Evelyn Huber - Harp

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From the moment ...

Evelyn Huber:
Harp
Matthias Frey: Grand Piano
Christopher Herrmann: Cello
Ramesh Shotham: Percussion

Music for the inner cinema - an exciting musical journey!
Four acoustic instruments - four very different musical personalities, inspiring each other with their unconventional ways of playing. A special chamber music, evoking powerfully subtle dreamlike images. In creative dialogue, listening, together. Silence & fire. An evening of musical sensuality.
The quartet’s first CD "inspire" will be released by GLM Music in September 2016.

Evelyn Huber - Harp

The renowned world musician, recipient of the Bavarian Culture Prize and two-time Echo winner, including the "Best Live Act of the Year" along with her band Quadro Nuevo, jams, buzzes, hums, whistles and swings on the harp, evoking fast-paced and intricately woven melodies from her instrument, every now and then enchanting and flirting on delicate angelic strings. With charm, enthusiasm and technical perfection Evelyn Huber evokes from the harp soundscapes unheard of until now.

Matthias Frey - grand piano

A musician in constant motion.As well as producing CDs of his own music and that of other artists, he performs at concerts and festivals, composes music for feature films and documentaries, serves on the jury of the German World Music Award CREOLE and organizes a concert series for Peace and International Understanding as well as the international Weltklang Festival and the Film Music Festival in Bad Ems.
He plays the grand piano like a stringed instrument, eliciting unusual and unique sounds through the use of a variety of playing techniques and thereby opening wide the door for musical communication with the music of other cultures.

Christopher Herrmann - Cello

This exceptional cellist creates a profusion of diverse musical landscapes on baroque, modern and electric cellos. In addition to his love of classical music and his interest in their contemporaries, his curiosity about the music of other cultures has inspired him to develop a musical language all his own.
He continues to bring the cello into new and unfamiliar contexts and has developed special playing techniques specifically for this. In addition to compositions for solo cello, he also writes works for large ensembles and performs in concert as a multi-instrumentalist on guitar, piano, erhu, Sarod etc.

Ramesh Shotham - Percussion

A native of India, percussionist Ramesh Shotham is one of the most versatile and extraordinary voices of the jazz and world music scenes creating, with his distinctive and complex playing, a unique fusion of different cultures.
His ensemble "Madras Special" sets new standards in world music.
Shotham has collaborated with musicians such as Charlie Mariano, the WDR Big Band, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, the Karnataka College of Percussion, Steve Coleman, Jonas Hellborg, Sigi Schwab and Ronan Guilfoyle.

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Evelyn Huber & Mulo Francel

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Evelyn Huber: Harp
Mulo Francel: Saxophone

AVENTURE for Harp & Saxophone

The virtuoso world music harpist Evelyn Huber and her bandmate Mulo Francel, both colleagues in the band Quadro Nuevo as well, embark on a magical adventure.

Saxophone and harp
Saxophone and harp, two seemingly opposite characters, merge to create unimagined soundscapes: ballads and bossa nova, tango and waltz, whimsical spice songs, improvisations and melodies from old Europe.


Saxophone and harp, two instruments which couldn’t be more diverse. Between them lies the tension of eternal dualism: new and old, quiet and loud, heaven and hell, devils and angels, man and woman, hard and soft, near and far. For thousands of years the harp has continually played an important role in the music scene of almost all cultures but it was first in jazz that the saxophone found its place as the epitome of individual expressiveness. While the string instrument, as if touched by the hands of angels, vibrates in captivating delicacy, the strident and sometimes impetuous woodwind can awaken diabolical associations, at least since the appearance of Hermann Hesse's Steppenwolf.
The Duo Evelyn Huber & Mulo Francel decisively breaks with all clichés, bringing their instruments together in a fascinating rendezvous. Mulo Francel, well- known as Quadro Nuevo’s wind-instrumentalist, and his virtuoso bandmate harpist Evelyn Huber have been tapping into the power of their instruments for the past 19 years. A venturous, melancholic and breathy saxophone couples with the rhythmic and spirited harp, creating their own incomparable and unique chamber music. Finely woven threads intertwine with rich stormy cascades, elegiac soundscapes alternate with musical close-ups of the greatest intimacy.

The flamboyant duo has been awarded the German Phonographic Industry’s Jazz Award for the albums Tango Lyrico and Songs of Spices. In addition, both virtuosos have received the ECHO with their globally active ensemble Quadro Nuevo

Aventure was an auspicious word in the Middle Ages and it is from this word that the present day term “adventure” developed. One can experience adventure in an afternoon or even during the course of a night. A proper Aventure, on the other hand, is much more: it is a journey full of miraculous encounters that leads the hero through strange lands and enchanted places. Numerous tasks and challenges must be faced and overcome and it is through these that the traveler will grow. This adventurous journey can take days, weeks, or even years. After returning, the protagonist - if he ever returns at all – will have become a traveler who has attained another level of personality. It is in this bold spirit of an Aventure that Mulo Francel and Evelyn Huber perceive their musical collaboration.

Evelyn Huber is one of the few harpists internationally who can entice a versatility of sounds from the grand orchestral harp as well. She is considered an absolute phenomenon both in the jazz and world music scenes. Evelyn studied her instrument and obtained her soloist’s diploma at the Munich Music Academy and was active there from 1998 to 2009 as a lecturer for harp. Since 2009 she has focused exclusively on her concert performances.

Mulo Francel tours throughout the world with his ensemble Quadro Nuevo for 180 days a year. His music has been awarded the German Jazz Award and the European Impala on numerous occasions, and his CDs have stormed to the top of the jazz, world music and pop charts. The Kulturnews called his playing "the currently most sensual saxophone sound in Europe". Mulo Francel cultivates his love for playing with the harp just as intensively.

Press

Trostberger Tagblatt: “Bound for cult status: Saxophone and Harp played with a common heartbeat.“

Allgäuer Zeitung: “In the face of such musical class, the ovations of the Irsee audience were more than justified and were rewarded with several encores.“

Donau Anzeiger: “There can be hardly anyone in the audience who wasn’t deeply moved at least one stage of the concert. As much as listening was the evening’s central focus, one sometimes couldn’t believe one’s eyes at how Evelyn Huber plucked, struck and scrubbed her instrument, and the fascinating range of sounds that emerged. The saxophone, on the other hand, accompanied the sound of the harp like quiet breathing, interjecting a soft whisper now and then. Especially compelling were the improvisations. The audience, many sitting with eyes closed, seemed far away and relaxed, lost in another world that they were reluctant to leave at the end of the concert. Only after quite a few encores and exuberant applause were the artists allowed to take their leave.“

Tölzer Kurier: “The musical interaction of both artists was amazing.“



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To hear Evelyn Huber on solo harp is an unforgettable experience in sound, passionate and fiery, meditative and ethereal at the same time. Inspired by tango, jazz, expressionism and the Latin American joie de vivre, she has developed a unique music style all her own, carried by her sunny temperament and dedication to her music.

The recipient of the Bavarian Culture Prize and two-time winner of the Echo (with Quadro Nuevo) jams, hums, buzzes, whistles and swings on the harp, effortlessly allowing it to resonate with exquisitely woven melodies at a stunning pace. Flirtatious at times, it then seduces us with the most tender and angelic of strings. With charm, technical perfection and boundless enthusiasm, Evelyn Huber draws an unprecedented range of soundscapes from this wonderful instrument.

Biography

Evelyn Huber studied harp with Helga Storck, graduating with a Master’s degree from the “Hochschule für Musik und Theater” in Munich where she subsequently taught harp from 1998 to 2009. In 2007 she was appointed visiting professor at the Guildhall School of Music in London. Evelyn began early on to cross conventional musical boundaries, continuing to sound out the possibilities presented by the grand concert harp. Jazz workshops in the United States, concert activities with various ensembles around the world as well as her solo performances have made her a virtuoso in the genres of jazz and world music. 

During her far-reaching career she has appeared on stage with the world-renowned Klezmer clarinettist Giora Feidman and toured Europe, Africa and Latin America with dulcimer virtuoso Rudi Zapf. In 1997 she joined with jazz saxophonist Mulo Francel to create a unique harp/saxophone duo, delighting audiences with an exciting mixture of jazzy rhythms, oriental arabesques, tango and bossa nova and the pure joy of improvisation. The extraordinary mastery of the harp with which she became known around the world has now been brought to the music of Quadro Nuevo, the group she joined in 2008. In 2010 and 2011, the ensemble was presented with the German Music Award in the category “Live Act of the Year”. Evelyn Huber has also been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards including the Bavarian Cultural Award and has been presented with the Jazz Award of the German Phonographic Industry a number of times. Numerous CD recordings with a wide variety of musical combos are evidence of the vast scope of Evelyn Huber’s unique artistry on the harp.

Awards

2011 Echo “Jazz / World Music, Best Live Act“ for Quadro Nuevo
2010 Echo “Jazz / World Music, Best Live Act“ for Quadro Nuevo
2009 Bavarian Cultural Award
2007 Creole Audience Award in Nuremberg for “Lauschgold“
2006 JAZZ AWARD of the German Phonographic Industry “Tango Lyrico“
2002 Hallertau Cabaret Award with Mulo Francel for “Tango Lyrico“
2002 Bavarian Poets Award for “Zapf’nstreich“
1998 The “Green Wanninger“ for the band Zapf’nStreich
since 1996 scholarship recipient / Scholarship Foundation
1996 Garching cabaret Mask for “Zapf’nstreich“
1996 Rotary Advancement Prize für solo harp programme
1995 3rd Preis at the International Jazz Harp Competition, Tucson/ Arizona/ USA
1989 Tollwood cabaret prize for solo harp

Press

Böblinger Zeitung: “... and then for the musical surprise of the evening: Evelyn Huber takes her place behind the harp. The music flows and swings. We don’t normally expect to hear something like this from a harp!

Trostberger Tagblatt: “Thanks to her technical perfection, superb technique, immense musicality and, above all, her obsession with rhythm, the harp reaches unexpected heights of expression under Evelyn Huber’s creative fingers.



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