"Expansive, baroque, heavy metal attitude, sophisticated, crazy, wild, mad, disciplined, exuberant, rock, volume and power, restless and violent, gloomy and doom, humor and don't-take-yourself-too-seriously, relentless energy and drive. Zappa meets Carla Bley meets Miami Vice meets Global Unity Orchestra meets Metallica meets Schoenberg meets your local brass marching band."
All About Jazz
"Oh do I love, love, love this second CD ....Highly recommended! "
A highlight of the (Moers-) festival ... "
Wolf Kampmann, Jazzthetik
"The Dorf" ("The village") was founded in november 2006 by saxofonist/composer Jan Klare and was first called the „off domicil orchester“ because it is supported by the jazzclub domicil in Dortmund, Germany. Monthly between 15 - 25 musicians, out of a pool of about 35 of the best players in the area, come together in that club, . Slowly a band nucleus an a very interesting repertoire developed. The pieces are written by Klare - they are characterized by extensive structures that sometimes culminate, sometimes break.
This large band works like a marketplace or even a pub - people come together, who didnt know each other before, constantly new faces enter the scene, old acquaintances say goodbye, some regulars can always be found. The repertoire becomes more familiar in the course of time, but sounds different every night – musical parts are exchanged, sometimes they are even being completely dropped, the basic sound, the atmosphere of "The Dorf“ though gets more palpable with every concert.
In some moments evrything is upside down, the in other situations you have "deadly silence". There are dicussions about the size of the properties, - there are village elders, excursions and a common meal. The quite modern and therefor well sounding term "social sculpture" should be mentioned, also the fact, that "The Dorf" lies in the heart of the "Ruhrgebiet", which means: a certain proletarian roughness- and dirtfactor marks the music, placative actions, decibel and energy must be accepted by "visiting tourists" like you get sawdust at the carpenters workshop – it comes from the heart. Underneath this occasionally hard shell the most tender plantlets, poets and thinkers can be found.
Klare is wellknown in germany as a composer and bandleader. He co- lead "Supernova" (a 15 pieceband) from 2000 – 2003, which got invited to play on international festivals -his pieces are as much played by comntemoprary classical ensembles as by jazzbands and were a.o. recorded by the WDR radio Big Band. He has written a piece for 150 musicians, fireworks and church bells. "The DORF" takes all this one step further – it's heavy, raw and a lot of fun.
... to the website of The Dorf