alto saxophone, bass clarinets, composition


Spinifex is working on new sextet music. And the ensemble is preparing a new project: Spinifex Sings, which is going to happen in 2021/2022, featuring singers Priya Purushothaman and Björk Nielsdottir.
Meanwhile the regular sextet will play live in the spring ... if possible!
30 April 2021 (Int. Jazz Day) Jazzclub Krefeld, DE (Burg Linn, Rittersaal)
20 May 2021 Stockwerk, Graz, AU
21 May 2021 Jazz eV, Dachau, DE
22 May 2021 Divadlo29, Pardubice, CZ
23 May 2021 Ponovafest, Brno, CZ


Dalgoo released their 3rd CD 'Liberté Égalité Fraternité' in January 2021 on the Jazzwerkstatt label.

"All the way there is freedom, equality and fraternity, which is the translated title, and all the way this is musical communication at a very high level. The two saxophonists and clarinettists work together in a brilliant way, exchanging ideas and input as the best "brainstorm" one could wish for. And Kneer and Marien are constantly pushing their ideas and helping to make this an extremely nice hour. This has become a brilliant recording... and we get to hear four extremely talented, exciting and creative musicians." Jan Granlie (Salt Peanuts)

Tobias Klein - alto saxophone, bass clarinet
Lothar Ohlmeier - tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
Meinrad Kneer - double bass
Christian Marien - drums

Compositions for piano solo

In 2019/2020 I composed 3 pieces for piano solo for pianists Pauline Post, Keiko Shichijo and Taavi Kerikmäe. In these compositions, I explore melodic and harmonic shapes created by extrapolating data derived from the proportions of poly-rhythms.

Here are videos of the premiere performances of my first two pieces in this series, titled Vertical Transport, dedicated to and performed by Pauline Post, and Snowglobe, dedicated to and performed by Keiko Shichijo.

thanks to Fonds Podiumkunsten and Investeringsfonds Muziek for funding


"A great combination" (Ben Taffijn, Draai om je oren)

Claron McFadden - voice
Kristina Fuchs - voice
Oguz Büyükberber - (bass) clarinet
Tobias Klein - (contra-)bass clarinet

37FERN released their eponymous album in the fall of 2020 (Trytone).
"The first thing that strikes you is the subtleness in the interaction between voices and clarinets ... the balance is exemplary." Rinus van der Heijden,


= CD on Clean Feed: LIVE AT THE BIMHUIS =

"It has been nothing short of very pleasant and exciting to be invited to the Bimhuis with the excellent trio Almeida Duynhoven Klein." (Tor Hammero, Nettavisen, Norway)

"Adventurously they launch themselves into the universe, while always remaining firmly grounded, a paradox which renders their music indestructible." (Herman te Loo, Jazzflits)

I've been teaming up with Goncalo Almeida on double bass and legendary Dutch drummer Martin Duynhoven, the Boy Edgar Prize laureate of 1984. It's an acoustic trio inspired by all kinds of free adventurous music of the last 50 years...

Tobias Klein 'Chambery' CD on Attacca label (Composer's Portraits)

chamber music compositions by Tobias Klein for bass clarinet

Performed by Fie Schouten – bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, together with:
Jelte Althuis - bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet
Goska Isphording - harpsichord
Bart de Vrees - percussion
Tarmo Johannes - flute
Taavi Kerikmäe - piano
Marko Kassl - accordion

Available at Bandcamp (digital download) or send a mail to

“This album is truly outstanding… a welcome addition to the world of contemporary music… The musical language is modern but has every expressive musical element one would hope to hear … beauty presented in a language that reflects the world in which we live …” Spencer Prewitt (The Clarinet)
"Joyous enchantment coming from the sounds ... the work of a playful mind" Erik Voermans, Parool
"Klein balances smoothly amidst the boundaries between contemporary composed, jazz and world music." Joep Christenhusz, NRC ****
"Tobias Klein presents himself as an original composer ... he presents very distinctive compositions that push the world of contemporary classical music somewhere else." Petr Slaby, Unijazzu Kulturni Magazin