Merle Bennett

Foto Merle Bennett
photo: julia hertäg

Merle Bennett, born in 1974, gathered a variety of musical experiences in her home town of Hamburg by playing with many different musicians in as many different genres as possible. She then decided to concentrate in the fields of experimental/improvisation and worked during the nineties with the touring contemporary dance ensemble contact 17.

She studied Jazz and popular music through the „Kontaktstudiengang“ at the Hamburg conservatory of music. Moving to Berlin, she decided to study Jazz and Popular music at the Hans Eisler Hochschule für Musik which she then supplemented in 2008 with elementary musicpedagogy.

Merle Bennett has worked as a holistic bodybased therapist (Panterei) since 2014. In 2020 she received the official healers permission for alternative medicine and carries the titel „Heilpraktiker“.

From 2004 to 2016 she lead the record label schraum in cooperation with Axel Haller and Torsten Papenheim.


Torsten Papenheim

Foto Torsten Papenheim
photo: julia hertäg

Torsten Papenheim was born in 1980 in Niedersachsen and has lived in Berlin since 2000. He works as a composer, guitar player and music teacher and is primarily concerned with the combination and juxtaposition of melody and sound. Papenheim studied guitar and composition with private teachers in Göttingen, Hanover and Cologne.

His music can be heard on numerous records, he played concerts and festivals in Germany and all over Europe. As a perfomrming artist he is mainly touring with rant and his quartet Tru Cargo Service.
Apart from those two ensembles he is also playing solo concerts and has recently established two new groups: Karm (with Prague-based saxophone player Michal Wroblewski) and a Duke-Ellington-project together with Daniel Kartmann, percussionist from Stuttgart.

Apart from writing for his own ensembles, Papenheim writes chamber music for different line-ups e.g. his works „Nachtprogramm“ (trombone, bass, piano. Cologne 2017), „Syntax Zwei“ (cello and bass. Vienna, 2013), „BT N RS“ (french horn, harp, piano. Helsinki 2013).

From 2004 to 2016 he lead the record label „schraum“ in cooperation with Axel Haller and Merle Bennett.