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No matter what genre and no matter what line-up, there is practically nothing that Thomas Gansch hasn’t tried his hand at. There is also nothing the trumpet player cannot play and his concerts are always sensational – thanks to his witty and virtuosic improvisations and penchant for «cultivated musical madness».
At the start of a six-concert portrait series on 6. October, the seven genre-transcending players of Mnozil Brass take on the guise of musical clowns for their new show «Cirque». Pantomime, slapstick and practical jokes come together in a game of «Name That Tune» in the circus ring that stretches from «French Kisses» and evergreen standards and classics to «Tanzmausfinale». It’s breathtakingly virtuosic, side-splittingly funny and, yes, even heartbreakingly touching how the sad clown tries, in vain, to be a magician.
The concert on 20. December 2018, entitled «Schlagertherapie III», promises to be an evening for the mind in: a sort of time trip back into the 1950s and 1960s, where Thomas Gansch, the free-thinking trumpet and flugelhorn player (and singer, too) takes on the unforgettable tunes of light entertainment music with Brigitte Gansch on vocals, Leonhard Paul on trombone and vocals and Michael Hornek on piano.
Thomas Gansch and the radio.string.quartet are always good for a surprise, and also a guarantee for an intensity of sound, as was the case with their very memorable Richard Wagner reloaded project, «Swing des Nibelungen». Most recently, they gave a highly original string quartet version of rock and jazz classics of John MacLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra and Joe Zawinul’s fusion band Weather Report.
In the Mozart Hall on 3 March, 2019, Thomas Gansch joins forces with František Janoska, one of the four Janoska brothers from Bratislava, for an evening of duets that bubble, sparkle and fizz in butterfly-like flight of free improvisation. Janoska’s musical spectrum is extrermely wide, as he is the longstanding accompanist of Budapest Gipsy-Violinist Roby Lakatos and also solo pianist for the likes Anna Netrebko, José Carreras and Ramón Vargas.
Any jazz musician of any standing knows Thad Jones. Originally starting with Count Basie, Thad Jones followed the tradition of Dizzy Gillespie, developing his style with a fine sound and harmonically daring ideas; but above all, he was a witty, modern arranger. He founded his own orchestra with percussionist Mel Lewis, recorded a string of excellent albums, won a Grammy in 1978 and from the 1960s, wrote a new exciting chapter in the history of the great jazz ensembles. WIth this in mind, the Thomas Gansch Big Band will pay «A Tribute to Thad Jones & Mel Lewis» on 17. May, 2019.
Finally, the Salon Orchestra Alhambra and the Berlin-based singer Hans Daffke have a completely different sound. Here, Gansch is one of 12 tuxedoed gentlemen with cropped and gelled hair on a nostaglic trip into the hits of the 1920s and 1930s. Accompanying them will most likely be Sigismund and a small, green cactus.