Kristjan Randalu – piano
Bodek Janke – percussion
Kristjan Randalu and Bodek Janke have been playing music together for more than 25 years. The folklore music of their homelands Estonia, Poland, Russia and Kazakhstan on the one hand and Jazz on the other are the major influences on their music.
KRISTJAN RANDALU is one of the most compelling pianists of his generation, sought after as soloist, collaborator and composer, his music described by Jazz Times as an "unnameable exotic land".
Born in Estonia in 1978 he moved with his family to Germany as a child where he continued his studies in Karlsruhe and Stuttgart, followed by London, Los Angeles and the Manhattan School of Music.
His musical partners have included Eivind Aarset, Mark Guiliana, Ari Hoenig, Nguyên Lê, Dave Liebman, Marilyn Mazur, Ben Monder, Nils Petter Molvaer, Trygve Seim and Dhafer Youssef.
Randalu has performed as a soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the New Chamber Orchestra of Berlin and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra. He has performed at the Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, the Berlin Konzerthaus, at festivals in London, Paris, Oslo and Istanbul, and toured in the United States and Canada, across Europe and in Turkey, Korea, Australia and Israel.
His awards include the 2007 Jazz Award of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the 2011 Elion Jazz Award in Estonia and his numerous recordings as both soloist and collaborator include a Grammy nomination in 2006 and Jazz Album of the Year at the 2012 Estonian Music Awards.
In 2014 Randalu received the annual music award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.
His latest album Absence was released on ECM in 2018.
Drummer and percussionist BODEK JANKE (1979) grew up in a Polish-Russian family of musicians. He moved to Karlsruhe, Germany and continued his studies in Cologne and New York.
He has performed with Gilad Hekselman, Olivier Ker Ourio, Jeremy Kittel, David Liebman, Billy Harper, Ben Monder, Dave Binney, the big-bands of WDR, NDR and HR in Germany and the Moscow State Jazz Orchestra.
Janke’s performances include clubs and concert halls such as the Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Iridium, Smalls, Philharmonie Köln and festivals in Paris, Stuttgart, Moers and Almaty. Tours have led him to the US, Europe, Turkey, Morocco and Russia.
After meeting his Guru Pandit Samir Chatterjee in New York City he began the studies of Indian Classical Music and Tabla.
In 2008 Janke was awarded both the Jazz Award of Baden-Wuerttemberg and the Award of the German Records Critics. In 2010 he was voted "Best Soloist of the Year" at the "Neuer Deutscher Jazzpreis" in Mannheim.
“This jazz duo makes it intimate and let the sparks fly. A zesty ear opener that cooks on all burners, it's simply one of those sets that doesn't give you a lot to say about it when you can just sit back and let the good times wash over you. Smoking stuff most jazzbos are sure to love.” – Midwest Record