06.-08.01.17 I Workshop "Makin' Jazz" I Michaelstein
10.03.17 I geschlossene Veranstaltung I Berlin
07.-14.04.17 I China-Tour
25.05.17 I ARD-Fernsehgottesdienst I Breitscheidplatz I Berlin
10.09.17 "Nein, lieber Mensch, so nicht!" I Luther-Kantate I Lüneburg
“Top class a cappella of the highest quality” (Frizz-Magazin)
“music like melting chocolate” (Main-Post)
“… true conveyors of finely tuned emotions” (Badische Zeitung)
“It would have been possible to listen to them over and over again” (A Cappella Leipzig)
“ ...an ensemble of exquisite voices” (Wiesbadener Tagblatt)
“Excellent and out of this world” (Hessische Niedersächsiche Allgemeine)
“ ...a treat for the ears for those who love voices” (Dr. Matthias Becker)
„It is obvious that this group has something to say.“ (Tampere Vocal Music Festival)
2017 CARA Award / USA: Best Jazz Song "Anthropology"
2015 Nominations for CARA Award / USA: Best Jazz Album, Best European Album, Best Folk/World Album, Best Arrangement, Best Folk/World Song
2009 1st Prize Tampere Vocal Ensemble Competition / Finland
2007 1st Prize International Competition / Taiwan
2007 1st Prize Jugend kulturell / Germany
2006 1st Prize VokalTotal Graz / Austria
Playful ease and captivating voices and arrangements, combined with exuberant pleasure in singing together make the ensemble Klangbezirk so unique in the German a capella landscape. Klangbezirk go on stage to touch people, taking their audience on an expedition through worlds of emotion, both big and small, as well as their own tightly-interwoven musical microcosm. While guiding the listener through the concert experience with charm and wit, the four ensemble members share their joy and are happy to improvise songs requested by the audience as an encore.
Founded in 2006, Klangbezirk won the International A Cappella Competition Graz (Austria) in the first year of their existence. This was not to be their only success; some of the most renowned awards of the international vocal music scene were to follow. Concert tours took them to Sweden, Finland, Italy, Hungary, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and China. Klangbezirk are four excellent soloists who have acquired and proven their skills during their music studies, their time in the Bundesjugendjazzochester “BuJazzO”(Federal Youth Jazz Orchestra) under Peter Herbolzheimer, as well as in many and varied solo projects. They have come together to do what they love most: fuse together into one sound, explore new musical worlds for themselves and their fans, and combine in unmistakable, many-faceted arrangements a confidence of style with a perfect mixture of solo and ensemble singing. Original compositions and unique new interpretations of familiar pop songs and jazz standards become Klangbezirk´s playground, one where music with the most direct and multifaceted instrument that is the human voice is to the fore.
As a singer, Tanja can call an extremely broad and multicoloured musical spectrum her own. During her vocal jazz studies in Berlin, she not only focused on her own voice, but also delved deep into composition and arrangement with Prof. David Friedman. Therefore, every composition and arrangement she does for Klangbezirk involves something new and unique. Apart from her job as a lecturer at the Bühnenkunstschule “Academy” (performing arts school) and at the Landesjugendjazzorchester Sachsen-Anhalt (Youth Jazz Orchestra of the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt), Tanja writes theatre music for renowned houses such as the GRIPS Theatre Berlin, as well as giving workshops for choirs and ensembles across Germany. She is also the director of the Berlin choir “Soundshake”. Since 2014 she works as a lecturer for Jazz Voice at the Jazz Institute Berlin. One of her biggest dreams since childhood is to be able to live on just ice-cream for an entire week.
Klangbezirk’s only genuine Berliner studied vocal jazz in Amsterdam, New York and Philadelphia, and with his touching warm timbre he primarily moves in tenor registers. If he is not on tour with Klangbezirk, Martin is on stage with his own jazz-inspired songs, working as a musical director and vocal coach in Amsterdam and Berlin. He writes film music, short stories and his mellifluous voice is also to the fore as a dubbing actor. Spoken Words and audio book projects are an additional part of his activities. One of Martin’s special talents is to be able to make half a cake disappear in a matter of minutes unnoticed by those around him.
Friederike not only studied vocal jazz at the Jazz Institute Berlin but also enjoyed professional training as a drummer, which lends her voice an earthy groove. Apart from her love of a capella singing, she dedicates time to her own songs which she performs on the Indie-Folk-Rock scene. Having already completed school music studies with the subjects classical voice and classical piano at the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts before her studies in Berlin, she has a broad musical repertoire which she can draw on. She is an in-demand singer for projects with very different influences, ranging from contemporary jazz to classical. As a singer and guitarist she is currently working on the first album of her band Friede Merz. And when she’s fallen in love with a pair of shoes she wears them until they literally fall apart.
As a baritone with a strong liking for bass and beats, Matthias contributes to Klangbezirk with his longstanding experience as a vocal arranger and composer; during his vocal jazz studies in Leipzig he was a member of different a capella formations active on the international scene. He is the voice soloist and vocal acrobat of the Leipzig Contemporary Jazz Big Band “Spielvereinigung Sued”, offers ensemble workshops across Germany and is a popular arranger for choirs and big bands. Matthias works in Berlin as a director of two choirs and lecturer for pop and jazz choir at the Berlin University of the Arts, and if something bites him he tries to hide that fact by singing repeatedly the children’s song “Brother, come and dance with me” to himself.