Manfred Leuchter

Born: 1960    Primary Instrument: Accordion

Manfred Leuchter

Musical Education: Autodidact

Duo: Manfred Leuchter (Akkordeon); Ian Melrose (fingerstyle Gitarre, whistles)

Trio: Manfred Leuchter (Akkordeon); Afra Mussawisade (Percussion); Florian Zenker (Gitarre)

Quartet: Manfred Leuchter (Akkordeon); Steffen Thormählen (Schlagzeug, Percussion); Antoine Pütz (E-Bass, Gembri); Sebastian Pottmeier (Bass-, Alt-, Sopransaxophon)

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”Leuchter has developed a style that is truly his own. In 2000, ‘Sparito’, the debut album of the accordion player “who has already produced and arranged a great number of songs and albums for various other artists” caught the attention of the musical industry. With the whole world seemingly blowing through his cunning cascades of sound, Leuchter daringly confronts us with adventurous collages and burlesques, building up suspense, laying out soft carpets of sound. Being a perfectionist himself, Manfred Leuchter has gathered a group of outstanding musicians around him. Leuchter, the globetrotter who is yet very much on the lookout for a place like home, is fascinated by Marrakesh, he is in love with the Arabian nights and days flickering in the heat. He is in love with the teller of fairytales and the snake charmer. With increasing craftsmanship, Leuchter has learned to weave the magic of that land into the ever changing ornaments of his music; therefore it is only consistent that the title of his new album is ”Arabesque”. The images have become even richer; they are powerful and sensitive, joyous and sad, they are tender, yet they have a strong grip. Leuchter is simply playing his music according to the way he sees the world: in a free spirit, but with a strong sense of consequential discipline; his tone is humorous, but he is very serious about it. His accordion sings, it talks, and it sighs. And as Leuchter is well acquainted with all kinds of music, from Jazz and Bebop all the way down to French Coffee House Music, and because he doesn’t have a problem with adding endlessly meandering Arabic melodies to classical themes, his music is always inspiring, constantly reinventing itself.” (Sabine Rother, Aachener Zeitung, Germany)

”Manfred Leuchter is without doubt one of the most established (ethno-) jazz- and world-music accordion virtuosos in Europe. In recent years he has given euphorically-received tours all over the world with his quintet, managed hugely successful CD productions and has been part of very diverse and exciting musical projects. Not only in the purely musical sense a world-traveller, Manfred Leuchter has developed his very own musical concept between occident and orient, collecting many impressions and forming them - with tolerance and open-mindedness - into his unique world style, in which he artistically and playfully combines elements from very diverse (music-) cultures.

Sounds from Bach to Bagdad was how a German daily newspaper described the music of the global-player Manfred Leuchter. In addition to the well-established ZINA-quintet or quartet there is now a fascinating new concept in a new format: OrientXpress. In a semi-acoustic trio, genial hand- picked master musicians interpret Leuchters old favourites and new compositions. Beside Manfred Leuchter on the accordion there is the Iranian percussionist Afra Mussawisade on an unbelievable collection of percussion instruments, and the German guitarist and (electronic) sound-designer Florian Zenker.

Accept the invitation and enjoy the ZINA-Quintet or get on board the OrientXpress! It will take on an exciting exotic journey through fascinating multi-cultural musical landscapes.” (Gabriele Kleinschmidt Promotions)

Kein schöner Land (2011)
Skizzen (2009)
Vis a Vis (2008)
Zina (2006)
Space (2005)
Nomade (2004)
Pas de Trois (2003)
Arabesque (2002)
"Hewar" Nine days of solitude

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MANFRED LEUCHTER & IAN MELROSE DUO HEWAR (Oriental Jazz -2007) Kinan Azmeh - Clarinet, Issam Rafea - Oud, Vocals, Dima Orsho - Vocals, Badi Rafea - Percussions, Manfred Leuchter - Accordion, Antoine Pütz - Bass, Steffen Thormählen - Drums LEUCHTER & MELROSE DUO
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