The combination of carribean roots and free jazz improvisations connects the opposite music styles:
improvisation, spontaneity in salsa with rhythm of dance in jazz.
The orchestra was formed in 2009 by Martin High De Prime who plays piano direct from heart and create music which is the coal for the fire everyone has inside. Obsessed with the ghosts of afro latin rhythm they have the power to change the room with instruments into tropical dance hall. The transcontinental journey full of rhythm
and fun. Together with audience they massage the floor with their feet, connected with mother Earth having wonderfull time.
The jazz audience has often the prejudice against salsa genre that nothing changed for the last fourty years, but everyone who heard AFROBERLIN HIGH ORCHESTRA is impressed and come again because of their extraordinary sound ;-)
They play compositions written exclusive for the band. The current program is made from salsa titles from Julian Gretschel, 1st trombonist and arranger, who arranged as well Martin High De Prime’s compositions for the four blowers.. It gives a very earthy groove given by the five-parted rhythm group which includes the
percussive piano, African bass groove and carribean afro cuban percussion group of drum master "El Rey del Ritmo" Perez.
The Musicians are:
Martin High De Prime - piano
Born in Berlin in 1964. Playing piano since he was 13 years old. Inspired by the contact with the New York saxophonist Charles Gayle Martin. Then he left his piano teacher Walter Norris and starts in 1985 to develop his own musical concept. 1988 First study stay in Mexico with lively concert and composition activities. Due to the many celebrations of Merenge-nights full of joie de vivre, which is expressed through music, his jazz background has developed. By changing the musical personalities over the past 6 years, many styles were combined and a special kind emerged. Plants lovers give the herbal shamans the strength to lead this wonderful orchestra.
1989 participation in jazz festivals in Germany and Holland. 1990/91 own jazz trio in Barcelona. Concerts in Spain. Since 1995, Martin recognizes Mexico as his second home and spends part of his life there. Since 2002, new rural base in the Uckermark where many compositions are being created and Martin is acting as an organizer; 13 years as head of the “Jazz Fest Uckermark”.
2009 Foundation of the stylistic “Afro Berlin High Orchestra”.
2016 tour operators of “1.Festivals for music and joie de vivre” in the Uckermark.
Donat Kubrinski - Trompet
Born in Berlin, he studied Jazz-Trumpet at „Hochschule für Musik und Theater Zürich“ and at Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler“, Berlin. He’s very activ in the Jazz-Szene. Worked in many productions in Radio and Televisions like
ARD, ZDF, MDR and RBB: „Ein Herz für Kinder“, “Willkommen bei Carmen Nebel“, “Das Sommer Open-Air „ECHO-award“.
Julian Gretschel - Trombone, Compositions
Trombonist, composer and arranger, lives in Berlin. In the conpirative Berlin Swing Scene known also as “Hans Quarz”. Trombonist at “Louise Gold & die Herren Quarz“, he takes inspirations from old music (Ensemble Alta Musica“), through jazz (Berlin Big Band, AerophoniXs) and soul (The ORWOrms) till Chanson („Dernier Metro“), Cabaret Theatre („Die Zweibeiner“) and modern music (Duo with Enikö Ginzery). Guest musician in formations and at music festivals in and outside Germany.
Rob Gutowski - Trombone
Born 1964 in USA. He started to play trombone in the age of six in Clarion, Pennsylvania bei Prof. Dean Farnham. Later he studyied by Ronald Baedke (Richmond Symphony Orchestra), Jürgen Heiner (Staatsoper Berlin), Buster Cooper (Duke Ellington Band 1961 -1973) and David Steinmeyer. Played together with artists like The BossHoss, Gentleman and the Far East Band, Arnold Dreyblatt, Earth, Tone, Redux Orchester, Dieter
Krebs, Barbara Schöneberger, Chamaco Rivera, Tippa Irie, Stephan Said, Adel Tawil, Paul Brody, Jerry Jenkins...
Reiner Hess - Saxophon & Compositions
His improvisations at Alto Sax tells lots of stories. He studied by Leszek Zadlo (München) und Vincent Hering (New York). Leader of „Raumschiff Jazz“ and the yellow side of jazz worked as studio musician with many Jazz, Pop and Blues artists. As leader und Sideman he played with Joe Nay, Billy Elgart, John Schröder, Dusko Goykowich, Eda Zari, Greg Bowen, Rudi Mahall, Johannes Fink, Gerhard Gschlößl, Christian
Lillinger, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Till Brönner, Andreas Willers, Kai Brückner, Denis Stilke.
Arcadius Didavi - Bass
born in Benin and adopted home in Berlin. After his international Debut 1994 with the Westafrican Art Jazz Orchestra at the Saint Louis Jazz Festival in Senegal he made many concerts with Papa Wemba, Monique Sikka, Nayan Kabel and Herve Meckeny. Workshops by Rhoda Scott, Gilles Rennes, studied by Prof. Mini Schulz. Working with Lionel Louek. His composistions are full of refreshing combinations with african rhythms and Jazz full of electrified power. His funky solos & grooving ballades, electric sparks jump over to the audience full of the joy of life.
His Credo: Afro-Pop-Jazz is best!
Enrico Perez - Congas
born 1956 in Havana, Cuba. Full of temperament and multi talented drummer comes from quarter “Jesus Maria” where famous Cuban drummers like Chicho El Bongocero alias Saoco, Enrique Barbosa or Tata Guines started their careers. Since his childhood is close to afro-cuban music and influenced by music traditions of his country. In Cuba he played with piano artist Frank Emilio Flin and in „Orchester Beny Moré“. Since 1979 lives and works in Germany. From 2000 based in Berlin where he works together with artists from latin jazz, salsa and afro scene: Justo Perez, Adonis y Soneros de Hoy, Ricardo Moreno and Eduardo Villegas. 2000 grounds his own Band “Enrico & Groove“.
Arsène Cimbar - Drums
Born in Guadaloupe (Carribean), since 1996 in Berlin. Drummer since his childhood, played with many traditional bands and later with different reggae groups. In Berlin as drummer and percussionist of afro and reggae scene, for example: „African Chase Experience“, Griot Music Company, Carribean Marching Band.
Miguel Fernandez Ortega - Timbales
from Barcelona, Spain. Music studies in Jam Session Escola de Musics and Taller de Musics. In 2010 he stayed in Cuba to study by Guillermo Alcantara, Julito Gutierrez, Ramses Rodriguez, Riveron from 2010 student of
Toni Pages, Leonardo Torres, Jordi Contreras, Basilio Marcanto, Luis Alfonso Guerra, Enrico Perez, Ramon Angel Rey. Together work with: Jazz Big Band Taller de Musics, Skeny Big Band, Malagasty Gospel, Total Por Medio Tono, Manana Son Project, Jah of York Collective, Haze, VAM Trio, Abel Sanchez Flamenco Fusion Project.