Alexander von Schlippenbach - piano, composer
One of Europe's premier free jazz bandleaders, pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach's music mixes free and contemporary classical elements, with his slashing solos often the link between the two in his compositions.
Schlippenbach formed The Globe Unity Orchestra in 1966 to perform the pieceGlobe Unity,which had been commissioned by the Berliner Jazztage. He remained involved with the orchestra into the '80s.
Schlippenbach began taking lessons at eight, and studied at the Staatliche Hochschule for Musik in Cologne with composers Bernd Alois Zimmermann and Rudolf Petzold. He played with Gunther Hampel in 1963, and was in Manfred Schoof's quintet from 1964 to 1967.