Dieter Ilg

Bassist Dieter Ilg is regarded today as one of a handful of European musicians who make their unmistakable musical style a valuable contribution to the projects they work on.

Whether it is as a internationally well-respected sideman or as band leader of his own ensembles: Ilg always combines the quality of the bass as a musical foundation with a graceful ease and expression that is rarely heard on a technically difficult instrument such as the double bass.

It is sometimes assumed that there are two kinds of bass players: those who “groove” and accompany (serving mainly as a rhythmic presence) or those who – freeing themselves of the serving role – strive to explore their artistic heights as a soloist (displaying their versatility as virtuoso improvisers). Unlike many Dieter Ilg combines the two ends of this spectrum.

His versatile, individual, passionate and tasteful voice has become a valuable contribution to the international jazz arena.

At the age of six Dieter Ilg – then an experienced recorder player (in kindergarten) – learned to play the violin and the viola before deciding to play the double bass at the age of thirteen.

After four years of lessons at the music school in his home town Offenburg Ilg went on searching for new teachers. He studied with Norbert Brenner ( solo double bass player of the SWR Orchestra Baden-Baden) and later on attended Jazz courses in Burghausen, Remscheid and Tübingen, working with a wide variety of instructors and professionals.

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Dieter Ilgs Bassspiel eröffnet eine eigene Welt. Dazu passte auch das feine Schlagzeug, das Patrice Héral bediente. Rainer Böhm ist ein Pianist auf der Höhe der Zeit. SÜDKURIER / Oktober 2013

Parsifal glänzt als Ganzes durch seine Vielfalt und dem Versprechen, althergebrachte Musik durch kluge Bearbeitungen und Variationen wie neu erscheinen zu lassen. JAZZPODIUM / Februar 2013

Der Emotionsgehalt von Wagners “Bühnenweihfestspiel” blitzt in den geschmeidigen Interaktionen, aufbrausenden Soli und entrückten Balladen dieses Instrumentaltrios immer wieder auf – mögen Wagnerianer auch die Braue heben, wenn der “Tor” nicht nur “rein” ist, sondern auch funky

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Discography

Parsifal

Parsifal

The ACT Company
2013

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Otello Live At Schloss Elmau

Otello Live At...

The ACT Company
2011

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Otello

Otello

FullFat
2010

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Bass

Bass

FullFat
2008

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Fieldwork

Fieldwork

FullFat
2007

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Folksongs

Folksongs

FullFat
2006

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