(Double Bass, composition)
Georg Breinschmid was born in 1973 and lives in Vienna. He is one of the leading Austrian jazz musicians on the international stage.
Breinschmid studied classical double bass at Vienna`s music university; at the same time he was also active as jazz musician.
He joined the Tonkunstlerorchester Niederosterreich from 1994-96 and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra from 1996-98, but decided then to turn his back on his orchestral career and dedicate himself to his passion for improvised music.
Since 1999 he established himself as one of the most versatile and virtuoso bassists of the international jazz scene. Among many others he collaborated with Archie Shepp, Charlie Mariano, Kenny Wheeler, Bireli Lagrene, Triology and Megablast. He was resident double bass player of the Vienna Art Orchestra from 1999 until 2006. From 2003 on, Georg Breinschmid was increasingly active as composer and bandleader. Numerous CD productions like „Wien bleibt Krk“ (2008) or the double albums „Brein’s World“ (2010) and "Double Brein" (2014) received rave reviews in Europe as well as overseas. Important artistic collaborations include trumpeter Thomas Gansch, violinists Benjamin Schmid and Aleksey Igudesman, the brothers Frantisek and Roman Janoska, accordionist Stian Carstensen, pianist Antoni Donchev, The Flying Schnortzenbrekkers, arranger Tscho Theissing and many others. In 2010 the trio Brein`s Cafe performed at the opening of Vienna Festival in front of a worldwide TV audience of millions. 2014 foundation of the quartet Strings & Bass together with violinist Florian Willeitner. He won the Hans Koller Award twice („CD of the year“ 2002, „Newcomer of the year“ 2003). From 2012 to 2015, Georg was nominated four times consecutively for the Amadeus Austrian Music Award (category Jazz/World/Blues). His unorthodox compositions at the interface between Jazz, classical and viennese music are considered as one of the most interesting developments in contemporary music. His works are being performed by ensembles like The Philharmonics, the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Amarcord Wien, Bass Instinct and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. In 2011 Breinschmid presented for the first time a full-length program of his compositions with symphony orchestra and jazztrio, with Tonkunstlerorchester Niederosterreich. Numerous orchestral performances of his music follow, among others with Hongkong Sinfonietta, Symphonieorchester Vo-rarlberg, Moravia Virtuosi, Brno Philharmonic, Wurttembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Tiroler Symphonieorchester Innsbruck and Brucknerorchester Linz. He also writes commissioned works, a.o. for the ensembles Faltenradio, The Clarinotts, Matthias Schorn (principal clarinetist of Vienna Philharmonic), Sonus Brass and many others.
Soloist in classical music, jazz and world-music.
Bandleader and arranger.
Teacher and head of Jazz & Pop department at HEMU Lausanne.
Born in 1978, Thomas was just 4 years old when he started playing the drums. Many different stiles of music continued to play a crucial role in his life. He studied classical percussion at the Conservatory of Music in Zurich and Strasbourg. Meanwhile he learned to improvise, to play Jazz and Rock mostly autodidact and performed with many bands as a vibist or as a drummer.
1995-2009 he performed and recorded as an orchestral percussionist with various Swiss symphony orchestras including the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, working with an eminent group of conductors including Mariss Jansons, Georg Solti, Gennadij Rosdet-wiensky, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Armin Jordan, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Charles Dutoit, Da-vid Zinman. 1998-2005 he performed and recorded as a marimba und vibes player with leading chamber music ensembles, working with contemporary composers including Lu-ciano Berio, Wolfgang Rihm, Georgy Kurtag, Heinz Holliger. Thomas performed at many prestigious music festivals including the BBC Proms, Menuhin Festival, Lucerne Festival.
Since 2005 he performs as a classical soloist with various orchestras including the Zurcher Kammerorchester, MDR Symhony Orchestra Leipzig, Camerata Bern, Sinfo-nieorchester St. Gallen, Dusseldorf Festival Orchestra, Orchester Musikkollegium Win-terthur.
Thomas started in 2001 to assemble his own Jazz groups. In 2002, he recorded his first album with his trio featuring the vibraphone. From 2009 to 2014 he toured and recorded in duo with US pianist Kenny Drew Jr.
Mostly as a bandleader, but also as a guest soloist, Thomas played with many great Jazz musicians including:
harmonica: Olivier Ker-Ourio
piano: Kenny Drew Jr , Dado Moroni, Vince Benedetti, Francesc Capella, Andre Desponds, Andy Scherrer, Thierry Lang, Emil Spanyi, Robi Weber, AlonYavnai, Ales-sandro D'Episcopo
bass: Reggie Johnson, Roman Dylag, Georg Breinschmid, M.A. Cordero, Lorenzo Barriendos, Banz Oester, Ratus Flisch, Aldo Zunino, Thomas Hirt, Kalli Gerhards, Joel Reiff, K.T. Geier, J.P. Schaller, Stefan Kurmann, Isla Eckinger, Dudu Penz
perc: Nan Mercader, Yoan Sanchez, Ayekoos Drummers of Ghana
drums: Sangoma Everett, Peter Schmidlin, Marcel Papaux, Pius Baschnagel, Curt Treier, Alberto Canonico, Damian Bassman, Cyril Regamey, Alberto Canonico, Peter Preibisch, Toni Renold
sax: Andy Scherrer, George Robert, Daniel Schnyder, Paul Jeffrey, Roberto Bonisolo, Jurg Morgenthaler
git: Francis Coletta, Dani Solimine, Alieksey Vianna
violin: Adam Taubitz, Duilio Galfetti
cello: Daniel Pezzotti
trombone : Dave Taylor, Rene Mosele
french horn : Arkadij Shilkloper
voc: La Velle, Marianne Racine, Sandra Studer, Judy Emeline
accordeon : Denis Croisonnier
trumpet : Jeff Baud
(Pianist, composer, arranger, sound designer, sound engineer)
Born in Budapest, Hungary on 14 June 1968 he studied in Hungary, Austria, the USA and France.
Since 1996 he lives in Paris and is teaching at the Paris and Lausanne Music Conservatories.
Soloist and Sideman in modern main stream and avantgarde Jazz, accompanist of singers, traditional bebop projects. Projects in free jazz and world jazz on acoustic and electronic keyboard instruments and with computer support.
As a pianist:
Tours, radio- and TV-appearances in Hungary, Austria, France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Schweden, Denmark, Poland, Senegal, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Gabon, Marocco, Iran, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, USA with among others Ray Brown, Philip Catherine, Ed Thigpen, Bob Berg, Mark Murphy, Stafford James, Gene Jackson, Don Alias, Hal Singer, Niels-Henning Oersted Pedersen, Gino Vannelli, Niels Lan Doky, Randy Brecker, Dave Sanborn, George Robert, Francois Jeanneau, Daniel Humair, Louis Sclavis, Marc Ducret, LaVelle Duggan, Alexy Spiagin, Matthieu Michel, Don Byron and with his own projects.
Composition and arrangements:
Compositions for practically all formations since the beginning of his career.
Compositions on order for various formations from saxophone quartet to big bands and symphony orchestra. Persistent arrangements for various medium bands, big bands and cross over symphony orchestras worldwide.
1998-2007: Professor for piano at the Conservatoire de Lagny sur Marne, France
2002-2008 : Professor for piano, workshops and harmony at the Conservatoire de Paris IX “Nadia & Lili Boulanger” in Paris
2003-2007: Professor for piano and harmony at the Bill Evans Piano Academy in Paris
2006- : Professor for piano, workshops, harmony and sound engineering at the Conservatoire National de Region (CNR, neuerlich Conservatoire de Rayonnement Re-gional, CRR) de Paris, Bachelor (“License”) programme
2007- : Professor for piano, workshops, modale and contemporary harmony, composition and arrangement, music technoloy at the HeMU (Haute Ecole de Musique) de Lausanne, Schwitzerland, bachelor- und master-programme
Masterclasses, summer clinics : USA (Houston Downtown University), France (Paris, Marciac, Lyon, Valenciennes), Austria (Musikakademie Niederosterreich, Zeillern, Weinberg, Hochschule Graz), Hungary (University Franz Liszt Budapest, Lamantin Jazz Camp Szombathely), Slovenia (Jazz Camp Kranj), Croatia (Jazz Is Back Zagreb-Groznjan)
Hard- and soft ware:
Emil Spanyi is a recording engineer for his own projects with his own hardware and a mastering engineer with his own studio (Studios LDF, Paris) for a number of Jazz, Pop and classical artists in France, Switzerland and in Austria.