Schipmann/Ludwig – The Human Element

Sunday 29 September, doors open 7.30pm
Melodic original jazz combining UK and Germany influences

Originally from Cologne, Germany, guitarist Gero Schipmann has been an active part of London’s vibrant jazz scene for the past three years. Together with Cologne-based saxophonist and composer Johannes Ludwig, the two lead the Schipmann/Ludwig UK Quintet, a highly prolific band featuring some of the UK’s most sought after musicians, uniting the unique jazz scenes of England and Germany.

Gero Schipmann and Johannes Ludwig are close friends that share a musical identity that’s powerful and imaginative. Both of them compose for this quintet, their music sounds different yet fits together so naturally as if it was meant to be all along. Both are exciting virtuosos on their respective instruments. They are joined by Sam Leak on piano and Max Luthert on bass – both very respected on the London jazz scene – and brilliant young German drummer Alexander Parzhuber. Their music goes deep, reveals human desire, allows human error and inspires the listener to embrace everything that makes life worth living.

Gero Schipmann – Guitar
Johannes Ludwig – Alto Sax
Sam Leak – Piano
Max Luthert – Bass
Alexander Parzhuber – Drums

“Gero Schipmann and Johannes Ludwig … write music that combines complex yet accessible melodic lines with floating soundscapes, collectively interpreted with the help of a fine rhythm section. This Anglo-German quintet demonstrates the creative vitality that UK jazz has imbibed from European collaboration – grab it while you can…” Paul Bream, Jazz Alert

Tickets £10 (£7 students)
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