Jazzrausch Bigband and ACT Present:  Still! Still! Still! – Album Release Concert

Jazzrausch Bigband and ACT Present:
Still! Still! Still! – Album Release Concert

| Carl-Orff-Saal/Carl Orff Hall

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With their techno jazz in big band formation, they have created a new style that thrills jazz fans and dance lovers alike. Surprise being a trademark of the Jazzrausch Bigband, the 18 musicians around band leader Roman Sladek and composer Leonhard Kuhn can change their tune in an instant to celebrate the festive season in classic big band style.

»The Christmas programme was our very first programme ever,« explains Sladek. »And we’ve lovingly developed it year after year. To us, it represents the perfect counterpoint to all the frenetic techno shows during Advent.« »Still!, Still!, Still!«, which is also the name of a popular German Christmas hymn, comprises twelve of Germany’s best-known Christmas carols. Leonhard Kuhn’s multi-layered arrangements cover the entire repertoire of big band history: »Leise rieselt der Schnee« becomes a swinging homage to Count Basie, »Engel auf den Feldern singen« is played in the style of Herb Alpert, and »Fröhliche Weihnacht überall« in the characteristic Stan Kenton sound.

»Where the focus is on rhythm in our techno programme, the Christmas programme lives by its melodies,« says Sladek. »The beauty of ›Still!, Still!, Still!‹ is that everyone knows the pieces. Thus the audience and band have a common musical basis on which we can inspire people for jazz who otherwise rarely come into contact with it«. Which is also the perfect explanation for the phenomenon that is the Jazzrausch Bigband – a phenomenon that shows in its very own way what this music called jazz is all about: Today more than ever, it is the pigeonhole for that which doesn’t fit in any other pigeonhole. Unerring and with verve, the Jazzrausch Bigband tears down musical boundaries and makes sure that fun will be had by musicians and audience alike.

(Jazzrausch Bigband, Roman Sladek, Munich)