March 23, 7 & 9:30 p.m.

Mathias Eick Quintet

Trumpeter, composer and bandleader Mathias Eick, has long been considered one of the world’s great jazz musicians. Ravensburg represents a turning point in his composition - a unique and distinguished musical expression.

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Trumpeter, composer and bandleader Mathias Eick (b. 1979), has long been considered one of the world’s great jazz musicians. While his early career as a musician was characterized by travel, the album Ravensburg represents a turning point in his composition - finding his unique and distinguished musical expression. The album is a voyage back home.

About Ravensburg, he muses: “My inspiration has been my family, my beloved, my little children who never stop to amaze me, and all the emotional situations we experience on the stage where we mostly hang around, that is home.”

To Eick, his life consists of jigsaw puzzle pieces. Thousands of them. Like those he and his siblings were given each Christmas by their German grandmother from the jigsaw puzzle town, Ravensburg. Motifs of Alpine scenery and Tyrolean houses in a constant battle against the vacuum cleaner. Tracks titled Family, Children, Friends, and Parents clearly demonstrate more profound metaphors and furthermore, that all these pieces play a decisive role in his life, artistically as well as privately.

The eminent Ravensburg sextet includes two drummers, Torstein Lofthus and Helge Andreas Norbakken, bass player Audun Erlien, piano player Andreas Ulvo, and violinist Håkon Aase together with Eick himself. As usual, and in good ECM tradition, the music is produced by Manfred Eicher and recorded by Jan-Erik Kongshaug in Rainbow Studio, Oslo.

Ravensburg, at it’s core, is about people and all the ways they connect with one another in the jigsaw puzzle of life. It’s on this album that Mathias Eick proves exactly what he’s made of.

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