Pascal Schumacher


Since winning the Django D’Or for Young Talent in 2005 Pascal Schumacher has been relentless in assuring his position as an outstanding artist and composer. He consistently achieves recognition in being awarded some of Jazz Music’s most prestigious titles, from the ECHO JAZZ for International Instrumentalist of the year 2012 and in 2013, the JTI Trier Award for inter-regional achievements across the euroregion of Saar-Lor-Lux.
He has been described as a “Goldsmith” in his art, a boundary-pushing musician, a resourceful improviser and an imaginative composer.
Keen to explore the links that exist between many musical genres, it is difficult to pigeon–hole his talent, his taste or his musical influences.
One thing is certain: he is a Vibraphone player with a unique aptitude and sensitivity who manages to inject panache and flamboyance into every performance.
His flair for improvisation is married to a lucid inventiveness which together creates an original sound as visionary as it is melodic.
As a physical performer, he is skilful, far-reaching and theatrical without being pretentious, making his performances inclusive and interesting to watch.
Since he gave birth to his first serious musical project in 1995, his musical partnerships and projects resemble his eclectic nature.
His duo with Jef Neve produces a hybrid that has been described as somewhere between pop-infused contemporary music and classic-infused jazz.
Pascal Schumacher and Francesco Tristano, also recognised as an European Concert Hall Organization “Rising Star”, perform as a trio with the Lebanese percussionist Bachar Khalifé and share with the audience fascinating insights on the beauty of the journey into the contemporary sound experience.
The Pascal Schumacher Quartet has a potent hook-laden feel that creatively destroys all notions of the polite dinner jazz associations of the past and produces a contemporary sound that is beautiful, melodic and effortlessly articulated. Their 5th studio album, “Bang My Can” the third release on Enja records, was launched in 2012 to critical acclaim.
In the project “In phase with JS Bach” Pascal Schumacher offers a decomposition and re-composition of the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 (BWV 1048) written in 1719. He uses his own starting point, based on his own particular aesthetic, which has been honed through his influences and his style created from a co-existence between European and American contemporary Jazz.
As a composer he writes not only for the duo, trio, quartet and chamber music ensembles, but has also created and produced film, theatre and dance projects. He was involved in a ground- breaking Multi-Media project “CTRL variations” and a trans-disciplinary theatre project entitled "LUXTIME – Jacques Tati revisited”.
He is a laureate of no less than four of Europe’s most notable Conservatories from his home town of Luxembourg as well as those in The Hague, Strasbourg and Brussels. He now teaches in the Luxembourg Conservatory classical percussion and jazz vibraphone.
The glorious soundtrack written to accompany 1929 silent film “A Woman one longs for” directed by Curtis Bernhardt and starring the incomparable Marlene Dietrich, was premiered as a Live Film-Concert in the Philharmonie Luxembourg in May 2012, conducted by Christian Schumann. It seemed then that the ever enigmatic Ms. Dietrich had met her match in the unequivocal expertise of Mr Schumacher. Never one to rest on his laurels however, Schumacher has pushed the boundaries once more and the Schumann, Dietrich and Schumacher trio will reunite in November 2014, this time to full Orchestral backing by none other than Luxemburg’s own national Chamber Orchestra (OCL).
2015 is set to begin with a long requested, much hoped for and eagerly anticipated concerto for Vibraphone and Orchestra, commissioned by the Philharmonic Hall and featuring the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg under the baton of Duncan Ward. The piece, dubbed “Windfall” is perhaps Pascal Schumacher’s allegory of his own parcours, a personal homage to the wonder of life; a nod to the opportunities and encounters that have come his way, as he has intuitively carved his own space and form on the musical horizon.
With two album releases underway in 2015 will have to work to keep up with his many incarnations. The German label MPS Records/Edel Kultur will release “Afrodiziak”, a debut for the collaboration between Bachar Khalifé, Pascal Schumacher and Francesco Tristano and Laborie Jazz, France is set to release "Left Tokyo Right”, Pascal Schumacher’s first Jazz solo album featuring Magic Malik.
(Text by Ruth Fisher)


Left Tokyo Right

Label: Laborie Jazz
Distribution in France: Socadisc
Release date: March 23, 2015

Most certainly one of the very best European vibraphonists, Pascal Schumacher introduces us to a fascinating new album, one of those that we listen to over and over again once started. At the head of a well-oiled Quartet for several years now, he has built his own world and universe with a writing and an attractiveness that reveal a constant emotion, and although Japan remains a model of contrasts between tradition and modern style, it has become a source of inspiration for him.

Pascal Schumacher - Left Tokyo Right