• gratkowski_quartet

May 2, Splendor

Frank Gratkowski – alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet , flute, composition
Wolter Wierbos – trombone
Dieter Manderscheid – bass
Gerry Hemingway – drums

I founded the “Frank Gratkowski Trio” in 1995 after I had played with both musicians in various formations (incl. Grubenklang Orchester and Klaus Koenig Orchester). Since 2000 the trio has been extended with the Dutch trombonist Wolter Wierbos to a quartet. In the music of the quartet, I am trying to form a synthesis of composition and improvisation where all instruments have equal functions to build a unified whole.

Frank Gratkowski