The Miriam Ast Quintet is jazz singer and composer Miriam Ast´s main project. The band plays her original compositions merging folk music, free improvisation and melodic modern jazz. Her band members appreciate her writing which comes from a musical understanding and creativity deeply rooted in her saxophone studies. Miriam uses her voice in an instrumental way, being especially distinguished for her motivic and virtuosic improvisations.
The quintet´s key element are strong melodies played with a deep expression, sweeping solos, sections of collective improvisations and special attention to interaction and music-making in the moment! Featuring some of London´s most promising jazz musicians including Will Barry on piano, Will Harris on double bass, Corrie Dick on drums and James Copus on trumpet/fluegelhorn
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Miriam Ast Quintet
Winners of the Best Vocalist Award at the Bucharest International Jazz Competition 2017, the German Jazz singer Miriam Ast and Spanish pianist Victor Gutierrez met during their studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London in 2015. Right from the beginning they shared a musical chemistry, so they decided to build a common project. Secret songs is a set of tunes that reflects their musical vision: Interactive playing, lush harmonies, dazzling lines, rhythmic explorations and relentless creative openness. Brand new compositions and jazz standards get refreshed and revitalized through their arrangements, giving the whole set a strong and unified concept. Spontaneity and interaction are an essential trademark of this duo. From raging swing, to open and free playing; from up tempos to very quiet and lyrical moments, their music will take you to all those secret places. The duo has just recorded its debut album and is going to release some exciting news in the next few weeks!
When Miriam Ast first participated in a Klezmer workshop with the world famous clarinetist Giora Feidman in Mainz in August 2013, her passion for Klezmer music arose.
Subsequently, she started working with the ensemble Klezmers Techter, went to Israel with them, and is featured on their lastest album.
They played a successful tour in Germany in October 2016 to critical acclaim! For detailed information on their next concerts go to gigs!
Miriam Ast and the Polish bassist Vitold Rek got to know each other a few years ago when Miriam as took part in Vitold ´s composers ensemble while she was a student at "Hochschule für Musik Mainz", Germany. Afterwards, Vitold asked her to play in a cathedral project with Peter Reiter on organ.
They also shared the stage at the "just music festival 2014" in Wiesbaden and the "Jazz institut" Darmstadt with two times echo Jazz awardee Sebastian Sternal on piano and the saxophone legend Gerd Dudek.
In February they played a concert at the German radio station SWR in Mainz with the project "Vitold Rek & Young Spirit" featuring students from Hochschule für Musik Mainz.