... demonstrates anew that it pays off to stay true to the "Working-Group-Concept"
I find it important to work with the same musicians over a longer period of time. Therefore it is not a coincidence that my three most important projects have already existed for more than twenty years. Without a doubt, short- dated, spontaneous formations can lead to valuable musical results. On the other hand collaboration with the same musicians over a long period of time can also reach deadlock.
The "Jazz Podium" considers it to be the embodiment of modern Austrian Jazz,
How it began:
2008 the Trio celebrated it's 30 th birthday with the release of the
Concert- and broadcast recordings for the SR and SWR in Germany, and for the Polish Radio in Warsaw, as well as festivals in Novi Sad, Leibnitz (with Enrico Rava) or the International Outdoor Festival "Jazz at the Hermitage Garden" in Moscow took place in celebration of their anniversary. Before that the trio performed at festivals such as the "Euro Jazz" Athens, the "Jazz Peak" Sofia, as well as the "European Jazzfestival" Izmir or the "Music Summer Nights" Kiev.
They have recorded nine LP/CDs and appeared on Television and Radio on numerous occasions.
Performing at all important Austrian festivals such as Wiesen, Saalfelden, "Jazzfest Wien", "Jazzherbst Salzburg", "Bregenzer Festspiele", "Wiener Festwochen", "Steirischer Herbst", Raab, Leibnitz ...
Appearances at Festivals such as “Umbria Jazz" Perugia, “Belga Jazz" Brussels, “Festa delle musiche d´Europa" Rome, "Mostra de Jazz Europeu" Barcelona, “Porsche Jazz Festival" Padova, “Bilsak Jazz Festival" Istanbul, “Jazz Jamboree" Warsaw, “Jazz Fair" Zagreb, “Jazz goes Europe" Munich, “Yatra Jazz Festival" Bombay - New Delhi, “Standard Bank Festival" Grahamstown (South Africa), Leeds, Belgrade, Trencin (Slovakia),
The following Guests have toured and performed with the Trio:
Even though the Trio has played together for such a long time, audience and critics alike acclaim its everlasting freshness and search for new forms of expression. The replacement on the drums by Karlheinz Miklin jr. should emphasize this attribute also in the future.
"Echoes of Illyria - Fifteen years later..."
... shows an amazing variety of sounds within the trio formation.
...aroused a justifiable storm of enthusiasm among the public
"Jazz Podium" (Germany)
... music of discreet originality and hidden charm.
...demonstrated perfectly that it is possible to make music of the highest quality on the old continent.
The absence of a piano brings fresh breath into the music, allowing to depart from standard soundings.
...were able to develop the audiences´s excitement to a maximum.
...a small group with an enormous range of fascinating sounds.
The Austrians know have to spice up their well balanced music with a decent dose of passion.
“family affair“ 30th anniversary (EX 799-2)
"Echoes of Illyra " (Universal 014 482-2)
"We´ve only just begun" (SOS J-012)
"MIKLIN LIVE ´98" (miles smiles 001)
"Welcome to the Club!"(Jazzette BP CD 029)
"Just Jazz" Mark Murphy and Karlheinz Miklin in concert (Jazzette BP CD 027)
"Instant Two" (EMP 3002)
"The Rooter" (WEA 58712)
"Pick Up" (GEE BEE DEE 06-2004)
Karlheinz Miklin has been touring South America and Europe regularly with Argentinean musicians since 1984. Concerts were given in the last years among others in Vienna (Porgy & Bess, Reigen, Metropol), Graz ("Festival Graz Meeting"), Linz (Festival "music minds"), Brussels ("Belga Festival"), Zagreb (Festival "Jazz Fare"), Frankfurt (Palmengarten), Stuttgart (Theaterhaus), Weimar (" Jazzmeile Thüringen"), Zurich (Moods) ... as well as numerous radio and television recordings.
Gustavo Bergalli established his reputation as the most important trumpet player of Argentina and continues to commute between Europe (as Soloist at the "Stockholm Jazz Orchestra" and the NRD Big Band), New York and Buenos Aires.
Marcelo Mayor, known as a sensitive accompanist, is as sought after as ever among leading Argentinean Soloists. However, lately the guitarist has increasingly dedicated himself to composing, well documented on
Alejandro Herrera has recently attracted major international attention as sideman of Al DiMeola or Philip Catherine, although he has come to the fore also as leader with the release of his Quintets CD "Minority Report".
Luis Ceravolo, certainly one of the important personalities in the Argentinean music scene for a very long time,
Mario Gusso, a prominent member of the new school of percussion, versatile in all traditional but also
Finally Karlheinz Miklin, who has celebrated his latest successes with his Trio at Festivals in Italy, Bulgaria, Greece, Slovakia and Turkey and as a soloist in Chile, Portugal, Latvia and Estonia. After appearances with Ron McClure and Billy Hart in the US, he presented the newest CD of this All Star group "In Between" (EX 672-2)
"Aniversario - Sketches from Illyro-Argentina". Karlheinz Miklin & Quinteto Argentina.
Very subtle music, that lives from intensely personal feelings.
One of the most important European Sax players, who has found marvelous accompanists at his side.
Their joyous playing and good mood were easily carried over to the audience.
Sax player Karlheinz Miklin presented his most convincing version of his Quinteto Argentina to date.
... Individual and strong musical personalities have found each other in a rarely heard homogeneity.
... a truly musical firework.
... Karlheinz Miklin and the Argentineans were triumphant.
... a group with no place for mediocrity.
"ONDA ALPIN" - Karlheinz Miklin & Quinteto Argentina (ORF-CD 3061) (>Listen)
"Aniversario - Stetches of Illyro-Argentina" Karlheinz Miklin & Quinteto Argentina
"Graz Hora Cero" Karlheinz Miklin & Quinteto Argentina & KUG Big Band (EX 572-2)
"Linda" Karlheinz Miklin & Quinteto Argentina & KUG Big Band (TCB 21 322)
"El Viejo - To The Roots And Back" Karlheinz Miklin & Quinteto Argentina (SOS-J 1009)
"De Lejos" Karlheinz Miklin & Quinteto Argentina (SOS-J 1002A)
"Malambo Blue" Karlheinz Miklin & Quinteto Argentina (TCB 9050)
"Carlitos" Karlheinz Miklin in Buenos Aires (Amadeo 829 447)
"Pasando - Live at the Treibhaus" Karlheinz Miklin & Trio Argentina (EMP 3003)
These three musicians have been working together regularly since 1987, although in the beginning they usually performed as a Quartet with Harry Pepl (CD "Looking Back" SOS J-006) and after that with Fritz Pauer (CD "Decisions" SOS J-008). In addition Karlheinz Miklin recorded the CD "Next Page" (SOS J-005) with Fritz Pauer, Ron McClure and Victor Lewis as well as "Last Waltz" (Acoustic Music 319.1126.2) with Adam Nussbaum on the drums.
Karlheinz Miklin has already practiced this style of playing for almost thirty years with his trio. Thus
Ron McClure is without a doubt one of the most agelessly important bassists of the Jazz scene. The broad range of his activity as a sideman is exceptional. It stretches from working with the Big Bands of Buddy Rich and Maynard Ferguson via collaboration with Charles Lloyd, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Stan Getz and Sarah Vaughn to "Blood, Sweat and Tears" and the Pointer Sisters and finally to Lee Konitz, with whom he has been working with the most lately.
On many of these recordings one will be able to find Billy Hart on the drums; these two musicians are connected by decades of playing together. Their collaboration with the group "Quest"- a leading ensemble in the eighties with Dave Liebman and Richie Beirach - is a good example of their lasting teamwork.
They are three "grown up" musicians that can rely on lots of experience but at the same time remain curious and on the look-out for new means of expression. Their personal relationship and mutual understanding of music are the basis for their collaboration, as well as the privilege of not having to prove anything to anybody any more...
Nobody has to prove anything to the other, and thus the path to communication of perfect sincerity that leads directly into the middle of a magic triangle is laid open.
Through Miklin´s diverse compositions Jazz´s horizon is brought to shine by Free- jazzy, "Monky" and finally very inspiredly played standard repertoire.
... demonstrates anew that it pays off to stay true to the " Working-Group-Concept". Miklin creates an extremely homogeneous and elastic sound.
Three inspired musicians that know each other inside out. There is nothing missing, certainly not a chord instrument.
The dialog with Free Jazz together with its consequences and their distance to Bebop are conspicuous. Everything swings without obstacles, including open end switches and admirable effects. My compliment!
Their Trio playing seams to be guided by a fundamental natural force. Their inquiry for new sounds in the long Intros to the various compositions open dimensions of deep spirituality.
"In Between" Karlheinz Miklin - Ron McClure - Billy Hart ( EX 672-2)
"From Here To There" Karlheinz Miklin - Ron McClure - Billy Hart (TCB 22172)
"Decisions" Karlheinz Miklin Quartet (SOS J-008)
"Looking Back" Karlheinz Miklin (SOS J-006)
"Last Waltz" Karlheinz Miklin Quartet (Acoustic Music 319.1126.2)
"Next Page" Karlheinz Miklin Quartet (SOS J-001)
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