New York-based saxophonist Timo Vollbrecht is a passionate, improvising jazz artist whose roots lie in Berlin’s innovative music scene. Together with his longtime partner in crime, German-Japanese guitarist Keisuke Matsuno, he formed an ensemble that is fueled by cultural diversity and inspired by the urban sounds of his cities Berlin and New York. According to the magazine All About Jazz, the quartet’s “dynamic and emotive music is blessed with rhythmic fluidity and intricate twists.” A magical blend of melancholy and vibrancy create a genuine sound that captivates music fans and jazz lovers alike.
Grammy Award-winning pianist Danilo Pérez invited the band to perform at the 2013 Panama Jazz Festival, followed by tours in the US, Dominican Republic and Haiti, where they shared the bill with highly acclaimed Branford Marsalis at the Festival International de Jazz de Port-au-Prince.
Bandleader-saxophonist Timo Vollbrecht, age 28, is one of Germany’s most important up-and-coming voices in jazz. The Fulbright scholar studied with Mark Turner at New York University and has performed alongside Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner, and even the Pop-icon Robbie Williams. Known for his rich sound, he has won numerous awards and released six highly acclaimed albums. In addition, he has appeared on such stages as the Blue Note Jazz Club New York, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Alice Tully Hall.
Keisuke Matsuno is a Berlin-born guitarist, who has earned his reputation on the international jazz scene thanks to his skillful creations of textural soundscapes. As a highly inventive improviser, he has performed with Dave Liebman and Chris Potter. In 2011, he gave his debut at Carnegie Hall
Sam Anning is one of Australia’s foremost up-and-coming jazz musicians and one of New York’s most in demand bassists. He won the 2008 Bell Award for Young Jazz Musician of the Year and the 2010 Bell Award for Classic Jazz Album of the Year. International tours included collaborations with jazz greats such as Joe Lovano, Ari Honig, Charlie Haden, and Sheila Jordon.
Drummer Jason Burger from Orange County, CA is a graduate from Manhattan School of Music who has appeared at important music venues including the Jazz Gallery and the Iridium. The receiver of the Louis Armstrong Award for outstanding musical achievement has also performed with legendary pianist Ted Rosenthal.
Location and time:
German Consulate General
871 United Nations Plaza (First Ave between 48th and 49th Street)
New York, NY
Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.