Kurt Rosenwinkel

guitar | United States
Live Artist

Berlin based guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel (originally from Philadelphia) is one of the most influential role models for the current generation of jazz guitarists worldwide - due to his virtuoso playing and because he successfully enriches the modern jazz guitar vocabulary with influences from rock and hip-hop. His work reaches far beyond jazz.

Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio - Angels Around traverses new musical frontiers in the standard jazz idiom. While they embody and emote the rich traditions of jazz at its purest form, make no mistake, this music is thoroughly contemporary, focused, and for the here and now. Following on the success of 2009’s “Kurt Rosenwinkel Standards Trio - Reflections”, the new album cements Kurt Rosenwinkel’s standing as a living jazz master; a torch bearer for the art form at its purest and most honest level. Italian bassist Dario Deidda has long been known as one of the finest players on the European scene and has been featured on over 60 recordings as a sideman in addition to his two records as a bandleader. What sets Deidda apart is his entirely unique bass sound and approach. Deidda is the perfect bass counterpart to Rosenwinkel’s expansive approach on the guitar. Percussionist Gregory “Hutch” Hutchinson has established himself as one of the foremost drum virtuosi of his generation. A musician’s drummer soundly rooted in the jazz tradition, Hutch is able to approach all styles of music with supreme accuracy and imagination, decorating compositions with his natural feel and mind-blowing innovation. His relationship with Kurt Rosenwinkel extends back to the New York jazz scene of the 1990’s, a fruitful and boundlessly creative time for many of today’s top players, and a period of great invention for jazz music as a whole.

„Rosenwinkel has come to be just as identifiable as Pat Metheny, Bill Frisell or any of the modern-school guitarists with whom he's usually compared.” JazzTimes USA

Photo credit: Renato Nunes

Dario Deidda (bass), Greg Hutchinson (drums), Kurt Rosenwinkel (guitar)

In 2016 Kurt Rosenwinkel founded the independent music label Heartcore Records in Berlin, on which his eleventh self-produced album "Caipi" was released in 2017. Jazz guitar virtuoso Kurt Rosenwinkel’s Caipi band is a celebration of Brazilian music that has been a decade in the making. In this band, the artist not only plays but also sings for the first time. At his side, a fantastic team of musicians, amongst them, another super-talent on the guitar, Pedro Martins. Rosenwinkel met the Brazilian-born Pedro Martins at the 2015 Montreux Jazz Competition, where the younger musician was crowned best electric-guitar player. Kurt Rosenwinkel and Pedro Martins have been touring all over the world together. In September 2019, the band performed at Eric Clapton’s prestigious Crossroads Guitar Festival. Caipi can be intoxicating - and not just the drink. During fall 2021, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Pedro Martins have performed with the DR Bigband in Denmark.

Pedro Martins (guitar, voice), Kurt Rosenwinkel (guitar), Olivia Trummer (piano)

This unique program unites two great projects of piano music : a jazz guitar legend performing his repertoire on the piano and a jazz quartet performing the music of Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849).

Kurt Rosenwinkel is acclaimed as one of the finest jazz guitarists of his generation, but many might not know that he is also an accomplished pianist. Kurt Rosenwinkel Plays Piano is an album of original compositions written and performed on the piano by the artist. Some songs have been recorded and performed before, and will be familiar to fans of Kurt’s music. Listeners are afforded a glimpse into Kurt Rosenwinkel’s long relationship with the piano, as well as rare insight into his probing compositional mind.

Frédéric Chopin was the first composer of genius to devote himself uniquely to the piano. In this project Chopins songs are played in a classical jazz quartet formation. All the songs were arranged by the Swiss piano player Jean-Paul Brodbeck. For this endeavor, Rosenwinkel and Brodbeck are joined by masterful European players: bassist Lukas Traxel and drummer Jorge Rossy. The four musicians combine the dynamic spectre of classical interpretation with the rhythmic experience of a modern quartet.

Jean-Paul Brodbeck (piano), Kurt Rosenwinkel (guitar), Jorge Rossy (drums), Lukas Traxel (bass)

Kurt Rosenwinkel will release in 2022 his first quartet album since 2012’s Star of Jupiter. The artist has assembled a stellar band which includes pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Eric Revis, and the dynamic young drummer and fellow Philadelphia native, Justin Faulkner.

„Mr. Rosenwinkel (…) has always been a jazz guitarist of glowing lyricism and graceful exposition, with a technique that can form streamlined contours out of even the gnarliest convolutions. His aesthetic compass hasn’t really changed since the release of his major-label debut, “Enemies of Energy” (…). But as Mr. Rosenwinkel has grown in stature, becoming a lodestar within the modern jazz conservatory, he has kept renewing the challenge, diversifying his repertory or concept or personnel.“
- New York Times

Justin Faulkner (drums), Aaron Parks (piano), Eric Revis (drums), Kurt Rosenwinkel (guitar)

06.03.2022 DE - Essen // Grillo Theater Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio
17.03.2022 NO - Oslo // Viktoria Nasjonal Jazzscene Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio
18.03.2022 SE - Stockholm // Fasching Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio
19.03.2022 SE - Göteborg // Nefertiti Jazz Club Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio
20.03.2022 SE - Helsingborg // Helsingborg Guitarfestival Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio
30.03.2022 GB - London // The Jazz Cafe Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio
25.06.2022 PT - Barreiro // Jazz no Parque Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio