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Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: May 28, 1980    

Benedikt Jahnel (28.05.1980) (piano/composition)

Benedikt grew up in Geretsried near Munich Germany. 2000: Move to Berlin Germany. 2005: Diploma at the University for the Arts in Berlin. 2005: Move to New York USA. 2007: Masters of Art degree at City College New York 2007: Move back to Berlin

Some Teachers: John Taylor, Richie Beirach, John Patitucci, Garry Dial, Rob Madna, Kenny Werner, Samir Chatterjee, Jean-Michel Pilc, David DelTredici, David Friedman, Peter Weniger, Hubert Nuss ...

Awards: 2000 “International Jazz-Competition Usti Nad Laben” (CZ): 1. Preis, Beste Band 2001 “Internationaler Jazzpreis Biberach”: 1. Preis, Beste Band 2001 “New Generation”, Internationaler Jazzpreis Straubing: 1. Preis, Beste Band 2002 “Jugend Jazzt”, Bayern: 1. Preis, Beste Band 2002 “Jugend Jazzt”, Deutschland: 1. Preis, Beste Band 2003 “Jazz Award Tübingen“: 1. Preis, Beste Band 2004 “Möbus Award”, Berlin: 1. Preis, Beste Band 2006 “Brunswick Award for Composition“, New York: 1. Preis...
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Awards

list of scholarships, awards and competitions 2003 “Young Jazz Award Tübingen”: 1. Price for best band (max.bab) 2002 “Jugend Jazzt”, Bayern: 1. Price for best band (max.bab) 2002 “Jugend Jazzt”, Deutschland : 1. Price for best band (max.bab) 2001 “Internationaler Jazzpreis Biberach”: 1. Price for best band (max.bab) 2000 “International Jazz-Competition Usti Nad Laben” (Tschechien): 1. Price for best band (max.bab) 2001 “New Generation”, Internationaler Jazzpreis Straubing: 1. Price for best band (cyminology) 2004 “Möbus Award”, Berlin: 1. Price for best band (cyminology) 2006 “Brunswick Award for Composition“, New York: 1. Price 2004 composition & arrangement for Pophorn Bigband (Finnland) (conducted by V. Halkosalmet) 2004 composition & arrangement for Jazzquartett and Stringorchestra (conducted by B. Jahnel) 2003 composition & arrangement for Metropol Orchestra (Holland) (conducted by John Clayton) 2004 “Three Month Artist-Scholarship” sponsored by the city of Heidelberg (Germany) 2005 recieved a scholarship for the US by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for the year 2005/2006 2006 recieved a scholarship for the US by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for the year 2006/2007
Benedikt Jahnel’s ‘Modular Concepts’ shines with crystal clarity and pure unsentimental emotion, from the first tone the music presents itself I such a natural way that one never questions but simply enjoys and follows along with it. Jahnel is a virtuoso whose harmonies and rhythmically ingenious play radiate both intensity and transparency. First and foremost he mediates, (via this first trio recording) as a musical architect with a sharp focus on proportions. The modular building of his compositions gives the album an overall color and unifies the content. It deals with long movements, carefully defined by the composer that develop from heir basic components, which then combine … and recombine. Two outstanding musicians, who he met during his studies in Berlin and New York, accompany Jahnel on this recording: drummer Owen Howard and bass player Antonio Miguel. Together they form a piano trio that travels in new ways far beyond clichés into a luminous space of musical freedom. (Wolfgang Muthspiel) Juli 2008

”A great hit” (S. Pakzad, Jazzthing 10/08)

“He will prove to be a bright light in the field of creative jazz.” (Garry Dial)

„This guy is swinging…“ - „…great flow“ (Richie Beirach)

„Benedikt is an energetic young musician with excellent time and interesting ideas“ - „…I was pleased to hear his new compositions”. (John Taylor)

For my Ilatian speaking friends: Le note di copertina dell'album sono scritte da Wolfgang Muthspiel. Sul sito di Jahnel, si possono invece leggere lusinghieri commenti espressi nei suoi confronti da musicisti come Richie Beirach, John Taylor, David Friedman. Certo il jazz non è più quello degli anni '60, ed il vecchio adagio “dimmi con chi suoni e ti dirò chi sei” ha forse perso parte della sua efficacia. Ma è indubbio che se personaggi del calibro di quelli appena menzionati spendono parole di elogio nei confronti di un giovane collega, significa che siamo di fronte ad un musicista di talento. Talento che effettivamente emerge sin dalle prime note di Modular Concepts, album che si apre con una sequenza accordale dal sapore vagamente antico, ed al tempo stesso altrettanto vagamente contemporaneo, eseguita con estrema pulizia ed un tocco cristallino. Come tutti i pianisti della sua generazione (è nato nel 1980), Jahnel non si pone troppi problemi di coerenza linguistica e spazia tranquillamente dal jazz più tradizionale agli echi eurocolti, da Keith Jarrett al rock. Il più delle volte lo fa con l'impeto della giovinezza. Ovvero: investendo l'ascoltatore con una valanga di note. Il rischio è quello di perdere in efficacia, diluire la musica lungo mille rivoli, venire assimilati ad organici già presenti sulla scena ma di ben minore talento e creatività (stiamo pensando ad esempio ai Bad Plus). Le ultime due tracce dell'album, più distillate, fanno tuttavia pensare che Jahnel sia in qualche misura consapevole di questo rischio, e che sia musicalmente attrezzato per affrontarlo e trovare la giusta via. Solo il tempo dirà verso quali territori approderà nel suo cammino. In ogni caso, un musicista da seguire con attenzione. (Paolo Peviani; allaboutjazz Italy Jan09)

„Jahnel ist gerade 21 Jahre alt, stammt aus Geretsried (bei München) und ist bereits jetzt am Klavier so unglaublich gut, dass einem ganz schwindelig wird, wenn man an noch weitere Steigerungen denkt.“ (Münchner Merkur 22.01.02)

„In dieser Offenheit, gepaart mit hohen technischen Fertigkeiten und feinem musikalischem Gespür liegt seine Stärke...“ (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

„Jahnel…: ein swingendes Kleinod zum Ausspannen und Genießen.“ (Süddeutsche Zeitung 05.06.01.)

„Benedikt is an excellent improvisor and an accomplished composer”... „He is a highly creative musician...” (Owen Howard)

„Benedikt ist eine kreative, einfühlsame und kommunikative Musikerpersönlichkeit“ &bdHe plays his ass of“ (David Friedman)

„… eine der ganz großen Hoffnungen in Sachen Modern Jazz.“ (Die Jazz Zeitung)

„Nicht gewaltig und kompliziert, sondern melodiös und fein strukturiert... mit Raum für kleine Zaubereien.” (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

„Spontaneität ist sein Markenzeichen” (Münchner Merkur)

„Benedikt ist ein umfassend qualifizierter Musiker der über einen ausgeprägten eigene Stilistik und ein eigenständiges harmonisches Bild verfügt … Jahnel wird höchsten Ansprüchen gerecht … er kann seine Stilistik im Rahmen einer ästhetischen Vorstellung musikalisch umsetzen … er ist ein technisch außerordentlich versierter Spieler“ (Peter Weniger)

„Da gibt es still pulsierende Ostinati in ungeraden Metren, die sich wie Rauchschwaden am Wüstenhimmel kräuseln, elegische Klaviermomente, die an Schubert oder Jarrett auf Salto schlagenden Teppichen gemahnen, oder ekstatische Rufe aus dem Freudendelirium eines Sufis.“ (Jazz Thing 01.04.05)

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    2012
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