Philipp Kurzke (Germany)
Before he dedicated himself to percussion, he passed through an extensive classical formation. Philipp Kurzke is a studied cellist, pianist, singer and choirmaster. His great love to percussion scoops its deepness out of this broad experience in classical and contemporary music as well as jazz.
With his ensembles The Yankeles, Maja & The Jacks, Chimichurri and Matou Noir, Philipp Kurzke characterizes a new sound in world music, jazz, pop and classic.
The collaboration and the promotion of the percussionist Murat Coşkun from Freiburg and the International Frame Drum Festival Tamburi Mundi again and again lead to musical encounters with international stars of world music and jazz, like Michel Godard, Zohar Fresco, SISU Percussion Ensemble, Enkhjargal Dandarvaanchig, Abbos Kosimov, Bettina Castaño and many other musicians.
The style of Philipp Kurzke is shaped by the intense occupation with Latin American folk music, samba, salsa, son and cumbia. But also less known styles like the chacarera und zamba (Argentina), joropo (Venezuela), or the Peruvian styles festejo and landó clearly left their traces in Philipp Kurzkes work.
In practicing the frame drum, the Oriental drumming culture found its way in Kurzkes musical work as another special field.
Philipp Kurzke is lecturer at the International Frame Drum Festival Tamburi Mundi and lecturer in Oriental percussion and cajón at the Musikwerkstatt Basel. In 2011, he has founded the Freiburger Rahmentrommelgruppe as a continuous course offer for frame drums.
Matou Noir, Chimichurri, Maja & The Jacks, The Yankeles.
Michel Godard, Murat Coşkun, Zohar Fresco, SISU Percussion Ensemble, Abbos Kosimov, Enkhjargal Dandarvaanchig, Bettina Castaño, Andrea Piccioni, Mohsen Taherzadeh, Maryam Hatef, BeatBop, Trombenik, Otto Normal, SWR Fernsehen, Balcony TV Zürich, Theater Freiburg, SWR Studio Freiburg, TFF Rudolstadt, Tamburi Mundi Festival, ZMF, Jazzhaus Freiburg, Museumsuferfest Frankfurt, JazzDock Prag, Ferrara Buskers, Vagon Club Prag, Musique Métisse