The Miriam Ast Quintet is a band led by jazz singer Miriam Ast who is a Royal Academy graduate and Leeds College of Music lecturer. Miriam draws on influences from European folk music and her favourite modern poetry, and fuses jazz, folklore and free improvisation together in her original compositions. The quintet’s music is characterised by intense solo parts, collective improvisations and an appetite for interaction within the group.
Especially known for her skilful and virtuoso vocal improvisations and instrumental way of singing, Miriam enjoys a unique musical freedom with her band, resulting in astonishing musical moments.
Miriam Ast Quintet
Winners of the Best Vocalist Award at the Bucharest International Jazz Competition 2017 and finalists of the renowned Peter Whittingham Jazz Award, the German jazz singer Miriam Ast and Spanish pianist Victor Gutierrez met during their masters studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London in 2015. Right from the beginning they shared a musical connection, so they decided to build a common project. They recorded their debut album at Fieldgate Studios in August 2017 and ran a successful Kickstarter campaign in November raising more than £5000 by 88 supporters mostly coming from Germany, the UK, the US and Spain, to release their debut album 'Secret Songs' in 2018. The album is a collection of original songs and innovative arrangements of jazz standards, crafted to bring out hidden meanings in the songs. The duo plans a tour in the UK, Germany and Spain following the release of their album in April 2018.
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.