Feature Ring

with Luise Volkmann

Musik 2021/22

Feature Ring is an exciting first encounter. The artists meet the day before the concert, research, jam and work out the repertoire: spontaneous, raw and risk-taking!

Luise Volkmann is a young saxophonist and composer from Bielefeld. She studied jazz saxophone and flute in Leipzig and Paris, and jazz composition and musicology at the University of Cologne. Her travels and life in Germany, France, Denmark, Palestine and Brazil have inspired her for various artistic and socio-cultural projects. Her work takes place in the field of contemporary jazz, composition, as well as free improvisation. 

As a composer, she was artist in residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts de Paris in 2016. She was a fellow of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation from 2014 -2021. In 2017, she released her debut album with Été Large on Nils Wogram’s label nWog Records, which was voted one of the best albums of 2017 by Die Zeit. BR Klassik titled her composition with elements of jazz and classical music “Kammerjazz”. Her compositions were first published by Edition Leduc in 2017. In 2019, she produced a commissioned composition for the Bauhaus anniversary. In 2020 Volkmann won a composition residency in Italy, Montepulciano, as well as the Kathrin Lemke Prize. In 2021, she won the Horst and Gretl Will Scholarship of the City of Cologne. 

In the three years of her work in Paris, she cooperated with the various collectives COAX, Tricolectif and Umlaut and for the first time founded ensembles between different contemporary music worlds. She also increasingly opened up a performance universe in France, especially in collaboration with the Goethe Institut de Paris (“Nuit Blance”, “Beyond Seeing Exposition”). 

In 2019, Volkmann released the second album on nWog Records “RGB” with the trio Autochrom featuring Max Santner and Athina Kontou. The trio played release tours in Scandinavia, Germany and France. Both band members are also part of their European Large Ensemble “Été Large”, which will release its second album in autumn 2020 and consists of thirteen musicians from six European countries. The album “When the birds upraise their Chorus” was voted one of the best albums of the year by the Redaktions Netzwerk Deutschland.  

After three years as a creative centre in Paris, the musician has been living in Cologne since autumn 2018. 

Language: German

Duration: approx. 2 hrs. 30 min., one break