Urban Street Arts – Interview with Jonas Wilms

Urban Street Arts – Ultimate groove to the show

Jonas Wilms plays on the Urbanatix

Participating in a big show like the Urbanatix in Bochum is a big challenge for all actors and also for the whole team.

In addition to artistic handicraft requirements, the social competence and the team spirit of all protagonists is in demand.

The Dortmund musician Jonas Wilms is one of two drummers who provide live beats and groove in the show. Urbanatix is, he says, “a huge family that understands itself very positively”. Inspired by this, he talks about the show, challenges in the show and the tremendous motivation boost he has received in this stage of his musical life.

Some topics of the conversation

  • Musical basics from the Waldorf school
  • Urbanatix: The Urban Street Arts Show
  • Habitat Ruhrgebiet
  • Understanding craftsmanship: technology and sound on the drum set
  • Play with Click
  • Success and luck

Music in the program

  1. “Parallel Universe”, “Moses”, from ep “Page A”, 2015
  2. “Leave It Alone”, “Living Color”, “What’s Your Favorite Color?”, 2009
  3. “Mission Impossible”, “Bergmann & Bartkowski”, “On a movie trip”, 2012
  4. “Crazy”, “S Barkley”, Version of “The Lounge Experiment”, 2014

Jonas Wilms

“You have to be in the service of the show and the song”

Jonas Wilms live in action

Drummer Jonas Wilms, born in Dortmund in 1980, studied jazz drums at the ArtEZ Conservatory and then completed a master’s degree at the Messiaen Academy, both based in Enschede, the Netherlands.

On a regular basis, Jonas Wilms accompanies renowned artists such as Cosmo Klein, Peter Beets, Linley Marthe (ex-The Zawinul Syndicate), Mark Nightingale (Robbie Williams, Spice Girls), Nippy Noya, Vanessa Patruo (ex No Angels), Dian Pratiwi, The Wolf and many more

In his creative, precise and technically savvy game, the passion of jazz merges with the energy of rock and the groove of hip-hop – live and in the studio.

Since 1998 he works as a drum teacher at various music schools. Jonas Wilms lives in Dortmund.

Current projects (excerpt):

MOSES, Soul / Pop
Lounge experiment, lounge / pop
Urbanatix, Urban Street Dance Show
Raggata de Blanc, Tributes to the Police
Erwin Machulke and the KuWaSchies, Showtunes
Bergman & Bartkowski, Movie Trips

Jazz for generations – Interview with Sabine Kühlich

Jazz over Generations – Between Scat and Text

Lines for Ladies with Sabine Kühlich, Sheila Jordan, Laia Genc, ​​Anne Czichowsky, Christin Korb

For months standing at the Grand Master’s door, be dismissed and then taken after a long time as a student. This is known from many Kung Fu films.

The singer Sabine Kühlich had the courage to ring in the big bebop legend Sheila Jordan. In contrast to many Kung Fu students, her “Grandmother” not only immediately accepted her as a student, but went straight to the stage with her and made music.

How it all came about, how the work with Sheila Jordan is and what emerged from it for exciting projects, tells Sabine Kühlich in today’s program.

Some topics of the conversation

  • Bebop and scat singing
  • Spontaneous text improvisation
  • Woman power five times
  • Listen across the garden
  • Saxophone and voice
  • Family and career


Music in the program

  1. “Beautiful Love” / “Delecious and Loveley”, “Lines for Ladies”, 2016
  2. “I wish you love”, “Lines for Ladies”, 2016
  3. “You do not know what love is,” (Composition: DePaul, Raye) “Sonny Rollins”, “Saxophone Colossos”, 1956
  4. “Koto Song” (composition by Dave Brubeck) / “Sweet Slumber” (text on Paul Desmond’s solo in Koto Song written by Sabine Kühlich), “Sabine Kühlich & Laia Genc”, “In Your Own Sweet Way”, 2016


Sabine Kühlich

“I thought I feel like I’m in the sandbox and I’m allowed to do something that is incredibly fun and causes well-being for me”

Sabine Kühlich, Laia Genc, ​​Anne Czichowsky, Sheila Jordan, Kristin Korb

Sabine Kühlich was born on 1.2.1973 in Gera (Thuringia). Piano lessons from 1979, saxophone from 1987, voice, clarinet, improvisation at the MH Würzburg as a guest, later studies at the Conservatorium van Maastricht, guest student in Cologne, then jazz studies Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

Since January 2006 she is a lecturer at the University of Arts / Conservatorium van Maastricht. She won the 2nd Prize at the International Vocal Contest in Brussels in October 2007, was a finalist at the Leidse Jazz Award and at the 20th Concour de la Chanson in Amsterdam.

The master’s degree from 2003 brought her from the Conservatory of Amsterdam to New York to the Manhattan School of Music. Concerts in Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Cologne, Amsterdam, NY … At Jazzclub Jakobshof in Aachen she formed her own series ThursdayVocalSpot with funding from the state of NRW. Since 2007 she continues the series “Vocal Spot” in Stadtgarten Köln. Concert tours took her to Southeast Asia in 2003, to Brazil in 2007 and to NY every year since 2004. In 2008, she led a Thearter concert tour in Belgium with Sam Vloemans back to the Netherlands.

That was a bit of a sensation when the 1st Prize and the audience prize of the Montreux Jazz Festival for the Shure Jazz Voice 2008 went to just one German – in front of LA and New York! Sabine Kühlich – the swinging Cologne woman – does not only convince at the world-famous jazz festival in Montreux. Several CDs under his own name let listen to the musical diversity between their own jazz compositions, American standards, samba, chanson, swinging Europe, voice and bossa nova saxophone. Guest appearances in Southeast Asia or Brazil, of course Europe, concerts in small New York clubs, teaching at the Conservatorium Maastricht, workshops and tours with the bebop legend Sheila Jordan – the musical spectrum of Sabine Kühlich reflects the wide world. Patty Austin praises her “Exceptional Feeling for Swing and Scat Singing” Barry Harris just states: “Perfect Timing”. On 3sat Kulturzeit she is described as an “exception”: “She sings unrestrained, courageous and sexy. And with a naturalness, as if she had absorbed the American, traditional form of jazz with mother’s milk. “

With their current band project “Lines for ladies” this year the next tour with the NY-Jazz legend Sheila Jordan and the bassist Kristin Korb will take place.


Discography (excerpt):

  • Sabine Kühlich Quartet, It could happen to you, 2001
  • Sabine Kühlich and Crisp, Fly Away, Acoustic Music, 2007
  • TWO GENERATIONS OF SINGERS: Sheila Jordan & Sabine Kühlich, 2007
  • Adam and Sabine: Girl Meets Guitar, 2009
  • Sheila Jordan & Sabine Kühlich: Wounds – Loverly, 2012
  • Sabine Kühlich & Laia Genc, ​​In your own sweet way, 2016
  • Lines for Ladies (live) featuring Sheila Jordan & Kristin Korb, 2016

A bag full of musicians, a studio and then? – Interview with Werner Hüsgen

Selecting musicians and keeping them on the rails, recording a CD, looking for a publisher, establishing a product on the market and brushing pawls again and again to present the music live. No easy task in today’s music market.

Nevertheless, saxophonist Werner Hüsgen has set out and written music for a cast of eight.

In today’s interview he gives impressions in the compositional process. He takes us on an exciting journey around the product CD and the musicians who realize his ideas.

Some topics of the conversation

  • Studio earlier and today
  • The secret of a good production
  • Composition and band sound
  • Samples and nerves
  • Club of the “Late-Called”
  • Existence at the music market
  • Band leader and psychologist?

Music in the program

  1. “Andalusian Dream”, Werner Hüsgen, CD “Cobalt Blue”, 2017 Unit Records
  2. “Le Maghreb”, Werner Hüsgen, CD “Cobalt Blue”, 2017 Unit Records
  3. “Ole”, John Coltrane, CD “Ole”, 1961 Atlantic Records
  4. “Cobalt Blue”, Werner Hüsgen, CD “Cobalt Blue”, 2017 Unit Records

Werner Hüsgen

“A certain anarchy is indeed creatively beneficial”

Werner Hüsgen is a German jazz musician – saxophonist, composer and band leader who lives in the German-Dutch-Belgian border area and has excellent contacts in the jazz scenes of Amsterdam and Cologne.

He studied from 1980-1985 at the Musikhochschule Köln saxophone with Hugo Read and Wolfgang Engstfeldt, arrangement with Wolfgang Breuer with degree in instrumental pedagogy. In 1985, he spent a semester at Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA; saxophone with Joe Viola and George Garzone, arrangement with Bob Freedman; 1986 one academic year at the Conservatoire Amsterdam, saxophone with Ferdinand Povel, arrangement with Rob Madna.

Werner has been playing professionally in many bands and projects for more than 30 years. Numerous CD releases under his own name and as Sideman last (LuxAries) and (Act-Music). Radio / TV productions, club / festival concerts worldwide with Chet Baker / Jaques Pelzer, Mighty Flea Connors, Jeff Hamilton & Lynn Seaton, Nils Landgren, “Wall Street Crash”, Je Titulaar, Werner Neumann, Christoph Titz, Carlo Nardozza, Helen Sachs, Garrett List, Henk Meutgeert (director of the Concertgebouw Bigband Amsterdam), Eef Alberts, John Thomas, Rob Bruynen, Peter Engelhardt, Marcel Richard, Ari den Boer, Jurre Hogervorst, Lucas Leidinger.

With his current project, he ties in with his Amsterdam fusion band PULSE. This time, however, the music is essentially instrumental and filled with excellent musicians, who are based in the jazz scenes of Amsterdam, Cologne and the Euregio. Hüsgen’s own compositions play in part with the traditions of acoustic and electric jazz great formations, but break through them again and again with surprising twists and turns in elaborate arrangements that exploit the numerous tones of a band with four brass and additional percussion in an astonishing way. Lyrical passages and powerful rock parts complement each other to a wonderful overall work of art, never lifted off but always equipped with a certain edge, the well-established listening habits on its head. Jazz, which draws from the roots of Soul, R & B and Latin.

After first concerts in 2015, including at the InFront Festival in Aachen, the band recorded an audio / video production in the spring of 2016. the album “Kobaltblau” was released on 16 June 2017 at the renowned Schweitzer Jazz Label Unit-Records.

“The point that cost me the most time in production was the selection of musicians to make”

Werner’s little song – Top Ten (without ranking!)

  • John Coltrane Quintet – Ole
  • Phil Woods – Musique du Bois
  • Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
  • Miles Davis – We Want Miles
  • Chick Corea – Light as a feather
  • Cannonball Adderley – Jazz Masters
  • Michael Brecker – Some Skunk Funk
  • Marcus Miller – Tales
  • St. Germain – Tourist
  • Snarky Puppy – We like it here

Discography (excerpt):

  • PULSE, Cobalt Blue (Unit Records 2017)
  • Batzi Gürke, Points of View (dewey records 2015)
  • Werner Hüsgen Quartet (LuxAries 2012)
  • Cologne Jazz Orchestra (WDR Production 2005)
  • Brownie speaks (WDR production 2002)
  • PULSE, Jazz me up! (Act 1998)

Current projects (excerpt):

  • Werner Hüsgen Quartet
  • Big Bandits
  • Electronic Reserch

Journey into the 80s – Interview with Alexander Samsz

Does anyone still know some hits of the NDW from the 80s? Are there any bands that have survived this time?

Alexander Samsz in an interview with Inspiration Musik

Exactly that and many exciting things about the time of the 80s you will learn in today’s interview with the graphic designer and music lover Alexander Samsz.

So it’s a good thing Alex and I share the same passion for live concerts. On the way to a concert of a band, whose members are still burning for the music and on stage are still a real cracker, we philosophize full of anticipation, drive car and also listen to some music.

Some topics

  • Bands and artists
  • political time 80s
  • NDW Navigator
  • Music market and supersaturation
  • Sticker for downwards
  • Listen to music and experience
  • Always on the move
  • The Tubes

Music in the program

  1. Extra Wide – Policemen , 1981
  2. Downhill – Alcohol , 1988
  3. Extra Wide – Hurray Hurray the school is burning , 1980
  4. Ideal – shooting , 1981
  5. Nina Hagen – Heiss , 1978
  6. Spliff – The Tin , 1982
  7. Clay Stones Shards – No Power for No One , 1972

Alexander Samsz

“You always have to stay open – keep looking”

CV soon

  • Completed vocational training and professional experience as printer 1985 – 1995
  • Staatl. expert graphic designer
  • Employee and freelancer for publishers, advertising agencies and design studios
  • Since 1994 self-employed with design studio
  • Since 2000 agency in office community nonplusultra
  • 2006-2008 Lecturer in graphic and image editing at the European Business and Language Academy Aachen


Alexander Samsz about himself:

“Born on August 30, 1968 in Sauerland, where the women are even wilder than the cows. When all went to Berlin after the turn of the 1990s, I was drawn deep into the West to Aachen. It was not enough for the pop star in Hagen – just could not do a Bratakkord. At first I worked as a printer – later as a graphic designer, then I became an egg-laying wool milk cow … made myself independent, develop brands, packaging, brochures and websites, bring out two quarter magazines and organize a quarter-final, as well as the comic festival COMICIADE®. As a quarter-player I try to bring more tinsel to the neighborhood and I was involved in the Aachen Nord Song in cooperation with MuFab. “

Free projects:

  • Magazine development for rock factory Übach-Palenberg,
  • Cinetower Alsdorf, Aachen Portal, IHHG Haaren eV
  • Aachener Portal quarter magazine AACHEN-NORD
  • Haaren quarter magazine HAAREN (+)
  • Business Magazine BUSINESS-CONNECT
  • Founding member Business Club Aachen Maastricht eV
  • Member of the IG Aachener Portal eV, Haarener Unternehmer eV and district conference Aachen Nord
  • Press spokesman for the IG Aachener Portal eV and
  • Business Club Aachen Maastricht eV

Tap dancing across the pond – Interview with Max Pollak

Tap-dancing across the pond – Rumba Tap brings cultures together

Max Pollak is the inventor of RumbaTap

Learn from old masters, gain deep insights into the music of different cultures and let something new emerge from it: A dream.

To call Max Pollak “only” as a step dancer would have been a far cry. Clear: his tap dance art seeks its equal and finds worldwide recognition. However, this is only part of his musicality. Max Pollak is a researcher between cultures and stylistics. He is constantly changing and always manages to combine elements such as dance, body percussion, vocals with any kind of music.

In this episode we will learn exciting things about his development, about music with the body, about the history of the Stepp dance, about Afro-Cuban music and his creation “Rumba Tap”

Some topics of the conversation

  • Tap dance and body percussion
  • sound aesthetics
  • Step the music or step to the music?
  • Audition with consequences
  • Music cultures in the mix
  • RumbaTap
  • stage surfaces
  • The “old” masters

Music in the program

  1. “RumbaTap Standard”, “Max Pollak”, CD “Rumbatap”, with special guest Pedrito Marinez (congas and solo vocals), 2015
  2. “Tap Jam Impro”, “Max Pollak” with the musicians “Moritz Schippers” (org) and “Moritz Baranczyk” (dr), live improvisation as part of the Aachen Tap Jam 2016 “Vacunao”
  3. “Vale Todo”, “Los Muñequitos de Matanzas”, CD “Vacunao”, 1995 Qbadisc Records

Max Pollak

“Jazz is basically African music combined with Jewish and European music. That makes the whole thing so interesting “

Max with jazz drummer legend Victor Jones at a concert in New York


“I feel like a drummer who can move.”

Max Pollak, born on 1.9.1970 in Vienna (A), started to quilt at the age of 5, inspired by Fred Astaire, among others. Since there was no Stepp dance teacher in Vienna at the time, Max learned autodidactic in the first few years. At the age of 11 he took his first dance lessons, at the age of 14 he started playing drums and percussion.

His thirst for knowledge made him constantly develop and research. For example, he played as a teenager in a New Orleans marching band, which also performed at funerals, which allowed him to learn in addition to insights into the music and the spiritual level of the same. After completing his schooling at a high school near Vienna, he studied musical, drama and singing in Vienna and also played theater.

During a short vacation in New York, prompted by a friend, he spontaneously went to an audition of the successful tap dance group “Manhattan Tap”, convinced the director Heather Cornell and passed the audition. New ways opened up: A change of location was on. He says himself “I knew exactly what I really wanted” and he thought back then “So you do not get that chance my dear again in life. You’re beating now, or you’ll regret it all your life. “

Due to the great fortune of being able to work with many “old” experienced musicians such as his first mentor Carnell Lyons (who was still on stage with Charlie Parker), he was able to learn the source of music and quilting.

Since 1991 he lives in New York and has become one of the stars of the international tap dance scene. He has received many awards in his field. Through his high musicality and his highly individual way of mixing Afro-Cuban music and dance with body percussion and tap dancing, he gained worldwide fame. He is the inventor of RumbaTap and the only non-Cuban member of the legendary rumba group Los Muñequitos de Matanzas. Max collaborates with many artists from the international jazz, classical & world music scene. His great strength is to bring all of these styles together through the power of dance and rhythm, taking the audience with them.

In his live performances, he always involves the audience, drawing an energy-charged arc across the music and the dance to the audience.

Max Pollak is “… one of the finest young tap artists on the planet”

(Gregory Hines)

Discography (excerpt)

  • TrioNada (2008) TrioNada
  • Roots Propaganda (2008) Paul Carlon Octet
  • Lalo’s Urban Myth (2008) Lalo’s Urban Myth
  • Lo Que Somos Lo Que Sea (2008) Grupo Los Santos
  • Other Tongues (2007) Paul Carlon Octet
  • Love The Donkey (2005) Beat The Donkey
  • Cyro Baptista & Beat The Donkey (2002) Beat The Donkey
  • El Otro Lado (2001) Syoto’s Band and members of the Tito Puente Orchestra
  • Cool Heat – Urban Beat (1999) w / Tamango and Daniel Moreno
  • Recorded live at the Spoletto Festival, Italy

With Chakuza in the Charts – Interview with Andy Reinard

With Chakuza in the charts – production and tour

The drummer and drummer Andy Reinard has produced the new chakuza album "Noah".  Together with Max Choose from In Vallis, he now plays some festivals and tours

Not only does music have to be well composed and produced, it has to be performed well on stage.

The drummer Andy Reinard has participated in the current chakuza CD “Noah”. As a drummer, he contributes his intense beats and, as a producer in the team, the creative input that a production and, last but not least, an artist needs in order to continue to develop musically.

Some topics of the conversation

  • Songwriting and band sound
  • Rap: How much text can you remember?
  • Produce in a team
  • Festivals: On stage with Chakuza
  • Daft Punk and the completely different album
  • Coverband yes or no?

Music in the program

  1. “Anno 1981”, “Chakuza”, from the CD “Noah”, Four Music (Sony Music) 2016
  2. “Noah”, “Chakuza”, from the CD “Noah”, Four Music (Sony Music) 2016
  3. “Giorgio by Moroder”, “Daft Punk”, LP “Random Access Memories”, Smi Col 2013
  4. “Connection”, “Girls in Hawaii”, from the session for the CD “Everest”, Naive (Indigo)


Andy Reinard

“The music we all hear in the band has no limits. There are so many influences from different styles that it’s actually not fun to say “I have to produce a Hip Hop album now, which has to sound the same as everyone else’s.”

Andy Reinard live

Andy Reinard, was born in 1977 in Aachen.

At the beginning of his musical career there were nine years of trumpet lessons before he took his first seat behind the drums when he was 17 years old.

It was love at first sight, or rather the first blow! After intensive first lessons he studied from 1999 at the Conservatory Maastricht. To gain deeper insights into Afro Cuban Percussion, Andy Reinard spent some time in Cuba in 2004, taking lessons from the Trinidad School of Music. This was followed by lessons and workshops at Roland Peil, Adam Nussbaum, Benny Greb, Eric Harings ….

Reinard plays and plays in addition to his work with Chakuza in various bands and projects (including Señor Torpedo, Ringo, Girls In Hawaii, background noise) He plays in clubs and at festival concerts throughout Europe. Since 2004 he teaches at the MUFAB and gives band and drum workshops in different contexts.

Musical influences include Beatles, Chemical Brothers, Hot Chip, Simon & Garfunkel, Simian Mobile Disco, Steve Gadd, Tocotronic, The Roots.

Discography (excerpt):

  • Señor Torpedo – Through Night Scenes, Lux 2003
  • Ringo – Demo EP (2007)
  • Señor Torpedo – We Want Be from Sweden, Defusion Records 2009
  • Girls in Hawaii – Everest, Naive 2013
  • Chakuza – Noah, Four Music (Sony Music) 2016

Virtuosity and Expression – Interview with Lisa Franken

Virtuosity and expression – interpretation and value of music.

Lisa Franken plays cello and piano,

Is a sound musical education with numerous international degrees, successful competitions and sound gaming practice a guarantee for an expressive emotional game?

The cellist and pianist Lisa Franken has a lot to offer in terms of education and degrees. However, she has decided not to enter the conventional machinery of the classical music industry.

She tells interesting things, including sound shaping, interpretation of music, practice and everyday musicianship.

Some topics of the conversation

  • Music school in Russia
  • Instrument and sound
  • Virtuoso like a sewing machine
  • competition
  • Be a musician beyond the usual commercial norm
  • Learn by heart

Music in the program

  1. “Schubert”, “Impromptu op. 3 “, concert Lisa Franken, 2015
  2. “Treacherous Cretins”, “Frank Zappa” “Shut up ‘n play yer guitar”, CBS 1981
  3. “Libertango”, “Astor Piazzolla”, “Dreams”, Excellent Recordings 2016

Live in the program

  • on the cello: Excerpt from the 1st Cello Suite by JS Bach, Prelude
  • at the piano: Excerpt from Biyuya, Astor Piazzolla

Lisa Franks

“I do not like learning motor”

Lisa Franken on the cello

“People who are really interested mostly listen very positively and openly. They are interested in the musical message. “

Lisa Franken, born 1984 in Ordzonikidze / Russia, comes from a family of musicians. Here she learned from early childhood an intensive promotion on the piano and on the cello. Her first studies on both instruments began at the age of four. In the period from 1990 to 1999 she attended a special music school in Moscow, where talented children were particularly encouraged.

As part of a scholarship she emigrated with her family to Germany in 2000, where she also studied music at the colleges of music in Cologne (Germany) and later in Maastricht (Netherlands) and the Royal Flemish Conservatory of Brussels (Belgium) in Bachelor received of Music and Master of Music / Concert exams and graduated respectively with success.

Since the beginning of 2013 she gives solo concerts for cello and piano and can already look back on many experiences in working with orchestras.

In addition to collaborations with orchestras such as the Symphony Orchestra Aachen (Deputy Solocellist, 2013), the Flemish Opera Gent / Antwerp (Cello Soloist, 2011) and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (Sup-Principal Cello, 2012), she was able to play in the period 2000-2010 Gain playing experience in several German orchestras. (Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra (Tonhalle Dusseldorf) and Young Philarmony Cologne (Cologne).

Her activities as a soloist (also with orchestra) and as a chamber musician have taken her to Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Lithuania, Russia and Jordan.

As part of her competitive work, which she always saw as training, Lisa Franken had many successes:

International Piano Youth Competition (Glubcicze, Poland) 4th Prize, Virtuoso of XXI.century (Moscow, Russia) 2nd Prize, Virtuoso 2000 (S.-Petersburg, Russia) 1. and 2nd Prizes, Steps to Pushkin (Moscow, Russia) 1st Prize, Shostakovich Competition (Hannover, Germany) 3rd Prize, ISBach Competition (Saarbrücken, Germany) Diploma, Brahms Competition (Pörtschach, Austria) Finalist, Concourse Voluve de Saint Pierre (Bruxelles, Belgium) 2nd prize, Torneo Internazionale di Musica (Cologne, Germany) two diplomas, Chopin Competition (Rome, Italy) 3rd prize and diploma, Concorso Silvio Omizzolo (Padova, Italy) finalist, Concorso International Comune de Cortemilia (Cortemilia, Italy) 1st prize winner. , 3ème Concours Internationales de piano (Valberg France) Finalist, 3rd prize – winner of the competition “Young Professionals” in Rösrath (Germany), Ibla Grand Prize (Ragusa, Sicilia) Award.

She took active part in masterclasses of M.Kliegel (Bad Honnef, Germany), Y.Chang.Cho (Kronberg, Germany), K.Georgian (Tibor Varga Academy in Sion, Switzerland), R.Wallfisch (Tilburg, the Netherlands) -Cello, P.Gililov (Atri,, Italy), V.Lobanov (Salzburg, Austria) -Klavier.

Discography (excerpt):

  • Dreams, Romantic Works for Cello and Piano, 2016
  • Uncut, JS Bach, Six Suites for Violoncello, 2016

Earwig Guitar Reef – Interview with George Syrmbos

Catchy guitar riff – milestones of rock music.

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There are hundreds of guitar melodies and rhythms, which often do not go out of your head for years.

Guitarist George Syrmbos ​​inhaled, performed and internalized these throughout his life. One could almost say: He is a walking lexicon of rock and pop history.

In today’s program, George Syrmbos ​​reflects on the guitar in rock music, the importance of a guitar riff for a song and some milestones in rock music. In addition to his exciting stories, he strikes the strings live and reveals a good portion of his great energy for the music.

Some topics of the conversation

  • Reef and Lick
  • Rhythm and lead guitar
  • Listening and personality development
  • The perfect synthesis of 2 guitars
  • Heavy Metal and condition
  • Studio work
  • When the band bends your baby

Music in the program

  1. “Amapola”, “The Spotnicks”, single on Polydor, 1962
  2. “The Writ”, “Black Sabbath”, album “Sabotage”, 1975
  3. “Flaschenpost”, “Reinhard Mey”, CD “Flaschenpost”, Intercord 1998
  4. “We’re in this together”, “Nine Inch Nails”, CD “The Fragile”, Interscope Records 1999

Riffs and licks in the program

  • “Back in Black”, ACDC
  • “Whole lotta Rosie”, ACDC
  • “Whole lotta love”, Led Zeppelin
  • “Parasite”, Kiss
  • “Thunderstruck”, ACDC
  • “Walk all over you,” ACDC
  • “Chinatown”, Thin Lizzy
  • “The Pretender”, Foo Fighters
  • “Beat It”, Michael Jackson
  • For those about to rock, ACDC

George Syrmbos

“You must have an authentic connection to the things you play”

George Syrmbos ​​in action

George Syrmbos, born in 1967, had first contact with music at a young age. Just got out of the sandbox “rausgetrommelt” he got his first organ at the age of 8 years. After some time it became clear to him relatively quickly that he could not realize his musical ideas on keys. A guitar was for him at that time the more expressive instrument.

He says himself “The impulse was suddenly there and he was very loud”.

At that time he had access to an exciting record collection in his parents’ home. “We had a relatively large record collection and I was able to listen to music quite autonomously because during the day I had the chance to put records for myself or, worse, to kidnap her to my room, which meant they had become my property.”

So he played in no time all songs up and down, practiced not only on the instrument, but also studied intensively the music and its history. He was able to incorporate his great instrumental skills and commitment in the band context into many projects.

Whether in the studio or live on stage: George Syrmbos ​​could be heard and seen among others with Martin Moss, Reinhard Mey, Andrea Porten, Wenke Myhre, Daniel Aminati, Holy Moses, Mekong Delta and Living Death.

For over 20 years, he has been teaching a variety of guitar styles, including in the Mufab in Aachen, when he is not playing, sings or takes an astonishingly amateurishly inspired look into the keys.

Discography (excerpt):

  • Holy Moses – Road Crew, Maxi Single, Aaarrg Records (1986)
  • Reinhard Mey – Flaschenpost, Intercord (1998)
  • Mekong Delta – Live in Frankfurt, DVD, Zardoz Music (rec.1991)
  • Mekong Delta – Live At An Exhibition, Metal Machine (1991)
  • Reinhard Mey – One-Hand Glider, Emi (2000)
  • Reinhard Mey – Dann Mach’s Gut, Universal Music Group (2013)

German Text Culture – Interview with Moses Christoph

German text culture – craft and inspiration

Moses Christoph is a singer and percussionist.  In addition to Sebastian Sturm and the Antelope Gang, he works on his solo project Moses

How can you fill in lyrics with meaningful content, express feelings and events without falling into the usual stereotypes? Which language does the experience tell?

Inspired by his parents and some happy coincidences in his early childhood, Moses Christoph started writing lyrics when he was 8 years old. Now that he has traveled the world’s stages with artists like Sebastian Sturm and the Antelope Gang, he is launching his solo project “Moses”.

Among other things, Moses tells about the work on his new project, the art of writing and the inspiration for his texts. His positive charisma and his driving force, restless in a positive sense, release energies that are also transmitted to his listeners.

He says himself: “I believe this restless always going on is important as a musician and artist to get ahead and not give up.”

Some topics of the conversation

  • Crafting texts
  • Who will say a, need to say b as well
  • Singing with Sebastian Sturm
  • Hip Hop and Rap
  • German text culture
  • DJ Müllmann at the Antelope Gang


Music in the program

  1. “Too easy”, “Moses”, EP “Page A”, 2016
  2. “Stay cool”, “Moses”, EP “Page A”, 2016
  3. “Everything is everything”, “Lauryn Hill, from” The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill “, 1998
  4. “Parallel Universe”, “Moses”, EP “Page A”, 2016


Moses Christoph

“You have to find a way to deal with the bad and keep thinking positive. Even if sometimes it’s not easy. “

Moses Christoph’s new “sweetheart” page A


Moses Christoph, born in 1982, has already experienced the love of music as a child in his parents’ home. His parents met at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen. His father (opera director) and his mother (sculptor) had numerous contacts among others in the African music scene. “I grew up with traditional African percussion and vocal music”. Sung as much as percussion was played.

His father, who also played drums in a band, was a big fan of music with German lyrics, eg by Rio Reiser. As a result, Moses began to write German texts at the age of eight. As he says, his lyrics are often “expressions of a certain feeling,” an event that he himself experienced. His listeners often find themselves in his texts. Moses says “That always touches me when someone says – you tell me about my life -“

And really: Emotional, dreamy and honest best describes the recently launched solo project under his name. A first excerpt of his textual and compositional art has just been published on EP “Page A”.

In the music scene, Moses is not a blank slate. His career began with appearances in various rock, hip hop and funk bands in the Aachen area.

He made a name for himself when he joined reggae singer Sebastian Sturm in 2007 as a percussionist, guitarist and background singer. Germany’s largest reggae magazine Riddim described Moses with his extraordinary voice as “… blessed with a divine falsetto, which is rewarded with some applause applause at some concerts.” Moses toured Europe with Sebastian Sturm and supported Jahcoustix, Gentleman, Patrice and many other artists. Most recently, he recorded a CD with Sebastian Sturm on Jamaica in Kingston.

With his musical skills and versatility, Moses also supports Maxim and is currently touring repeatedly as a DJ and percussionist on the antelope gang through Germany.

Moses music is multi-faceted, handmade, German-speaking pop music, which uses beat-stressed music styles such as hip-hop, funk and soul. Lyrically much too poetic and in love, than that you could call it just pop.

Discography (excerpt):

  • Sebastian Sturm – One Moment In Peace, (2008)
  • Sebastian Sturm & Exile Airline – Get Up & Get Going, (2011)
  • Sebastian Sturm & Exile Airline – A Grand Day Out (2013)
  • Sebastian Sturm & Exile Airline – The Kingston Session (2015)
  • Page A, Moses, (2016)

Childhood in Costa Rica – Interview with Boris Bansbach

Childhood in Costa Rica – Musicians in Germany

Boris Bansbach gives saxophone lessons in the MUFAB

Childhood characterizes a person very much. Different impressions and events are recorded and processed in the course of life.

Saxophonist Boris Bansbach spent part of his childhood in Costa Rica. Here he was able to gather many impressions that also affected his life and work in Germany. In a refreshingly critical reflection, Boris Bansbach talks about his time in Costa Rica, about responsibility in working with his students and about the question of why one actually makes music.

Some topics of the conversation

  • Singing in the distance, inspiration for life
  • If the “one” is missing
  • Music and retirement
  • Teacher and personal trainer
  • The Euregio Project Aachen Big Band
  • Openness and critical thinking in the classroom

Music in the program

  1. “Con Los Anos Que Me Quedon”, “Gloria Estefan”, CD “Mitíera”, 1993
  2. “Innocent Blues”, “Brussels Jazz Orchestra”, CD “The Music of Bert Joris”, 2001
  3. “Twentysomething”, “Jamie Cullum”, CD “Twentysomething”, 2004

Boris Bansbach

“I would call myself a diplomatic person”

Boris Bansbach with his students in concert

Boris Bansbach was born in 1971 in Aachen. At age 5, he emigrated with his parents to Costa Rica, spent 8 years there and found some detours back to Aachen.

He describes himself as a “victim of the 80s”. Saxophone tunes from some hits of the 80s such as “Careless Whisper” (George Michael, 1984) motivated him to buy a saxophone. The beginning of a great passion. Or maybe even the continuation of what he recorded in his childhood. By constantly singing together in the family and friends, he could, as he says, “take the love to sing”.

In the 90s he received his education at the conservatory Arnhem (NL) with Jörg Kaufmann and Jorrit Dijkstra.

In the Euregio Aachen Boris Bansbach is no stranger. Here he works today as a freelance saxophonist, arranger and saxophone teacher.

He is a member of the Aachen Big Band, as well as many other formations from the region, ranging from Salsa to Swing, Rock & Pop, to North African Rai music. He founded the Latin saxophone band Viento Sur, for which he arranged and composed.

He also leads the Big Band of the Aachen University of Applied Sciences and the Mufab Big Band. He also participated in various theater productions of the Grenzlandtheater Aachen and the Theater K.

On stage, he captivates audiences and fellow musicians alike. As a teacher, he is a mentor, promoter and mirror image of his students.