Frank Gratkowski Quartet
I founded the “Frank Gratkowski Trio” in 1995 after I had played with both musicians in various formations (incl. Grubenklang Orchester and Klaus König Orchester). Since 2000 the trio is extended with the Dutch trombonist Wolter Wierbos to a quartet. In the music of the quartet, I am trying to form a synthesis of composition and improvisation where all instruments have equal functions to build a unified whole.
Beside several tours in Europe, the Quartet has been invited to the Vanvouver International Jazzfestival and the USA in 2002.