Gunter Hampel Vibes-BCL-Flute & Haitian Vodou Percussions Poets Club Bowery -New York


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GUNTER HAMPEL IN NEW YORK march 1-april 7th performance update upcoming live performances

march 1st 5 pm Hunter College -black box-Room HN 543 performing SOLO on vibes, bassclarinet, flute in VARIETY , free admission hunter college 68 str betw par and lexington, northside

march 13 6 pm Hunter College -lang theatre 4th floor -MOVING IMAGES by ruomi lee hampel + father&son performance + many acts from hunter college-free admission

march 17 th 1o pm bowery poets club ESP-disk presents:GUNTER HAMPEL + La Troupe MAKANDAL - Haitian vodou percussion ensemble with masterdrummer FRISNER AUGUSTIN Re-engagement after successfull solo concert from febr.17th

march 29th ,2-6 pm Peekskill Bean Runner Cafe + Gallery 2 solo sets + reception and lecture and conversations on contemporary jazz music- DVDs are shown on large screens ,CDs+DVDs available

april 2nd, 1-5 AM early bird WKCR 4 hours the music of gunter hampel live on WKCR + internet worldwide WKCR.org in europe you can hear this from 7-11 AM on april 2nd.- tune in !

back in europe:

april 22nd 9 pm BERLIN-Friedrichshain theaterkapelle GUNTER HAMPEL EUROPEAN TRIO+BASS + dancer PRINCE ALEGS , Johannes Schleiermacher ts -Bernd Oezsevim dm, Andreas Lang bass

Giuseppi Logan and Gunter Hampel at Bowery Poetry Club Posted in The Volume by Hank Shteamer on February 18th, 2009 at 2:26 am Not to sound dramatic, but I learned a little lesson at the Gunter Hampel (left)/Giuseppi Logan gig at Bowery Poetry Club tonight: Namely, dont privilege a great story over great music.

I had attended the ESP-Disk-sponsored show mainly to hear reed player Logan, whose improbable comeback story I recount briefly in this weeks TONY. Logans set was rockyhe seemed reluctant (or just plain unable) to blow for more than a minute or so at a time. Fortunately his sidemenflgelhorn and bass clarinet player Matt Lavelle, bassist Francois Grillot and drummer Warren Smithplayed with grace and patience, filling in the copious empty space. The notes Logan did squeeze out were compelling ones: smeared, almost sobbing. (It was hard not to think of veteran saxist Joe Maneri, who has spent decades perfecting a similarly slurry sound.) But Logan was clearly struggling, and it was probably best that his set lasted only about 20 minutes. An inauspicious reemergence, perhaps, but there was some potent raw material there, and if Logan sticks with it, he might be able to harness the vulnerability of his current sound into something special.

But back to that lesson business. So I previewed Logan mainly on the basis of his somewhat sensational prodigal-son storyBack after decades of homelessness and addiction!but neglected to mention that one Gunter Hampel was also appearing at the gig. A highly skilled German multi- instrumentalist who has worked steadily since the late 50s, Hampel offered a thoroughly outstanding solo turn in tonights opening slot. Playing bass clarinet and flute, as well as vibes (sometimes two instruments simultaneously)and looking like some sort of lanky biker punk in his leather jackethe was a model of dexterity, soul and concentration. His work on vibes was particularly stellar: swinging, tender, joyous, not to mention dauntingly virtuosic. There was no fanfare or fuss to the set, just that life-affirming feeling you can get only from watching a real improvisational lifer at work. The moral here is a simple one: Yes, theres a story in Logans comeback, but maybe theres a more compelling one in Hampels never having left.

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