We received this wonderful trophy for our first album „Failure in Wonderland“ as „Newcomer of the Year national“ at the Echo-Jazz gala in Hamburg!
Thanks to Enja (our Label), thanks to Initiative Musik, and thanks to the city of Munich for the support!
We have been awarded the Jazz Echo in the category “Newcomer of the Year National”! Yay! The award ceremony will be on May 22 in Hamburg.
We are also looking forward to these concerts coming up:
Jazzfrühling Kempten on 26.4.
Landsberg am Lech on 27.4.
Idar Oberstein Jazzfestival on 31.5.
Agratamagatha Festival on 26.7.
See you around!
We are happy to announce to be featured in the February edition of Downbeat magazine! You can read about our “auspicious entry” at last years Berlin Jazz Festival and everything else Dan Ouellette has to say about us in the “Reviews” section or right here: Downbeat, Feb 2014.
If you would rather see us on stage than on page here’s some other good news: for the first time we are visiting the far north of Germany to play the MIBNIGHT Jazzfestival in Bremen on February 22 and Hamburg’s MOJO club on March 2.
The year draws to a close, but we’re still far from taking a rest!
This week we are featured in two radio programs: on Wednesday, 10pm, WDR 3 takes a close look at the German big band scene in «Young & Big» and the day after at 9pm I’m part of an interview panel on BR Klassik’s «taktlos».
And finally on saturday it’s your last chance to see us live this year when we are playing at Jazzfest Munich!
If you are still looking for a christmas present, click on “shop” where you can order our CD “Failure in Wonderland” directly from us.
This was a truly wonderful evening!
Thanks to Bert Noglik and to Jazzfest Berlin for everything. Playing with John Scofield and his Überjam was an honour, but receiving compliments from the legend himself and his band after the concert was even better!:)
For us it was the first time playing such a big international festival and being broadcasted live on several radio stations. An amazing experience and definitely a highlight for us as a band!
Now we are already looking forward to playing Jazzfest Munich on December 14 and hope to meet some of you again soon,
Monika and Bigband
No, this is not us at Abbey Road Studios… this is the village square of Bezau, a lovely little town in Austria! There we played our mild summer nights slot at Bezau Beatz Festival, incorporating the village fountain and church bells to great success: Matthias Schriefl bubbled a refreshing underwater trumpet solo and Hannes Billich went all duet during his piano solo with the church tower clock striking the hour – unfortunately we had to leave both the clock tower and the fountain in Bezau. Saying our goodbyes was hard, we hope to be returning some day! Thanks for everything Alfred, it was amazing!
Lott festival was another highlight!:) Sunshine, camping tents in every colour, right next to the small village of Raversbeuren and bands from all over the world! We seized the chance and made friends with “Yes Sir Boss” (Hello to Bristol!), “Corebeaux” (Salut to France!) and many greetings to Dan of “Skindred” (Cheers to Newport!)!
And since there are almost no pics of our live sound engineer to be found, here’s a pretty series of him and our bass player, trying to out-grimace each other… and failing to do so at the same time.
We went on to Hafensommer Festival in Wurzburg, the last gig of our summer tour. We couldn’t have expected more! You can find some impressions right here (© Foto: Ulf Cronenberg, Würzburg, www.flytotherainbow.de).
So maybe we’ll see each other on September 26 when we are playing at Bluval Festival in Straubing, the next day when we are playing at Kulturhof Langenzenn or on November 3 at the Jazzfest Berlin where it is an incredible honor for us to share the stage with the legend himself, John Scofield! We can’t wait!
Monika and Bigband
Our first time in the capital… it was a blast! Just what are the odds of letting 18 musicians loose in Berlin and have them walk into each other eventually? And why do Berliners jump off this house at Alexanderplatz? Or are these just disappointed tourists? Thanks to our catering team and our bus drivers (a job that is seemingly best suited to our brass section:)
Back in Munich: playing the Milla was once again amazing. It is quite possible that we play there more regularly from autumn on… we would be thrilled to do so!
We were headed back north just after that to play Fusion Festival… and what a festival it was! The most lovingly put together works of art, visual installations, optical illusions, just mindblowing. Our piece „Irrlicht“ would have felt right at home in an art forest full of lights and colors. Alice in Wonderland was ever present somehow and our visual artist Sascha Bank could run riot to her hearts content with the 3D artists of Urban Screen.
The journey continued.
Our next stop was Alto Adige Jazz Festival in Italy. We had to supply ourselves with 18 reflective vests (it’s the law) in order to use the motorway. So why not turn this utter useless stuff into shiny stage outfits? No sooner said than done:) We play castle Sigmundskron in Bozen and the dome square in Brixed. The atmosphere was sensational! Oh you delicious „Schlutzkrapfen“, we already miss you!
Right now, we are rehearsing new music and hope to see you in Bezau, Austria on July 30, at Lott Festival on August 3 or at the Hafensommer Festival in Würzburg on August 9. Can’t wait! See you soon!
Moni and Bigband
We made our television debut! BR Puls named us Band of the Week along with an invitation to their studio to do an interview and to shoot two live performances (and let us drink impressive amounts of coffee)!
By the way, we easily set a new record by cramming 18 musicians and visual artist Sascha Bank into the recording studio and beat German rap veterans Blumentopf by
You can watch the results on the BR Puls site or on Youtube. Have fun!
see you soon,
Monika und Bigband