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Soulcrane + Matthew Halpin

JazzTube Festival Bonn

Friday 30. August 2019 @ 17:00 19:00

Underground stop Bonn central station – exit Thomas-Mann-Straße

Soulcrane + Matthew Halpin - JazzTube Festival Bonn © Julia Haack
Soulcrane + Matthew Halpin © Julia Haack

With “Soulcrane” Matthias Schwengler presents a body of sound that is brilliant in bringing retro feeling and new approaches together. On their second album “Another Step We Take” the musicians are once again working together on a tonal work and always stay on a chamber music level with the warm character of this music. An atmosphere is created that resembles a conversation among friends. Matthew Halpin can be heard as a guest. With his enormous sound spectrum, sometimes atmospherically dense, sometimes soulfully balladic, he manages to add a special note to the trio. Soulcrane convinces with an almost familiar personality and shows how vivid the soft tones in particular can be. Each instrument has equal rights and the four musicians from Cologne know how to fill the wide range of musical possibilities with musical value. Together they appear quite naturally as a collective, radiating great harmony and inner peace.

“Finely turned, beautiful melodies characterize the intimate character of this music both compositionally and improvisingly, which comes along with almost distinguished elegance and restraint.

Jazzpodium 04/17

Matthew Halpin is a saxophonist and composer, born in Dublin, Ireland. He graduated from the Berklee College of Music in 2013 (BA) and currently lives in Ireland and Germany.
He studied with George Garzone, Joe Lovano, Ben Street, John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, Jamie Oehlers, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Vijay Iyer, Tyshawn Sorey, Andrew Cyrille, Gary Bartz, Terri-Lynn Carrington, Julian Lage, Dave Liebman and Hal Crook.
His concerts took him to such illustrious places as the Blue Note and Dizzy’s Jazz Club in New York, the Panama Jazz Festival, the Monterrey Jazz Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, the National Concert Hall of Ireland and the Kennedy Center.

“An eloquent, sonically sensitive sax player Matthew Halpin, mediating between ecstasy and elegance.”

Stefan Pieper, Jazzthetic Magazine

After studying at various European music academies, Matthias Schwengler chose Cologne as his main focus of life and work. Here he conducts a number of his own combos and is a member of jazz orchestras, such as the Subway Jazz Orchestra. Since the beginning of his studies he gained a lot of experience in numerous big bands, among others these were and are the WDR Big Band, the Bujazzo, East West European Jazz Orchestra, Ed Partyka Jazz Orchestra or the Concertgebouw Jazz Orchestra. He has worked with musicians such as Tom Harrell, Jeff Hamilton, Don Menza, Jerry Bergonzi, Peter Herbolzheimer and many more. In addition to the big formations, he plays in various jazz combos and is regularly heard with salsa, funk, soul and pop bands.

YouTube – Soulcrane + Matthew Halpin – Get There
YouTube – Soulcrane – Another Step We Take


Matthew Halpin – saxophone
Matthias Schwengler – trumpet
Reza Askari – bass
Norbert Scholly – guitar (representing Philipp Brämswig)

The band plays 3 sets of 30 minutes each
Set 1: 17:00 to 17:30 / Set 2: 17:45 to 18:15 / Set 3: 18:30 to 19:00


Like every year, fans and audiences are invited to vote for their three favourites. Over the duration of the underground concerts (23.8.2019 to 22.09.2019) the artists can be rated positively via SMS. The three bands with the highest approval ratings will play at the Pantheon Theater Bonn on Friday, 11 October 2019.
The voting will be unlocked on Friday, August 23, 2019!

The JazzTube Festival Bonn is sponsored by SWB Bus und Bahn and has been an important contribution to the music scene in the Beethoven city of Bonn since 2012.

With the BONNmobil app, SWB provides the first mobility platform for Bonn.
You can not only take over the stops as start or destination (timetable information), but also your own location or the position of the new radius search “What’s here?”.
Use the Quick Start to change the map view and display all mobility offers from local public transport to rental bikes and e-scooters and plan your individual mobility chain – a system with many smart options.

BONNmobil – All in, for contemporary mobility
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Thomas Kimmerle


The JazzTube Festival Bonn 2019 is presented to you by SWB Bus und Bahn.
Idea, concept, artistic direction & implementation : Thomas Kimmerle


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