Johannes Schleiermacher (born in 1984 in Freital)
Instrumentalist (saxophone, flute, modular synthesizer), composer, and music producer.
Studied at HfM Berlin Hanns Eisler and Jazz Institute Berlin.
Own bands such as Woima Collective (2010 - 2015), Onom Agemo and the Disco Jumpers (since 2015), and the duo TRAINING with Max Andrzejewski.
Member of various bands led by Gunter Hampel (since 2003), Max Andrzejewski's Hütte (since 2012), Shake Stew (since 2016), Mokete Mokete (since 2018), Bruchgold und Koralle (since 2019), former member: Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra (2006-2021), Jimi Tenor (2018-2020), Poets of Rhythm/Whitefield Brothers, Radio Citizen, Omniversal Earkestra.
Artistic director of various transcultural music projects with Onom Agemo and the Disco Jumpers (2014 Ismael Orchestra Meknes, 2019 Gnaoua Culture Casablanca, since 2018 with Ahmed Ag Kaedy from Mali) and with Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra in Malawi in 2016.
Artistic director of Kosmostage IV Festival with members of Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra at Radialsystem in 2021 and of the series GruppenTRAINING with Berlin musicians from diverse musical backgrounds in 2023.
Recipient of various grants from the Berlin Senate, Musik Fonds, and GEMA.
Winner of the "Neuer Deutscher Jazzpreis 2013" with Max Andrzejewski's Hütte, German Record Critics' Award (Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik) 2021 with Shake Stew, German Jazz Prize 2021 with Shake Stew and Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra, Amadeus Music Award with Shake Stew.
Released numerous albums as bandleader/co-leader (TRAINING, Woima Collective, Onom Agemo and the Disco Jumpers) and as a sideman/guest artist (e.g., Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra, Efterklang, The Notwist, Die Türen, Alogte Oho, Max Andrzejewski's Hütte, Shake Stew, Jimi Tenor, Gunter Hampel, Whitefield Brothers, Whitefield, Karl Hector and the Malcouns, Bruchgold und Koralle, Radio Citizen).
Performed concerts with artists such as Hermeto Pascoal, Jimi Tenor, Asmaa Hamzaoui, Perry Robinson, Tony Allen, Shabaka Hutchings, Ruth Goller, Gunter Hampel, Marja Burchardt, Lou Grassi, John Diederich, Ahmed Ag Kaedy, Han Bennink, Jan and Max Weißenfeldt, Lukas Kranzelbinder, Mario Rom, Roman Bunka, Wolfgang Seidel, Natalie Greffel.
Toured in countries including South Korea, Kazakhstan, Malawi, Morocco, Tunisia, Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Canada, USA, Russia, Finland, England, Serbia, Italy, Spain, France, Poland, Latvia.
"In Germany, Johannes Schleiermacher is one of the strongest voices on the tenor saxophone." - Andrian Kreye, Süddeutsche Zeitung
"If it says Johannes Schleiermacher, there can't be anything bad in it, fundamentally." - Tim Casper Böhme, TAZ
"And then the saxophonist Johannes Schleiermacher builds up into a noisy solo that breaks every form." - Ulrich Stock, Zeit