DOCK IN ABSOLUTE
Dock In Absolute is a stellar trio from Luxembourg and Belgium comprised of Jean-Philippe Koch on piano, David Kintziger on bass and Michel Mootz on drums, young musicians who breathed new life into the music scene and having studied at the Berklee College of Music Boston, Codarts University of Arts Rotterdam, Hochschule für Musik Saarbrücken and the Royal Conservatoire of Liège. With a shared love of jazz, they combine different styles of progressive Jazz, classical and rock, playing the pianist’s own compositions and co-created their unique jazz style in 2012. Its music is sparkling, varying, forceful, pressing, rich in twists and turns in mood: from lyrical to unrestrainable, from wild to graceful, from virtuosic and crystalline to assertive and dramatic, from subdued to airy and demonstrative. It can be charged-up one moment and calm the next, then take off again to reach vibrant sounds. An endless variety of melodic cells, often with a hypnotic pattern, alternating against a flamboyant, bright sonic background with unfaltering dynamics, never a half-way approach from this trio. Dock In Absolute proves that Jazz has myriads of stories to tell: thus, it should be allowed free rein.
The trio presented its music to many Festivals and venues including the Tokyo Jazz Festival, the Hong Kong International Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Jazz Festival, Liverpool Jazz Festival, Paris Jazz Festival à la Cité, Jarasum Int’l Jazz festival, Jazz Au Chellah, Ottawa Jazz Festival, Jazz May Penza Festival, Beishan International Jazz Festival, Yokohama Jazz Promenade Festival, Brussels Jazz Marathon, Stuttgart Musikfest, Südtirol Jazz Festival, Aglan Jazz Festival, Sibiu Jazz Festival, Jazzit Fest Torino, Jazz Bez Festival, Ploiesti Hot Jazz Summit, Shenzhen Fringe Festival, Jazz In July Singapore, 9Gates Festival, Blues’n Jazz Rallye, B Flat Berlin, Like A Jazz Machine Festival, Luxembourg Jazz Meeting to quote only a few…
Dock In Absolute also brought his new album out in May, recorded at the Bauer Studios, under the Label CAM JAZZ.
Dock In Absolute has recently been named the “Export Artist of the Year” by music:LX in result of being the most active band in Luxembourg.
Their fresh approach to jazz allowed them to push boundaries, to touch a wide audience and to explore the potential of new unique wave of sounds while adding strength to the jazz field.
PIANO JEAN PHILIPPE KOCH
Jean-Philippe Koch started learning the piano at the age of four and went on to study at the Luxembourg Conservatoire. At the age of 17, he continued at the Musikhochschule in Saarbrücken, and completed a Master’s degree course at the Liège Royal Conservatoire, where he graduated with ‘grande distinction’ and also won the prize for the highest mark in his Master’s course. Having also studied in Berklee College of Music in Boston, as well as at the Codarts University of Arts Rotterdam, he has been awarded a scholarship by Berklee school for his studies.
Always on the lookout for new approaches to piano, Jean-Philippe has attended many master classes. Alongside this, he obtained Baccalaureates in composition, musical analysis and musical notation.
In 2014, he became piano teacher at the Conservatoire de Luxembourg.
Jean-Philippe has recorded many Cds, the last one with his father, Philippe (violin), and his sister, Laurence (violin), as part of the Koch Trio. This CD has been nominated at the ‘International Classic Music Awards’. The Trio played inter alia at the Berliner Philharmonie, Luxembourg Philharmonie, Christophori Salon in Berlin, Paris Goethe Institut, London Conway Hall, Dublin, Madrid Conde Duque… and continues to present its music to the world.
Jean-Philippe was awarded the gold medal, with a special commendation from the panel of judges, at the UGDA International Young Soloists Competition in Luxembourg. In the same year, he was also awarded the SACEM Prize, the EMCY (European Union of Music Competitions for Youth) Prize and the prize for the best composition for piano at the Artistes en Herbe international composition competition.
BASS DAVID KINTZIGER
Originating from several renowned schools in Belgium, David Kintziger decides to develop his creative knowledge with an intention to devote it to an intergenerational audience. Passionate about guitar, bass and percussions since his teenage years, he studies jazz harmony, writing, ensemble music as well as electric fretless bass and double bass at the "Académie de Jazz Marcel Désiron" in Amay. Eclectic musician, he then attends improvisation and polyrhythms courses at the "Conservatoire Royal" in Liège under the guidance of Michel Massot and Garrett List.
He composes numerous music pieces for short films' projects, children's puppet shows and theater plays. Naturally curious, his thurst for knowledge and versatile experiences brings him to find interest in many artistic disciplines. Amongst them, illustration, comics, art therapy, theatrical improvisation,,danse, “lutherie sauvage”, video, stop-motion, cinema and teaching.
Moreover, David works in two centres of expression and creativity (Atelier Graffiti in Liège/Les Z'ateliers from Houffalize) as an illustrator and accompanies children and adults in expressing themselves through various forms of creative arts. He also proposes many pluridisciplinary artistic formations and workshops in Belgium as well as abroad. Since 2014, he has been studying somatotherapy in order to enrich his global human knowledge with benevolence, strength and determination. In 2006, he represents Belgium for an international contest of silent film music, “Strade Del Cinema”. He takes the third place, along with pianist Baptiste Vaes.
He's also the bassist of Val et les Bateleurs, Undo3, IsaMia, ...
DRUMS MICHEL MOOTZ
Michel started his musical career at the „Conservatoire de Musique de la ville Luxembourg“. At a very young age he studied Percussion and Piano. Discovering later Jazz Drums and Vibraphone he managed to widen his musical horizon at an early stage.
After obtaining a premier prix in both piano and drumset and a prix supérieur in classical percussion in 2001 he joined the department for Jazz Drumset and Classical Percussion at the “Conservatorium van Amsterdam”. Being in touch with incredible musicians and pedagogues, he was able to progress in many aspects of musicianship. He finally graduates in two bachelor degrees in 2006 and 2007. After a successful period of performing in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, Greece, India, China and teaching in Luxembourg he decided to study again in 2011. He graduated with a « Master of Arts » at the « Koninklijk Conservatorium van Brussel » in 2013.
Michel is playing in many different kinds of projects and teaches percussion and Drumset in Luxembourg at the « Conservatoire de musique de la ville de Luxembourg » since 2009. Currently he is also performing among others with the percussion ensemble “Transadlibit Duo”, the Jazzcombo “Jitz Jeitz Quartet”, the Singer/songwriter Daniel Balthasar and the classical improvising Worldmusic Trio "Julia goes Mercutio".
DRUMS NATE WONG
Nate Wong is a Hong Kong native who grew up in the United States, he graduated from Berklee College of Music and subsequently worked as a professional musician in Ecuador and USA, since 2014 Nate has been based in Hong Kong.
Nate is a cross over musician that has his finger prints on many parts of Hong Kong's music industry. He is the drummer of indie rock outfit Nowhere Boys and leads the fast swinging jazz quintet Wong Way Down which has performed at the HK International Jazz Festival, Zhuhai Jazz Festival, Guangzhou Opera House and hosts Peel Fresco's iconic Sunday night session.
Since moving to HK Nate has collaborated with a variety of Asia's brightest musicians like GayBird Leung, Ted Lo, Eugene Pao, Ng Yin, City Chamber Orchestra, Veloz, Shaolin Fez, Bamboo Star, Jing Wong and Yoyo Sham to name a few.
This is a group, rather than a collection of individuals, and Unlikely is an album rather than a mere collection of themes. From the heart of Western Europe, a record that gets to the heart of modern music.
Leur nouvelle approche du jazz leur a permis de repousser leurs limites, de toucher un large public et d'explorer le potentiel de nouvelles vagues de sons uniques tout en renforçant le champ du jazz.
Amphithéâtre Pierre Mendès-France & Charleville Action Jazz
... Une apparente simplicité mélodique, associée à un travail sur le rythme impressionnant ...
A quirky name, an unusual home base and an aesthetic centered on deep melodicism are all factors that make Dock In Absolute an intriguing band.
A very disciplined outfit, there was a baroque underpinning to Koch’s compositions wedded to an indie rock feel.
The New-York City Jazz Record
Dock in Absolute: Drei vielversprechende Jungmusiker. Ein verträumtes, zuweilen romantisches Jazz-Rock Trio.
Its music is sparkling, varying, forceful, pressing, rich in twists and turns in mood: from lyrical to unrestrainable, from wild to graceful, from virtuosic and crystalline to assertive and dramatic, from subdued to airy and demonstrative.
What’s immediately striking about the music that comes out of this trio is how formidably certain it is. An album packed with fascinating composition as well as terrific playing.
Abrupte Tempowechsel, harte Pausen, erstaunliche Akzentuierungen und ausgefeilte Dynamikbögen treffen auf schwelgerische Melodien, kleine repetitive Motive und starke Soli.
Daniel Conrad, WORT LUXEMBURG