HYPERACTIVE KID was a band made up of three musicians currently living in Berlin. They came together in 2003 and since then they had been working on developing their collective musical ideas. Most importantly, their focus was to find the sound of the pulsating breath of life together – their interplay reminded us of the energy and continuous flow of ideas coming from a hyperactive child.
Gropper studied the jazz saxophone at the UDK Berlin and played with the concert section of Bujazzo for two years under Peter Herbolzheimer. He has since been busy as a freelance sax player and composer, dedicating most of his time to developing his musical ideas.
In 2003, he started the trio HYPERACTIVE KID with Ronny Graupe and Christian Lillinger, and in 2011 founded the quartet PHILM with Havard Wiik, Andreas Lang and Oliver Steidle. In 2012 - exploring yet again a completely different field of music - he initiated TAU, an electric acoustic group with Philipp Zoubek, Petter Eldh and Dany Schröteler.
Concerts with these bands and others have brought Gropper to over 30 countries across Europe, Africa, Asia, North and South America. He has had the honour of sharing a stage with wonderful musicians such as Rudi Mahal, Ralph Towner, Bobby McFerrin, Kresten Osgood, Tobias Delius, Clayton Thomas, Robert Landfermann, Pablo Held, Olaf Rupp, Ceylan Ertem, Matthias Schriefl, John Schröder, Maria Joao, Tom Arthurs, Paulo Cardoso, Eric Schaefer, Kalle Kalima, James Knapp, Kaja Drachsler, Günter Baby Sommer and many others.
Gropper has recorded more than 20 albums and has been awarded several prizes. He has been a member of the Jazzkollektiv Berlin since 2009.
In June 2013 he will start an artist's residency in Basel for several months.
In 2006 Philipp Gropper was a member of shoebill music´s original founding team which would soon after disperse.
Philipp Gropper plays on
Hyperactive Kid (sb06001)
From 2001 to 2003 he was a member of “Bujazzo” under the direction of Peter Herbholzheimer.
In 2000 he won the International Improvisation Contest in Leipzig.
Since 2002 he’s been collaborating intensively with HYPERACTIVE KID.
In 2008 he formed his own band GRUND, which in September 2009 and 2013 on the label Clean Feed appeared.
2009 co-founder of the band GRÜNEN, which appeared in September 2010 on the Clean Feed label.
2010 Concerts and cooperation in the band by John Tchicai with Christopher Dell and Jonas Westergaard, which appeared in December 2012 on the label Jazzerkstatt.
He performed in concerts and on festivals in Europe, Asia and USA. He played with Joachim Kühn, Beat Furrer, David Liebmann, Leo Smith, Wiliam Parker, Evan Parker, Miroslav Vitous, Luis Sclavis, Joe Lovano Tony Malaby, etc.
Lillinger has been living in Berlin since 2003 working as a musician and composer.
In 2006 Christian Lillinger was a member of shoebill music´s original founding team which would soon after disperse.
Christian Lillinger plays on
Hyperactive Kid (sb06001)
As they are (sb13003)
Sex gegen Essen (sb13006)
cd hyperactive kid sb06001