Since 2011, the French-Italian-German quartet “Die Hochstapler” (The Impostors) has developed a highly personal style based on collective composition, radical individualism and oral communication. Their music is developed collectively in extensive rehearsal periods, the repertoire growing and renewing itself constantly. Poetry, alphabets and game structures serve as a basis for the common memory basket from which the four players are drawing in every performance in a new and unpredictable way.

„Swings as hard as early Ornette and Don Cherry's interlocking horns
mashed up with the radicalism of Jimmy Giuffre's ensembles.“


Louis Laurain : trumpet

Pierre Borel : alto saxophone

Antonio Borghini : bass

Hannes Lingens : drums

Louis Laurain : Trumpet

Pierre Borel : Alto saxophone

Antonio Borghini : Bass

Hannes Lingens : Drums

Past concerts

Moers Festival

Konfrontationen, Nickelsdorf

Cité de la Musique, Paris

Festival contrebande AMR, Genève 

Stockwerk Jazz, Graz

Ferrara Jazz Club, Ferrare

Météo, Mulhouse

Fylkingen, Stockholm

Fondation Suisse, Paris

Indica, Brescia

Jazz d‘Or, Berlin 

Porgy & Bess Vienna

Le carré bleue, Poitiers 

Jazzaj, Budapest

Lieu d'Europe, Strasbourg

DOC, Caen

Improstor, Novi Sad

Kulturpreicher, Leer

Kunstlerhaus, Saarbrucken

Jazz an der Lohmühle, Berlin 

Bau4, Altburon

Jazz in Cerkno, Cerkno

Jazzhaus, Heidelberg

Instrument Museum, Berlin 

The art of Improvisation, Nurmberg

Cable Festival, Nantes 

Pavé Jazz, Toulouse

Hagenfesten, Dala-Floda 

Kollektiv Nights, Berlin

La Dynamo Banlieues Bleues, Paris

Angelica, Bologna

Pierre Grasse, Halle

Le 34, Paris

Offene Ohren, Munich

La Morinerie, Saint Pierre des Corps

Umlaut Festival, Berlin 

and more