Marc Brenken

Born: June 17, 1973    Primary Instrument: Piano

Marc Brenken

Marc Brenken (born June 17th, 1973) started to play piano at the age of eight and soon discovered his love for jazz and improvisation. He studied at Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany and attended masterclasses with Kenny Werner, John Taylor, Fred Hersch, Marc Copland and Richie Beirach.

In 2006 his debut CD “Eight Short Stories” was released. Marc composed the music for this album.

2009 a trio album, “It Could Happen to You”, followed, featuring Alex Morsey on double-bass and Marcus Rieck on drums. The album was recorded at the renowned “Fattoria Musica” in Osnabruck, Germany....
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2010 the Marc Brenken Trio was semi-finalist of the "Neuer Deutscher Jazzpreis" (New German Jazz Award), Mannheim. In December 2011 the Marc Brenken - Christian Kappe Quartet was voted the winner of the "First Jazz Prize Ruhr" by the audience at domicil, Dortmund.
”as unusual as his body language are the musical short stories that pianist and composer Marc Brenken tells (...) stories that characterise him as a highly enjoyable author” (Münstersche Zeitung)

“true jazz, rooted in the tradition without quoting it unconsidered (...) an exciting musical journey that offers quite a few discoveries” (Jazzpodium)

“fabulous piano magic” (Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung)

Albums as a leader:

Marc Brenken - Christian Kappe Quartet: "Eight Short Stories" (marc brenken music 2006)

Marc Brenken Trio: "It Could Happen to You" (marc brenken music 2009)

Marc Brenken - Jean-Yves Braun Quartet: "Starting Our Journey" (marc brenken music 2012)

Albums as a sideman:

Paolo Dinuzzi & Maria Costanza Tucci: "Kleine Big Banda" (timeline 1999)

Live auf dem Kulturgut Vol. 3: Hommage an Reinhard Döhl (LWL 2005)

Live auf dem Kulturgut Vol. 4: Thomas Valentin - „Schnee vom Ätna“ (LWL 2007)

Live auf dem Kulturgut Vol. 8: August Stramm - „Jazz und Lyrik“ (LWL 2008)

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Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

ear training, improvising, composing, learning to play any tune by heart, harmony / voicings, phrasing, expression, creativity

Clinic/Workshop Information:
listening to each other in a band, practicing group improvisation, finding new ways to arrange standards and other compositions

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