In 1986, he received a scholarship for the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada to study and work with David Holland, Steve Coleman, Muhal Richard Abrams, George Lewis, Richie Beirach, and others. He also studied privately with Steve Lacy in Paris. In the 80s and 90s, he worked in various bands and projects in the Cologne area and throughout Germany, covering a wide spectrum of musical genres - mainstream jazz, fusion, contemporary classical music, music for the theatre, free improvisation, and pop-influenced music. Since the early 90s, Achim has focused more on writing music for his own groups (mostly trios) which led to his cd weave, released in 1997. After his move to Amsterdam, he formed a quartet with reed player Michael Moore and percussionist John Hollenbeck. In the last few years, he has also been increasingly active in the field of improvised music as documented on the trio cds kwast and unearth with Frank Gratkowski and Wilbert de Joode. A (mostly improvised) solo piano record entitled knives has been released on Leo Records in 2004. As a pianist, Achim strives to combine polyphonic pianism with subtly prepared and manipulated strings and interiors.
Very recently, he has also added amplification and electronic processing to his vocabulary. Achim has toured in most European countries, as well as in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the U.S., and Eastern Africa. He performed (often with his own projects or as co-leader) at renowned festivals, such as Europa Jazz (Le Mans), Guimarães (Portugal), Jazzfest Berlin, International Jazz Festival Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton, Ottawa, Don Cherry Festival @ The Stone (NYC), Vilnius Jazz Festival, Ring Ring Festival (Belgrade), Interzone (Novi Sad), Manly Jazz Festival (Sydney, Australia), Festival de la Cité Lausanne, Ars Nova (contemporary music festival of SWR radio), Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Jazz Festival Frankfurt, post this/neo that (Cologne Philharmonic Hall), JazzHaus Festival Cologne, Leverkusener Jazztage, Northsea Jazz Festival, Zomer Jazz Fiets Tour (Groningen), SJU Jazz Festival (Utrecht), Tasten Festival (Berlin), Time Flies (Vancouver), Jazz Brugge, dOek Festival (Amsterdam). He has worked and recorded for most of the German radio/TV stations, and toured for the Goethe Institute. Achim has also played and/or recorded with musicians from different backgrounds such as Han Bennink, George Lewis, Mark Helias, Tomász Stanko, Steve Swallow, Chris Speed, Jim Black, Paul Lovens, Wolter Wierbos, Tristan Honsinger, Gerry Hemingway, Mark Dresser, Misha Mengelberg, Ab Baars, Tobias Delius, Lê Quan Ninh, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Matthias Schubert, Lori Freedman, Peggy Lee, Paul Rutherford, Michael Vatcher, Mary Oliver, David Stackenäs, Hasse Poulsen, Andy Moor, Bill Elgart, Dieter Manderscheid, Steve Argüelles, Richie Beirach, Al Foster, Adam Nussbaum, Bob Brookmeyer, Lee Konitz, Julian Argüelles, and many more. As a sideman, he currently works with groups led by Joost Buis (Astronotes), Maartje ten Hoorn (Playstation 6), Peter Bolte, Manfred Bründl (Silent Bass), and Michael Moore (White Widow Quartet). His work has been supported by: Fonds voor de Podiumkunsten (The Netherlands) Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst (NL) Thuiskopiefonds (NL) Stiftung Kunst und Kultur NRW (Germany) Kultusministerium NRW (for a six-month stay at the Cité des Arts in Paris) Achim lives in Amsterdam together with his wife, the Canadian poet and visual artist Gabriele Guenther. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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