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EAST DRIVE featuring Olivia Trummer

East Drive: Powertrio meets "sophisticated lady"

Having their roots in eastern europe, with an international music education, the three sought-after musicians of East Drive found their mutual home in "world music". They mingle a virtuosic creation of modern jazz, russian melancholic melodies, polka, indian classical music, latin american interludes as well as funk, distorted guitar and most importantly: groove.

East Drive - these three men are curious globetrotters crossing musical borders in a self-confident and joyful way.

With the addition of Olivia Trummer we now have an "uprising star" of the german jazz scene joining. She is a multi-talented young artist, playing the piano, singing and composing. After having released numerous musical works of her own, she has been a celebrated sensation for the past few years.

East Drive is an energetic and colourful creation enthusing every audience with instinctive and unshakeable interplay, virtuoso performance, and - as the cherry on top - Olivia Trummers crystal clear, expressive voice and wonderful piano playing.

The new CD "FOLKSONGS" is available now!

"Scatted vocals, in unison with piano and guitar, solos and percussion-breaks add a flavor to many songs which jazz-listeners will like." (KulturSpiegel, June 2011)

Short musician biographies

Vitaliy Zolotov is winner of the audience award at the 42nd Montreux Jazz Festival (with rare standing ovations and rhythmical applause). The Ukrainian-born guitarist is an exceptional appearance on every stage; German journalists recently compared him with Till Brönner, thanks to his dynamic and congenial way of performing. He was invited as a guest in the bands of Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sara Gazarek and Roland Peil (Fanta 4). As a composer, Zolotov writes potential hits - according to the press his music is "haunting, groovy, swinging and to be loved".

Philipp Bardenberg is a sought-after musician and producer in all of Europe. He toured and produced albums with Clueso, Vanilla Ninja, Tom Gäbel and John Sutherland. Being deeply experienced in the styles of rock / pop as well as jazz music, his compositions and playing is often asked for TV shows and movies. His strong, energetic, yet sensitive and creative performance on the electric bass make him one of the most interesting musicians in the world.

Polish-born drummer and percussionist Bodek Janke has been dubbed "outstanding", "a master of many dialects" and "truly among the good ones" by international journalists (i.e. Jazzpages). During his six-year long stay in New York City he had the opportunity to work with Dave Liebman, Billy Harper, Ben Monder and Dave Binney, among others. The list of venues he performed at includes: Carnegie Hall, Iridium, 55 Bar, The Knitting Factory (NYC), The Kennedy Center (DC), Schloss Elmau, Moers Jazz Festival, Moscow State Opera, Philharmonies in Essen, Almaty, Cologne and Warsaw, Porgy & Bess Vienna. In the year 2008 he was awarded the "Jazzpreis Baden-Württemberg", Germany's highest-endowed award for jazz musicians. In 2010 he was voted "Best Soloist of the Year" at the "New German Jazz Award" - competition and he won the the first prize at the "4th International Bucharest Jazz Competition". Bodek Janke is a regular guest member in numerous ensembles, i.e. the WDR Bigband (Cologne).

Olivia Trummer is an acclaimed German artist who has received numerous international awards and high recognition in both the classical and the jazz field. Each of her productions (three CDs, one LP) were recommended as "CD of the month" in German professional journals such as "Stereoplay" and "Rondo-Magazin". Her second album, "Westwind", won the "German Critics' Choice Award 2008". In the year 2010 she received a scholarship of the "Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg" and a music award of the "Bruno-Frey-Foundation" and was debuting at the "Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele" - festival, performing a mixed repertoire of classical piano works, improvised jazz and originals in front of a sold out concert hall. Olivia Trummer performed both as a classical, jazz pianist and vocalist at: Carnegie Hall (NYC), Schloss Elmau, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Jazzfestivals in Prague, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Dresden, Wroclaw and in Italy, Czech Republic, Poland, The Netherlands and Russia.

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