Since arriving in London (via studies in Amsterdam) in 2006 Austrian-born guitarist Hannes Riepler has become an integral part of the London jazz scene. Passionate about forging new musical friendships and creating performing opportunities he established the Vortex Downstairs Jazz Night held every Sunday at the renowned Vortex Jazz Club. This weekly gig has attracted international attention not only for the incredibly high standard of music making but also as the place to “hang” for jazz musicians not just from London but any jazz musician passing through the capitol. One of these nights featured a set including New York saxophonist Chris Cheek and London based drummer James Maddren with bassist Oli Hayhust sitting-in. The energy and chemistry between the four musicians was so natural it led to a European tour (2015) and Riepler’s second album as a leader ‘Wild Life’ on the UK label Jellymould Jazz (2016). His first album ‘The Brave’ has earned international acclaim. Riepler is also known for his work with French saxophone star Julien Lourau (Electric Biddle) and since late 2015 member of US-drummer Jeff Williams’ band. He holds teaching positions at Trinity Laban Conservatoir and Middlesex University (London).
Riepler's writing and playing are refreshingly cliché free and The Brave represents a highly promising début . The Jazz Mann
“… music making and improvisation at the highest level” Jürgen Spiess, Reutlinger Nachrichten
“London continues to be a magnet for foreign jazz musicians, and one of the best is Austrian guitarist Hannes Riepler” The Daily Telegraph
'Dynamic soaring playing and beautiful compositions. A breath of fresh
air straight from the heart of the big smoke.'
Jasper Høiby, Phronesis
....Austrian guitarist Hannes Riepler ably combined delicacy and strength in his
solos... (Chris Parker, The Vortex) )
playing and listening to hannes' music is great - it is interesting and
challenging, but also melody-driven and accessible