Over the week, we’ll be sharing some info about each of the seven experimental artists involved with our two events next week.
Today we want to focus a little on Peter Ehwald, one of the people taking jazz forward as a philosophy and not a genre, as we’re quite honoured that he’s flying over to London from Germany especially for his gig at Rich Mix next Thursday.
An adventurous saxophonist with a distinctive sound, Peter is best known for The Backyard Jazz Orchestra, his collaborative project with the Goethe Institute and Stefan Schultze, and his exceptional band Double Trouble, in which he lays down his sax lines over two double basses.
Never one to stay still, Peter Ehwald studied saxophone at the music academies in Weimar and Köln, at the Royal Academy of Music in London and at City College New York. He took lessons with Claudius Valk, John Patitucci, Rich Perry, Mike Holober, Julian Argüelles, Stan Sulzman and Ian Ballemy. Rewarded with a prestigious DAAD scholarship, he taught jazz-combo and big band from 2007 to 2009 as a graduate assistant at the City College, New York. His composition ‘Alanis’ was performed at Carnegie Hall in spring 2007. Peter is an intensely touring musician, who performs with many bands in countries like UK, France, Poland, Spain, Finland, USA, Peru and Costa Rica.
Check out a live set of Peter’s project Double Trouble at Jazzahead 2014 below for more an idea of what to expect.
Solo, Peter performs with raw energy, creating a remarkably modern sound coming out of years of training and experimentation.
“Ehwald evokes an affecting tonal range, moving artfully between Wayne Shorter-type floaty, snaking lines and tougher vocalised timbres.” – Jazzwise
“A prodigious saxophone technique and a fine ear, particularly in his frequent excursions into altissimo.” – Sebastian Scotney, LondonJazz
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