Monday, March 7, 2016

Bastian Stein (feat. Johannes Enders, Phil Donkin & James Maddren) - Viktor (2016)

Viktor is the name of trumpeter Bastian Stein's second Pirouet CD. It breaks out and into a completely new soundscape. Forgoing a harmony instrument, Stein along with saxophonist Johannes Enders, bassist Phil Donkin, and drummer James Maddren conjure up fascinating sounds with enormous latitude - sounds that have an unusually personal touch.

Bastian Stein started studying classical trumpet aged 15 at the University for Classical Music in Vienna. After his studies there he began at the Jazz Department in Amsterdam. Bastian completed his master's degree in Vienna where he lived and worked until 2013. In 2006 he received the Hans Koller scholarship to study in New York where he was taught by many distinguished musicians. Upon his return, Bastian began work with several different groups including Joris Dudli Sextet, Vienna Jazz Orchestra, NuRandom, Fagner Wesely Quartet, Martin Reiter Quartet.

He released his debut album "Grounded“ with the German label Double Moon Records in 2012. In 2013, under the name of "Bastian Stein Group" (feat. Pablo Held, Matthias Pichler and Tobias Backhaus) Stein released his second album "Diegesis“ with Pirouet Records.

In 2013, Bastian moved to Cologne in Germany where he formed his new quartet featuring Johannes Enders (tenor saxophone), Phil Donkin (double bass) and James Maddren (drums). In 2016 this quartet will release their new album "Viktor“ with Pirouet Records. Among many other projects he also works often with the WDR Big Band (concerts with Diane Reeves, Joshua Redman, Avishai Cohen, Richie Beirach among others). 

Since 2014 Bastian has been teaching Jazz Trumpet at the University of Stuttgart.

Bastian Stein trumpet
Johannes Enders tenor saxophone
Phil Donkin bass
James Maddren drums

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