Matthias Müller – trombone
Christian Marien – drums

Superimpose is ONE sound – Matthias Müller and Christian Marien have been developing their collaborative research into sound since 2006 – incorporating concerts in Europe, USA, and Australia, and an intensive rehearsal process that forms the basis of a clarity, depth and connectivity in their playing. Their improvisations are the result of two independant voices – acting, fusing, diverging and shifting, and cutting their own ways whilst moving in the same direction – this symbiosis redefining boundaries and roles, and creating ONE distinctive sound.

All of this has been documented on two CDs („Superimpose“ Creative Sources 2006, and „Talk Talk“ Leo Records 2009) and the LP „Edinburgh“, released in 2015 on Wide Ear Records. As part of their 10th anniversary they hosted a series of concerts titled „Superimpose & Guests“, from which further recordings with John Butcher, Nate Wooley and Sofia Jernberg will be released in 2019.

Superimpose ist EIN Klang – Seit 2006 betreiben Matthias Müller und Christian Marien ihre gemeinsame Klangforschung. Eine Vielzahl an Konzerten in Europa, USA und Australien, aber auch intensive Arbeit im Proberaum, sind Grundlage für das Niveau an Klarheit, Tiefe und Verbundenheit, welches sich die beiden erarbeitet haben. In ihren Improvisationen agieren zwei unabhängige Stimmen, die sich überlagern, mal verschmelzen, mal divergieren, sich ihren eigenen Weg bahnen, sich verschieben, aber doch dieselbe Richtung verfolgen. Auf diese Weise entsteht eine Symbiose, in der Grenzen und Rollen neu definiert sind, es entsteht, unverwechselbar, EIN Klang.
Dokumentiert ist all dieses auf zwei CDs („Superimpose“ Creative Sources 2006, „Talk Talk“ Leo Records 2009) und der 2015 bei Wide Ear Records erschienenen LP „Edinburgh“. Im Rahmen ihres 10-jährigen Jubiläums veranstalteten sie eine Konzertreihe mit dem Titel „Superimpose & guests“, woraus im Jahr 2019 weitere Veröffentlichungen mit den Gästen John Butcher, Nate Wooley und Sofia Jernberg hervorgehen werden.


  „Edinburgh“, Wide Ear Records, 2015

  „Talk Talk“, LEO Records, 2009

  „Superimpose“, Creative Sources, 2007


photo: Oli Potratz

I Am Three

Silke Eberhard – altosax
Nikolaus Neuser – trumpet
Christian Marien – drums

„In other words: I am three“. This is how Mingus‘ autobiography begins. The collaborative project „I Am Three“ of Berlin based musicians Silke Eberhard (altosax), Nikolaus Neuser (trumpet) and Christian Marien (drums) plays the music of Charles Mingus.


  „Mingus Mingus Mingus“, LEO Records 2016

Best Albums of 2016“, DownBeat Magazine, NYC (1/2017)
„Best of 2016“, The New York City Jazz Record, NYC (1/2017) in two categories: „albums of the year“ and „tributes“
„Best Releases of 2016“, Troy Dostert – All About Jazz, NYC (12/2016)
„Jazz. Os melhores Discos de 2016“ Observador, Portugal, José Carlos Fernandez (12/2016)
„Recommended new release“ , The New York City Jazz Record (10/2016)

photo: Oli Potratz

I Am Three & Me

Maggie Nicols – voice

Silke Eberhard – altosax

Nikolaus Neuser – trumpet

Christian Marien – drums

In the wake of hugely successful CD „I AM THREE,“ The Music of Charles Mingus, the trio invited Maggie Nicols to further explore his music. Mingus, the poet. From loving quotes to ironic breaking, from homage to deconstruction, from historic reminiscence to an expression of the current state. With this recording the collective „I am Three & Me“ simultaneously moves closer and away from Mingus, resulting in a present-day reflection. „Music is life, magic, spirit, healing, liberation, communication, an international language beyond words“ (Maggie Nicols).


  „Mingus‘ Sounds of Love“, LEO Records 2019

photo: Oli Potratz


Matthias Müller – Posaune

Eve Risser – Piano

Christian Marien – Schlagzeug

This is a brand new project, a European collaboration, powerful and sensitive at the same time. Three outstanding improvisers from Germany and France are joining long-standing musical ties and starting a project of networked sound experiments and discursive form finding.

Matthias Müller and Eve Risser have regularly played together in Eve’s different big ensembles, e.g. the new RED DESERT ORCHESTRA. Christian Marien and Eve played first together at the Moers Festival in 2015 at the legendary Morning Sessions. And Christian and Matthias have a musical relationship that goes back more than 15 years in different constellations, especially in the duo SUPERIMPOSE and the trio THE ASTRONOMICAL UNIT with bassist Clayton Thomas from Australia.

CRANES‘ debut CD „Formation<Deviation“ was released beginning of 2021 on Relative Pitch Records.

Foto: Oli Potratz

C’mon C’mon

Jasper Stadhouders – guitar

Christian Marien – drums

Christian and Jasper met a few years ago in Berlin, started playing improvised duo sessions and felt immediate musical kinship. This kinship was reinforced by Christian starting his quartet (with Tobias Delius, Antonio Borghini and Jasper). Playing Christian’s compositions, it became clear to Jasper that they both had very similar, overlapping ideas and interests in a certain rhythmic language. They both sparked each other’s enthusiasm to start a duo in which they explore and develop this realm. They co-compose long form poly-rhythmic pieces full of multi-tempo shifts and modulations. For Jasper, it was also the perfect situation to explore alternate tunings on the guitar, tuning his strings based on the sounding pitch of Christian’s drums (which is hidden in a cloud of complex overtones) in order to reinforce and emphasize the common resonance between the two instruments. The resulting music is hypnotically propulsive, yet full of unexpected shifts and twists and highly elastic.

The Astronomical Unit

Matthias Müller – trombone

Clayton Thomas – bass

Christian Marien – drums

The Astronomical Unit was formed in 2007, when Clayton Thomas moved from Australia to Berlin. At that point Matthias Müller and Christian Marien had already worked as a duo for several years. The duos density and Thomas‘ distinctive way of playing was the starting point from which the trio quickly developed an independant contemporary approach to improvised music: The Astronomical Unit perform music, that almost sounds composed. They channelize the free musical flow into formal and structural clearness. One can tell that they are conscious of the tradition of American freejazz and European improvisation, but The Astronomical Unit keep reinventing themselves and question musical agreements.

Their debut CD „Relativity“ was released on „Jazzwerkstatt“ (Berlin) 2010. The second CD „Super Earth“ was released on „Gligg Records“ in 2013.


  „Super Earth“, Gligg Records 2013

  „Relativity“, Jazzwerkstatt  2010

photo: Cristina Marx