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35 Years - Bundesjazzorchester

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35 Years - Bundesjazzorchester

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Format: CD
Label: Double Moon Records
UPC: 0608917144222
Catnr: DMCHR 71442
Release date: 26 April 2024
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Double Moon Records
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0608917144222
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DMCHR 71442
Release date
26 April 2024

"... The whole variety of an opulent jazz orchestra can be heard in the ten very different, sometimes quite demanding numbers. Great class, exciting music, the BuJazzO is a lot of fun here.  ..."

Jazzthing, 29-5-2024
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"Eternal youth” is lived reality in the Bundesjazzorchester (Federal Youth Jazz Orchestra), nicknamed BuJazzO. The members are between 17 and 24 years old, and every two years there is a change of generation – and this has been the case for more than 35 years. As a result, more and more biographies of ambitious, talented German jazz musicians with renowned abilities have become hallmarks of BuJazzO membership. You might ask whether the jazz events in Germany, rich in great jazz musicians, would be the same today had not the founder and long-term director Peter Herbolzheimer ensured at the time with emphatic commitment and with heart and soul that this project, which was supported by many, was made possible?

The BuJazzO premiere took place in January 1988. The first record release was in the same year. 35 years... "35 Years": this new album in an impressive series acts like a cornucopia of ideas and stylistic ingredients. But it can hardly be more than a kind of opulent teaser for all that BuJazzO currently is.

Among the various BuJazzO albums with a clear thematic focus, "35 Years – Bundesjazzorchester" is one of those that bundles various aspects of recent orchestral activities. Excerpts are included from a good five years (2018-2023), i.e., the work of three BuJazzO generations. In addition to the two artistic directors Niels Klein and Ansgar Striepens, who collaborate in proven and reliable dual leadership, the orchestra worked in this phase with guests such as Randy Brecker, Django Bates, Nikki Illes and Michael Gibbs. External conductors are a set aspect of the concept that is open to many ideas.

Amazingly, however, this latest production does not give the impression of a motley documentation. This is also thanks to the consistently coherent sound character; the same sound engineer is responsible for all orchestral projects. But it also suggests that BuJazzO actually maintains somewhat of its own sound despite all the volatility of the casts, the variety of activities and manuscripts. In addition, in times like these, you sometimes yearn for an orchestra that combines such a wide range of stylistic elements, shapes and colors.

According to the official credo behind this premium institution of current German jazz, BuJazzO is located at the interface between university education and professionalism. It is intended to prepare students for careers as professional musicians. The number of applications has steadily increased to this day. In fact, the orchestra has long since become a success story. This is essentially thanks to the fact that the scope of musical ambitions has been increasingly expanded. The orchestra’s image has benefited from this as a result. The BuJazzO program reflects classic and – stronger than ever – current trends of high-end big band art. It is no coincidence that the new album begins with a specially composed piece by the acclaimed Japanese master arranger Miho Hazama.

Among the most recent special projects that are at least touched upon in the album repertoire were the programs "# 2021JLID – 1700 Years of Jewish Life in Germany" and "100 Years of Bauhaus". Oded Lev-Ari's piece "Die Barcarole" and Hazama's "Im Filmatelier" were composed for silent films. Some things are now also documented in pictures and can be seen on YouTube. Incidentally, the current BuJazzO line-up – also a special project – will perform concerts at various venues in Germany between mid-June and mid-July as part of the European Soccer Championship. This keeps the orchestra, as they say, always on the ball ... Which, figuratively speaking, really fits this versatile orchestra.
"35 Years – Bundesjazzorchester" underlines the topicality and relevance of BuJazzO in the best possible way.
Die „ewige Jugend“: im Bundesjazzorchester, Rufname BuJazzO, ist das gelebte Realität. Die Mitglieder sind zwischen 17 und 24 Jahre alt, alle zwei Jahre findet ein Generationenwechsel statt – und das seit mehr als 35 Jahren. Was dazu führt, dass immer mehr Biographien aufstrebender deutscher Jazztalente und namhafter Szene-Kapazitäten als Wegmarke die Mitgliedschaft im BuJazzO aufweisen. Da darf man schon mal fragen: wäre das an großartigen Jazz-Akteurinnen und -Akteuren reiche Jazzgeschehen in Deutschland heute das gleiche, hätte der Begründer und langjährige Leiter Peter Herbolzheimer nicht seinerzeit mit nachdrücklichem Engagement und mit Herzblut dafür gesorgt, dass dieses von vielen Seiten geförderte Projekt auf den Weg geschickt wurde?
Die BuJazzO-Premiere ging im Januar 1988 über die Bühne. Im selben Jahr entstand die erste Tonträger-Veröffentlichung. 35 Jahre … „35 Years“ - dieses neuerliche Album in einer stattlichen Reihe wirkt wie ein Füllhorn an Ideen und stilistischen Zutaten. Es kann dabei aber kaum mehr sein als eine Art üppiger Teaser für all das, was das BujazzO aktuell ist.
Zwischen den diversen BuJazzO-Alben mit klaren thematischen Schwerpunkten gehört „35 Years – Bundesjazzorchester“ zu jenen, die verschiedene Aspekte der jüngeren Orchester-Aktivitäten bündeln. Versammelt sind Ausschnitte aus gut fünf Jahren (2018-2023), also dem Schaffen von drei BuJazzO-Generationen. Neben den beiden künstlerischen Leitern Niels Klein und Ansgar Striepens, die eine bewährte, verlässliche Doppelspitze bilden, arbeitete das Orchester in dieser Phase mit Gästen wie Randy Brecker, Django Bates, Nikki Illes und Michael Gibbs. Externe Leiter sind ein gesetzter Aspekt des in viele Richtungen offenen Konzeptes.
Erstaunlicherweise macht diese jüngste Produktion trotzdem nicht den Eindruck einer bunt zusammengewürfelten Dokumentation. Das liegt auch am durchweg stimmigen Klangcharakter – für alle Orchester-Projekte ist derselbe Tonmeister zuständig. Es spricht aber auch dafür, dass das BuJazzO bei aller Flüchtigkeit der Besetzungen, der Vielfalt an Unternehmungen und Handschriften tatsächlich eine Art eigenen Sound pflegt. Hinzu kommt, dass man sich in Zeiten wie diesen manchmal ein Orchester herbeisehnt, das eine solch breite Palette an Stilelementen, an Formen und Farben unter einen Hut bringt.
Das BuJazzO, so das offizielle Credo hinter dieser Premium-Institution der deutschen Jazzaktualität, verortet sich an der Schnittstelle zwischen Hochschulausbildung und Profidasein. Es soll der Vorbereitung auf eine Laufbahn als Profimusikerin und Profimusiker dienen. Die Zahl der Bewerbungen ist bis heute kontinuierlich gestiegen. Tatsächlich hat sich das Orchester längst zu einer Erfolgsgeschichte gemausert. Das liegt ganz wesentlich daran, dass man sich in den musikalischen Ambitionen mehr und mehr öffnete. Davon profitierte postwendend das Image. Das BuJazzO-Programm spiegelt klassische und - stärker denn je - aktuelle Strömungen hoher Bigband-Kunst. Nicht von ungefähr beginnt das neue Album mit einem eigens komponierten Stück der vielgelobten japanischen Meister-Arrangeurin Miho Hazama.
Zu den jüngsten Sonderprojekten, die im Album-Repertoire zumindest angerissen werden, gehörten die Programme „#2021JLID – 1700 Jahre jüdisches Leben in Deutschland“ sowie „100 Jahre Bauhaus“. Oded Lev-Aris Stück „Die Barcarole“ und Hazamas „Im Filmatelier“ sind als Musiken zu Stummfilmen entstanden. Manches wird inzwischen auch im Bild dokumentiert und ist auf Youtube zu sehen. Die derzeitige BuJazzO-Ausgabe gibt übrigens - auch das ein Sonderprojekt - zwischen Mitte Juni und Mitte Juli Konzerte im Rahmen der Fußball-EM an verschiedenen Austragungsorten in Deutschland. So bleibt das Orchester – ähem, stets am Ball … . Was bildlich wahrhaftig passt zu diesem beweglichen Klangkörper.
„35 Years – Bundesjazzorchester“ unterstreicht die Aktualität und die Relevanz des BuJazzO auf bestmögliche Weise.

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“If it weren’t for BuJazzO, I wouldn’t be where I am today.” (Till Brönner) 'BuJazzO is a dream band for any composer/conductor.' (John Hollenbeck) The Bundesjazzorchester (BuJazzO for short) is the official youth jazz orchestra of the Federal Republic of Germany. The most talented musicians of the next generation come together with renowned pedagogues and conductors to form an ensemble that strives for musical excellence. Originally founded in 1988 by Peter Herbolzheimer, the Bundesjazzorchester is known today as the meeting point for the next generation of talented jazz musicians in Germany. The artistic director team of Prof. Niels Klein and Prof. Ansgar Striepens work together closely alongside guest directors, to prepare, rehearse, and perform regular new programmes, both inside and outside Germany. With...
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“If it weren’t for BuJazzO, I wouldn’t be where I am today.” (Till Brönner)

"BuJazzO is a dream band for any composer/conductor." (John Hollenbeck)

The Bundesjazzorchester (BuJazzO for short) is the official youth jazz orchestra of the Federal Republic of Germany. The most talented musicians of the next generation come together with renowned pedagogues and conductors to form an ensemble that strives for musical excellence. Originally founded in 1988 by Peter Herbolzheimer, the Bundesjazzorchester is known today as the meeting point for the next generation of talented jazz musicians in Germany.
The artistic director team of Prof. Niels Klein and Prof. Ansgar Striepens work together closely alongside guest directors, to prepare, rehearse, and perform regular new programmes, both inside and outside Germany. With few exceptions, the young musicians, ranging in age from 17 to 24, study at German and international music conservatories. During their time in the orchestra, the musicians are accompanied by an impressive faculty of jazz professionals, who, in addition to giving instrument-specific instruction, support the young musicians musically as well as professionally, offering connections to their networks and providing optimal conditions for their growth.
After a successful audition, each member remains in the orchestra for up to two years. This allows for the next generation of new talent to join what has become an important stepping stone in the jazz scene towards a successful career. Amongst the approximately 900 alumni of the orchestra are such prominent musicians as Till Brönner, Roger Cicero, Tom Gaebel, Julia Hülsmann, Frederik Köster, Robert Landfermann, Matthias Schriefl, Sebastian Sternal, Peter Weniger, Nils Wogram, Michael Wollny, and Nils Wülker.
The project is generously funded by the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, the West German Broadcasting (WDR), the German performers’ copyright society GVL, and Mercedes-Benz Group AG. In addition, the participants contribute financially through co-payments.
The Bundesjazzorchester is the winner of the Frankfurt Music Award 2018 and the ECHO JAZZ Award 2012. In 2012, the ensemble was awarded the West German Broadcasting Jazz Award, and won the German Music Award in 1997.


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... The whole variety of an opulent jazz orchestra can be heard in the ten very different, sometimes quite demanding numbers. Great class, exciting music, the BuJazzO is a lot of fun here.  ...
Jazzthing, 29-5-2024

... However, as band leaders Niels Klein and Ansgar Striepens regularly invite guests such as Miho Hazama, whose “Im Filmatelier” kicks off the album, or Django Bates, the ten-part program, which ends with Ellington's “Solitude”, sounds beautifully varied with its powerful colors and fine solos...  
Fono Forum, 01-6-2024

... Nevertheless, they have managed to create a largely identical sound for these very different approaches, the ten songs seem to have been cast from the same mold, especially as they were all recorded live, but without sacrificing any of the subtleties and special features in the respective arrangements...
Musikansich, 29-5-2024

... the large ensemble works very well together, no big experiments and yet fresh and dynamic.
NaDann, 05-5-2024

... A wonderful album with very colorful, modern music and further proof that jazz belongs to the young generation!
jazz-fun, 26-4-2024

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