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Carsten Daerr has been playing with the saxophone player Uwe Steinmetz since 1997. Interacting on stage they have since reached an intuitive understanding. The duo's name »Inheritance« pays tribute to their roots – the great potential of European culture and tradition, in which they grew up, connecting it with the freedom and playfulness of jazz and improvisation.

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Uwe Steinmetz was born in Bremervörde, a town in Northern Germany in 1975 and studied saxophone and music theory in Germany, Switzerland, India and the USA. His teachers included Gebhard Ullmann (Berlin), Andy Scherrer (Basel), Frank Sikora (Bern), Jerry Bergonzi (Boston) Ben Schwendener and George Russell (Boston). He holds two degrees, one in Saxophone Performance, one in Jazz Composition and Music Theory from the »Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler«, Berlin and the »New England Conservatory of Music«, Boston.

He works as a free-lance composer, saxophonist and lecturer up to and beyond the borders of Europe, including: India, Ethiopia, Korea and the USA. He has so far released 8 CDs in Germany and the USA and toured with his own music on four continents in over 30 countries. He has won national and international awards for his artistic work, as well as full scholarships for all his studies. As a soloist he worked with Bob Mintzer, Joe Maneri, Carlos Bica, Mark Rossi, Ben Schwendener, Markus Stockhausen, Claudio Puntin, Steffen Schorn, Torsten Laux, Wolfgang Sieber and Peter Weniger, as a composer he wrote for Big-Bands, Choirs, Church Organ and String Quartet, e.g. with the British  Fitzwilliam String Quartet, who premiered four of his works.

Apart from his activity as concert-performer, composer and teacher Steinmetz is researching the fundamentals of music in various world cultures for a PHD thesis and supports inter-cultural dialogue through his own artistic projects. Since the beginning fo his studies he chose Berlin as his home and working place.

His interest in the spiritual dimension of improvised music from a christian perspective led him to coordinate a growing international network of jazz musicians who are christians and theologians.