Spinifex seeks out the challenge of crossing stylistic borders.
Non-Western music encounters Western contemporary composed music and anarchic European free improv clashes with tightly structured math metal.
Typical basic ingredients of Spinifex include: forceful grooves, intense improvisation, virtuoso solos, psycho-rhythms and extreme dynamics. Based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, the Spinifex lineup features an explosive combination of musicians, all of whom are active on the cutting edge of creative music.
"With soloing of utter abandon, Spinifex was still driven by idiosyncratic and complex compositional constructs, where challenging unison lines and stop/start rhythms were juxtaposed with passages of more complete freedom. Adventurous yet still with potent (albeit knotty) grooves to latch onto..." (John Kelman, Allaboutjazz.com)
"Music without stylistic boundaries, for which perhaps the most appropriate term would be controlled eruption of energy ... a wildly exciting musical adventure ... just damn good." (Krzysztof Wójcik, jazzarium.pl)
"The math-metal synergy sparkles with tight transitions which are compellingly interwoven with forceful soloing." (Tim Sprangers, Volkskrant)
Spinifex was launched in 2006 by saxophonist Tobias Klein, trumpet player Gijs Levelt and flutist Ned McGowan. The first years their activities concentrated on a nonet, the Spinifex Orchestra. In 2008, Spinifex released the cd Triodia, which was very well received. Frans van Leeuwen wrote in the Dutch daily NRC Next:
"...the dynamics of this nine piece orchestra are tremendous. It can whisper, but also roar... With the rest of its repertoire too – colourful, rich in contrast and inspired – Spinifex at times approaches the most varied compositions of the late Charles Mingus."
The following years, Spinifex presented an octet called Spinifex Tuba Band as well as collaborations with Katrin Scherer's The Bliss, Emmanuel Scarpa's ensemble Umlaut with Marc Ducret & Antonin Rayon, the Turkish psychedelic folk band Gevende, and Indian musicians Dr Mysore Manjunath and Dr Suma Sudhindra.
In 2010, Klein and Levelt decided establish Spinifex as a working band in a smaller, more flexible quintet line-up. With this current line-up, including guitarist Jasper Stadhouders (Cactus Truck), bassist Gonçalo Almeida (Lama, Albatre) and drummer Philipp Moser (Cilice), Spinifex has toured in Turkey, Portugal, India, Central and Eastern Europe.