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Annika Francke

saxophonist . jazz . improvisation

Annika Francke . Bassclarinet . Alto Saxophone
George Ricci . Bassclarinet . Clarinet


Annika Francke is a 1987 born saxophonist from Bremen artistically active between Basel and Barcelona. She picked up the saxophone at 14 after years of learning violin and guitar.

Since her graduation at Hochschule für Musik Basel, jazz department, in 2012 she remains busy both with playing altosaxophone and bassclarinet in different contexts as well as teaching music.

Here is a presentation of current work and projects.




This unique duo unites two of a kind. Ricci and Francke share a wild sense of humour - not only at playing but also composing tunes for their little band.

A single musical style is nothing to be found to classify these two jazzmusicians as they use whatever they find to write and interpret new and new/old pieces.

Since 2014 they have played in various very different locations. Their ability to find the right music for the right place - in the right moment - is carried by a great flexiblity in instrumentation.

While bassclarinets are core and base for this special group, alto saxophone, clarinet or soprano saxophone may be added occasionally.

Annika Francke . Alto Saxophone . Tube . Toys
Joni Muñoz aka SIGIL . Drums . Stuff

El grup NN està format per la saxofonista Annika Francke i el bateria Joni Sigil. Aquests músics d'avantguarda són adoradors del caos i el desordre positiu el qual utilitzen per fer una música carregada de textures, energia i brutalitat, però a la vegada subtil i controlada. Dos intèrprets de l'espontaneïtat més pura s'han ajuntat per perfilar contrastos compartint la seva afició per a sons quasi insignificants – celebrant justament la discutible irel·levància d'aquells.

Dúo nascut gràcies al festival de Banyoles femjazz, vénen a posar tot el pulmó i el cor a aquesta oportunitat acustica.


Spaceship - Tieftonfraktion
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Nuages - Tieftonfraktion
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Annika Francke . Alto Saxophone
Maleen Sutter . Double Bass

telQUEL started playing jazzstandards in the street in 2014. Performing in duo format allowed Francke und Sutter to explore different musical concepts in a flexible yet informal way.

Own compositions as well as improvised music and noises form the repertoire of telQUEL who in the meantime have grown into a fine musical duo sharing the passion of playing simple, honest acoustic music with an ironic breeze.

Kratzlied - telQUEL
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Rumpel doch selber - telQUEL
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Dalmau Boada . Guitars . FX & Loops
Annika Francke . Saxophone . Slidetube . Chimes & Trash

Mau & Annika met completely unknowing each other following an invitation by Víctor Nubla of the GTS team in Gràcia Barcelona.

After playing their blind-date in April 2018 of which they published selected 5 tracks + 1 remix they are going to record their first album in october '18.


Sònia Sánchez Trio
Sònia Sánchez . Dance
Jordina Millà . Prepared Piano
Annika Francke. Altosaxophone . Bassclarinet

Sànchez, Millà and Francke met in early 2017. Collaborating in different settings of improvised music while NOT sharing equal musical backgrounds made them finally decide to start this special trio project.

More pictures can be found here and here.

Pictures by Roberto Domínguez.






Sánchez . Francke . Prats

01.03.18 - 20.00 Uhr - 23 Robadors Barcelona

Nocturna Discordia #160 w/ Claman El Pricto Caicedo Rahola Garlick

28.03.18 - 20.00 Uhr - Soda Acustic Barcelona

BLIND DATE! w/ Mau Boada

05.04.18 - 20.00 Uhr - GràciaTerritoriSonor Barcelona

Som-hi! Tom Chant . Josep Maria Balanya . Annika Francke

01.05.18 - 20.00 Uhr - Sinestesia Barcelona

Sánchez . Francke . Prats

02.05.18 - 20.00 Uhr - Soda Acoustic, Barcelona


03.05.18 - 20.00 Uhr - Barcelona


05.05.18 - 18.00 Uhr - Barcelona


24.05.18 - 20.00 Uhr - Femjazz Banyoles (ES)

Soda Jazz Jam: Sanchez, Cuevas, Colomer feat. Fabian Willmann & Annika Francke

07.06.18 - 22.30 Uhr - Soda Acústic Bar Barcelona

Joao Braz & Clara Lai II Sònia Sánchez & Annika Francke

09.06.18 - 20.00 Uhr - 2 Impro Duos Pergam Llibres Barcelona


06.07.18 - 21.00 Uhr - Improsafari Festival Santamaría de Palautordera (ES)

LEM Festival: Annika Francke & Julián Elvira

20.10.18 - 21.00 Uhr - Centre Cívic La Sedeta - Barcelona (ES)



11.02.17 - 20:30 Uhr - Milchhüsli Basel (CH)


20.03.17 - 20:30 Uhr - Roter Bären Basel (CH)

Ivo Sans . Jordina Millà . Annika Francke

06.04.17 - 20:30 Uhr - Robadors 23 Barcelona (ES)


11.05.17 - 20:00 Uhr - Milchhüsli Basel (CH)


12.05.17 - 20:00 Uhr - Café Con Letras Basel (CH)

Sònia Sánchez . Jordina Millà . Annika Francke

04.06.17 - 12 Uhr - TARAMBANA Cardedeu (ES)

Sònia Sánchez . Jordina Millà . Annika Francke

08.06.17 - 20:00 Uhr - Robadors23 Barcelona (ES)

Ivo Sans . George Ricci . Annika Francke . Roberto Koch

16.06.17 - 19:30 Uhr - Flore Basel (CH)

Ivo Sans . Annika Francke . Martin Wyss + Marco von Orelli

17.06.17 - 20:30 Uhr - Bläsiring 86 Basel (CH)

SansRicciFrancke +1 CANCELLED

19.06.17 - 19:30 Uhr - Sonnendeck Basel (CH)

Álvaro Torres . Annika Francke

29.06.17 - 19:30 Uhr - Bollwerk Basel (CH)

Álvaro Torres . Annika Francke . George Ricci

30.06.17 - 19:30 Uhr - ACERO Basel (CH)

Álvaro Torres . Annika Francke . Maleen Sutter

01.07.17 - 18:00 Uhr - Café Jêle Basel (CH)

Álvaro Torres . Annika Francke . Ivo Sans

06.07.17 - 20:00 Uhr - Robadors23 Barcelona (ES)

George Ricci . Annika Francke . Dimitri Skidanov . Ivo Sans

01.09.17 - 20:00 Uhr - Robadors23 Barcelona (ES)

Ester Quevedo . Annika Francke . Marc Cuevas . Ivo Sans

20.10.17 - 12:00 Uhr - Sala Beckett Barcelona (ES)

ISC Trio convida a Rita Payès i Annika Francke

10.11.17 - 22:00 Uhr - Nova Jazz Cava Terrassa (ES)

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Aquest trio uneix tres forces de orígens ben diferents i llibertats que  permetran en el moment arribar a límits i regions on mai havien estat abans. L’escolta i la unió fan
d’aquest trio una experiència irrepetible per la riquesa creativa que desprenen les tres. Un passeig entre la improvisació free, la música clàssica, el jazz i el flamenc.

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