Berlin Mallet Group
Julius Heise : Marimba, Composer
Hauke Renken : Marimba, Vibraphone
Raphael Meinhart : Marimba
Taiko Saito : Marimba, Arranger, Composer
Berlin Mallet Group is the only improvising mallet ensemble of its kind. The members are former students of David Friedman who have since become consummate vibraphonists, marimbists, and artists in their own musical sections. They all perform, compose and teach. The ensemble plays compositions by David Friedman and Taiko Saito as well as performing spontaneous compositions created in the moment.
David Friedman is considered to be one of the most influential vibraphonists in the history of the instrument. Internationally renowned as a vibraphonist, marimbist, composer, and jazz educator. He has his own musical message, born of fascinatingly diverse musical influences. Having worked with varied musical personalities as Leonard Bernstein, Luciano Berio, Bobby McFerrin, Wayne Shorter, Chet Baker and Yoko Ono, few jazz musicians can claim as broad a spectrum of performing and recording experience. A dedicated and renowned educator, David Friedman founded the jazz program at Berlin’s University of the Arts and served as its head for sixteen years.