Jazzwerkstatt 2016 – Review

Thank you Manfred, Wolfram, Frieder, Adrian, Johannes, Phillip and Jacob for this beautyful and intensive Concert. Thank you also Thomas, Olli and all the other Girls and Guys from Leipjazzig.


Michael Breitenbach / Manfred Hering – as, ss
Frieder W. Bergner / Adrian Kleinlosen – tb
Phillipp Martin / Jacob Müller – bg
Wolfram Dix / Johannes Ziemann – dr

Here the first two tunes from the concert:


Interplanetary Music (Sun Ra)


leipjazzig_festival_fr_077_lowFotos: Jörg Singer

21.Festival LeipJAZZig – 3.-7.März 2016

Vom 3. bis 7.März findet das 21.Festival LeipJAZZig, diesmal in der Schille, statt. Es gab bereits drei schöne Konzerte an diesem Ort und wir sind sehr froh dort veranstalten zu können.

Ich habe dieses Jahr zum zweiten mal die “Jazzwerkstatt Leipzig” zusammengestellt – eine variable Besetzung bei der die freie Improvisation im Mittelpunkt steht. Dieses Konzert wird es am Freitag als zweiten Programmpunkt geben. Es werden zwei identische Quartette mit-, gegen- und füreinander spielen 😉


Michael Breitenbach / Manfred Hering – as, ss
Frieder W. Bergner / Adrian Kleinlosen – tb
Phillipp Martin / Jacob Müller – bg
Wolfram Dix / Johannes Ziemann – dr

Ausserdem spiele ich nach wie vor im LeipJAZZig-Orkester mit – diesmal mit Stücken der “Yellow Jackets” und natürlich von Stefan König. Dieses Konzert gibts am Donnerstag.

Überblick zum gesamten Festival auf der Leipjazzig-Website.

Und hier nochmal sicherheitshalber ein Stadtplänchen, damit’s ihr wisset wo die Schille ist:


Mischram von Dycksenbach

The fantastic drummer Wolfram Dix has been a friend of mine for many years. When i was a teenager i heard Wolfram play often in Free Jazz concerts in the leipzig club NATO. Later we got to know each other and I had the opportunity to play with him in different projects. Playing with Wolfram is always a great joy, especially in context of improvisation. The name of our duo is Mischram von Dycksenbach.

In 2009 we recorded our first duo CD – available on amazon:


Last week we had played a very nice concert with the bass player Gerold Genßler as special Guest. This was the first event of the new location (Schille) for the concerts of LeipJAZZig. It was a very beautyful concert and the rooms acustic is very good. Later i will post some videos of this evening. Meanwhile you can have a look to an older video from 2014. It was recorded in the club “plan b”:

Yesterday we played a “Mittmachkonzert” for children (6-8) for one of my educational projects named “Musik für alle” in cooperation with the Geyserhaus. It was all about improvisation and the children were very attentive and interested. We’ve played with Phillip Martin on bassguitar and Fabian Niermann on tenorsax. I am thinking of going further with this project – children are a good audience for Free Jazz 🙂


Dix on Drums with pencil


The RA – electronic instrument

My newest electronic instrument is this small version of the RA:


The RA is a breath synthesizer to play sounds and noises under full realtime control. The instrument is controlled by a breath sensor and touch sensors. It is named after the musical genius Sun Ra – one of the pioneers of using electronics in  musical improvisation:


In this new incarnation of this idea the complete DSP is realized with a teensy 3.2 board from PJRC:


Additional the audio adaptor is used, some sensors and 10 resistors. The complet construction is build on a prototype board and stabilized with epoxy. Plug in ot a USB power supply and in an amp and it will play. The synth i use is writen from me in the arduino environment as an single object for the audio library of Paul Stoffregen.

Here a short video – sorry i have a bit runny nose, while i made this video 🙂

In the next time i will post a concert video in which i use the new RA live in improvisation.