Markus Stockhausen is considered one of the most distinguished trumpeters worldwide. At the interface of jazz, classical music, new music and electronic experiments, he is constantly researching new possibilities of expression. The group named after him brings together four improvising musicians who are among the best in their respective fields. At asphalt, the quartet presents its current triple album ‘Tales’.
The joy of playing is paired with masterly skill, colourful compositions and inspired improvisations blend into a harmonious whole. The four musicians, who also use electronic extensions of their instruments, display exceptional virtuosity in classical music as well as in jazz. They are highly exacting in their musicianship, always on the lookout for the ‘magic moment’ on stage. Through their intuitive interplay, they bring inner worlds to life with musical sensitivity. Themes are passed between them like a ball, bouncing of each other, sometimes complex, virtuoso sequences of notes or chords, lively and jazzy, then again harmonious-melodic, calm and contemplative.
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The press says:
»Trumpeter Markus Stockhausen and his three ensemble partners create beautiful, unagitated yet exciting soundscapes carried by melodies and long bows.« (Rondo Magazin)
»The recent triple album ›Tales‹ is a wonderful demonstration of the musician and composer’s storytelling abilities.« (jazzandrock.com)
»A masterpiece« (NDR)