Efrat Alony

Efrat Alony’s music is as complex as the life she has lead, having been to various countries and gone through the process of leaving home and returning through the rediscovery of the Hebrew language. Alony was born to Iraqui immigrants in Haifa and grew up in Israel, where she began studying composition and voice. She continued her studies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, and graduated at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler (Hanns Eisler College of Music) in Berlin. She performed with and composed for the Sunday Night Orchestra, the Ed Partyka Jazz Orchestra, the Jazz Orchestra Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, and the Big Band of the Hessische Rundfunk.

She has worked as musical director and vocal instructor for various theatre productions and collaborated with renowned American director Robert Wilson, among others. Efrat Alony has been a professor for jazz voice at the Hochschule der Künste (Academy of the Arts) in Bern since 2009. In 2006, she was awarded the Jazz Performance Prize of 5,000 EUR by the Karl Hofer Association in Berlin. In 2008 and 2010, her project Alony received the Jazz Sponsorship Award granted by the Berlin Senate. In 2009, she received the Nürnberger Nachrichten International Jazz Award and was nominated for the BMW World Jazz Award in 2010. After her highly acclaimed CD Dismantling Dreams (enja, 2009, co-produced by the Bavarian Broadcasting Company Bayerische Rundfunk), her fifth album A Kit For Mending Thoughts was released in 2012 (enja, co-produced by Radio Berlin Brandenburg). In 2014, Efrat won the Deutsche Musikautorenpreis (German Music Writer’s Award) in the jazz composition category.



Oliver Leicht

Saxophonist and clarinetist Oliver Leicht has been a fixture on the stages and in the recording studios of this world for the past 20 years. Partly classically trained at the conservatories in Mannheim and Cologne as well as the Hessian National Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Federal Youth Jazz Orchestra, he is currently a member of numerous ensembles including: Peter Herbolzheimer’s RC & B, Bob Brookmeyer’s New Arts Orchestra, [re:jazz], as well as his own projects Oliver Leicht [Acht.] and Herrenrunde. Forthermore, he has been a member of the Hessische Rundfunk (Hessian Broadcasting) Big Band since 2009 with a greater focus on composition and arrangement. Among the various ensembles’ countless CD’s, his own releases are outstanding: the quartet Herrenrunde feat. Ack Van Rooyen and the octet [Acht.] with its second CD Räume (Rooms), both on jazz4ever records.



Frank Wingold

Frank Wigold lives in Cologne, where he has been working as a bandleader, sideman and composer since 1993. He is also a professor for jazz guitar at the Osnarbrück conservatory’s Music Institute as well as a lecturer at the Prins Claus Coservatorium in Groningen, Netherlands. His trio agog has won the Dutch Jazz Competition at the North Sea Jazz Festival and the Europe Jazz Contest in Brussels, where Frank Wigold recieved the award for Best Soloist. His combination of classical and jazz/rock-oriented playing techiques on acoustic and electric guitars has become his trademark style and his very own language of improvisation and composition. His greatest influences can be found in the repertoire for classical guitar of the 20th and 21st century, traditional and modern jazz, the history of rock, electronic music and traditional Eastern European and Middle Eastern music.



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