saxophonist | improviser
Salim Javaid is a Czech-Pakistani saxophonist and improviser based in Cologne. He has studied jazz and then classical saxophone at the HfMT Cologne as well as contemporary music at the Folkwang University of Arts in Essen.
He works in settings ranging from free jazz and improvisation to playing contemporary classical music solo or in ensembles.
In his solo work and compositions, Salim explores spatiality in music, the relation of acoustic events in time and the flexibility of all parameters, while still pursuing a playful and improvisational attitude and treatment of the material.
His most frequent collaborators are Marlies Debacker (piano, keyboards) and Carl Ludwig Hübsch (tuba) with whom he runs the long-running concert series "Plattform Nicht Dokumentierbarer Ereignisse" in Cologne. Debacker, Javaid and percussionist Ramón Gardella also form the contemporary music ensemble Trio Abstrakt.
Furthermore, he is a member of IMPAKT, Cologne's young collective for improvised music.
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