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Maria Baptist Orchestra
Piano, Composition, Conducting: Maria Baptist
…Moderner Big Band Jazz.
The Maria Baptist Orchestra „combines the aesthetics of European tradition with the American jazz ethos“, states the DOWNBEAT.
Maria Baptists‘ genuine artistry, splendid virtuosity and charming personality have brought her to the top of Europe’s current jazz scene — she once gave a private piano concert for Michael Jackson, received numerous awards, is touring worldwide, leads her own orchestra and has released eleven CDs as a band leader. New York City is Maria’s home of heart, Berlin her home-base. Besides, she is a mindfulness and meditation-devotee.
Jazz legend Maria Schneider sums up the inspiring power of Maria Baptist’s music in this way: „Her music is a gift, infused with all the creativity, power, emotion, generosity and warmth that she exudes in life.“
The recording ‘Here & Now’reveals the Orchestra’s unique style: The 16-member international ensemble creates an organic sound, that demonstrates how permeable the line between jazz and classical music can be, what an instrument of both strength and fragility a jazz orchestra can be. Inspired by philosophy, painting, and natural phenomena, ‘Here & Now’ reflects a positive and inspiring spirit. This album is nominated for the German top ranking award ‘Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik’.
Rhythm: Piano-Maria Baptist, Bass-Fabian Timm, Drums-Tobias Backhaus
Reeds: David Beecroft, Nico Lohmann, Max Hacker, Patrick Hamacher, Nik Leistle
Trumpets: Greg Bowen, Fabian Engwicht, Ruben Giannotti, Eddie Hayes
Trombones: Jörg Bücheler, Jan Landowski, Theo Schenck, Christopher Sauloff