Kolsimcha Quintett – Contemporary Klezmer2018-04-06T17:41:39+00:00

Isabelle Kammerer
Email: kammerer@classixstageproductions.com
Phone: +49 151 40773635 (Germany)

Jacobus Hermsen
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Phone: +49 160 3398 142 (Germany) / +43 660 723 00 29 (Austria) / +1 646 583 3404 (USA)

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Michael Heitzler – Clarinet, Composition
Ariel Zuckermann – Flute, Conducting
Olivier Truan – Piano, Composition
Daniel Fricker – Bass
Christoph Staudenmann – Drums


Kolsimcha Quintett – Contemporary Klezmer

Kolsimcha – The Voice Of Joy

Europa’s Klezmer Band

Since their formation in 1986, the unique sound of Kolsimcha has captivated and enthralled the demanding audiences at New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall as well as those at the most renowned jazz, classical and world music festivals on three continents. (see highlights.)

Through their original musical language, sheer enthusiasm and virtuosity, they create a concert atmosphere unlike any other group. It is guaranteed to have the listeners cheering on their feet. Hailed by the LA Times as the “fantastic five”, this incredible ensemble pairs a front line of clarinet and flute with a super tight rhythm section of acoustic bass, drums and piano to create a groundbreaking mix of thrilling jazz improvisations, dazzling symphonic sounds and exotic Mediterranean melodies alternating with poignant ballads and sensuous Eastern European rhythms.

Their music has been described as everything from “a new world music” (The Independent) to “anatomically impossible” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). As well as appearing at most of the major European venues and festivals, Kolsimcha has provided the music for celebrated international theatre, dance and movie productions. They have played on the soundtrack for Caroline Link’s Oscar-nominated drama “Beyond Silence”, and have composed the soundtrack for Academy Award winner Xavier Koller’s film “Gripsholm”. They also played on several ballets and theatre productions, composed by pianist Olivier Truan, such as “Ballettabend II” by Marc Ribeaud, “Mayday” by Joachim Schlömer, and “Ghetto” by Josua Sobol.

In addition to performing as a 5-piece band, they also have an original repertoire for quintet and symphony orchestra, “Symphonic World”, which crosses musical boundaries and attracts a wide audience.

Kolsimcha & London Symphony Orchestra
A magnificent, refreshing and truly original musical journey recorded at Abbey Road Studio with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Produced by Olivier Truan
Ariel Zuckermann – flute, conductor
Michael Heitzler – clarinet
Olivier Truan – piano

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Michael Heitzler – Clarinet, Composition

Michael Heitzler studied classical clarinet with Professor Dieter Klöcker as well as saxaphone and improvisation with Karsten Gorzel at the Academy of Music in Freiburg, Germany, where he finished with distinction.

He also studied jazz with Dave Liebman at the Mannes College in New York.

He has performed with the “Baden-Baden Radio Orchestra”, the “Klezmatics”, Itzhak Perlman, Albert Mangelsdorff, and frequently toured with the “European Symphony Orchestra” conducted by Antal Dorati, with whom he played concerts in Moscow, Dresden, Berlin, and London.

He was a founding member of the wind ensemble “Deutsche Kammerharmonie” and has also performed with “Ensemble Moderne” and at the State Theatre of Karlsruhe. Michael Heitzler lived in New York for 8 years, where he performed with Akira Tana, Ron McClure Band, Kevin Hayes, Billy Hart, Frank Brambera, and Don Friedman. He also led his own group with which he played many concerts around New York.

Michael Heitzler is founding member of Kolsimcha and has been with the band since 1986.

Ariel Zuckermann – Flute, Conducting

Ariel Zuckermann studied in Munich with Paul Meisen and András Adorján. He attended master classes with Alain Marion and Aurèle Nicolet and has won numerous awards in international competitions.

He has played with the “Bavaria Radio Orchestra”, “Münchner Philharmoniker”, “Israel Philharmonic Orchestra” and the “Münchner Staatsorchester” conducted variously by Lorin Maazel, Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta and Ricardo Muti.

As a soloist, and in chamber music groups, he has toured Israel, Europe and Asia. Ariel Zuckermann began his second career as a conductor studying with the legendary Jorma Panula and became assistant in 2003 / 2004 to Ivan Fischer, chief conductor of the “Budapest Festival Orchestra”.

He has since conducted many orchestras including the “Israel Philharmonic Orchestra”, “Sinfonieorchester Basel”, “Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon-Lezion”, “Münchner Symphoniker”, and the “Bayerisches Staatsorchester”. In 2007 he became the principal conductor of the “Georgisches Kammerorchester Ingolstadt”.

Ariel Zuckermann has been a regular member of Kolsimcha since 2000.

Olivier Truan – Piano, Composition

Olivier Truan studied piano at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he received a Bachelor of Music with Magna Cum Laude. After further studies at the Manhattan School of Music and the Academy of Music in Basel, he collaborated on a number of recordings and concerts with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Lew Soloff, Rick Margitza and many others. He has been composer and musical director of many theatre plays in Germany and Switzerland, including “Bullets over Broadway”, “Ghetto”, “Der Revisor”, “Die Vögel”, and “Hochzeit” at the state theatres of Frankfurt, Karlsruhe and Düsseldorf.

Olivier Truan co-composed the Jazz musical “Marilyn” for the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz inMünchen, and composed the ballet “La Fermosa”. He also composed music for the choreographies “Mayday” and “Ballettabend II” at the state theatre of Basel and the music for the play “Das Geisterschiff” featuring Kolsimcha. He co-wrote the soundtrack to the motion pictures “Gripsholm” by academy award winner Xavier Koller, and “Anna annA” by Jürgen Brauer.

As a classical composer he has written many concertos and pieces for small ensembles, which have been performed throughout Europe. He was commissioned by the “Georgisches Kammerorchester Ingolstadt” to write 4 concertos for performance by François Leleux, David Frühwirth, Beni Santora, Ariel Zuckermann, and Michael Heitzler.

Olivier Truan has also become one of the world’s leading sound programmers. His award winning sample CD- ROMs are regarded as standard works in digital piano libraries and are used by artists such as Elton John, Chick Corea, Prince and Stevie Wonder. Olivier is founding member of Kolsimcha, and has been with the band since 1986.

Daniel Fricker – Bass

Daniel Fricker studied classical music and jazz at the Basel conservatory at the Swiss Jazz School in Bern.

After completing his studies he quickly became one of the busiest bass players in Switzerland, mainly due to his ability to perform in all musical styles. He has played in all kinds of musical projekts such as: jazz bands, musicals, rock bands, and classical orchestras.

He has performed and/or recorded with well known international musicians with whom he toured all five continents. In Europe he has performed with artists such as Adam Nussbaum, Danny Gottlieb, Tony Scott, Lionel and many others great artists.

Daniel Fricker has been a regular member of Kolsimcha since 1990.

Christoph Staudenmann – Drums

Christoph Staudenmann was born on May 10 1969 in Biel (Switzerland). He’s mainly touring with bands such as the Brink Man Ship, Kolsimcha, Tranceactivity and Percuscope. Other tours brought him through Europe, to Hong Kong, Thailand, Georgia, Cuba, Jamaica, Canada, Brasil, Island, and many other countries.

In 1997 he graduated summa cum laude from the School of Jazz in Luzern. He performed in different settings with musicians such as Jochen Bohnes, Jan Galega Brönnimann, Roberto Bosshard, Marco Figini, Markus Fischer, George Gruntz, Harald Härter, Kaspar Ewald’s Exorbitantes Kabinett, Hans Koch, Herbie Kopf, Willi Kotoun, Nils Petter Molvaer, Markus Moser, New Point, Hanspeter Pfammatter, Vocal Contact Plus, Roland von Flüe, and Beat Wenger.