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„Henning Sieverts: Bach´s Blüten“ – Suite for Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Quartet“ had it´s premiere in November 2016 with concerts in Cologne, Wuppertal and Darmstadt.

Commissioned by „EOS Chamber Orchestra Cologne“ (with 7 wind instruments and 11 Strings) under the (fantastic!) direction of Susanne Blumenthal. The (equally fantastic!) Jazz Soloists: Sylvain Rifflet (ts, clar), Bastian Stein (tp), Fabian Rösch (dr) – and myself on bass and cello.

„Henning Sieverts: Bach´s Blüten“ is a full length suite with 18 movements. It deals with the musical Bb-A-C-H-Row and in general with Bach´s great music in all its fine structures, ramifications and splendid flourishing! All this is related to patterns of growth and blossoming you can find in nature. A keyword here is the „Fibonacci Sequence“ (1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,etc) which is found i.e. in many plants; how the petals are arranged or appear in the shape of an snail shell.

Here, you can find two videos of the first performance of „Henning Sieverts: Bach`s Blüten“ in Cologne:

A longer video including interviews

A shorter video

I hope for many more performances of „Bach´s Blüten“ in the future and I would be grateful for any advise or ideas in this direction!

A special tip for bass players: I will teach and perform at the „Bavarian Bass Days“ in Mühldorf (october 28-30, 2017), an international meeting with bass soloists in Classical Music, Jazz and World Music, with master players from Germany, Italy, France, Australia, Mexico, USA and many others. Come by! Press here for further informations (also for application): www.bavarian-bassdays.com

„Henning Sieverts: Double Quartet“ is now available!

An international octet with eight fine musicians from USA, France, Luxembourg and Germany.

It works as double quartet and also sometimes as two „twin pairs“: two saxophones (Loren Stillman: as, ss and Sylvain Rifflet: ts, clar), two harmonie-instruments (Florian Weber: p and Pascal Schumacher: vibes, marimba), two bass-instruments (Francois Thuillier: tuba and Henning Sieverts: b, cello) and two drums (Jochen Rückert and John Hollenbeck).

„Henning Sieverts Double Quartet“ came to life at the „Tonspuren“-Festival 2014, led by myself as „composer in residence“.
While researching over 600 years of this former Benedictine Abbey`s history, I unearthed a Mass composed in 1614 by monks specifically for the Abbey´s festival of St.Benedict.

I chose two elements from this festive Mass: a Cantus Firmus and a hexachord – they permeate my Irsee music as „leitmotif“ in many creative forms.
On the Double-CD „Hexacor“ from 2015, two „Tonspuren“-Concerts are documented, the third Programm with completly different music appears now on this CD „Henning Sieverts Double Quartet!

CD orders (15 Euro) can be made here

On the „Sounds“ page you can listen to some samples of „Henning Sieverts: Double Quartet“.

Further information on „Henning Sieverts: Double Quartet“ can be found here:

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More actual CDs

„Henning Sieverts’ Hexacor“

A double CD with concert recordings from the "TONSPUREN“ festival 2014 at Kloster Irsee (Bavaria), in which I participated as "Composer in Residence". Also involved: a "dream team" of jazz soloists (Loren Stillman, Sylvain Rifflet, Florian Weber, Pascal Schumacher, Francois Thuillier, Jochen Rückert, John Hollenbeck) and 18 strings of the "Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Augsburg". "Henning Sieverts’ Hexacor" was released by the label "petit paquet records" and costs 19 euro.

Further information - see above under „Henning Sieverts: Double Quartet“

CD orders can be made here

or on www.tonspuren.de

On the "Sounds" page you can listen to a sample of "Henning Sieverts’ Hexacor" or to many other of my CDs.

Further information on the music of "Henning Sieverts’ Hexacor" and the "TONSPUREN" festival can be found here:

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A fantastic documentary about the „Tonspuren“-Festival was recently released!

The DVD „Tonspuren – der Film“ shows the three festivals of 2013, 2014 and 2015 in all their colourful variety, interesting for everyone who visited the „Tonspuren“ festival and also for anyone who will then notice what they´ve missed...

„Henning Sieverts: Vibes & Strings“

An exciting Live CD with my new quartet from the famous Munich jazz club „Unterfahrt“: with New York vibraphonist Tim Collins, Australian guitarist Peter O´Mara and Matthias Gmelin on drums. This cd was released as part of a new series in collaboration with „Enja Records“ - it´s a big honour to be the opening group for the „Edition Unterfahrt“!

Further information - see above under „Henning Sieverts: Double Quartet“

„Henning Sieverts: Vibes & Strings“ springs to life through the appealing combination of crystaline vibraphone and warm strings. The compositions are mostly groovy with a striking beauty arising from this unique instrumentation.

CD orders (15 Euro) can be made here

On the „Sounds“ page you can listen to some samples of „Henning Sieverts: Vibes & Strings“.

I´ve purchased a wonderful old cello: made in 1760 by Viennese violin maker Johann Joseph Stadlmann – it sounds fantastic – I´m very happy!
I continue enjoying my job as moderater of „Jazztime“ at the Bavarian Public Radio. Information on the individual broadcasts can be found under "Radio".
Teaching at the Academy of Music in Munich is equally fun – as well giving numerous workshops for bass and composition in other places (f.e. Bern, Luzern, Würzburg, Nürnberg, Köln or Leipzig)!
Last, but not really least: The best is and remains playing on stage, with great colleagues and for a great audience! Individual concert dates can be found under "Live"