The Jazzrausch Bigband is the world’s first resident big band of a world-renowned techno club. Founded 2014 in Munich, this big band has been quietly revolutionizing the German club scene with endlessly inventive performances. Their schedule includes more than 100 annual concerts and has already taken them to the Lincoln Center NYC, the JZ Festival in Shanghai, the Munich Philharmonic Hall and the Festival Da Jazz in St. Moritz. At their live big band techno shows, it comes to a musical meltdown, where the creativity and sound diversity of a jazz big band meets the impressive clarity of a techno club – always surprising, always danceable! Composer and arranger of the music is Leonhard Kuhn. Bandleader and manager of the Jazzrausch Bigband is Roman Sladek. With German fans already won over, the band has now begun to attract an international audience.
„They validated their reputation as one of the world’s most distinctive and adrenalizing dance outfits. What was shocking, and gloriously refreshing right from the first hammerhead beats of the kickdrum, was that this band swings. Which completely sets them apart from the machines and the would-be cyborgs who man them. If this is the future of EDM, it’s this band’s ODM that’s going to replace it – that’s a big O for Organic.“ – The New York Music Daily about US debut of the Jazzrausch Bigband at the Lincoln Center in NYC.
“A meltdown of bigband sound with house and techno music.” (Süddeutsche Zeitung)
With an average of 120 concerts a year, playing throughout Europe and visiting the US, Asia and Africa, the Jazzrausch Bigband is one of the busiest European big bands. With “power, groove and enormous stage presence” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), the band equally reaches audiences from jazz and electronic music.
The driving forces behind the Jazzrausch Bigband project are the Munich-based trombonist and music manager Roman Sladek and the guitarist and composer Leonhard Kuhn, also living in Munich. The nucleus and starting point of the musical journey is a Munich institution: the “Harry Klein”, one of the most renowned electro clubs in Europe. In 2015, just one year after its founding, Jazzrausch Bigband became artist in residence at the club - and the young Munich audience went nuts. A big band in a Techno Club! Totally unique not only for Munich, but the world! Soon, the venues got bigger, selling out locations like the Munich Muffathalle, as well as classical music institutions such as the Gasteig in Munich. The band is also performing at major festivals all over Germany. Tours soon took them to the Lincoln Center in New York, the JZ Festival in Shanghai, the Safaricom International Jazz Festival in Nairobi, the Ural Music Night in Yekaterinburg and the SXSW Music Festival in Austin among others.
No exaggeration to call the Jazzrausch Bigband a phenomenon. One that shows in a very special way, what has been simmering and bubbling for a long time in the jazz genre. Everybody, the musicians as well as the audience, are enjoying to tear down musical boundaries of all kinds. Having said that, the music of Jazzrausch Bigband seeks to fulfil various expectations: The longing of the audience for more genuine, handmade, fresh, original music. And those being into jazz and classical music to find more groove, big sound and great fun.