Benedikt Jahnel

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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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

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