Born: September 6, 1982 Primary Instrument: Violin
FREDERIKA KRIER was born in Timisoara/Romania and grew up in in Forchheim (Bavaria/Germany). She got her first classical violin lesson at the age of 7, studied among others with Silvia Reichhardt (EMI Erlangen) and took lessons with Uwe Haiberg (UdK Berlin). She started to play early in regional orchestras as concert master and soloist. She also played in many bands of different music styles (folk, gypsy swing, funk, soul, latin, hard rock,...) and took part in musical and film productions. At the age of 18 she discovered the jazz world at a workshop with jazz violinist Jörg Widmoser (Modern String Quartett). Regular lessons with him followed along with workshops with Mic Oechsner, Peter o'Mara, Gregor Hübner, Mark Feldman and Barry Harris. After studying ethnomusicology she entered the jazz department of the UdK Berlin, now Jazz Institut Berlin (JIB), and studied there with musicians like Jerry Granelli, Peter Weniger, Chris Dahlgren, David Friedman, John Hollenbeck and Kurt Rosenwinkel.
She leads her own bands (Frederika Krier Quartett/Berlin, Molecular Vibrations/NYC and LAGHIMA/NYC) and toured with Danish singer Gitte Haenning and her Orchestra. Furthermore she recorded with Mario Spinetti, Leron Thomas, Abdoulaye Alhassane, Jojo Kuo (Fela), Kurt Rosenwinkel and worked with Dennis Davis (David Bowie, George Benson), Dana Hanchard (Harmonia Mundi), Juini Booth (Sun Ra Arkestra), Ladell McLin just to name a few. Frederika Krier moved to New York and is based there now.
The second day opened with the remarkably fluid show of Frederika Krier Quartetguitarist Peter Meyer, bassist Malte Tonissen and drummer Diego Pineraperforming a homogenous synthesis of jazz, minimalism and world music influences. Krieran international jazz violinist and composer born in Romania, raised in Germany and presently living in New Yorkgave a dynamic performance characterized by tight, well-structured melodic sequences emerging from the tense, obsessive rhythmical patterns into inspiriting grooves. The first surprise of the festival. (allaboutjazz 2011)
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how incredible were Frederica Krier and her super tight band (the uptown collective NYC, August 2011)
galactically good on the violin Frederika Krier (Nordbayrische Nachrichten, Dez 2007)
Gitte Haenning and her Orchestra pulled all the stops. Especially E-violinist Frederika Krier gave a buoyant lightness to the songs that meandered fluffily through the evening(Fuldaear Zeitung, Nov 2008)
and exceptional violinist in the field of jazz! (Yorkschlößchen Berlin, march 2009)
lucent sounds for the present (Neue Tonne Dresden, march 2009)
the young 'Frederika Krier Quartett' has broken fresh ground in composition and musical execution and these who let themselves in for that new at the Jazzkeller have experiences a special evening. Simplicity and exuberand joy of playing took turns, you could hear improvisation and inspiration and time and again Frederika Krier took over the musical lead. (s'blättla Weinstadt, march 2009)
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