“Maria Baptist’s aesthetic is bringing European tradition to American jazz ethos” writes the DOWNBEAT Magazine about the ECHO-nominated (the “German Grammy”) composer-pianist Maria Baptist. “Maria Baptist’s music is a gift, infused with all the creativity, power, emotion, generosity and warmth that she exudes in life” – that’s how the famous big band leader Maria Schneider, with whom Baptist studied in the 90ies in New York, characterizes Baptist’s music.
Maria Baptist, who is commuting between New York City and Berlin, counts to the most compelling artists of the young European Jazz scene. She expresses her burning passion for Jazz through an exceptionally wide variety of artistic projects: piano solo, Jazz Trio, jazz piano & string quartet and Big Bands.More about Maria
ECHO-nominated (the “German Grammy”) composer-pianist Maria Baptist is described for her piano solo performances by a major german radio station as ““a true temptress on the black & white keys.”, her musical finesse reminds a jazz-journalist of Keith Jarrett and the DOWNBEAT Magazine writes about Maria Baptist’s music, that „her aesthetic is bringing European tradition to American jazz ethos.“
In 2013 she returned to her 2nd hometown New York to record her upcoming Solo Piano Album at the award-winning studio Systems Two in Brooklyn. Check out the Teaser until the Release in September 2014!
Without words, simply with melodies, Maria Baptist captivates her audience with her album “Gate 29” – which follows a motif of travelling –from the Blue Shore over Cloud 9, through a hectic airport (Gate 29), to the moon and mars, and back to the fog of Hong Kong (Roof Garden).
The Maria Baptist Trio plays the finest modern orchestral trio Jazz: at times highly delicate, then complex, playful, edgy, groovy, swinging, lyrical – and always with complete devotion.View Project
Chamber music blends with Jazz, Bartók with Marsalis, Bach is also in the mix, shortness of breath comes at times after Schostakowitsch, made easier after Tschaikowski and Mozart, who kindly register in the subconscious, when one listens to Maria Baptist’s compositions for piano and string quartet.View Project
Modern Big Band Jazz, in the tradition of Maria Schneider and Carla Bley, that celebrates the emotional essence of big cities: all that which is incorporated by Maria Baptist’s music for Jazz Orchestra– particularly though a wonderfully individual sound, who dresses the impulses of life in melodies.View Project
25.10.2014 // Maria Baptist Trio // Jazzfestival Hürth
24.10.2014 // Maria Baptist Trio // Krokus Jazz Festival
12.09.2014 // CD-Release Piano Solo Album
24.07.2014 // Maria Baptist Piano & String Quartet // Kühlungsborn
19.07.2014 // Maria Baptist & Budapest Jazz Orchestra // Luxembourg // Blues’n Jazzrallye
26.06.2014 // Maria Baptist Trio // Ostfriesische Landschaft // Gezeitenkonzerte
02.05.2014 // Maria Baptist Piano Solo // Kühlungsborn // Jazzmeeting
27.04.2014 // Maria Baptist conducts BJJO // Berlin // Kunstfabrik Schlot
12.04.2014 // Maria Baptist Trio // Schloß Elmau // Pianissimo Festival
28.02.2014 // Maria Baptist Trio // Dortmund // Domicil Dortmund
25.01.2014 // Maria Baptist Trio // Berlin // Jazzfestival Neukölln