Modern Urban Jazz mit dem Adam Holzman Trio

Adam Holzman Trio
23. Mai 2012 - 20.00 Uhr - Festsaal BORG Fallmerayerstrasse 7 (Erdgeschoss)


Musiker:Adam Holzman, keyboards Roland Heinz, guitar Jeff Hirshfield, drums

Organisation: Alois Wechselberger

Details:
((The style of music they play could be called "Modern Urban Jazz", as they do not play traditional tunes or interpretations. The band consists of Adam Holzman (keyboards) Roland Heinz (guitar) and Jeff Hirshfield (drums). Holzman and Hirshfield are highly renowned musicians from New York and Heinz is currently teaching at the Innsbruck Conservatory's Jazz Department.))

Links:
http://www.adamholzman.com/miles.html
http://www.adamholzman.com
http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers/Jeff_Hirshfield.html
http://zildjian.com/Artists/H/Jeff-Hirshfield
http://www.rolandheinz.com/

Musicians:

Adam Holzman, keyboards

"I think for what we´re doing – instrumental music or jazz-rock – it´s gotta be live for it to have the exciting edge...Music that is focused on players and soloists is always going to come across better when it has that live feeling on it." A.H.
Adam is simply one of the most innovative musicians alive. He is a perennial poll-winner in the Fusion category for Pulse-magazine's year-end Top Ten listings. "Keyboard" magazine named him one of the top 10 players in the world, "Down Beat" lauded his "killer groove" and compared him to Jan Hammer - and even the "New York Times" and the "Washington Post" have praised Adam's live shows.
Born on February 15, 1958 in New York City, Adam is the son of Elektra Records founder, Jac Holzman. Adam grew up in California and started classical piano lessons at age 12, but his main influences were "The Doors", Leon Russell and Dr. John. He started getting into progressive rock and jazz-rock during the late 70s, which in turn led to a growing interest in jazz.
"First I was influenced by groups like "Emerson, Lake & Palmer" or "Yes". When I heard Chick Corea, the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Billy Cobham I got completely turned on to jazz." he says today. "But I only started getting serious about jazz harmonies when I was in my late 20s. Even today there are still some gaps in my jazz knowledge. But I do not consider my musical role to be a keeper of jazz traditions. I try to make entertaining music today, influenced by rock, jazz-rock, funk and a lot of other styles and ideas."
One of his first big jobs was a new recording of the opera "Carmina Burana" by composer Carl Orff, led by Ray Manzarek of the "Doors" and produced by Philipp Glass. He then played with various groups including the group "Fents", which Adam co-founded before coming to the attention of singer Randy Hall.
Miles Davis first hired Adam for some keyboard work for "Tutu" and then as second keyboarder for the live tour that followed. While Miles Davis hired and fired musicians at an enormous rate during these years, Adam Holzman actually stayed for almost 5 years. "I must have done something right", Holzman says today."I was so nervous in the beginning - I didn't think I would survive the first tour." He must have done a lot of things right, since Miles later promoted him to "musical director", when Robert Irving left the band in 1988.

Jeff Hirshfield, Drums
A native New Yorker, performance and recording credits include; Jim Hall, Toots Thielemans, Charlie Mariano, Joe Lovano, Red Rodney-Ira Sullivan, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie, Dr. John, Jerry Bergonzi, Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Orchestra, John Taylor, Randy Brecker, John Zorn, Mose Allison, Bennie Wallace, Bob Brookmeyer, Paul Bley, Eliane Elias, Mike Mainieri, Gary Peacock, Tim Berne, Woody Herman Orchestra, Tom Harrell, Fred Hersch, Mike Stern, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Joe Diorio, Bob Belden, Joey Calderazzo, Eddie Daniels, Bob Berg, James Moody, Harold Danko, Ray Anderson, Tal Farlow, Marc Copland, Dave Liebman, David Binney, George Garzone, Michael Formanek, Loren Stillman, Jamie Baum, Daniel Schnyder, Ed Simon, Ben Monder, Greg Osby, John Lewis, Tim Hagans, Chris Potter, Slide Hampton, Joe Henderson, Rich Perry, Jazz Composers Collective, George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, Wayne Krantz, Frank Kimbrough, Bill Frisell, George Colligan, Adam Rogers, U.S. State Department Jazz Ambassadors, Dieter lIg, John O’Gallagher, Benny Golson and many others.

Extensive touring in the U.S., Europe, Japan, South America, Australia, Israel, India, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Performing in many of the major jazz and music festivals around the world.

He has performed on over 270 recordings.

Conducted clinics and master classes with a focus on musicality and listening in Europe, South America, Australia, India, Nepal, Thailand, Canada, Japan and extensively in the U.S.. Including the Univ.of Indiana, Berklee College of Music, Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, New York University, Houston School of Performing Arts, Houston Community College, Univ. of Tennessee, Missouri State Univ., Univ. of New Hampshire, Musicians Union (Buenos Aires, Argentina), William Patterson College, Univ. of Illinois, Univ. of Iowa, Univ. of Maine, Belmont College (Nashville), New School University, Univ. of Wisconsin, Univ. of Alabama, Univ. of Alaska, Oulunlcylan Conservatory (Helsinki), Norrbotten Big Band (Lulea, Sweden), Veneto Jazz Workshop (Italy), New England Conservatory, El Taller (Barcelona), Goucher College, Univ. of Memphis, Weimar Conservatory (Germany), Sebelius Institute (Helsinki), Mahidol University (Bangkok), San Jacento College, Simon's Rock College, NOCCA (New Orleans), UNICA (Maracaibo, Venezuela), Outpost (Albuquerque), Univ. of Colorado, Calgary Jazz Fest., Litchfield Jazz Festival Music School and the Sydney Conservatory of Music (Australia).

"If I were a soloist, I'd love to have him playing behind me."
Chicago Tribune

"Hirshfield, a drummer with endless capacity for innovation."
Toronto Star

"Hirshfield dances on the drums"
Boston Globe

“Jeff Hirshfield played drums with total concentration, sensitivity and restraint all evening, always listening to the soloist and the other band members, always articulating the music of the total group sound. He could teach courses in empathy.”
The Live Music Report

Roland Heinz, Guitar
Der Innsbrucker Gitarrist Roland Heinz ist Kennern seit vielen Jahren als Auftragskomponist, aber vor allem als Musiker im weiten Feld der Freien Improvisation ein Begriff. Speziell seine Zusammenarbeit mit Kontrabassist Barre Phillips oder Pianist Russ Lossing sorgte für einhelliges Kritikerlob, in New York zählten der mittlerweile verstorbene Attila Zoller, aber auch John Abercrombie als Bewunderer seiner Spielkunst zu seinen Mitspielern. Mit seiner jüngsten Live - CD hat sich Roland Heinz einer etwas breiteren Publikumsschicht geöffnet, Mit seinem mit Scott Lee (b) und Jeff Hirshfield (dr) hochkarätig besetzten Rhythmusduo und dem von keinem Geringeren als Joe Lavano vielgepriesenen Loren Stillman (as) beweist er wohl ausgiebig improvisatorisches Können, befleißigt sich aber andererseits einer auch von Nichtspezialisten leichter verständlichen Songstruktur, ohne dass die Qualität seiner Musik verwässert wurde. Die glänzende Interaktion der Musiker sorgt für permanente Spannungsbögen, solistisch agiert das Quartett auf der Höhe der Zeit. Besonders Leader Roland Heinz zeigt mit seinen bedächtigen, manchmal geradezu scheu wirkenden, aber stets ebenso kraftvollen wie beseelten Phrasierungen – auch am sehr selektiv eingesetzten Gitarrensynthesizer – welch außergewöhnlicher Gitarrist mit ihm noch einer breiten Entdeckung harrt.
Roland Heinz ist bis jetzt nur Insidern bekannt, obwohl er schon mit Musikern wie Barre Phillips und Leszek Zadlo zusammengearbeitet hat, allerdings in der „freieren Jazz-Szene“. Mit „Present Tales“, seiner zeitgemäßen Variante des modernen Jazz, erschienen beim neuen Innsbrucker Label Circus, wird sich Heinz auch im mainstreamigeren Feld einen Namen machen. Klar strukturierte Melodien wechseln einander mit improvisierten Teilen ab, verfügen über innere Ruhe und Kraft, können aber sehr wohl in diverse Richtungen ausbrechen. Heinz der zeitweilig wie Metheny oder sein großes Vorbild John Abercrombie klingt, kann seinem Jazz jede Menge spannende Momente mitgeben, Momente die vom Rest des Quartetts, Loren Stillman, s,Scott Lee, b, und Jeff Hirshfield, dr, in ebenso feinfühliger Art weiterentwickelt werden. „Present Tales“ hätten durchaus das Zeug als neue ECM-Produktion durchzugehen. Ein inhaltlich, aber auch was die Covergestaltung betrifft, überzeugender Start des Circus-Labels. (Christian Bakonyi)