INFOBOXGenre(s): Jazz/Improvised Music
From: Vienna, Austria
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Ulrich Drechsler started playing the clarinet in the marching band of his hometown in southwestern Germany at the age of nine. During his preparation for entering a classical conservatory he realized his rising interest in improvised music. Finally he studied jazz saxophone at the University of Arts in Graz/Austria.
Since 1998 Ulrich Drechsler is living in Vienna and established himself within shortest time as one of the most successful musicians and composers in Austria with a busy worldwide concert schedule.
Already his first project under own name, the electro – acoustic trio „Café Drechsler“, caused international furore, captured several charts and was contracted by major record label Universal Music. For their third album the band received in 2005 the Austrian Amadeus Award. Since then Ulrich has released about 15 albums under his own name some of which received nominations or awards: the „Café Drechsler“, his cooperations with famous piano players like Norwegian Tord Gustavsen or Italian Stefano Battaglia, his unique Ulrich Drechsler Cello Quartet (a quartet with bass clarinet, drums and two celli), his trio with Israeli singer Efrat Alony and more. He is signed to the prestigious german record label Enja Yellowbird.
Beside his work as an active musician he works successfully as a composer and producer for movie soundtracks. He also creates and holds workshop concepts which content the idea of helping musicians to develop their own artistic identity and authenticity.
He dedicates himself meanwhile completely to the clarinet with a focus on the lower instruments like the bass clarinet and the seldom played basset horn. His music is inspired by classical influences and sounds from Scandinavia, the mediterranean area, Persia and India as well.
In 2016 his new duo album „Little Peace Lullaby“ with pianist Stefano Battaglia has been released by Enja Records. The new cinema documentary „Desert Kids“ directed by Michael Pfeifenberger highlighted with Ulrich’s music came to the cinemas.
In 2017 Ulrich was signed again by Universal Music with the new Café Drechsler release “And NOW…Boogie”! Currently he is working on his new Opus Magnum “LIMINAL ZONE”. In it he reflects with the three unique projects CARAMEL (Jazz/World), CHROME (Classic/Filmmusik) and AZURE (Trip Hop/Ambient) his formative influences of the past years. He is accompanied by some of Austria’s greatest artists (Yasmin Hafedh aka Yasmo, Peter Zirbs, Özlem Bulut and many more). The release is planned for autumn 2019. Besides these activities Ulrich will continue to give concerts all over the world.