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Multi-award-winning Pianist, Orchestra-Composer, Music Professor & Meditation devotee
Maria Baptists‘ genuine artistry, splendid virtuosity and charming personality have brought her to the top of Europe’s current jazz scene — german television broadcaster ZDF estimates „Maria Baptist as a role model of a whole new jazz generation“.
She gave a private piano concert for Michael Jackson, received numerous awards, is touring intensively worldwide, since five years she has been leading her own orchestra with a monthly concert series and has released thirteen CDs as a band leader. She is a university professor for composition & improvisation at Hanns Eisler Berlin. New York City is Maria’s home of heart, Berlin her home-base. Besides, she is a mindfulness and meditation-devotee.
Maria has been seen „in a league with the key figures of modern Jazz“ by All About Jazz, while Grammy-Winner Maria Schneider says: „Her music is a gift, infused with all the creativity, power, emotion, generosity and warmth that she exudes in life.“
Maria Baptist’s music is a gift, infused with all the creativity, power, emotion, generosity and warmth that she exudes in life.
Maria Baptist is in a league with the key figures of modern Big Band Jazz such as Schneider, Gruntz, McNeely and Bley.
Maria Baptist created one of the most interesting contemporary jazz formations in Europe.
Maria Baptist connects the European tradition with the American Jazz ethos.
Maria Baptist travels around the globe as a crossover ambassador of music.
Musicians like Maria Baptist are role models of a whole new jazz generation.
Maria Baptist has always been considered to be a „magician of the soul of the piano“ (WDR). On her new album Resonance she follows her reputation as a „seductress of the 88 keys„: Resonance is highly emotional, evocative and vivid as life.“ – All About Jazz
Resonance outlines Maria’s relationship to music and mindfulness — and by extension, inspires her listeners to dive deeper into the present moment with her. The music she recorded is as intellectually compelling, as it is emotionally intense — it is filled with magical moments that resonate with the listeners’ soul.
„Resonance, simply said, is great piano music that doesn‘t need the categories of classical, contemporary or jazz music. It speaks for itself.“ –Cosmo Scharmer
Poems without Words.
With her trio plus one Maria Baptist has created one of the „most exciting contemporary jazz formations in Europe“ (artistic director 12on14 Jazzclub). On their new album „Poems without Words“, they create „deep worlds of sound, which are seldom heard in Europe today“ (Cosmo Scharmer).
Touching melodies, contrasting with powerful outbursts, balladic lines transform into fast-paced sequences of notes. All this is presented with a „technical ability at the highest level and with a musical intelligence that forms a perfectly harmonious band“ (AAZ). „A concert by the Maria Baptist Trio plus One is a musical revelation“ (KN).
Maria Baptist is performing the Poems without Words program with her quartet, her trio or very intimate in a piano-saxophone-duo constellation.
Jan von Klewitz (sax), Fabian Timm (bass), John Betsch (drums)
Here & Now.
The Maria Baptist Orchestra is one of the leading Big Bands in the vibrant Berlin jazz scene. Now in their 5th year, they have been performing their monthly concert series at „one of the most important jazz clubs in Berlin“: Kunstfabrik Schlot. The Orchestra is supported by the Berlin Senat with a funding.
Their recording Here & Now was nominated for the German top ranking award Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik. The music, all composed by Maria Baptist, has been seen „in a league with the key figures of modern Big Band Jazz such as Schneider, Gruntz, McNeely and Bley“ by All about Jazz.
The 16-member international ensemble creates an organic sound, that demonstrates how permeable the line between jazz and classical music can be, what an instrument of both strength and fragility a jazz orchestra can be. „Maria Baptist connects the European tradition with the American Jazz ethos.“ Downbeat
Rhythm: Piano-Maria Baptist, Bass-Fabian Timm, Drums-Tobias Backhaus Reeds: David Beecroft, Jan v. Klewitz, Bernhard Ullrich, Patrick Hamacher, Nik Leistle Trombones: Jörg Bücheler, Nils Marquardt, Julius Hopf, Christopher Sauloff Trumpets: Greg Bowen, Philip Sindy, Ruben Giannotti, Eddie Hayes