Lorenz Kellhuber Trio
“One of the most interesting young voices in European jazz”, “a new star in the piano sky” (Concerto, AT), “a pianist surely destined to go far” (Jazz Journal, UK), “daredevil”, “magician of the keys” (Jazz thing): From the beginning of his career Lorenz Kellhuber received rave reviews. He is considered an extraordinary instrumentalist, composer and improviser.
However, the Munich-born and Berlin-based does not like to rest on these laurels. He consistently goes his own way, playing what he feels, not what is expected. “I do not compose anymore,” he is quoted once, and indeed Lorenz Kellhuber has dedicated himself entirely to the improvised play. Whether as a soloist or as a bandleader, from the first note he unfolds a unique soundscape to his audience. The merging of jazz with elements from classical music, blues, gospel and ambient rock make him an entirely contemporary artist. Combined with technical perfection and an impressive artistic maturity, there is no limit to his inventiveness. His concerts are snapshots, unique sound experiences that demand everything from the listener and often put them in a trance.
In the Summer of 2014, he became the first German musician to receive first place in the renowned Parmigiani Montreux Jazz Piano Solo Competition from Monty Alexander. In 2016, Lorenz was nominated for the ECHO Jazz as “Newcomer of the Year”, in 2018 he was among the ten “new key players” of the German music magazine “Jazz thing”.
He has released a total of six albums, an EP and several individual pieces since 2012, including “The Brooklyn Session” (2015), recorded with New York musicians Orlando Le Fleming on bass and Obed Calvaire on drums, the solo album “Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival” (2017) and the two trio records “Samadhi” (2019) and “About:Blank” (2020) with Felix Henkelhausen on bass and Moritz Baumgärtner on drums.
The Lorenz Kellhuber Trio celebrates the fusion of three musical souls at the highest level. Sometimes meditative, sometimes explosive, in their joint improvisation they find an immense density and communication that create an almost magical atmosphere.
Felix Henkelhausen, born in 1995 in Oldenburg, had received classical piano and cello lessons before his interest in the double bass was awakened. At the age of 16, he began his preliminary studies at the HfK Bremen with Prof. Detlev Beier. In 2014 he studied at the Jazz Institute Berlin with Greg Cohen and Marc Muellbauer. Despite his young age, Henkelhausen has already toured with well-known artists such as Marc Copland, Jochen Rueckert, Philipp Gropper, Pablo Held, Sebastian Gille and many more.
Moritz Baumgaertner, born 1985 in Zurich, began classical drumming at the age of nine in Basel. After having received private lessons in New York City from Clarence Penn and Jochen Rueckert in 2005, he studied at the Jazz Institute Berlin with John Hollenbeck, Jim Black, Jeff Ballard, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Greg Cohen. Between 2010 and 2014 he played with the band Bonaparte. Currently he is part of Melt Trio and Lisbeth Quartet, with which he received the 2012 ECHO Jazz as “Newcomer of the Year”.