INFOBOXGenre(s): Jazz/Improvised Music
From: Carinthia, Austria
The Austrian musician Klemens Marktl is intensively and strongly committed to the exploration of the classic jazz tradition. If you listen to his music, you feel like you are catapulted into the bloom of modern jazz. Straight-ahead jazz at its best in the tradition of the master craftsman – without getting boring at any time. Although Marktl seldom uses the common music canon for the umpteenth reinterpretation of old jazz standards but amazes with immense authentic imaginative original compositions. You could think he looks over the shoulder of a legendary Miles Davis, John Coltrane or Thelonious Monk.
Klemens Marktl was born in 1976 in Klagenfurt, Carinthia and received classic piano lessons at the age of 6. But soon it was obvious that the piano was not the instrument of his choice. As a teenager he changed over to the drums that should define his whole following musical career. Already with 21 he completed his first studies at the conservatory of Klagenfurt, followed by study visits in Den Haag and Amsterdam. The most formative final touch Marktl retrieved in New York City from some of the masterminds of modern jazz drumming: Jazz legends like Jimmy Cobb, Jimmy Wormworth and Modern Jazz Drummers like Kenny Washington, Lewis Nash, Jeff “Tain” Watts, John Riley, Tony Moreno, Ralph Peterson Jr., Ali Jackson, Rodney Green, Johnathan Blake, Kendrick Scott, Eric McPherson, Willie Jones III, Carl Allen, Gregory Hutchinson, Clarence Penn, Eric Harland, Ari Hoenig, Steve Hass, Geoff Clapp and Latin Drummers Mark Walker, Vanderlei Pereira, Portinho and Funk Drummer Adam Deitch.
This selection of top-class mentors shows Marktl´s relevant imprint which is positioned intensely within the range of “modern jazz” and “neobop”.