Feature Ring

For more than ten years, the Ring Trio has been able to inspire visitors and listeners anew every time during their monthly workshop concert. Always new, always different – be it light art, poetry or jazz music: as an established series, the trio welcomes various artists*in order to bring something new and unique to the stage together with them full of experimental joy.

Openness, curiosity and creativity are the watchwords here. You can get an insight into the last session here:

Das Ring Trio

Demian Kappenstein: Drums, Electronics
Demian Kappenstein, born 1983, studied jazz percussion, free improvisation and contemporary music with Prof. Günter Baby Sommer and Michael Griener at the Hochschule für Musik in Dresden from 2004 to 2009. From 2009 – 2011 he was a master student of composer and percussionist Eric Schäfer from Berlin. Kappenstein worked with musicians such as Rolf Kühn, Giora Feidman, Markus Stockhausen, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Arve Henriksen, Louis Sclavis and Robyn Schulkowsky. In the jazz series’Feature Ring’ at the European Centre of the Arts HELLERAU he has been bringing national and international artists to Dresden since 2007, which he accompanies with his trio. In 2012 he won the Bremen Jazz Prize with the band Masaa, the RUTH World Music Prize in 2015 and the German Record Critics’ Prize in 2017. With his duo ÄTNA he received the Music Match Award in 2018.

In his concerts for solo percussion he works on combining electronic and acoustic music and their visual perception. His solo debut WEIT was released as a special edition by Jazzsick Records in Cologne. In December 2015 Kappenstein and Vincent von Schlippenbach presented the “invisible percussion-invisible drums” developed with Marc Bangert in the German Bundestag.

Eren Solak: Piano, Synthesizer, Elektronik
Eren Solak, born 1981, studied at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin with Reggie Moore and Jiggs Whigham from 2001 to 2005. Since then he lives and works as a pianist, singer and producer in Berlin. As sidemen he worked with Sebastian Merk, Hayden Chisholm, Ronny Graupe, Michael Kersting, Felix Wahnschaffe, Jelena Kuljic, Clara Hill, Andreas Brandis, and “Thief” (Sonar Kollektiv/Jazzanova).

Felix-Otto Jacobi: Double Bass, Electronic Bass
Felix-Otto Jacobi, born in 1980, is a bassist and composer. He grew up in Halle/Saale and studied electric and double bass at the Carl-Maria von Weber Academy of Music in Dresden. He is co-founder of the jazz and free improvisation series “Feature Ring”, head of the piano trio “GRIM” (nasswetter rec.), member of the “Barbara Thalheim Band” and the “MIRAMODE Orchestra” (agogo/Jazzthing next generation). He leads the Big Band of the H.W.Henze Music School Berlin Marzahn/Hellersdorf and the Big Band of the City of Brandenburg. His concert tours have taken him to Canada, China, Russia and Turkey. He played with Thomas Quasthoff, Rolf Kühn, Arve Henriksen, Markus Stockhausen, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Gitte Häning, Miss Platinum and Katharina Frank. Felix-Otto Jacobi currently lives and works as a teacher, sideman and composer in Berlin.