Timo Vollbrecht sax & clar
Keisuke Matsuno guitar
Elias Stemeseder piano & synth
(Bernhard Meyer bass)
Jason Burger drums
(Sebastian Merk drums)
Modern, flexible and free from quotes and imitation, self-effacing and delicate.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Based in Brooklyn, rooted in Berlin, focusing on composed and improvised music: Timo Vollbrecht is what the New York City Jazz Record calls a “luminously-fine” saxophonist-bandleader, whose music is “blessed with rhythmic fluidity and intricate twists.” Acclaimed for his “warm blanket of sound” (JazzThing), he follows a carefully composed musical vision that balances emotional intensity, vivacious energy, and delicate simplicity. The result is a sound of self-effacing insistence that is as visual as it is sonically beautiful. It inspires a sense of wonder as it is rarely felt in music today. A musical omnivore, he organically combines jazz with elements of post-rock, indie, new music, experimental, and instrumental songwriting. “Through this confluence of influences, his music transcends the limitation of musical genre” (Stefon Harris).
FLY MAGIC is Vollbrecht’s signature ensemble. The band has released two albums, tours worldwide and appears at major festivals in Europe, the US, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and South America. It comprises four spectacular improvisers that emerge from the scenes of New York and Berlin. Their collective musical story originates right at the intersection of styles and cultural diversity, as seen on their newest release Faces in Places (Berthold Records). The album tells the tale of 10 human encounters in different countries that left a deep imprint on the musicians. Hence, the music whisks you to meet Mala in Malaysia, Muhammad in Syria, or Tiffany in Singapore. Before that, the band released its debut album Fly Magic, which the Jazzpodium Magazine views as “one of the most outstanding recordings of a German artist in 2016.” FLY MAGIC also features the unique and intimate musical relationship between Vollbrecht and his longtime artistic partners, guitarist and sound-wizard Keisuke Matsuno, keyboarder Elias Stemeseder (bassist Bernhard Meyer), and drummer Jason Burger (Sebastian Merk).
It is their love for the element of surprise and their search for the paths less traveled that keep this music at the cutting edge of contemporary improvised music.