In search of new music, the Trio Dell-Lillinger-Westergaard has been working at the intersection of contemporary music, experimental and avant-garde jazz since 2010. The ensemble consists of Christopher Dell (vibraphone), Christian Lillinger (drums, percussion) and Jonas Westergaard (double bass), who act equally as composers and performers. DLW’s music is characterised by its energetic intensity, physicality and architectural complexity. Breaking conventional genre boundaries, it is also characterised by great depth of focus and plasticity. Between open form and fixed structures, DLW explore the musical material, constantly illuminating it anew and developing sonic richness.
The ensemble also sees itself as a platform that offers space for guests who enjoy experimenting. With the trio as the core, the procedure of co-composition is applied in an extended way, for example with Tamara Stefanovich, Johannes Brecht, Bob Degen or Mat Maneri. In the process, the ensemble’s long-standing knowledge structure forms a stable basis for its forward-looking musical research.
DLW regularly play concerts at a wide variety of venues, whether in the Philharmonie, Resonanzraum or Neue Nationalgalerie, whether in concert halls or clubs; they are guests at festivals such as Moers, Klangspuren, Contrapunkt, Fri Resonans, Saalfelden, Donaueschingen or Wittener Tage and tour Europe from Scandinavia to Portugal. In 2023, the ensemble will also host its own festivals in Paris, Cologne and Berlin for the first time.