Shannon and I have been invited to play a concert in Mannheim with the fantastic KICKS'n'STICKS Bigband. After only one (very long) rehearsal we played a great concert at "Alte Feuerwache" Mannheim. Here's what the press thought about it:
The Subway Jazz Orchestra finally got its own Youtube channel. It was about time since recently a lot of great videos from the band have been added. Some of my arrangements can be found, too. Here are the latest three: No. 1 is my original composition "Snakes Don't Walk" (released on 'Primal Scream') from a fantastic concert at the 'Jazzschmiede' in Düsseldorf. The Hendrix composition 'Freedom' (No. 2) is from the same gig. And the last clip is from our March concert at 'Club Subway', my arrangement of the composition 'Trio#20' by the great keyboarder Christian Lorenzen.
New video from the latest SCHMID BRÄMSWIG QUARTET concert in Mainz featuring David Helm on bass and Fabian Arends on drums.
For the last two concerts this year with the Subway Jazz Orchestra we managed to invite the Norwegian composer and trombonist Helge Sunde. We had a great time playing his fabulous arrangements and enjoyed his great sense of humor and absolute musical mastery!
Here's what Olaf Weiden from 'Kölner Rundschau' thought about our concert:
Right after two weeks in China with the WDR Big Band I played eight wonderful concerts in Australia with the Shannon Barnett Quartet. We traveled to Melbourne, Wangaratta, Adelaide, Brisbane, Wollongong and Sydney and had an amazing time on and also off the stage. Thanks to Shannon and also to the 'Goethe Institute' and the 'Australian Council of the Arts' for making this happen.
The WDR Big Band China tour was absolutely amazing. We played in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Zongshan, met wonderful people and enjoyed Chinese culture and food in various ways. Truly a great experience. Maybe you can get a glimpse by watching the beautiful trailer Mattis Cederberg put together.
The German Jazz Magazine "Jazzpodium" published a nice article about Philipp Brämswig and myself, our latest release ANIMA and our mutual development over the last years. Thanks to Dietrich Schlegel for the interview and the kind words. (click HERE to download article)
Here are two nice feedbacks of all the playing and composing I have been doing over the last months. The first one is a review of my latest release STEFAN KARL SCHMID/ PHILIPP BRÄMSWIG - ANIMA by the fantastic author Hans-Jürgen Linke which appeared in the german magazine Jazzthetik and the other one is a look on a MICHEL REIS QUARTET concert we played as part of the Münsterland Festival on a beautiful castle in Kolvenburg. Check it out...
This week I had the opportunity to participate in a great workshop by trombonist and composer Nils Wogram at the GEMA headquarters in Munich. The workshop was part of the EMAS-series conducted by the german GEMA. We had a great time discussing all kinds of music related topics and also got an inside view of the amazing work the GEMA is doing for us.