Meinrad Kneer – Evil Rabbit records Founder – Double Bass player – Berlin 2018
Meinrad Kneer is a double bass player, composer, improviser, band-leader, and label owner. His music moves along the musical boundaries of jazz, improvised, contemporary-composed, and ethnic music.
He studied double bass and music in the Netherlands (conservatories of Hilversum and Amsterdam), where he quickly entered the Dutch jazz- and subsequently the international scene of free improvisation.
He currently leads the Meinrad Kneer Quintet, the Trio Baars / Kneer / Elgart, the Phosphoros Ensemble, and works as a co-leader in the groups Dalgoo, Rose/ Kneer/ Barrett, and Sequoia.
He also plays a.o. with the following ensembles: Julie Sassoon Quartet, Andreas Willers Septet, Peter Van Huffel Octet and Bite the Gnatze, and worked with musicians as Najma Akhtar, Richard Barrett, Johannes Bauer, Han Bennink, Iva Bittová, Axel Dörner, Bill Elgart, Ceylan Ertem, Fred Frith, Tristan Honsinger, Paul Lovens, Roscoe Mitchell and Jon Rose, and ensembles as different Baraná formations, the Ab Baars Quartet, House of Mirrors, the Gravitones, Play Station 6, the Astronotes, the Joost Buis tentet, the AXYZ-Ensemble, the bigtet Tetzepi, the Ig Henneman String Quartet, the Marc Sinan Company, the KNM Ensemble and realized, with his own bands and as a side man, about 30 records.
During the last years, he has been touring extensively in most countries of Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Turkey, North Africa, and Mexico.
His internationally renowned label Evil Rabbit Records‚ founded together with pianist Albert van Veenendaal in 2006, is dedicated to contemporary improvised music rooted in the European culture.