Record Release in My Hometown

As part of “Berlin in the Tiefenrausch – end of the 90’s until today“, I presented my own musical path with The Fire Orange Project, where we combine acoustic jazz with modern groove and edge. For the event in the wonderful Amalienpark Gallery, I traveled to my hometown and took everyone on a multi-media journey with pictures, videos, entertaining background stories and a retrospect to the nineties and celebrated the Echo Sounder EP release (link).

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Live Recording Session

It’s unbelievable: it felt like ages, but finally we pressed the magic red recording button, and then tracked our new compositions while the cameras were filming us. The result will be wonderful, we are already convinced of that! And some of you have contributed directly to this with “Silent Disco” headphones as an audience! Many thanks to Til and the whole production crew and also to the GVL, thanks to which this production was made possible for Mario and me to this extent. Extraordinary thanks also to our special guest, Stephan Emig accompanying us on percussion and live electronic. Here are photos by Jannik and Louisa (soundcheck and event).


New Fire Orange Sessions

Mario and I used the pandemic months to work on new ideas – unfortunately, there wasn’t much we could do with live concerts. Now we look forward to a special EP recording and presenting our new material and in 2022.

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Going for the “Heart of the Beat”

Do you know what it is like when you have known something for quite some time, but always walk past it? Lately, I got the opportunity to test Code’s drum heads and really liked them. Easy to tune and with their unique rims (quality aluminium rim with double-knurled steel core,
without any glue, so no pressure needed when bedding new heads!), they just fit cleanly on the drums and help to produce a great sound.

Having said that, I am now a happy endorser of these products. Probably, I will chose between the DNA coated and the heavier Generator coated (shown below) for snare and toms…

Code Drum Heads (link) are a UK-based brand, which produces drum heads and drumming accessories like for instance tone adapters, cymbal felts, port holes, snare wires or ribbons. They are aiming for high-quality products that still can be provided at reasonable costs. From what I know, all their R&D and product qualification is completely in their hands, and while the founders James Potts and Mike Heaton are drummers themselves, it’s really “made by drummers for drummers”. Thumbs up, guys!

For me, this is a further step going for the “heart of the beat”. Nice slogan by the way! Thanks to Curt, Markus and the fine German music & drum gear distributor Musik Wein.


SummerJazz 2020 at Pinneberg

Here are some pictures of yesterday’s Fire Orange concert…

Yes, it was a wonderful concert with a special club atmosphere of the local Bookstore “Bücherwurm” and it felt so good to share our music after the long break. The great support association of SummerJazz Pinneberg managed to create this customized framework for a very few concerts plus a elaborate video and live music streaming – alltogether supporting musicians in the corona crisis. Thanks a lot for this!