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Marcus Schinkel Trio- Crossover Beethoven

Marcus Schinkel Trio- Crossover Beethoven

For more than 20 years the Marcus Schinkel Trio has been playing in the unchanged line-up on stages and festivals in Germany, Europe, Russia, in the Caribbean and even for the German embassy in Vietnam.

Just 50 years after the release of “Play Bach“ by Jacques Loussier, Marrcus Schinkel continues the fusion of classical music and jazz with his program “Crossover Beethoven“ asking provocatively “Would Beethoven be a popular jazz musician of the present day?“

Marcus started playing classical piano at the age of 8 and was a fervant fan of Beethoven.

His sculpture was placed in front of a Deep Purple poster.Like Schroeder, the little “Peanuts“comic pianist, he devoured books and biographies of the ingenious eccentric.To this day the crossover-musician opnens all borders and goes beyond all bounds.

Marcus Schinkel, one of German's finest border between classic, jazz, electro and pop, is able to look back on his successful past:he played for Maestro Kurt Masur, with Paul Kuhn, Charlie

Mariano, Eric Vloeimans, Beethovenorchester Bonn and the Münchener Symphoniker, playing in stages and festivals in Germany, Europe, Russia, Caribbean and even for the german embassy in Vietnam.

As the centre piece of his many musical projekts Marcus Schinkel founded his trio with Wim de Vries(drums)-also well-known from "The Drumbassadors"- and Bas Rietmeijer(bass)in 1989 during his study at the Arnhem Music Concervatory in the Netherlands.

Wim de Vries is one of the most noted drummers in Europe and the half one of the drumduo “Drumbassadors“- who created a furore in the whole world and Bas Rietmeijer is an important figure in the Dutch music scene who also played with Eric Vloeimans, Jasper van't Hof and Eef Alberts.

Marcus Schinkel arranged Beethoven compositions on his CD “News From Beethoven“-published in 2004 like the well-known pieces moonshine-sonata“ and “For Elise“.

2009 followed the arrangement of the 9 themes from the 9 Beethoven symphonies for the International Beethoven Festival Bonn.

The CD “9 Symphonies“ published shows the harmonious blend and Crossover of Jazz Trio and classical string quartet.

In his new program “Crossover Beethoven“ Schinkel blends his style of compositions with Beethoven's melodies, thus catapulting the harmonies and rhythms into modern times between Jazz, Electro and Rock.The original music flashes to the surface every so often, thus building a commenting function, which serves as a base camp for jazzy excursions into a brave new world.

The German paper Jazzpodium writes:“jazz-linke reharmonized fragments of Beethoven themes with a lot of verve and knowhow(...), one of the few succesful adaptions of classical music into Jazz.“

Marcus Schinkel's most recent program "Crossover Beethoven" - asking provocantively" Would Beethoven be a popular jazz musician on this present day?" and is founded on the quote of the medieval author Thomas Morus:“the tradition is not meant to preserve the ashes, but to pass on the flame!"


Solo- from Bach to Björk

For his solo program, Marcus Schinkel arranges classical compositions, jazz and contemporary pop hits and sets off on a very personal time journey of his musical career.

Schinkel started his career with classical piano playing – at the age of 12, he was already a great fan of Beethoven’s, Schubert’s and Chopin’s romantic compositions. In his youth, he discovered jazz music, being especially under the influence of old masters like Art Tatum, Fats Waller and Erroll Garner, but Schinkel was equally motivated by modern pianists like Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock. While listening to Schinkel’s music, you can also clearly hear the impact of the classical rock music of Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin and of contemporary music by Björk, Massive Attack, Lady Gaga and Coldplay. Schinkel combines all of these musical influences in his individual lyrical, expressive and virtuosic piano performance - beyond all common clichés and styles of music!


Marcus Schinkel Trio & Frederik Köster- 10 TV Stories

Jazzarrangements of serial intros and jingles of German television and revives the music of the Sixties until today.
Marcus Schinkel- pno, Bas Rietmeijer- bs, Wim de Vries- dr, Frederik Köster- tr

In his new Trio program, Jazz pianist, composer and arranger Marcus Schinkel - joined by the trumpeter Frederik Köster, jazz award winner of 2009 - devotes himself to the serial intros and jingles of German television and revives the music of the Sixties until today, while he insists on a personal moderation of the titles and stories behind the music in a proven humorous style.
With an unchanged lineup since more than 20 years - Wim de Vries at the drums, well-known by the drum duo Drumbassadors, as well as popular bassist Bas Rietmeijer - the Trio highly established itself among Bonn’s audience through concerts with jazz interpretations of Ludwig van Beethoven. Marcus Schinkel participates in productions at Bonn’s theatre: „Peter Pan“, „Jesus Christ Superstar“, and also in the musical revue „Eltern“ (Parents) and in the Bremen production „Classic Meets Circus“ with the Bremen symphonists in December 2013.

There are lots of old acquaintances in his program:?As one of the first German TV series, the ”Raumpatrouille Orion“ is a lasting memory in many German minds, even before „Star Trek“ began its journeys through the Galaxy in the late 60’s. At the same time the American cartoon „The Flintstones“ started broadcasting.
The Seventies present a variety of great serial intros, such as the music from Charlie Brown and the Peanuts, as well as the WDR production „Robbi, Tobbi und das Fliwatüüt“ and the fairy tale „Aschenbrödel“ in co-production with Czech television, whereas the main theme became a classic.

Modern serial jingles of the Eighties up to the present day come from „Dallas“, „Miami Vice“ and Danny Elfman’s ingenious and everlasting composition for the cartoon „The Simpsons“. ?

The program is completed by the „Winnetou“ theme, written by jazz guitarist Martin Böttcher.

Since two years the Trio has been performing at selected concerts together with the guest soloist Frederik Köster; this combination guarantees to be an exciting and entertaining evening for the spectators of the new program „10 TV Stories“.


Soul Preacher's Night

If the soul had black and white keys, he would be a pastor.
Do you want to listen to angels breathing, then listen to the pauses of his play. God’s spirit is not only floating above the water, it is shown in many ways. The wonderful jazz pianist Marcus Schinkel succeeds in creating divine moments and deeply touched me with his performance. Pf. Siegfried Eckert (Pauluskirche, Bonn-Friesdorf)


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