Two of the most famous jazz musicians from Bonn, the flutist Michael Heupel, one of the most famous European jazz flutists ever, and the pianist Marcus Schinkel, who is always attracted to new cross-genre programs, meet for the first time for a complete concert, reinforced by the Schinkel Trio, the Cologne double and electric bassist Fritz Roppel and the Dutch drummer Wim de Vries.
Michael Heupel travelled the world for the Goethe Institute, Marcus Schinkel last year as cultural ambassador for Bonn and NRW in China and before that in Honduras, Vietnam and Russia.
Both musicians have brought back regional pieces from their travels and original compositions inspired by them and rearranged them especially for the concert at the Pantheon Theater. Michael Heupel will also use some exotic instruments.
Let’s go on a world tour with jazz from India, China, Africa, Australia, Europe, North and South America, because jazz knows no borders.
Michael Heupel studied flute at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne “classical flute”. Before and during his studies he was already occupied with jazz music and improvised music. In 1990 he founded his own quartet, with whom he gave guest performances in Australia and New Zealand for the Goethe-Institut.
Tours with guitarist Uwe Kropinski took him to various East African countries, and together with vibraphonist Stefan Bauer he toured West Africa.
Heupel toured Germany, Italy, Turkey, the USA and Canada with his solo program for flute and gave guest performances at the festivals in Montreal and Toronto, Istanbul, as well as in Khartoum/Sudan.
Together with drummer and electrician Christoph Haberer and Norbert Stein’s Pata Masters he has toured Brazil, Australia, India, Indonesia and Morocco – Tunisia.
At various music academies in Germany and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, he gives courses in exceptional playing techniques and improvisation.