Docents

List of docents is currently not complete (all instruments are welcome in the workshop and will be teached!) 

Kristine Cirule (vocals, piano, composer)

Kristine Cirule

Kristine is a fabulous young talent in Jazz singing and especially in Jazz improvisations. She interprets songs in her own fantastic way. Music examples of Kristine’s singing and of her great capabilities for improvisation, see BaltosFavorite on jazzcats. Kristīne Liede started music while being very young. From classical piano to jazz vocals and composing- through this journey Kristīne has found inspiration to include music in her life every day. Parents – a composer and a pianist, made sure that music would always be around. Kristīne studied classical piano at Emīla Dārziņa music high school, after deciding to follow her dream of singing jazz in Riga Cathedral choir school. Higher education in music she obtained in Helsinki Sibelius academy and now continues her Master studies in Amsterdam Conservatory. Alongside studies, masterclasses and competitions performing live always has played the main role in Kristīnes life and the most cherished projects in recent years are: SHE’ART akapella quartet, LIEDE/BOHN DUO with double bass player Michael Bohn (Germany), DREAM TELLER singer/songwriter ensemble. Since Kristīne returned to Latvia she has gained pedagogical experience working with children in Montesori school and kindergarten and teaching ear training to high school students in Riga Cathedral choir school.Kristīnes aim is – to meet with motivated music enthusiasts and find a common language to discover secrets that music wants to tell us. 🙂 (see: Kristine Cirule on Instagram).  

Thomas Heck (saxophones: tenor, alto, soprano; flute)

Thomas
Thomas Heck

Thomas Heck is professional German jazz musician and part of several European Jazz ensembles as sax and/or flute player and/or as vocalist. He as well teaches saxophone and flute, is co-leader of the Bonn Youth Orchestra Bigband and of his own Combo in Bonn, Germany. See Thomas and his BigBand at Pantheon Theatre, Bonn in 2018: Jugend Jazz Orchester Bonn and see Thomas and his Combo at Hofgarten Concerts in Bonn: Thomas Heck and friends & Hofgarten concerts, Bonn

Klaus Desch (piano, composer and arranger)

Klaus Desch

Foto: Axel Grundhöfer

Klaus has been playing the piano since he was six. He had lessons from Eleonore Schoneweg, Else Renner and Justin Oprean.
In addition to classical solo play and his play of chamber music he also is an important part of the Jazz scene in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany with a focus on Swing and Classic Jazz. His way of accompanying saxophone players and other jazz soloists as well as his expression as Jazz piano soloist is phantastic and unique.  Even if he has decided on a career in research and teaching (he is a professor of experimental physics at Bonn University), music is his second but comparable important profession and passion. 
Bernd and Klaus met in many different combos over the last 35 years and they developed a great way of interacting and interplay in Swing Jazz. Last but not least it should be mentioned that Klaus is also active as composer an arranger of Jazz tunes (see: Klaus Desch Solo Album).  

Sandro Gibellini (guitar)

Sandro Gibellini

After the first experiences related to rock and blues he devoted himself mainly to jazz. He attended Nino Donzelli’s Centro Studi Musicali in Cremona in 1979 and in the same year he began his first jazz experiences: participation in Gianni Cazzola’s quintet and collaboration with Pietro Tonolo. From 1980 onwards he plays with many Italian musicians (Gianni Basso, Massimo Urbani, Luigi Bonafede, Larry Nocella and others). In 1983 he is at the Zagreb festival with Francesca Oliveri, and since the same year he plays with many American musicians passing through Italy: among others we mention Lee Konitz, Mel Lewis, Al Gray, Dave Schnitter, Sal Nistico, Steve Grossmann, Lew Tabackin and Jimmy Owens. With the latter he participates in the festival of Pori (Finland). From 84 to 91 he was part of the big band of the RAI in Milan, alongside jazz musicians such as Gianluigi Trovesi, Sergio Fanni, Leandro Prete and others. In 1986 he played in France with Dado Moroni, Jimmy Woodie and Alvin Queen. He then enters the Tullio De Piscopo quartet with whom he participates in the jazz festivals of Sanremo and Rome (Woody Show host) and in Umbria Jazz. In 1987 he participated in the jazz festival of Amiens (F) in the EBU big band. Between ’88 and ’89 he plays with the “Reunion” quintet including Franco Testa, Pietro Tonolo, Danilo Rea and Roberto Gatto (the group will record a CD; “Flight Charts and Planes”). In 90 he joined the “Keptorchestra”, as informal as it was prestigious big band led by Pietro and Marcello Tonolo, including some of the most beautiful names in Italian jazz such as Marco Tamburini, Roberto Rossi, Mauro Negri, Bruno Marini and many others. He is part, in 91, of the Great National Jazz Orchestra. In 92 he forms a trio with Mauro Negri and Paolo Birro with whom he records the CD “Funny Men”. The first CD under his own name is “Felix”, recorded in 90 but published only in 93, with Piero Leveratto and Alfred Kramer. In 95 he played with Gerry Mulligan and in 96 he released “La Banda Disegnata” with its own septet. In January 97 he was invited to the “Midem” in Cannes to represent Italy in a meeting of the best European guitarists. In 1997 he recorded “Summertime In Sanremo” with Larry Schneider, Andrea Dulbecco, Dodo Goya and John Arnold. In 98 “The Tender Trap” was released, with Mauro Negri and Paolo Birro and in 99 “You And The Night And The Music” was released with Ares Tavolazzi and Mauro Beggio. Since 1999 he has collaborated with Barbara Casini in a project dedicated to Jobim. With Casini and Lee Konitz he records a CD for Philology. He is in the United States in March 2000, he plays in New York and Durham in the North Carolina International Jazz Festival. In December of the same year he was invited, together with the trumpeter Fabrizio Bosso, to the international jazz festival of Havana (Cuba), where he plays with Kenny Barron, Ronnie Cuber, Giovanni Hidalgo, Chucho Valdez and Irakere. For more information see: Sandro Gibellini original home page

Bernd J. Kröger, (double bass, Member of Jazz Education Network JEN)

Bernd am Kontrabass
Bernd Kröger

Bernd is an experienced double bass player, who did a reasonable music career in the early 80s. In these times he played together with great Jazz musicians like Silvia Droste, Cliff Wren, Romy Cameron, Ralf Peyer, Sean Moyses, … In most times he worked as a freelancer in order to be able to study physics, phonetics, linguistics and musicology in parallel. He is currently working at RWTH Aachen University (see: www.speechtrainer.eu). His research interests include music and language, as well as neural processing mechanisms of speech and improvised music in the brain. Bernd is currently working with young musicians from the JazzDepartment of Maastricht and Amsterdam Universities (see videos of the BaltosFavorite on  jazzcats).