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  • About the Project
  • Jochen Roß
  • Jens-Uwe Popp

Jochen and Jens-Uwe have been working together since 1998. After their first CD "Zeitpunkte" with classical music from the 20th Century, Jochen and Jens-Uwe found themselves constantly drawn to Scotland, and it was there, inspired by the beautiful country, the lovely people and the special mood in the music that reflects the rough, melancholic charm of Scotland, that they started their second production "The Ten Islands". Along with some of Scotland's finest tunes they chose three pieces by Nigel Gatherer and one song by Jim McLean. Inspired by these melodies they created ten musical "universes" which interpret the original character in their own colourful way.

Jens-Uwe and Jochen's playing is complemented by internationally renowned guests: Guido Jäger on the double bass (Giora Feidman, Tom Waits), the Canadian singer songwriter Lisa Winn, the Moroccan percussionist Rhani Krija (Sting), Fabian Hink on the electric guitar and Ulrich Schubert on didgeridoo. The results of this international musical collaboration combine the most beautiful elements of Scottish traditional music with a delicate and sensitive contemporary dramatic feel, combining traditional music with modern, classical and pop.

Jochen Roß was born in 1976 in Kassel, Germany. He studied classical mandolin and piano in Hamburg with Steffen Trekel and Prof. Hans-Georg Lotz. Following his Degree in Music he obtained a Post-graduate Degree in Early Music with the lute-specialist and Echo prize winner Joachim Held. He was honoured with several international prizes and won the renowned competition for mandolin solo in Schweinfurt in 1999.

In 2003 he lived in Scotland for 6 months, working with Scottish mandolin teachers and tutoring on a variety of courses. Since autumn 2003 he has been teaching at the New Music School in Buxtehude near Hamburg. He is also a member of Malte Vief's HeavyClassic Band.

Jens-Uwe Popp studied classical guitar in Lübeck and Hamburg. He won several prizes at international chamber music competitions as part of the Hamburg Guitar Duo. His pronounced passion for chamber music and his feeling for different musical styles beyond the confines of Classical music led to a long-standing cooperation with unusual artists like Efim Jourist und Giora Feidman.

Jens-Uwe Popp has been a member of the David Orlowsky Trio since 2005, in addition to which he also gives solo recitals and plays together with the Kibardin Quartet who released ther crtitically acllaimed CD "Am Samowar" in 2013. 2011 saw the release of his first solo CD under the title "Oremus".