MAGNUS SCHRIEFL - trumpet / bandleader
WANJA SLAVIN - saxophone
BERNHARD MEYER - bass
PETER GALL - drums
The Band BLUME which translates as 'flower' leaves botanics aside and presents you instead with awe-inspiring runs and daring technique, full throttle. This music is an adventure for performers and audience alike.
Wanja Slavin (sax) plays with such intensity that one sometimes almost fears for him, Magnus Schriefl (tp) always prefers taking a risk to playing licks. When the melodic flowers start to blossom lusciously, Bernhard Meyer (b) searches for safe harmonic terrain and Peter Gall (dr) grounds the musical plants.
The eponymous CD is the band's debut album featuring only original tunes.
Wherof one cannot speak, thereof one has to let music sound: BLUME.
Wanja Slavin won the 2014 JazzEcho in the „Instrumenalist of the Year National Saxophone/Woodwinds“ divison. His main projects are his quartett „Lotus Eaters“, the „Slavin-Eldh-Lillinger“ trio and a duo with actress Anna Maria Sturm. On several accassions he was invited to festivals like „Münchner Klaviersommer“ and „Moers Festival“, where he shared the stage with musicians like Joachim Kühn, Kenny Wheeler, Mederic Collignon and John Schröder. His current album „For Very Sad and Very Tired Lotus Eaters“ was released in 2013 on „WhyPlayJazz“.
Magnus Schriefl won the National Trumpet Competition (Jazz Divison) and was second placed at the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Competition in 2011. Besides BLUME, his main project is the band „Subtone“, with whom he has released four albums so far. In the past years, Magnus has played at festivals such as Jazz Baltica, Jazzfest Berlin, Jazzfest Burghausen and Jazzfest Bonn. He had the chance to share the stage with Allan Praskin, Randy Brecker, Johannes Enders, and many more.
Bernhard Meyer studied both bass and composition at the Jazz Institute Berlin. Besides the „Melt Trio“, with his brother Peter Meyer on guitar, he is playing in numerous freelance projects including Eric Schäfer's „The Shreds“ and the „Lea W. Frey Quartet“. His current albums, „Patch of Light“ featuring Claudio Puntin on Clarinet and Julius Heise on vibraphone, and „Hymnolia“ featuring the „Melt Trio“ were released on „JazzHausRecords“ and on „Traumton Records“.
Peter Gall studied drums at the Berlin University of the Arts with John Hollenbeck and at Manhattan School of Music with John Riley. In the past few years he has played and recorded with international renowned musicians such as Kurt Rosenwinkel, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Johannes Enders and Indie/Electro artist „Enik“. Together with Magnus, he is a founding member of „Subtone“, which was formed in 2005. Peter was asked to play at festivals and venues like Montreux Jazzfestival, Jazz Baltica and the famous Carnegie Hall.