Michael Wollny

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Albums

Wartburg

Label: ACT
Distribution in France: Harmonia Mundi
Release date: March 23, 2018

“Wartburg” fizzes and shimmers with all the acuity of Michael Wollny’s senses and his protean capacity to be alive to the possibilities and the magic of the moment. This is improvising at the limit, life seen through a dream. The album also documents a first-ever encounter of his trio with Emile Parisien, arguably the most influential and original voice on soprano sax today. A unique moment in contemporary jazz.

Michael Wollny - Wartburg

Nachtfahrten

Label: ACT
Distribution in France: Harmonia Mundi
Release date: October 09, 2015

Through the night with Michael Wollny: 14 Jazz-Nocturnes in a new trio setting: reduced to the essence, mysterious, magical & lyrical.
This release owes its original inspiration to a book published in 2013 entitled “Nachtmeerfahrten” (Sea Journeys by Night), which takes the reader over to the dark side of romanticism, to a world of fantasy, of eerie shadows, and things that go bump in the night. Producer Siggi Loch edited the “Meer”/ sea part out of the title, which therefore became “Nachtfahrten” (Night Journeys), which suits this pianist, who is a creature of the nocturnal realm. He feels very much at home in a world of grey cats and blurred outlines, where the contrasting emotions of the moment can leave all rational expectations behind; this is a backdrop which is alive with possibility, but also with trepidation.

Michael Wollny - Nachtfahrten

Weltentraum

Label: ACT
Distribution in France: harmonia mundi
Release date: February 25, 2014

Wollny‘s new trio recording Weltentraum is a stunning example of contemporary interpretation in the hands of a unique, fluidly virtuoso artist. Wollny, with both elegance and wit, explores the connection between songs that are worlds apart in terms of both centuries and cultures on Weltentraum. But in the pianist’s hands, the combination of interpretations of ‘God is a DJ’ by the riot girl power pop star Pink and the piece ‘Lasse!’ by Guiliaume de Machaut (the French Medieval composer and poet) gets to feel entirely natural.

Michael Wollny - Weltentraum

PIANO WORKS VII: HEXENTANZ

Label: ACT Records
Release date: February 23, 2007

Michael Wollny - PIANO WORKS VII: HEXENTANZ