Heinrich von Kalnein

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Born: July 4, 1960    Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Born in Baden-Baden, Germany, Heinrich von Kalnein has lived in Austria for for more than 25 years , where he figures among the most high-profile musical personalities. As saxophonist and flutist open to many stylistic facets he developed his musical profile out of the contemporary jazz tradition. Coming from a melody-orientated concept and never neglecting the importance of a groove he tries to expand his musical range up to worldbeat and electronic music. As far as his music is concerned the word 'jazz' primary means an attitude, - not a style. Since his graduation from the University of Music Graz in 1987 and master classes with David Liebman and Oliver Lake he worked as a free-lance musician, high-profile soloist as well as composer / arranger, producer and professor for Saxophone in Linz at the Anton Brucker Conservatory (A) and Graz...
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1987 Diploma with Honors, University of Music Graz. Art Directors Club First International Exhibition Merit Award 1987
... with this international group he is able to cross borders, without loosing his impeccable sense for creating melodies. (JAZZTHING/D)

“One of the most polished saxophonists of the Austrian scene, Heinrich von Kalnein knows how to produce both high impact jazz and masterful lines with a lyrical feel. Warmly recommended!...” (Ljubisa Tosic - DER STANDARD/Austria)

... präsentiert er aufregenden, zeitgenössischen Mainstreamjazz europäischer Prägung. Mit technischer Brillianz, der richtigen Balance zwischen Sophistication und Groove und als exzellenter Komponist vermag Heinrich Von Kalnein zu überzeugen. (Tiroler Tageszeitung/A)

Great record ... the tunes are a delight! Great band and Ngyuên of course is fantastic! ... (David Liebman/USA)

as leader / co-Leader

Electric Poems
Extraplatte/A EX 90
live traKs
Plainisphare/CH 1267
Personnel: Heinrich von Kalnein: saxophones, flute
Uli Rennert: Keyboards, programming
Lars Lindvall: trp., flh. “The Quartet“: tell me your story, Extraplatte/A EX 158CD 1992 Tales of Tomorrow, Extraplatte/A EX 231-2 1994 “The Heinrich Von Kalnein Group“: Infinity Blue, ORF-HVK 001 1994 New Directions, Nabel/D 4670 1995 Perfect World , Shamrock/A 1046-2 1998 Blackbird - The Lennon/McCartney Songbook , Peregrina/D PM 50302 2002 heinrich von kalnein / roland schaeffer: Free Winds, Shamrock/SMD 1036-2 1996 Indian Air, Shamrock/SMD 1053-2 1999 Heinrich von Kalnein Blackbird – the lennon/mccartney songbook, Peregrina Music PM 50302 2002 jazz bigband graz: A Life Affair, Universal Music Austria 9866181 2004 Joys & Desires, Intuition Records INT 33862 2005 Heinrich von Kalnein w/ Marek Balata, Uli Rennert, Achim Tang, Gregor Hilbe Songlines, TCB – Records TCB 01182 2007 Als Sideman u.a.: Timna Brauer: Mozart “Anders“, Blue Danube X-00020-2 1992 Ralf Illenberger: Soleil, Biber/in-akustik 66521 1993 ADCD 3025 Friedemann: Legends of Light, Biber/in-akustik 66611 1995 Gerhard Lipold: Mandala, Extraplatte/OEM 009 1986/1996 Hakim Ludin: The Silk Road, Brother Records CD 5009562 1996 Rüdiger Oppermann: Neues aus Harfistan, Wundertüte/DA131 1988 Rüdiger Oppermann: Durchs wilde Harfistan , Wundertüte/DA 72.152 1990 Rüdiger Oppermann: Unchain my Harp , Biber/in-akustik 66531 1993 Wayne Darling Band: Gone Again, SBF-CD 450294 1995 Wayne Darling Band: Rain Cave, sos-Records J-011 1997 Nouvelle Cuisine: Ultimate Sentences, (atmu CD 97003) 1998 (Hans Koller Preis CD d.Jahres 1998 ) Vienna Art Orchestra: All That Strauss, tcb-Records/ CH 2000 jazz bigband graz: JBBG feat. Ed Neumeister: Here And There, Mons-Records/D 2000 jazz bigband graz: JBBG feat. Bob Brookmeyer: Question & Answer, Mons-Records/D 2001 Achim Tang Quintett: In The Long Run, Extraplatte 2002 Dzihan & Kamien: Fakes, Couch Records CR 20322 2005 Als Producer/Aufnahmeleiter: Hölderlin Express:: hölderlin express, akku disk 1994 hoelderlin-express: electric flies, akku disk 3028 1996 Vienna Art Orchestra: Ballads, 53709-2 Verve/Polygram 1997 Vienna Art Orchestra: American Rhapsody, RCA Victor/ New York 1998 Vienna Art Orchestra: Artistry In Rhythm (TV-Film © 2000 sf-drs) Moka Efti: Fata Morgana (Daddy Kate/ Paengg 384) (feat. Charlie Mariano, H.V.K., R.Schaeffer) 1998 Sabina Hank: Softly Spoken (s.hart © 1/2000) Peter Kunsek: 21st Century Rag, Jive Music/A - Sounddesign 2000 Wayne Darling: The Art of the Bass Vol.1 (feat.Niels-Henning Ørsted-Pedersen) LAIKA-Rec. 3510165.2 (D) Wayne Darling: The Art of the Bass Vol.2 (feat. Marc Johnson & John Hollenbeck LAIKA-Rec. 35101872 (D) Vienna Art Orchestra: Big Band Poetry, Universal Music Austria Sept. 2004 Vienna Art Orchestra: Swingin’ Affairs, Universal Music Austria Sept. 2005 Vienna Art Orchestra: 3 – 30 Years, Universal Music Austria 2007

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Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Since 1989 - 1992 he worked as professor for saxophone at the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz / Austria. Since 1995 is is a member of the faculty of the renowned Jazz institute of the University of Music & Dramatic Arts in Graz (KUG). Since 2004 he is working as a professor for jazz saxophone and jazz flute (IGP) and conducting his own class. He gave workshops for saxophone and ensembleplaying in Italy, Germany, Austria and Israel (IASJ). He is available for workshops in all jazz-related fields.

Clinic/Workshop Information:
Learn the basic elements of musical communicaton within the small band. Learn to interpret a song and make it your own. Learn to understand the basic and advanced principles of composition, arranging and improvisation. Within a bigband context: Learn to sightread. Learn to blend within a section. Learn to stand up in a big band and play. Learn to understand the music and the compositional language of the composer / arranger. "Music is the sound of life. Every note and every breath reflects our deepest soul. That's what we are looking for!"

Cannonball BigBell Stone Series Altosaxophone, Paraschos wooden neck, Brancher J25 Metalmouthpc. Selmer MK VI Altosaxophone Selmer MK VI Sopranosaxophone Silver, Francois Louis Silver Mouthpc. Selmer MK VI Tenorsaxophone, Vandoren T75 Metal Mouthpc. YAMAHA 611 Closed-Hole Flute with Sankyo RS1 Headjoint Jupiter Medici Altoflute with straight Headjoint

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