We’re happy to welcome 26 years old double bass player Felix Henkelhausen to the Blackbird family! On November 26th we will release the quintet recording “Misanthropic Tendencies” which is his debut album as band leader and composer. His quintet includes Wanja Slavin (as, cl) Uli Kempendorff (ts, cl), Elias Stemeseder (p, synths) and Leif Berger (dr).
Felix Henkelhausen, born in Oldenburg in 1995, received classical piano and cello lessons before he became interested in the double bass. At the age of 16 he began his early studies at the HfK Bremen with Prof. Detlev Beier. From 2014 to 2019 he studied at the Jazz Institute Berlin with Prof. Greg Cohen and Marc Muellbauer. Despite his young age, Henkelhausen already played with nationally and internationally known artists such as Andrea Parkins, Dave Liebmann, Eric McPherson, Gebhard Ullmann, Hubert Nuss, Jim Black, Jochen Rueckert, Kathrin Pechlof, Lotte Anker, Marc Copland, Nate Wooley, Oli Steidle, Pablo Held, Peter Schlamp, Philipp Gropper’s Philm, Toby Delius and many others.
Henkelhausen is part of numerous bands such as Jim Black Trio, Liun and the Science Fiction Orchestra, Lorenz Kellhuber Trio, Stefan Schultze Large, Jim and the Shrimps, Bram de Looze Trio feat. Eric McPherson, Nate Wooley’s Knknighgh and Mirna Bogdanovic Group.