Susanne Abbuehl – voice
Swiss/Dutch singer and composer Susanne Abbuehl (*1970) studied jazz voice with Rachel Gould and Jeanne Lee at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, North Indian classical singing with Prabha Atre and composition with Diderik Wagenaar.
In January 2018, she was named «European Musician 2017» by the French Académie du Jazz.
Susanne Abbuehl has been an ECM Recording Artist since 2001 and has toured worldwide.
Previous awards and prizes have included an EDISON AWARD (Dutch grammy) for „April“ (2002) and the GRAND PRIX DU DISQUE DE L’ACADEMIE CHARLES CROS for „Princess“ (2017). In 2016 she was one of the recipients of the SWISS MUSIC PRIZE.
Her production „Der Gaukler Tag“, a radio play for Swiss national radio SRF, was nominated for the PRIX MARULIC in 2013.
Susanne Abbuehl is professor for jazz voice, ensemble and composition for and with words at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Lucerne as well as at the Haute Ecole de Musique HEMU in Lausanne. Her current field of research is perfect pitch in jazz education in which she is conducting the second project at HEMU Lausanne throughout 2018.
Recent conference contributions include „The Gestalt Approach In Teaching Jazz Voice And In Creating Art“ (International Jazz Voice Conference Helsinki, 2017) and „Perfect Pitch In Jazz Education“ (Rhythm Changes research conference Amsterdam, 2017). She was also a speaker and panelist at the Association Européenne des Conservatoires’s Pop & Jazz educators meeting in Pescara in 2018.
Wolfert Brederode – piano
Pianist Wolfert Brederode (*1974) debuted with ensembles such as the Wolfert Brederode Quintet, Nimbus, the Susanne Abbuehl Group and later on with the Wolfert Brederode Quartet, Duo Lijbaart/Brederode, Batik and the Yuri Honing Acoustic Quartet. With these groups he has recorded, toured, performed at festivals and broadcasts throughout Europe, Asia, Canada, Australia, South- and Middle America, the Middle East and Africa.
In 2014 Wolfert initiated a new trio featuring Gulli Gudmundsson on double bass and Jasper van Hulten on drums. Their first album ‘Black Ice’ has been released on ECM Records in spring 2016.
Wolfert has furthermore worked with artists such as David Liebman, Jeanne Lee, Arve Henriksen, Mark Feldman, Ernst Reijseger, Matthieu Michel, Tore Brunborg, Rachel Gould, Wolfgang Puschnig, Ronan Guilfoyle, Mats Eilertsen, Tony Lakatos, Michel Portal, Per Oddvar Johansen, Claudio Puntin, Olavi Louhivuori, Oene van Geel, Bram Stadhouders, Jarle Vespestad, Ack van Rooyen, Theo Loevendie, Lucas Niggli, Gerald Veasley, John Ruocco, Eric Vloeimans, Cristina Branco and Amsterdam Sinfonietta.
Apart from his activities as a performing artist Wolfert contributed compositions to several theatre, dance and film productions. Wolfert is a piano and ensemble teacher at the jazz departements of the conservatories of Tilburg and The Hague.