Michael Wollny

Nachtfahrten (vinyl)

Format: LP 12inch
Label: ACT music
UPC: 0614427956316
Catnr: ACTLP 95631
Release date: 30 October 2015
1 LP 12inch
ACT music
Catalogue number
ACTLP 95631
Release date
30 October 2015

About the album

This release owes its original inspiration to a book published in 2013 entitled “Nachtmeerfahrten” (Sea Journeys by Night), which takes the reader over to the dark side of romanticism, to a world of fantasy, of eerie shadows, and things that go bump in the night.

Producer Siggi Loch edited the “Meer”/ sea part out of the title, which therefore became “Nachtfahrten” (Night Journeys), which suits this pianist, who is a creature of the nocturnal realm. He feels very much at home in a world of grey cats and blurred outlines, where the contrasting emotions of the moment can leave all rational expectations behind; this is a backdrop which is alive with possibility, but also with trepidation. Michael Wollny, who was described by FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG as a “complete piano master“ and by DIE WELT as „the most exciting German jazz pianis...


Michael Wollny, born in 1978 in Schweinfurt, internationally successful jazz pianist, music inventor, unconventional thinker, popular figure. Nobody plays piano like him. His trademark: the unpredictable, the quest for the never-before-heard, the courage to devote himself to the moment, to make the unforeseen sound self-evident.

His desire to keep reinventing himself, both in terms of sound and composition; that is what makes him a “consummate piano maestro” (FAZ) and “the biggest (jazz) musician personality that Germany has produced since Albert Mangelsdorff” (Hamburger Abendblatt).

"The consummate piano maestro: One can justifiably name Wollny alongside phenomena like Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Brad Mehldau, Stefano Bollani and Paul Bley. He has everything you can demand of a perfect jazz pianist: masterly technique, exuberant imagination, discipline and a talent for creative chaos, sensitivity and aestheticism."

"The only German jazzer with international star appeal." SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG

Michael Wollny / piano
Christian Weber / bass
Eric Schaefer / drums

"The biggest (jazz) musician personality that Germany has produced since Albert Mangelsdorff." HAMBURGER ABENDBLATT

"This is what the future of German jazz sounds like." DAS ERSTE, TTT

"The most exciting contemporary German jazz pianist." DIE WELT



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