Chattin with Bach

Concert for trumpet, percussion, bass and organ

Be prepared for a chat of a very special kind, for a conversation across time, as Johann Sebastian Bach comes alive as a passionate, gay and strikingly casual man of this day and age!

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The trumpeter and flugelhornist Daniel Schmahl and organist Johannes Gebhardt both have their musical roots in Leipzig and therefore feel a close bond to the music of the great Thomaskantor. On their 2005 album “BACK TO BACH” they discovered the ‘continent’ Johann Sebastian Bach from various angles: they arrived from the depths of romanticism, the coolness of jazz and the high spirits of performing with virtuosity.

On their new album “Chattin’ with Bach” they now gather from this fertile soil the most colourful flowers and exquisite fruit. They are supported, inspired and encouraged by their friends Wolfram Dix (percussion) and Jan Hoppenstedt (bass).

The music of the organ virtuoso, chapel master and cantor, Johann Sebastian Bach, is regarded as epitome of great, technically perfect and not improvable music. Nevertheless, or precisely because of that, it was already for its creator object of permanent revision and amendment, and remained just that for generations of composers and interpreters. Especially its rhythmic drive inspired many a jazz musician to an own version. Daniel Schmahl and the ensemble founded by him do not rest themselves upon this tradition though. As border crossers between classical music and jazz, as highly gifted vocalist on trumpet and flugelhorn, Daniel Schmahl manages a somnambulistic and stylistically confident advancement of Bach’s melodic pattern and formal art into the world of jazz. Whether he varies one of the most beautiful tunes, the “Bist du bei mir” from the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, aggressively intensifies the primeval force of the Doric toccata for organ, or turns the final movement of the second Brandenburg concerto into a happily vibrant celestial concert: his access always is virtuosic, cantabile and imaginative. This is how you never heard Bach before – but this is how you shall always wish to hear him!

Johannes Gebhardt (*1969)
„Base of Bach“
Johannes Gebhardt (*1969)
„Jesus groove“
Matthias Zeller (*1969)
„Flying Blue“
Wolfram Dix (*1957)
„Monade Solo für Schlitztrommel“
Johannes Gebhardt (*1969)
„Toccata in 7“
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Aus der Partita in B-Dur BWV 825
Matthias Zeller (*1969)
„Partita one“ Exercises for Jazzensemble
Präludium - Air for Maria - Fuge - Gigue

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EINSTEIN – Classical music is relative! (“Klassik ist relativ!“)

EINSTEIN – this is Daniel Schmahl (trumpet & flugelhorn), Matthias Zeller(6-string electric violin) and Sascha Mock (E-Drums)

Musically, their paths crossed for the first time at the “Köthener Bachfesttagen” in 2013 with the concert program „Chattin' with Bach“ of the Daniel Schahl- sextet. The fruitful cooperation was reflected in the invitation to the „BACHmosphäre“ of the Bach Festival Leipzig in 2014.

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Encouraged by the success and the shared, rather coincidentially discovered, enthusiasm for the “Recomposed” project of the German Grammophon, the idea of EINSTEIN was formed: to mix electronic sounds and classical music and combine them in a way that creates a new sound universe, in which the unknown seems familiar and the familiar seems new. A new dimension of music!

The two exceptional artists, who already earned success with other projects, achieve this with their unique combination of classical studies, artistic handicraft, and this very own passion for the constantly changing new. This does not exclude the latest developments in music genres and therefore becomes interesting for a young audience. In the joint working process the idea was formed to improve the rhythmic approach of the project. With Sascha Mock, who integrated himself into the EINSTEIN concept perfectly, a congenial partner on the e- drums and percussion was found.

Klassik ist relativ!

With „Klassik ist relativ“ from EINSTEIN a program as a reference to the great masters was created for the first time. The mix of classical themes and electronic sounds invites to let go of ancestral images of “genres”. Virtually in front of the ears of the audience, out of classical themes, spherical sounds, wide- ranging improvisations and discrete grooves a kind of sound painting is created. This invites the audience into another sphere, allows a new awareness and breaks up the known perspective on classical themes and sets a new focus.

EINSTEIN grows to an orchestral dimension, although it has a rather small line- up, this is not only caused by the exceptional six- stringed e- violin mixed with the electronic sound product, but also because of the many different colors of sound modulated by the trumpet, which crosses the limits of the instrument by far and leaves an astonished audience. The musical basis of “Klassik ist realtiv!” is formed by classical highlights by Bach, Beethoven, Grieg, Mussorgsky up to Gustav Holst and Astor Piazzolla. All of them are put into the eclectic-electronic melting pot of sound from EINSTEIN and leave it with a core of subtle grooves, embedded by an aura of sphere sounds.

A music between the worlds, which builds up tension between the electrifying and relaxing, grooving and mystic, is created - dive in and escape into the world of sounds of EINSTEIN!


The slightly different concert for trumpet and organ.

Pictures – A concert in a class of its own with Daniel Schmahl and professor Matthias Eisenberg. A concert evening full of zest for life, with works from three centuries.

Musical delicacies from Mussorgski – Tschaikowski – Grieg and others will be performed. Professor Matthias Eisenberg playing the organ and Daniel Schmahl as a virtuoso on the trumpet and the flugelhorn find their way in the one- hour concert from the sensitive and soothing to the mystical and exciting.

The two internationally successful musicians celebrate a self- contained, unified sound embedded in romantic and modern harmonies.

With their sensitive and nuanced way of playing, Prof. Matthias Eisenberg and Daniel Schmahl understand how to captivate the audience. And as a result of the combination of the two instruments, a concert in a class of its own is created.

Review: A concert made of pictures

Organist Matthias Eisenberg and Trumpeter Daniel Schmahl inspire in the abbey

From Cornelia Felsch
Neuruppin – wild, wriggling, rugged and gloomy, yet with an air of melancholy, a goblin sneaks across the scene. With gruesome trills and bass lines Matthias Eisenberg takes the audience into a fascinaing world of pictures on Tuesday evening. With the cycle “Bilder einer Ausstellung” (pictures of an exhibition) by Modest Mussorgski, the organist and the trumpeter Daniel Schmahl start their concert in the Neuruppian abbey.

The bright sound of the trumpet moves into the nave – In the beginning of the “Pictures” concert is the “Promenade”, which returns in a slightly changed way to the picture descriptions. An old castle appears, then the hut of the witch Baba Yaga and finally the Great Gate of Kiev, which closes the cycle with powerful final chords.

Nobody knows how to draw with tunes and how to coax surprising, soft and glorious sounds from an organ as well as the organist 'in socks' with the wild, grayish blonde mane. Eisenberg has been a guest in the Ruppian countryside for years now and he surprises the audience again and again. While he fills the churches with his organ sounds without any effort, the turbulent pictures come to the audience's minds automatically and their legs are bobbing to the beat...

But trumpeter Daniel Schmahl also has a significant role in the success of the concert. Daniel Schmahl discovered his passion for the trumpet in a concert with Ludwig Güttler, when he was 16. He accomplishes a crossover between old music, early modernism and Jazz. His trumpet and the soft flugelhorn create sounds in a wide screen format together with the sounds of the organ, for which the Swedish composer Oskar Lindberg, the French composer Gabriel Fauré and the Russian organist Alexander Goedicke provide the compositions.

After an hour and a half concert, the audience received an addition - after extensive applause – which, as it was expected, is dedicated to Johann Sebastian Bach.

Modest P. Mussorgski (1839-1881)
from the pictures of an exhibition („Bilder einer Ausstellung“)
Promenade – Gnomus – Promenade – Das alte Schloss („the old castle“) –
Promenade – Mit den Toten in einer Toten Sprache („With the dead in a dead language“) -
Die Hütte der Baba- Jaga („the hut of Baba Yaga“) - Das große Tor von Kiev („The Great Gate of Kiev“)
in an arrangement for trumpet & organ
Pjotr I. Tschaikowski(1840-1893)
from the ballett „The Nutcracker“
Oskar F. Lindberg (1887-1955)
„Gammal fäbodpsalm von Dalarna“
for flugelhorn & organ
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
afrom the „Peer Gynt Suite“ Nr. 1 op. 46
„Anitras Tanz“
„In der Halle des Bergkönigs“
Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
„Pavane“ op.50 for trumpet & organ
Matthias Eisenberg (*1956)
Sergei Rachmaninow (1873-1943)
Prelude cis - Moll op.3 Nr. 7
Alexander Goedicke (1877-1957)
„Concertpiece“ op. 49 for trumpet & organ

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Summertime... and the livin' is easy

Concert for trumpet, soprano and organ

"Summertime... and the livin' is easy" is the slogan for a concert with Daniel Schmahl (trumpet and piccolo-horn), Christina Bischoff (soprano) and Tobias Berndt (organ). Wether the brightly glance of the trumpet, the vivacious and impressive timbre of the treble voice or the sound fire of the big organ – this concert let the audience, with operas by Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Albinoni and the legendary Summertime by Gershwin, feel the lightness of life.

A. Scarlatti (1660-1725)
"Mio tesoro per te moro" for soprano, piccolo-horn and organ
T. Albinoni (1671-1751)
Concerto in C-Dur for piccolo-horn and organ
T. Albinoni (1671-1751)
"Adagio" in g – Moll as an arrangement for organ
Albert Becker (1834-1899)
"Meine Seele ist stille zu Gott" op. 25 Nr. 1 Psalm 62
Th. Hansen (1847-1915)
"Romance" for trumpet and organ
Antonín Dvořák (184 -1904)
"Lied an den Mond" Arie der Rusalka of the eponymous opera
C. Lavallée (1842-1891)
"Meditation réligieuse" for trumpet and organ
F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847)
2nd sonata in c-Moll, op.6
C. Franck (1822-1890)
"Panis angelicus" for soprano, piccolo-horn and organ
Horatio Parker (186 -1919)
"Festival Prelude" op. 66
Th. Dorsay (1899-1993) / Till Sauer
"Precious Lord, take my hand"
Ted Huggens (1928-2006)
"Trumpet Ballade"
G. Gershwin (1889 -1937)
"Summertime" from the opera Porgy and Bess for trumpet, soprano and organ

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A concert for trumpet and organ in a very Christmassy atmosphere, with works from Bach – Albinoni – Lindberg, as well as traditional Christmas carol improvisations.

While the whole year is full of hectiness, time pressure, responsibilities and the constant search of the new, the Christmas time is a moment of thoughtfulness and a time to appreciate our traditions, which give us the feeling of safety, security, and home. And this is also exactly what prof. Matthias Eisenberg (organ) and Daniel Schmahl (trumpet/ flugelhorn & Corno da caccia) give us in their latest Christmas program “Gloria!”.

„…A state of emergency in the Gewandhaus. Only after an additional 50 minutes of playing, the audience calmed down. The star of the hour bends down again and again, is deeply touched, puts his hands on his heart, smiles and blows kisses in every direction. This is how this very special concert, for which a long line of fans had been waiting, came to an end. Star of this evening is Matthias Eisenberg, who seems to tempt his audience to never ending rounds of applause for ages now…”

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
„Schafe können sicher weiden“
from BWV 208 for trumpete and organ
Johann Sebastian Bach(1685-1750)
„Bereite dich Zion“
„Wie soll ich dich empfangen“
from the Christmas Oratorio BWV 248
arranged for flugelhorn & organ
Johann Gottfried Walther (1684-1748)
Concerto del Signor Albinoni in F-Dur
Allegro - Adagio – Allegro
Oskar F. Lindberg (1887-1955)
„Gammal fäbodpsalm von Dalarna“
for flugelhorn & organ
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Concerto in a-Moll nach Vivaldi BWV 593
Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751)
Concerto in C - Dur op.7/ Nr.12
Allegro - Adagio – Allegro
for Corno da caccia und organ
Organ improvisationen - traditional Christmas Carols
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Aria "Großer Herr, o starker König"
from the Christmas Oratorio BWV 248
for trumpet & organ

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Festive Trumpet Gala

concert for three trumpets, kettledrum and organ with musical works by Bach, Händel, Telemann and others

This program is a shining highlight not only at Christmas time. The trumpets of the "Trumpet Ensemble Daniel Schmahl" (Johannes Rauterberg - Kiichi Yotsumoto - Daniel Schmahl on the trumpets and Olaf Taube on the kettledrum) shine with opera by J.S. Bach, G.F. Händel and G. Ph. Telemann in full splendor. The musical highlight of the evening will be presented by organist Prof. Matthias Eisenberg with his legendary organ improvisation. Festive!

Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1636-1704)
"Prelude" aus dem Te Drum (3 Trompeten, Pauken und Orgel)
Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759)
The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (3 Trompeten, Pauken und Orgel)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Konzert d-Moll nach Vivaldi BWV 596 (Ohne Bezeichnung-Grave-Fuge Allegro-Largo-Allegro)
Oskar F. Lindberg (1887-1955)
"Gammal fäbodpsalm von Dalarna" (für Piccolo Horn und Orgel)
Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759)
"Let the Bright Seraphim" (für zwei Piccolo Trompeten und Orgel)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
"Ah ! vous dirai-je, maman" KV 265
Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
Concerto in D-Dur, Allegro - Largo - Allegro (3 Trompeten, Pauken und Orgel)
Matthias Eisenberg (*1956)
Improvisationen über freie Themen
Jeremiah Clarke (1674-1707)
"Prince of Denmarks March" (3 Trompeten, Pauken und Orgel)

Prof. Matthias Eisenberg - Organ
Daniel Schmahl - Trumpet & Piccolo-Horn
Johannes Rauterberg - Piccolo-Trumpet
Kiichi Yotsumoto - Piccolo-Trumpet
Olaf Taube - Kettledrum

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