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Albrecht Schrader’s first album “Soft”, produced entirely by himself, fascinates not only with an impressively broad spectrum of sounds and genres, in which Schrader’s compositional signature always remains recognizable, but also with lyrics that seem more concrete than ever before: “When I was young / I felt strange.” A line from “So weird, so good,” the soon to be unofficial anthem of all weird. From there, the album leads through the cheerfully melancholic family constellation “Für dich bleibe ich ein Mann” and the cryptically sublime “Kaktus und Büste” (Cactus and Bust) to the closer “Hey Adapter” (“Wo ist die Verbindung / Gib mir die Verbindung”), which is as hypnotic as it is – in view of the current upheavals on the short message service Twitter – almost garishly present. With “Soft”, Albrecht Schrader succeeds in creating an album of diversity, not only in terms of content but also in terms of music, which is probably unparalleled in this country. It closes
confidently to the tradition of pop music, which has always been concerned with the fusion of complex music, precisely composed in every detail, with simultaneously presentable catchiness and pop appeal (you wonder about the timing, Cardigan of Love). And it seems as if Schrader has picked up the thread that began in 2015 with the first single
“Life in the big city” began, with his upcoming album “Soft” in 2023 now finally unrolled.

The tour is presented by ByteFM

Pierre Bastien is a French gentleman who builds his own machines, and operates between music and visual arts. He has been called a “mad musicologist with a celebrity following” by The Guardian and has worked with filmmaker Pierrick Sorin, fashion designer Issey Miyake, singer-songwriter Robert Wyatt and Aphex Twin (who released three of his albums on his Rephlex label) to name a few. Bastien is one of the most influential experimental musicians in the field. In 1986 he formed his own one-man orchestra, Mecanium, and has since recorded over 20 records.



Mikhail Churilov (guitar), Jerry Lu (piano), Caris Hermes (double bass), Niklas Walter (drums)

Guitarist Mikhail Churilov grew up in Novosibirsk and has been living in Germany for several years. He is currently finishing his studies at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen and is working on presenting several of his projects to the public. One of these projects is the re-launch of a jazz quartet originally formed in 2016. The band will present a well-prepared mix of jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, modal tunes from the ’60s and their own compositions.



Maxi Valdes (guitar), Felix Seefluth (drums), Leon Richenhagen (Hammond)

A concert from the series »Young Talents«

The Maxi Valdés Hammond Trio fully surrenders to the flow of hard bop and improvised groove music. In addition to arrangements by Thelonious Monk, Michael Becker, John Scofield or Joe Henderson, the trio plays pieces composed by themselves. Their improvisational approach to grooves is what makes this trio’s style and sound so special.



The King George Big Band

Jörg Achim Keller (Drums & Arrangements), Heinz Dieter Sauerborn (Alto Sax 1), Paul Heller (Tenor Sax 2), Stefan Weber (Tenor Sax 3), Wim Both (Trumpet 1), Ruud Breuls (Trumpet 2), Günter Bollmann (Trombone 1), Uli Plettendorff (Trombone 2), Jürgen Neudert (Tenor Horn), Richard Hellenthal (Tuba), Henning Gailing (Bass), Billy Test (Piano)

“DREAMBAND!” – with this word he described the hand-picked line-up of his KING GEORG 12 before the premiere 2 years ago – before then the pandemic brought this exciting project to an abrupt end after only one performance. Now the concert series is finally being resumed. The arranger and long-time chief conductor of the big bands of the hr and NDR will regularly write new music for the band’s monthly concerts, which will always be premiered by this all-star ensemble of German big band jazz on the third Wednesday of each month. Original compositions and arrangements of standards that leave room for the ensemble’s outstanding soloists, in which the swinging rhythm section can unfold freely, and whose ensemble sound combines the energy of a big band with the flexibility of a combo, the sharpness of the hottest bands with the velvety smoothness of the coolest. “A new sound is born!

Jesse Davis (saxophone), Oliver Kent (piano), Martin Zenker (bass) Kim Minchan (drums)

The Jesse Davis Quartet has been touring and performing throughout Europe in recent years (including a week in Switzerland last year) and on an extended stay in South Korea with workshops and concerts. Recently, the musicians recorded an album “Live at EBS” on Korean television, which will be released later this year. The quartet pioneers mainstream and post-bop jazz – with a driving, swinging energy rarely found anywhere else in the world.

 

In addition to his sculptural work, Camillo Grewe is also active as a musician in various musical and performative projects. Thus, since 2011 he is part of the band FRAGIL, who released their second album “Hallo Ich” this year, was from 2011-2015 together with Nora Hansen part of the music-performance project “Chiqueria-Düsseldorf and in 2016 composed the music for the experimental opera “Cupid and the animals” by Agnes Scherer composed, which was shown in the gallery tramps in London (2017), in the Museum Ludwig Cologne (2017) and performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in New York (2018).

Judy Carmichael (piano, vocals), Sam Dunn (guitar)

Grammy-nominated pianist and vocalist Judy Carmichael is one of the world’s leading interpreters of stride and swing piano. Count Basie nicknamed her “Stride” in recognition of the aplomb with which she plays this technically and physically demanding jazz piano style. Judy’s vocal debut on her CD “Come and Get It” shows that she sings everything from Peggy Lee-inspired standards to humorous interpretations of Fats Waller tunes. This was followed by her first all-vocal CD, “I Love Being Here With You,” which is also her first with another pianist, in this case the great Mike Renzi (the music director of Mel, Tormé. Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee and Sesame Street) with Harry Allen on saxophone and Jay Leonhart on bass.

 

 

Judy Carmichael (piano, vocals), Sam Dunn (guitar)

Grammy-nominated pianist and vocalist Judy Carmichael is one of the world’s leading interpreters of stride and swing piano. Count Basie nicknamed her “Stride” in recognition of the aplomb with which she plays this technically and physically demanding jazz piano style. Judy’s vocal debut on her CD “Come and Get It” shows that she sings everything from Peggy Lee-inspired standards to humorous interpretations of Fats Waller tunes. This was followed by her first all-vocal CD, “I Love Being Here With You,” which is also her first with another pianist, in this case the great Mike Renzi (the music director of Mel, Tormé. Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee and Sesame Street) with Harry Allen on saxophone and Jay Leonhart on bass.

 

 

Jerry Lu (piano), Caris Hermes (bass), Niklas Walter (drums), Andy Haderer (trumpet) & guests

Monthly jam session led by WDR Big Band trumpeter Andy Haderer.