SCOPES is an European jazz ensemble rooted in Berlin, Paris and Amsterdam. The group consists of Ben van Gelder – alto saxophone, Tony Tixier – piano, Tom Berkmann – bass and Mathias Ruppnig– drums who met in New York, where they each spent several years and developing their individual musical style.
These four individual composers have joined to form a whole and create a distinct band-sound. While their music is deeply grounded in the jazz tradition, their songs serve as a platform to explore new realms through improvisation.
Like a kaleidoscope, their music evolves through each concert and creates a unique experience for the listener. The acoustic quartet produces a transparent, modern sound that stands out from the classic line up of alto saxophone, piano, double bass and drums.
Tonight sees the band launch their debut album on Whirlwind Recordings.