Jazzrausch Bigband
Bruckner´s Breakdown

VÖ: 25.04.2024

Genre: Bigband



ACT 9058-2, 614427905826
Jazz meets Classical meets Techno. Undoubtedly the most extraordinary album of the Bruckner Year 2024

Jazzrausch Bigband
Directed and produced by Roman Sladek

In its ten-year history, the Jazzrausch Bigband has established itself as an institution that makes the impossible possible: jazz meets techno meets big band? No problem. Sold-out concerts at electro clubs, jazz festivals and classical venues? It's on! And anyone who thinks the band's musical spectrum couldn't be broader will be proved wrong by their arrangements of classical music.

Following new versions of the music of Gustav Mahler and Ludwig van Beethoven, "Bruckner's Breakdown" is now the most unusual album of the Bruckner Year 2024. Jazzrausch in-house composer Leonard Kuhn transports Bruckner's symphonies and original compositions based on them mostly in a crisp, almost pop-orientated song format - with intense grooves and often with gripping force, but also with a lot of sophistication and a big band line-up expanded to include horn, percussion, bassoon and three strings. And despite all this, there is still plenty of room for the "jazz" in "Jazzrausch" and the ensemble once again presents itself not only as a perfectly functioning unit, but also as a union of brilliant individual soloists.

Fundamental bass, subtle symphonic music and improvisational freedom in interplay - where else is this as convincing as here...?
Jazzrausch Bigband
"A meltdown of big band sound with house and techno music." (Süddeutsche Zeitung) With an average of 120 concerts per year, the Jazzrausch Bigband is one of the busiest big bands in Europe. Through their concerts in Europe, America, Asia, and Africa, they bring together jazz enthusiasts and dance enthusiasts with "sonic power, groove, and tremendous stage presence" (FAZ) like no other ensemble currently does. Groove with intellect, electronic music with brass, jazz in a frenzy. The driving forces behind the project are Munich-based trombonist and music manager Roman Sladek and guitarist and composer Leonhard Kuhn, who also resides in Munich. The musical journey's nucleus and starting point is a Munich institution: the "Harry Klein," one of the most renowned electronic clubs in Europe. In 2015, just one year after its formation, the Jazzrausch Bigband became the Artist in Residence at "Harry Klein," and the young Munich audience went wild. A big band in a techno club. Truly unique. For Munich and the world. Quickly, the stages grew larger, and the band filled venues like the Muffathalle as well as high-culture temples like the Munich Philharmonic, and they performed at renowned festivals across Germany. The circles the band moves in continue to expand: concert tours have taken them to the Lincoln Center in New York, the JZ Festival in Shanghai, the Safaricom International Jazz Festival in Nairobi, the Ural Music Night in Yekaterinburg, and the SXSW Music Festival in Austin. It is not an exaggeration to call the band a phenomenon. One that, in its own unique way, demonstrates what has been simmering and working in this music called "jazz" for a long time: it is more than ever the label for what doesn't fit into any box. And everyone, both musicians and the audience, enjoys tearing down boundaries with delight. The music of the Jazzrausch Bigband, it seems, fulfills several desires in this context: the desires of clubgoers for something more authentic, handmade, fresh, and original. And the desires of jazz and classical music listeners for more punch, entertainment, big sound, and a fat groove.
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