Axel Filip is an Argentine drummer, composer, improviser and arranger based in Berlin.
As a drummer, reflects versitality, performing within jazz and creative music, collaborating on very diverse musical projects; from jazz and popular music, to Argentine folk music, avant-garde, free and conducted improvisation (Butch Morris' conduction technique) and big bands. Nurtures his artistic practice and work with this openness in music, using it as a means to develop a sound and language of his own.
As a composer he explores the relationship between jazz, improvisation, poetry and folklore music, creating sound landscapes that evoke complex yet visceral emotions.
Along his work as a performer and composer, during his musical career he worked to develop his techniques as an arranger. In 2018 he created a project with which I won a grant from the National Arts Foundation with the purpose of researching, collecting, arranging and recording music written by Argentine music composers. Focusing on the use of each piece as a platform for improvisation, this project served to expand a repertoire of Argentine music arranged and reinterpreted under the perspective of jazz music.
Got his bachelor in jazz music at the Conservatorio Superior de Musica Manuel de Falla in Buenos Aires and he’s currently completing his master studies at the NTNU Music Department (Trondheim), Rhythmic Music Conservatory (Copenhague) and the Jazz Institute Berlin as part of the European Jazz Master program.
As a bandleader released “El equilibrio secreto de las cosas” (ears&eyes Records 2019), “Sesión Efénea” (Club del disco 2020), and “Sendero” (ears&eyes records 2021).
His current project MALEZA features an international group formed by Mirna Bogdanović on vocals, Mathilde Vendramin on cello, Joakim Rainer Petersen on piano and Lisa Hoppe on bass.
+Workshops and Seminars
- Obtained a double diploma from the Patagonic Institute of the Arts (IUPA) for two seminars about Astor Piazzola's music, both in analysis of his arrangements as drums in his music, given by Nicolas Guerschberg and Daniel Pipi Piazzola.
- Took part of two different residencies and concerts at Centro Cultural Kirchner with Marilyn Crispell and Ben Goldberg.
- Participates in a one week workshop with clarinetist and composer Ben Goldberg during his residency at Centro Cultural Kirchner.
- SIM workshop directed by Ralph Alessi in New York at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.
- Participates in a one week workshop with pianist and composer Marilyn Crispell during her residency at Centro Cultural Kirchner.
+Concerts and Festivals
Performed in many concerts and festivals such as Buenos Aires Jazz Festival, Jazz a la Calle (Uruguay), Lučenec Amfiteater, ZWE Jazz Club (Vienna), Santa Fe Jazz Festival, ShapeShifter Lab (NYC). Stilverk1 (Trondheim), Improklubb (Bergen), Samfundet Theater (Trondheim), Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti (Buenos Aires), with Gården Contemporary Circus at Rinkeby (Stockholm), Hamar Jazz Club (Bergen), Thelonious Club (Buenos Aires), Copenhagen Jazz Festival (Denmark), San Martin Theater (Cordoba), Bushwick Improvised Music Series (NYC), Centro Cultural Kirchner and Usina del Arte (Buenos Aires), El Ganzo Hotel (San Jose del Cabo), KMH (Stockholm), Ramallo Jazz Festival, Roseti (Buenos Aires), Konsert Ni Muser (Trondheim), and many others.
Played and collaborated with many different artistic projects in Buenos Aires and international scene such as Fred Selva, Andres Beeuwsaert, Camila Nebbia, Paul Pignon, Juan Cruz de Urquiza, Ernesto Todos, Violeta Garcia, Santiago Leibson, Sergio Wagner, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, Fred Selva, Signe Emmeluth, Martin Pantyrer, Mette Rasmussen, Juan Pablo Arredondo, Joakim Reiner Petersen, Ingrid Feniger, Stefan Bartus, Alexander Riris, Frederico Heliodoro, Pablo Passini, Alan Bartus, Rodrigo Amado, Francisco LoVuolo, Juan Canosa, Sebastian de Urquiza, Kenneth Jimenez , among others.