Grandiose and bustling alto saxophonist Angelika Niescier has played together with many exiting pianists like Denman Maroney, Iiro Rantala and Florian Weber. Three years ago she played at Enjoy Jazz with Anke Helfrich. This time, she brings pianist and organist Alexander Hawkins. He was born in in Oxford in 1981 and is an important young protagonist in the British improvisation scene. He has played John Edwards, Steve Noble, Evan Parker, Louis Moholo, Joe McPhee and other grand players of free music. Niescier and Hawkins met at the Jazzfest in Berlin few years ago in 2016. She played a set with her New York Quintet (Ralph Alessi on trumpet, Florian Weber on piano, Eric Revis on bass and Gerald Cleaver on drums) and he played the organ with trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith. They listened to each other’s concerts, talked and quickly discovered common ground (from Ornette Coleman to Cecil Taylor). Niescier was fascinated by Hawkins’ solo CD “Iron Into Wind” (2019) and they were even label mates at Intakt. So one thing led to another and they were on stage together for the first time in Switzerland not too long ago. In duo concerts Niescier’s exuberant power can be felt almost more intensely than when she performs in larger ensembles – it seems that her every note is laden with even more meaning, and the natural cautiousness required to respond to each other’s tones in the duo encounter propagates a tangible sensitivity and a concentration of energy. The experience promises to be a suspenseful mix of improvisation and composed pieces.