PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

SCOPES is led by Berlin based drummer Mathias Ruppnig and bassist Tom Berkmann, who have been working and performing with pianist Tony Tixier for several years now. They met in New York, where each spent several years and developed his own style in music. There they decided form the group SCOPES to create a distinct band-sound with sense for the pulse of time. They have invited Matt Chalk on alto saxophone to complete the quartet to produce a transparent, modern sound that stands out from the classic acoustic line up. 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 in each concert and creates an unique experience for the listener.

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Matt Chalk
Alto saxophonist Matt Chalk grew up in a musical household in Kansas City but found artistic maturity in New York. He studied at The New School under Jaleel Shaw. Also a prolific composer in his own right, Chalk’s own music bridges a lyrical abstraction of contemporary classical music and jazz improvisation. His influences run as wide as painter Richard Diebenkorn to composer Henri Dutilleux, poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti to chef Alice Waters. Chalk currently lives in Paris where he composes, writes, and paints.

Tony Tixier

Tony Tixier has been a steady member of Logan Richardson's Band for years and has also performed with Christian Scott's group. The French pianist released his album "Dream Pursuit" with Logan Richardson, Burniss Earl Travis and Justin Brown in 2012. Since 2014, Tony has been living in New York, where he has established himself as part of the jazz scene and has performed with the jazz trombone legend Dick Griffin, as well as Seamus Blake and Kendrick Scott, among others.

Tom Berkmann

Tom Berkmann studied double bass at the Jazz Institut Berlin and then at Manhattan School of Music in New York as a DAAD scholar . He was a semifinalist in the International Double Bass Competition "Bass 2010", received the German Academy Award for "Best Film Score" in 2013, and won the German Critics Award at the Berlin Film Festival for the Soundtrack of the Feature Movie "Oh Boy".

Mathias Ruppnig

Austrian drummer and composer Mathias Ruppnig is an in-demand musician in the Berlin jazz scene. With his own projects "The Spinning", "Square Quartet" and "DACH" he tours Europe regularly. He completed both a Bachelor and Master’s Degree at the University of Music and Performing Arts, in Graz, Austria. As a leader he released two albums "square" and "The Spinning" with the Viennese label, Session Work Records. In 2014, he won the "Downbeat Award" for College Graduate Outstanding Performance in the Latin group category with the KUG Composers’ Ensemble.

Band Lineup

Matt Chalk (alto saxophone)
Tony Tixier (piano)
Tom Berkmann (bass)
Mathias Ruppnig (drums)