipzig in 2015”. With his Quartett he won Prises at the "International Jazz Competition Burghausen" and the "Jazz Competition Hoeilaart Belgium". The "Eva Klesse quartet", of which he is a member, won the Echo Jazz Award as best newcomer band of the year 2015.

 

As a musician in various bands he played at the most important German and many international festivals such as the Jazzfest Berlin, the Burghausen Jazz Week, the Leipzig Jazz Festival, the German Jazz Festival Frankfurt, the Getxo Jazz Festival, the Novi Sad Jazz Festival, the Jazz Festival in Prague and many others.

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Evgeny Ring Quartet

Evgeny Ring - Saxophone

Sascha Stiehler - Piano

Dominique "Gaga" Ehlert - Drums

Philipp Rohmer - Doublebass

 

Even though saxophonist Evgeny Ring nominally fronts the quartet which bears his name the ensemble unites four strong and independent individuals on equal footing. The musicians meld their musical visions, different playing styles and sound aesthetics into one cohesive whole. The common denominator is their ongoing search for a challenge and the unexpected, the moment of musical surprise.

 

`From the very beginning i felt very strongly who the musicians in this quartet should be`, says Ring when asked about the formation of his band in 2007. It seems he made the right choices back then as the lineup of his ensemble has been constant, touring all over Germany, Russia, Spain, The Netherlands and Belgium. They made a name for themselves with successful participation in international jazz competitions in Burghausen (Internationaler Jazzpreis Burghausen, 2009) and ,Jazz at Hoeilaart Belgium‘ in 2010.

 

Evgeny Ring Quartet released its debut recording `Ya Tashus` on Double Moon Records in 2011. Literally translated to ,I dig it‘, the title came from a flippant comment a russian friend of Evgeny made on hearing the music. The same spontaneous and intuitive attitude informs the playing heard on the CD. ,Every player has not only their instrument as a means of expression but also directly influences the playing of the others`, notes Ring.

 

2015 saw the release of their sophomore effort ,Mesokosmos‘ on Swiss label ,Unit Records‘. The title evokes an artificially created world which opens a lot of space for observations and experiments. The albums nine cuts show a wide range of styles and influences fusing traditional structures and modern interpretation, contrasting the expected with improvisatory freedom. All compositions were written by Ring specifically with his musicians in mind. `Every piece has its own colour which Evgeny came up with. And the other three take the freedom to mix it all together‘, says pianist Sascha Stiehler. `The result is a red of very alive and vibrant shades, but it‘s still red.`

 

To showcase individual strenghts, to create space for the music to grow in are the focal points for the band. The musical interaction is based on trust from years of playing together and interacting with each other. This trust, openess and friendship enables singularity - in improvising on stage and in life itself.

Evgeny Ring Quartet

feat. Bastian Ruppert

Evgeny Ring - Saxophone

Sascha Stiehler - Piano

Dominique "Gaga" Ehlert - Drums

Philipp Rohmer - Doublebass

Bastian Ruppert  - Guitar

Eva Klesse Quartet

Evgeny Ring - Saxophone

Philip Frischkorn - Piano

Eva Klesse - Drums

Robert Lucaciu - Doublebass

 

With this young quartet Eva Klesse has found her musical core. The group develops a sound and a dynamism all of their own – perhaps for the very reason that the bandleader succeeds in integrating very different temperaments.  While the pianist, Philipp Frischkorn, shows a classical and romantic influence, the style of the saxophonist, Evgeny Ring, finds expression through the origins of jazz. The bass player, Robert Lucaciu, opens the doors to free improvisation.

 

But let it be said that these are the individual characteristics that become apparent to the listener. However, in the way this quartet plays the one is mirrored in the other. The sounds blend, then split apart to come together as duos, as a trio and again and again as one group.Without placing herself at the forefront Eva Klesse leads the band from the drums, combining impulsive playing with rhythmical sensitivity. She loves a light delicate way of playing that breathes freely. When you watch her, you become aware that this is the essence and she is at one with it. She wants to be a musician in a comprehensive sense, not purely an instrumental soloist. It is therefore not surprising that she is inspired not only by the great drummers, but also – and perhaps more strongly – by pianists, bass players and vocalists.

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