“Her mastery of both instruments is impressive, but so is her take on music: it is fun, it is light-footed, rhythmically and structurally complex, emotional and technically superb.” (Freejazz Stef)
***** For many years the saxophonist, clarinetist and composer Silke Eberhard has left her mark on the Berlin jazz scene and has also received great international acclaim with performances on all continents (except Antartica!). In 2020 she received the Jazzpreis Berlin in recognition of her achievements.
She interacts with many people in the most diverse formations; with Jan Roder and Kay Lübke she founded Silke Eberhard Trio in 2006, and her band Potsa Lotsa has grown into an imposing tentet in the XL lineup.
She composes for small and large ensembles, contemporary music and jazz. In her wide-ranging work as a performer she also focuses on improvised encounters in dance, theatre and visual arts.
Silke works with many collective ensembles, including the duo with Ulrich Gumpert, duo with Uwe Oberg + trio with Gerry Hemingway, Matsch & Schnee, Satchi (w Maike Hilbig & Yuko Oshima), I am Three. She performs and has recorded with numerous musicians of the international jazz scene such as Aki Takase, Nikolaus Neuser, David Liebman, Sandy Evans, Hannes Zerbe, Dave Rempis, Mike Reed, Wayne Horvitz, Dave Burrell, Michael Zerang, Maggie Nicols, Joe Morris, Michael Formanek, Talibam! and amo.
Her work is documented on CDs/LPs on Leo Records (Silk Songs for Space Dogs 2020), ESP Disk, Jazzwerkstatt, Not Two, Intuition, Trouble in the East, and in May 2021 INTAKT released Being The Up and Down of Silke Eberhard Trio.
SCHOLARSHIPS/AWARDS and ARTIST RESIDENCIES
2020 Jazzpreis Berlin
2017/4 Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik “Bestenliste / German Record Critics Award for Silke Eberhard Trio
2017 Residency @ Elastic Arts Chicago (USA)
2016 fellowship @Omi international Arts Center / Music Omi, Ghent USA)
2015/1 Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik “Bestenliste / German Record Critics Award for Potsa Lotsa Plus
2015 Jazzstipendium Berlin Senate – Research and Composition Project Eric Dolphy Washington DC
2015 (April) Artist in Residence, Peter Kowald Gesellschaft/Ort e.V. Wuppertal
2013 Jazzstipenium Berlin Senate
2012 (May) Artist in Residence, Stadtmühle Willisau/CH
2011 internationaler Jazzpreis der Nürnberger Nachrichten
2009 Jazzstipendium Berlin Senate – project complete works of Eric Dolphy
2009 Dorothea-Erxleben Stipendium, Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover
2007 10. Jazzpott – “best progressive artist” (Philharmonie Essen/Plakatkunsthof Rüttenscheid)
2007 DAAD scholarship (docent at Pontificia Universidad de Bogotá/Colombia)
2005 Jazzprize Studioprojekt of the Berlin Senate (Silke Eberhard Quartet)
2005 DAAD Scholarship (guest professor at Pontificia Universidad de Bogotá/Colombia)
Berliner Jazztage 2000, 2013, 2015, 2017 – Enjoy Jazz 2007, 2008, 2017 – Yokohama Impromusica Festival (Japan) 2008, Veronajazz (Italy) 2008 – Brugge Jazz (Belgium) 2008 – Molde (Norway) 2010 – Edinburgh (UK) 2010 – Jazz im Goethe Garten, Lisbon (Portugal) 2010 – Willisau Jazzfestival (CH) 2011 – JIM Festival Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen and Shenyang (China) 2012 -Ottawa Jazz Festial, Victoria Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival/Canada (2013) – Novara Jazz and Angelica (Italy) 2014, Umbrella Chicago/USA (2014)
* 2004 and 2005 guestprofessor at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá (Colombia).
* Workshops 2007 guest dozente Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá (Colombia).
* 2009-2011 teaching assignment/lecturer at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover
Fotos by Manuel Miethe