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Jazzrausch Bigband – Beethoven's Breakdown (Premiere/CD Release Concert)

| Philharmonie/Philharmonic Hall

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»A meltdown of big band sound with house and techno music.« (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

With an average of 120 concerts a year, the Jazzrausch Bigband is one of Europe’s most sought after big bands. At their concerts in Europe, America, Asia and Africa, it brings together jazz fans and dance lovers with »powerful sound, groove and an enormous stage presence« (FAZ). Groove with brains, electro with horns, jazz in ecstasy – this being the meaning of the German word »Rausch« in the band’s name.

The driving forces behind the project are the Munich trombonist and music manager Roman Sladek and guitarist and composer Leonhard Kuhn, who also lives in Munich. The nucleus and starting point of this musical journey is a Munich cult venue: »Harry Klein« – one of Europe’s most renowned electro clubs. When, in 2015, the barely year-old Jazzrausch Bigband became artists in residence at »Harry«, the young Munich audience freaked out. A big band at the techno club! Unheard of, and not just in Munich. Not before long, the band sought out bigger stages, filling rock venues like the Muffathalle as well as more dignified establishments, such as Munich’s Philharmonic Hall, while also appearing at renowned festivals throughout Germany. And the touring range continues to expand, with stops along concert tours including  New York’s Lincoln Center, the JZ Festival in Shanghai, the Safaricom International Jazz Festival in Nairobi, the Ural Music Night in Yekaterinburg, Russia and the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas.

To call the band a phenomenon is no exaggeration – a phenomenon that shows in its very own way what this music that is called jazz is all about: Today more than ever, it is the pigeonhole for that which doesn’t fit in any other pigeonhole. And the pleasure of tearing down the boundaries is enjoyed by musicians and audience alike. The music of the Jazzrausch Bigband, so it seems, fulfils several desires in this context: that of the clubgoers for more genuine, hand-made, fresh, original music; and that of listeners to jazz and classical music for more oomph and entertainment, for a big sound and massive groove.

With »Beethoven’s Breakdown«, the Jazzrausch Bigband once again gives an electrifying concert in celebration of Beethoven’s anniversary. Inspired by Beethoven’s compositions, the 15 musicians around composer Leonhard Kuhn and band leader Roman Sladek weave a breathtaking web of technoid grooves, orchestral soundscapes and complex jazz improvisations. From silence, delicately set to music, to a booming technoid nemesis – Beethoven’s prominent works are dismantled with delight and reassembled in an altogether different light.

Composer and arranger: Leonhard Kuhn
Bandleader and producer: Roman Sladek

The premiere will be accompanied by a small festival with bands and DJs in the foyer of the Philharmonie. Please note: The concert was originally announced for 22 November but will now take place on 23 November. Tickets already purchased for 22 November remain valid.

(Roman Sladek, Munich)