“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)
Silke Eberhard is a saxophonist, clarinetist and composer based in Berlin.
Since the mid-90s she has dedicated herself to the freer variations of jazz and improvised music. Her collaboration with Jan Roder and Kay Lübke, which began then and eventually resulted in the Silke Eberhard Trio, moves in this tradition in search of new challenges, that recently led to “The Being Inn” (the 3rd trio album, awarded the German Record Critics’ Prize, a concept album) – a cozy inn.
Her intensive occupation with the music of Eric Dolphy led to the project Potsa Lotsa, initially a wind quartet, interpreting the complete works of Dolphy. The project expanded to the Septet Potsa Lotsa Plus (plays Love Suite by Eric Dolphy) and ultimately to the tentet Potsa Lotsa XL, which so far performs solely Eberhard’s compositions.
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.
She works with many collective ensembles, including the duo with Ulrich Gumpert, the duo with Uwe Oberg ( + trio with Gerry Hemingway), Matsch & Schnee, I am Three …. she performs / recorded with numerous musicians of the international jazz scene such as Aki Takase, Nikolaus Neuser, David Liebman, Sandy Evans, Hannes Zerbe, Wayne Horvitz, Dave Burrell, Michael Zerang, Maggie Nicols, Joe Morris, Michael Formanek, Talibam! amo… and travelled with her music all continents except Antarctica.
CDs/LPs on record labels like INTAKT, Leo Records, ESP Disk, Jazzwerkstatt, Not Two, Intuition, Trouble in the East document her work.
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