Alexandra Lehmler Quartett

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Alexandra Lehmler Quartett - Jazz Live Act in Mannheim

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Her music features all of the characteristics generally attributed to “men’s” jazz: Commanding in its performance, complex, yet not needlessly complicated. Clearly recognizable roots, yet full of self-expression. Brief, mature music originating from the gut, yet still revealing thought and reflection.
The album’s titles „Jazz, Baby!“ (released in 2014) and “No Blah  Blah” (released in 2012) are also the agenda. These compositions are meaty and exciting, and the CD’s concept is quite appealing. Musically, Alexandra Lehmler does not mince matters. Her tongue speaks via her saxophone’s reed the way most people’s tongues speak words. One clearly hears that she has studied the old masters of jazz. Influences from various jazz periods pop up in her playing again and again: internalized melody lines and lyric themes – and a whole lot of her own shaping of music. Lehmler’s “vibrating tone on the saxophone while playing in the bright registers, the flexible lines, and the song-like melodies,” Klaus Mümpfer wrote in Jazz Podium, are “unmistakable.” And the newspaper Mannheimer Morgen celebrates: “She performs her music with wonderful effortlessness.”

Born in Bad Ems an der Lahn in 1979, Alexandra Lehmler surely would have been an acclaimed pianist as well, if her grandfather hadn’t hacked up the piano for kindling.
So, she had to find another instrument and became enthralled by the saxophone at the tender age of eight. After getting through the five years of clarinet instruction dictated by her parents, she was finally permitted to move on to her favorite instrument, learning alto and soprano saxophone in addition to bass clarinet. She then passed through all the stations of a promising career in music: She played in Germany’s national youth jazz orchestra under the direction of Peter Herbolzheimer with, among others, Maria Schneider, David Liebman, Jürgen Friedrich, Peter Weniger, and Bobby Shew. After completing her studies at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Mannheim, she honed her skills with Bernd Konrad in Stuttgart and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris.

In 2004, Alexandra Lehmler found Matthias Debus (bs), and Max Mahlert (dr), who would all become long-time musical companions, accompanying her along a path of strictly European and World Jazz. With the addition of Columbian percussionist Rodrigo Villalon, the formation grew into a quintet shortly thereafter, bringing a momentous enhancement to their Western music elements.
Since 2011 piano player Oliver Maas is an important part of the band, renewing the band sound with his influences. Their years of consistent collaboration have turned Alexandra Lehmler’s band into a close-knit group – „Jazz, Baby!“ is their fourth mutual album. She and bassist Matthias Debus – her accompanist both inside and outside the band, and father of their two children - are at the center of the group. They also share the composing work.

As bandleader, Alexandra Lehmler places emphasis on a sound where “color plays a special role,” as accurately recognized by Rainer Köhl of the newspaper Rhein-Neckar. The palette she implements always features striking colors with an apparently highly attractive effect in the combinations she creates: The magazine Musikwoche wrote about the preceding album “Die Welt von unten gesehen” (2009): “This album is never irritating, never intrusive, it always entertaining and rich in variety.”

The music that she and her band deliver on Jazz, Baby! is an exciting, temperamental confluence of classical jazz elements with refreshing influences from the Balkans, Rock music and Latin America. World music also finds its way into Lehmler’s jazz in an entirely natural manner, and even enters into the foreground at times. All of this allows Alexandra Lehmler to create a jazz mixture that is accessible to the general public, yet still vivacious and spirited.

Her music features all of the characteristics generally attributed to “men’s” jazz: Commanding in its performance, complex, yet not needlessly complicated. Clearly recognizable roots, yet full of self-expression. Brief, mature music originating from the gut, yet still revealing thought and reflection.
The album’s titles „Jazz, Baby!“ (released in 2014) and “No Blah  Blah” (released in 2012) are also the agenda. These compositions are meaty and exciting, and the CD’s concept is quite appealing. Musically, Alexandra Lehmler does not mince matters. Her tongue speaks via her saxophone’s reed the way most people’s tongues speak words. One clea...

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Past Gigs Alexandra Lehmler Quartett

  • 10 | 2016 Mainz Landesjazzfest Rheinland-Pfalz
  • 10 | 2016 Köln Bürgerhaus Kalk
  • 10 | 2015 Berlin Jazz in den Ministergärten Festival
  • 10 | 2015 Mannheim Enjoy Jazz Festival
  • 04 | 2015 Altensteig Rathaus
  • 03 | 2015 Sindelfingen Jazztage
  • 03 | 2015 Neckargemünd Altes E-Werk
  • 03 | 2015 Bingen Jazzinitiative
  • 01 | 2015 Darmstadt Stadtkirche
  • 11 | 2014 Freiburg Jazzhaus
  • 11 | 2014 Biberach Jazzclub
  • 11 | 2014 Mannheim Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg
  • 11 | 2014 Hamburg Nochtspeicher
  • 11 | 2014 Helmbrechts Textilmuseum
  • 11 | 2014 Schwäbisch Hall Jazzclub
  • 11 | 2014 Heidelberg Enjoy Jazz Festival, Alexandra Lehmler invites...
  • 06 | 2014 Schifferstadt Palatia Jazz
  • 06 | 2013 Timmendorfer Strand Jazz Baltica
  • 10 | 2012 Hamburg Überjazz
  • 10 | 2012 Dortmund Jazztage

Discography Alexandra Lehmler Quartett

  • 2015 Live Album | JAZZANARTS RECORDS
  • 2014 Jazz, Baby! Album | JAZZANARTS RECORDS
  • 2012 No Blah Blah Album | JAZZANARTS RECORDS
  • 2009 Die Welt von unten gesehen Album | Neuklang
  • 2007 Sundance Album | none

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Origin

  • Mannheim DE

Founded

  • 2004

Members

  • Matthias Debus bass
  • Apollonio Maiello piano
  • Rodrigo Villalon drums

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