Brazil Companions

Sabine Kühlich - Jazzsängerin, Komponistin, Texterin, Saxophonistin

Sabine Kuehlich - jazzvocalist, composer, lyrics, sax player

  • studied the piano, jazz chant and improvisation at Maastricht/Amsterdam Conservatory
  • finalist at Leidse Jazz Award and 20th Concours de la Chanson in Amsterdam
  • winner of SHURE Jazz Voice Competition/Montreux 
  • 2nd place Young European Jazzcontest/Brussels
  • teacher at Maastrich Conservatory
  • toured with Sheila Jordan/Brazil
  • "one of the most talented jazz singers in Europe" (Belgischer Rundfunk)

Martin Sasse - Piano

Martin Sasse - Piano

  • professional and successful jazz pianist
  • toured all over Europe
  • his own jazz trio since 15 years
  • many tours and CD's with renowned international artists such as Peter Bernstein, Vincent Herring, Bryan Lynch, Gary Campbell, Charlie Mariano, Jimmy Cobb New York Voices

Thomas Rückert - Piano

Thomas Rueckert - Piano

  • studied at music college Cologne (jazz piano) with Rainer Brüninghaus and John Taylor
  • Thomas produced several CD's
  • TV productions and radio productions (WDR)
  • toured worldwide Istanbul Jazzdays, Audi-Jazzfestival (Lebanon)
  • worked with Lee Konitz and other international jazz artists like Mark Johnson, Greg Hutchinson, Donny McCathlin, Greetje Kauffeld, Mark Murphy, Kevin Ahogany, Jochen Rückert
  • teaches at Folkwang music college Essen, Institute for music Osnabrück, Bergische University Wuppertal

Roland Höppner - Drums

Roland Hoeppner - Drums

  • studied jazz drums at Music College Cologne
  • Roland has worked as professional drummer with renowned jazz artists such as Herb Geller, Charlie Mariano, Albert Mangelsdorff, Helge Schneider, Eugen und Roger Cicero, Till Brönner, Paul Heller
  • more than 20 CD productions, radio, TV-productions
  • toured in many countries such as Bahrain, Belgien, China, Frankreich, Italy, Austria, Polen, Russia,  Spain, Sri Lanka, Holland, Switzerland, Czech Republic and USA
  • teaches at Music College Cologne and Glen Buschmann Jazz Academy

Volker Heinze - Bass

Volker Heinze - Bass

  • studied up right bass at Music College Cologne
  • toured worldwide (China, Russia, USA) with Kenny Wheeler, Wolfgang Engstfeld, Charlie Mariano, Dave Liebmann
  • plays in various ensembles from jazz to pop or jazz to folk
  • sideman at Rheinische Philharmonie and regional theatres
  • Volkers projects are: Matthias Broede “Speak Tres“, Newborn Trio, CCJO, Alexander Schimmeroth Trio

Jens Foltynowicz - Bass

Jens Foltynowicz - Bass

  • studied classical double bass at Robert Schumann Institute, Duesseldorf and Jazz at Music College Cologne
  • many CD production with international artists such as José Carreras , Lisa Minelli, Roberta Gambarini, Ernie Watts, Tony Lakatos, Katie Melua
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