Dirk Amrein was born in Degerfelden, Germany in 1969. He studied at Hochschule für Musik in Basel with Heinrich Huber and Hochschule für Musik in Cologne with Michel Becquet. In addition, he studied privately under Denis Wick in London. Master classes include studies with Joseph Alessi, Branimir Slokar, and Malte Burba, and others.
He has played in many major orchestras under conductors Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Sir Neville Marriner, Franz Welser-Möst, András Schiff, Eliahu Inbal, Pierre Boulez, and Jürg Henneberger. In addition, he has played countless first creations as a soloist and a chamber musician.
He has also worked with some of the most influential composers of our time, such as Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Cage, Pierre Boulez, Helmut Lachenmann, Jürg Wyttenbach, Peter Eötvös, Georg Friedrich Haas, Olga Neuwirth, Luciano Berio, and Wolfgang Rihm.
As a crossover artist he has worked together with the Swiss Jazz Orchestra, Jim McNeely, George Gruntz, Pepe Lienhard, Steamboat Switzerland, Gustav, and Christoph Baumann Large Orchestra.
Through his command of a variety of instruments and styles he is able to perform very unconventional concerts. For example, he has played recitals on 5 different instruments per performance. He has also collaborated in many improvisational multimedia pieces with artist Wolfgang Froese. In addition, he has combined his talents to create artworks together with Marc Yeats from England, including new pieces for electronics and computer.
He has toured extensively with various musicians in a variety of venues throughout Europe, The United States, Mexico, Australia, Russia and China. In 2009-11 he toured with pianist Jürg Henneberger to Malaysia, Singapore, Mexico, Indonesia ,Thailand ,Phillippines and The United States.
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The Jazz Network is exactly what the title suggests, a place where you get to mix and mingle with those who have not only an appreciation for Jazz but a forum to hear new up and coming artists as well. I've hooked up with so many of my old friends that I've lost contact with over the years here and it's been a great place to meet folk, appreciate good music and Musicianship. What an incredible idea!!
Pianist and singer Barbara Carroll was host Marian McPartland's second guest during the first season of Piano Jazz. Thirty years later, Carroll makes a return appearance to reminisce with her friend about their experiences at the Hickory House and the Oak Room. Carroll gives a charming performance of "Very Early" and McPartland improvises a musical portrait of her guest.
The great composer and bandleader was distraught over the 1967 death of Billy Strayhorn, his songwriting and arranging partner of 28 years. But Ellington took Strayhorn's passing as an impetus, born of necessity, to increase his own productivity. Here are five examples.
At the Village Vanguard, one flight down from the hubbub of New York City, in a tight space packed with people, we're about to embark on a musical odyssey by sea. Our captain is saxophonist Chris Potter, who's launching his Odyssey-inspired album The Sirens.
Divine: The Jazz Albums, 1954-1958 packs four CDs with Vaughan's music, recorded live or in the studio with bands big and small. Two live albums from Chicago nightclubs are standouts, partly when a performance threatens to slide off the rails.