Cologne-based saxophonist Salim Javaid was born in 1991 to a half Czech half Pakistani family in Sokolov (CZ). He performs on soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophone as well as on clarinet and bass clarinet.
He is an active part of Cologne’s improvised music scene as well as a performer of contemporary written music. He holds a bachelor degree in jazz saxophone from the HfMT Cologne that he finished under Frank Gratkowski and is currently studying a master in saxophone at the HfMT Cologne under Professor Sebastian Pottmeier with composition studies under Siegfried Koepf.
His projects include trio Mutuel (w/ Marlies Debacker – piano, Ramon Gardella - percussion), where the group performs classical contemporary music of the past two decades, written for that specific instrumentation. The trio also works with young composers on new pieces.
Together with Etienne Nillesen (prepared snare drum), Nathan Bontrager (cello) and Marlies Debacker he also forms the improvisation ensemble UNVIEL. The ensemble works on creating three-dimensional music in the idiom of pseudo-electronic music.
Javaid, Marlies Debacker (clavinet) and Dutch singer Annelie Koning also work in the trio SAM. The unusual instrumentation of analogue keyboards, voice and soprano saxophone allows for a surprisingly homogenous sound while at the same time allowing an enormous spectrum of possible contrasts.
The group is inspired by music that uses tapes, the music of Mauricio Kagel as well as free jazz.
Javaid also performs in free jazz groups such as the quartett UCHRONIA (w/ Stefan Schönegg – bass, Dominik Mahnig – drums, Marlies Debacker – piano) and the free jazz/rock trio MALSTROM (w/ Jo Beyer – drums, Axel Zajac – 8-string guitar).
The latter has also been awarded with 1st prices at the 7th European Jazz Competition 2015
in Burghausen (Germany) and the International Jazz Competition 2017 in Getxo (Spain)
(for more see www.malstrom-music.com).
Salim Javaid is alongside German tuba player Carl Ludwig Hübsch and Belgian pianist
Marlies Debacker co-curator of the concert series Plattform Nicht Dokumentierbarer Ereignisse
in the Atelier Dürrenfeld/Geitel – a platform for improvised and contemporary music.
This format now exists for over 15 years and has welcomed many stars of the
international improvised music scene during that time.
An impressive visual documentation of the undocumentable events from 2004 to 2014
can be found here: http://www.ulrich-duerrenfeld.de/konzert.htm
Salim Javaid is also newest member of the IMPAKT (www.impakt-koeln.de) collective for
improvised music in Cologne. The IMPAKT label documents and publishes works of
the collective’s musicians on a semi-annual basis.
The IMPAKT calendar (http://www.impakt-koeln.de/kalender) is an attempt to give an overview of every concert and event of improvised music in Cologne. The monthly newsletter (that you can subscribe to via mail to either IMPAKT or Salim Javaid) also includes events in cities close to Cologne such as Bonn, Essen, Bochum and others.
IMPAKT also organizes concerts in Cologne, inculding the KONTRASTE series
in the Stadtgarten Cologne that has already invited guests like Evan Parker,
Rudi Mahall, Isabelle Duthoit, Tony Hodgekinson, Inga Zach and many others.
Elvissa Jazz Festival
Mathieu Lilin (saxophone),
Quentin Conrate (uncomplete drums),
Thomas Coquelet (electric harmonium),
Marlies Debacker (keys),
Gabrielle Weissen (performance)
@ IMPAKT Labelnight
Salon de Jazz