The pianist Walter Lang founded in 1999 the Walter Lang Trio. They released very succesful Cd's such as "Walter Lang Trio plays Charles Chaplin" (1999), "Across The Universe" (2002), "Softly as in a morning Sunrise" (2005) "The Sound Of A Rainbow"(2005), that received the "Best Sounding CD Award" by the japanese "Swing Journal", as well as the recent CD "Romantische Straße"(2007) that got the Gold Disc Award by "Swing Journal". They were touring all over the world, and are especially loved by the japanese jazz fans. In 2008 the Walter Lang Trio regrouped: Thomas Markusson from Gothenburg/Sweden is playing bass now and Sebastian Merk from Berlin/Germany is the new drummer. Their first CD „Eurasia“ came out in 2009. Toghether with Lee Konitz, the Walter Lang Trio recorded their first CD for JAWO Records „Someone to watch over me“, in 2011. Their new CD „Starlight Reflections“ was released in 2013 by the japanese label Atelier Sawano.
Walter Lang (p)
was born 1961 in Germany. He studied piano and composition at the Berklee School of Music in Boston finished his studies at the Amsterdam School of Arts. Along with drummer Gerwin Eisenhauer and bassist Sven Faller he founded TRIO ELF in 2005. Their first CD "ELF" for ENJA RECORDS was a big success and the second CD „746“ came come out in 2008, their latest release is „ELFLAND“. His recent groups are, besides Trio ELF and the Walter Lang Trio, his world music project „World Percussion Ensemble“ and his duo „Yuujou“ with taiko drummer Takuya Taniguchi. Walter Lang has also played with James Moody, Chico Freeman, Don Menza, Roy Hargrove, Jenny Evans, Dusko Goykovich, Lisa Wahlandt and many others.
Thomas Markusson (b)
Born 1978 in Sandviken, Sweden. He started playing the doublebass at the age of 10. In 1997 he began his studies wih Anders Jormin at the College of Music in Gothenburg. For the last ten years he has worked and toured with a lot of Swedish and foreign musicians such as Rigmor Gustafsson, Nils Landgren, Jonas Knutsson, Chris Cheek, Phil Wilson, Asgèir Jon Asgéirson and Anders Persson to name a few. Over the years he has performed on a number of records with different jazz groups. He has also written music for the Swedish radio.
Sebastian Merk (dr)
was born in 1977 in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. He currently is professor for drums at the conservatory for music „Carl Maria von Weber“ in Dresden. He made a name for himself throughout Germany as a drummer , who can master many different styles. He studied in Weimar and graduated later at the Hans Eisler Conservatory in the City of Berlin . He’s been working with Studnitzky Trio, Johannes Enders Trio, Kurt Rosenwinkel and many more.
He’s been recording on more than 20 CD’s and played on various international Jazz Festivals, like Deutsches Jazzfestival, Jazzfest Berlin, Jazzbaltica, Gexto Jazzfestival in Spanien, Stuttgart Jazz Open etc.Read more