Julius Gabriel is a saxophonist and recording artist. His music incorporates elements from jazz, noise, minimalism, electronic and experimental music. He is dedicated to improvisation, uses extended playing techniques and explores the possibilities of electro-acoustics in conjunction with his saxophones. He has performed and released music as a solo artist as well as in various international collaborations.
His first solo album, Dream Dream Beam Beam, can be understood as a possible synthesis of jazz, drone, noise and psychedelic music. He manipulates his saxophone with effects pedals and amplifies it through a guitar and a bass amplifier. With the EP Ætherhallen, following in 2019, he continues the exploration of the electronically transformed tenor saxophone. Geminga, released in early 2020, is a ten piece album in which he uses the spatial dimensions of an ancient chapel to expand his improvisation on soprano, tenor and baritone saxophones. Eyes in Orbits followed in end of 2020 and is an extensive drone piece. He plays the tenor and baritone saxophone entirely based on circular breathing and runs them into a heavy backline of guitar amplifiers.
Julius Gabriel's collaborations are numerous and manifold. He has been starting out as a young jazz student in Berlin, becoming a member of the Berlin Youth Jazz Orchestra, visiting the city's vital jam sessions and opening one of them with a band only performing compositions from Duke Ellington, Sun Ra and Thelonious Monk. He also toured the local clubs with his funk-punk band and got absorbed by drum'n'bass and techno parties. He jammed along with legendary Embryo for a moment and got to know Gunter Hampel on his 70 birthday celebration concerts, from whom he learned more about jazz life and music and with whom he played his first big jazz festival. In 2009 he moved to Essen, West-Germany, to take the jazz course at the Folkwang University of Arts. Here, in the post-industrial Ruhr-Area he became a member of The Dorf, a large kraut/jazz/trance/noise collective, that has been releasing lots of music and playing hundreds of concerts. Amongst other collaborations they recorded with Caspar Brötzmann and FM Einheit. With Jan Klare, the composer of The Dorf's music, he has formed a saxophone duo that has released the EP Fern on Umland Records.
During the years of studying saxophone, he got deeply infiltrated by the playing of Evan Parker and he had the luck to meet his long term companion bassist and composer Barry Guy along with violinist Maya Homburger, who came to university to give a big band workshop. In 2014 he was invited by them to become a member of an international ensemble to play Barry Guy´s new composition "The Blue Shroud". This 14-piece band, including the musicians Savina Yannatou, Agusti Fernandez, Benjamin Dwyer, Maya Homburger, Fanny Paccoud, Ramón Lopéz, Lucas Niggli, Percy Pursglove, Torben Snekkestad, Michael Niesemann and Per Texas Johansson has been releasing many CD's by now. Julius' interest in experimental music and free improvisation started to manifest itself in his own bands. One of them is Blutiger Jupiter, a noise/psych/jazz/improv quartet with Constantin Herzog on bass, Florian Zwissler on synthesizers and Fabian Jung on drums. It was their album Europa, released on cassette by Ana Ott, that has been the final work to graduate from the jazz university course. He also formed a band called Das Behälter, a heterogeneous group of musicians, working with disco grooves, free jazz attacks, sample techniques, electronics and with spoken words from performance artist Xenia Ende in the centre of their music. In 2015 the band self-released The World Is All That Is The Case on vinyl. In 2017 Julius set up a living base in Porto and started a trance-inducing duo with drummer and sound sculptor João Pais Filipe, releasing the self-titled debut album Paisiel in 2018 and the 40 minute piece Unconscious Death Wishes in 2020 on Rocket Recordings and Lovers & Lollypops. In Portugal he also formed a free jazz and noise related trio with Gustavo Costa and Gonçalo Almeida, that has released Hexum in 2018 and Underground Suicide Orchid with Susana Santos Silva in 2021. Besides his central projects he has been collaborating as a studio and performing musician with diverse bands from electronica, rock, metal, pop, reggae and jazz music.