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Kayla Quintet

This new quintet features Gerhard Gschlößl on trombone, Antonis Anissegos on Wurlitzer, Oliver Steidle on drums and Jan Roder on bass. The music reflects Ben’s musical interpretation of the Kayla people: the Ethiopian jews (Kayla means other or outcast) who lived in isolated communities for centuries before being airlifted to Israel in the early 1980s : african rhythms mutated by abstract jazz and draped with sad melodies. Our first CD called End Times came out on Jazzwerkstatt in 2009.