Markus Stockhausen: flugelhorn, trumpet; Florian Weber: piano
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Release Date: April 2016
April 28 Mönchengladbach, TIG - Theater im Gründungshaus
April 30 Budapest, Budapest Music Center
May 5 Ankara, Jazz Festival
May 19 Agathenburg, Schloss Agathenburg
May 20 Hannover Jazzclub
May 21 Lüdinghausen, Burg Vishering
May 31 Manchester, UK, Royal College of Music
Alba is the premiere recording of trumpeter Markus Stockhausen’s duo with pianist Florian Weber, a formation in existence for some six years now. Though very different in their connections to the language of jazz, both musicians share a deep interest in the process of creative expression: of looking inwards and outwards with intensity at things, for echoes, resonances, insights.
The dramatic arc and palette of the duo’s music is wide, from the joyous melodic roll of “Befreiung” (Liberation) and refracted optimism of “Better World”, to the chill sobriety of “Die weise Zauberin” (The Wise Witch) and the intriguingly reflective cast of “Emilio” (written for Florian’s son). At times, for the listener at least, lines blur imperceptibly between composition and improvisation. In limpid settings, subtly shifting contrasts of mood and feeling mark the music.
Stockhausen and Weber developed their musical rapport inside Markus’s six-piece world music ensemble Eternal Voyage. Duo concerts followed, one in their hometown of Cologne and a mini-tour in and around Munich. At first, all the material was written by Stockhausen but as the relationship grew, Weber brought in tunes and then began writing expressly for the duo.
Initially, the duo experimented with electronic sounds, also to create the “opening sounds” that have attracted Stockhausen since he first played with Rainer Brüninghaus’s trio in the early 1980s, as on the ECM album Continuum. Stockhausen says his subsequent Aparis project, with brother Simon and drummer Jo Thönes, sought to further the Continuum experience (yielding ECM releases Aparis in 1990 and Despite the Firefighters' Efforts, 1993). But with Weber, the realization soon came that the duo sounded stronger playing acoustically. “Florian has this incredible touch and possibilities to modulate the sound of the piano. There are so many colours available”.
Two of the best german jazz musicians join forces. Markus Stockhausen, one of the leading trumpeters of our time, and Florian Weber, prize winning shooting star of the german jazz scene, create a multi coloured mix of jazz, with classical influences and free intuitive playing.
Their common european classical background guarantees a performance of highest musical and technical values. Wide imagination and playful, fiery moments make their concerts unforgetable.
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