Georg Ruby Piano Solo


JassLab de Cologne feat. Georg Ruby

Georg Ruby / Blue Art Orchestra

Georg Ruby - Wollie Kaiser

Georg Ruby - Michel Pilz

Georg Ruby - Michel Pilz - Daniel “D-Flat” Weber - Élodie Brochier

 


Georg Ruby Piano Solo

Personal Songbook

The opening concert of the jazz festival »Post This Neo That« at the Philharmonie in Cologne was the starting point for Georg Ruby's successful career as solo pianist. In his “Personal Songbook” he uses sort of networking technique combining traditional jazz improvisation with elements of New Music, German popular music of the 1920ies and 30ies and HipHop of the 1990ies. Ruby integrates into his music groove and swing as well as lyrical elements, abstract free-jazz-like aggressive components and free improvisation.
Thus it may occur in a concert that Theo Mackeben’s “Bei dir war es immer so schön” alternates with a free improvised “instant composition “ and a special version of “Bye, bye, blackbird”. Spontaneity mixes with structure, sound imbues groove.
Georg Ruby is co-founder of the legendary “Stadtgarten”-project in Cologne, Germany, and conductor of the Blue Art Orchesta and the trio/quartet Village Zone. He is head of the course of jazz studies at the German College of Music Saar in Saarbrücken and manager of JazzHausMusik in Cologne.

Georg Ruby's solo programmes are featured on the following CDs:
- STADTGARTEN SERIES VOL.1 / JHM 1001 SER CD
- STADTGARTEN SERIES VOL.4 / JHM 1004 SER CD
- STRANGE LOOPS/ JHM 57 CD
- SOLO (Bei dir war es immer so schön)/ TEATIME VOL.2 / POISE 6 CD
- PERSONAL SONGBOOK / JHM 175
The current CD / Georg Ruby Piano Solo / “Windmills” was released 2017 on JazzHausMusik (JHM 249).
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JassLab de Cologne feat. Georg Ruby

The musicians of JassLab de Cologne work together since 2008. Since the band's foundation they deal with a very individual selection of musical material. The members of JassLab are highly talented graduates of European universities of music. In concert they always feature a successful soloist. In 2015 "JassLab de Cologne" features Georg Ruby, piano player from Cologne.

Jasslab de Cologne recent line-up is as follows:
Barbara Barth - voc
David Heiss - tp
Sebastian Büscher - ts
Moritz Götzen - b
Vincenz Deckstein - dr
Georg Ruby - p

The new CD of Jasslab de Cologne is called "Eins und Eins" (JHM 236) and it has been released on JazzHausMusik. It includes arrangements of songs of the great German actress and singer Hildegard Knef.
Hildegard Knef is a legend. The range of her work as actress, author and singer reveals an almost unbelievable bunch of talents all combined in a unique expression. Her husband, British actor and director David Cameron, considered her as “a woman and a half”: a woman in all facets shining brighter than a star in the sky could ever do.
Nevertheless even a shining light as “the Knef” has made, at least musically, much of a profit from the work of her collaborating teams – especially the composers and arrangers without whom this fantastic collection of Knef songs never would have been possible.
“Eins und Eins” is therefore dedicated to the extraordinary colleagues, who for decades have laid the musical basis for the numerous great Knef albums – and first of all to those who composed the songs on this album: Ralph Maria Siegel, Charly Niessen, Hans Hammerschmidt, Bobby Kamp, Theo Mackeben and Cole Porter.
We are actually quite sure that Hilde would have had lots of fun, if she could have seen us and listened to us re-arranging her songs.
Georg Ruby

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Blue Art Orchestra

Conductor: Georg Ruby

The Blue Art Orchestra, conducted by Georg Ruby, has found its very personal way of interpreting contemporary works for jazz orchestra. Compositions and arrangements of Georg Ruby as well as of musicians as Kenny Wheeler, Django Bates and Maria Schneider are part of its programme.
Of course the BAO feels also very comfortable with groovy jazz: it features a great deal of the otherwise seldom performed band book of the Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band - Francy Bolands very special rhythm concept for big band is, as straight-ahead-experience, still a great pleasure for fans of the biggest possible band constellation.
And what would a jazz orchesta be without its voice: BAO features singer Barbara Barth from Essen as solo singer and in addition to that as sort of colourful sound source without any lyrics.
Georg Ruby is co-founder of the legendary “Stadtgarten”-project in Cologne, Germany, piano solo performer and leader of the trio/quartet Village Zone. He is head of the course of jazz studies at the German College of Music Saar in Saarbrücken and manager of JazzHausMusik in Cologne.

Available programmes of the BAO

- “Village Zone Session” / arrangements of Georg Ruby
- “The Music of Tito Puente und Arturo Sandoval” / BAO goes Salsa
- “The Music of Francy Boland” / BAO in straight-ahead-mode
- “Tribute to Gian-Luigi Trovesi” / homage to the great Italian musician
- “Soundscapes - Music for Jazz Orchestra” / arrangements of Christina Fuchs
- “The Sweet Time Suite” / the famous suite of the Canadian trumpet player Kenny Wheeler
- “Discovering Metal” / programme with music of Django Bates
- “The Music of Maria Schneider” / an evening with arrangements of Gil Evans’ colleague
- “Foxy Lady” / Jimi Hendrix goes Big Band

BAO releases
- Blue Art Orchestra / Fly / rubyRec 01
- Blue Art Orchestra / Clair-Obscur / rubyRec 02
- Blue Art Orchestra / The Topaz Session / rubyRec 03
- Blue Art Orchestra / „Sketches of a Working Band“ / JHM 192
(distribution: JazzHausMusik )

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Georg Ruby-Wollie Kaiser

(Wollie Kaiser (Saarbrücken) - reeds / Georg Ruby  (Hofweiler) - piano

For many years Georg Ruby (piano) and Wollie Kaiser (reeds), both from Saarebrücken, have been working on their project “Ruby Domesticus Vulgaris“. They know each other since the early 1980s. They played in ensembles such as the Jazz Haus Big Band, Wittek-Kaiser-Manderscheid & Ruby or the 1. Kölner Weltorchester (1st Cologne World Orchestra) working on new concepts of improvisation. For more than the last two decades the two musicians have individually contributed in a variety of projects to develop new ways of playing between traditional structures and free improvisation. A multitude of recordings, broadcastings and tours throughout the world are results of this work. Georg Ruby’s and Wollie Kaiser’s duo record “Ruby Domesticus Vulgaris” has been honoured as “best foreign production” by Cadence Poll/New York.
Wollie Kaiser lives and works in Saarbrücken. Important milestones of his career were and are cooperations with his collegues of Kölner Saxophon Mafia and musicians as Peter Herborn, Manfred Bründl, Gary Thomas, Mark Feldman and Kenny Wheeler. ” Since 2002 he lectures at the jazz department for master studies (“Diplom-Ergänzungsstudiengang Jazz”) at the college of music Saar in Saarbrücken.
Georg Ruby is on his way in many ways. As soloist, with his trio Village Zone (with bass player Dieter Manderscheid and drummer Christian Thomé), partner of German Canadian vibraphone player Stefan Bauer, conductor of Village Zone Orchestra, the BJJO (Berliner Jugend Jazz Orchester), the Jugend Jazz Orchester Saar and the “Blue Art Orchestra”. With the latter he has won the German orchestra competition (Deutscher Orchesterwettbewerb) in 1996. He is co-founder of the meanwhile legendary Stadtgarten project in Cologne, head of the label JazzHausMusik (more than 130 releases) and since 2002 professor and head of the jazz department of the college of music in Saarbrücken.
The concept of “Ruby Domesticus Vulgaris” surprises with a great number of original and atmospheric compositions of both musicians and includes an extremely intensive live performance. As well as, of course, Wollie Kaiser’s amazing enormous equipment of instruments, from flute to clarinet and the whole family of saxophones featuring even special instruments as the contrabass clarinet.

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Georg Ruby-Michel Pilz


Michel Pilz (Luxemburg) - bass clarinet
Georg Ruby (Cologne) - piano

Since the year 2007, Georg Ruby, pianist from Cologne, and Michel Pilz, bass clarinet player from Luxemburg, are working on their project "Instant Composings". Throughout their cross-border cooperation between Luxemburg, Cologne and Saarbrücken both musicians have got to know each other very well and came to appreciate each other very much. Michel Pilz and Georg Ruby belong in their own special ways to the most important European improvising musicians, which is finding expression in lots of recordings, broadcast productions and numerous tours through all continents. Georg Ruby is a versatile character: he performs solo, with his trio "Village Zone", as duo partner of saxophone player Wollie Kaiser, as conductor of the "Blue Art Orchestra", with which he has won the German jazz orchestra competition ("Deutscher Orchesterwettwerb"). He is co-founder of the meanwhile legendary Stadtgarten project in Cologne, runs the label JazzHausMusik for many years (meanwhile 205 productions) and since 2002 is head of jazz studies at the Hochschule für Musik (HfM) Saar in Saarbrücken. Michel Pilz lives and works in Luxemburg and is regarded as doyen of bass clarinet in improvised music, as colleague and congenial improviser of many years' standing in the bands of Manfred Schoof as one of the planet's most experienced and imaginative jazz musicians. The concept of "Instant Composings" means spontaneously evolving "live compositions" being the main principle of the musical interaction between Georg Ruby and Michel Pilz. On the one hand purely enjoying intense, sometimes simply sound generating improvisation, on the other hand in whatever groove, whether free tonal or harmonically bound: Michel Pilz and Georg Ruby's concept is convincing through its extraordinarily communicative richness of colours - and through their enormous musical sense of humour. "Deuxième Bureau", first CD production of Ruby-Pilz, has been released on 27th of October 2011 by JazzHausMusik/Köln (JHM 205) and was chosen from NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD Album of the Year 2011.
In 2015, Michel Pilz and Georg Ruby work in several concerts together with the Bernese drummer Daniel Weber.

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Georg Ruby - Michel Pilz - Daniel “D-Flat” Weber - Élodie Brochier


“Instant Composings”

Georg Ruby (Köln) - piano
Michel Pilz (Luxembourg) - bass clarinet
Daniel “D-Flat” Weber (Bern) - drums
Élodie Brochier (Saarguemines) - voice

CD: "Ruby-Pilz-Weber Brochier / Rimbaud #4" (JHM 231)

Since the year 2007 Georg Ruby, pianist from Cologne, and Michel Pilz, bass clarinet player from Luxemburg, are working on their project “Instant Composings”. Throughout their cross-border cooperation between Luxemburg, Cologne and Saarbrücken both musicians have got to know each other very well and came to appreciate each other very much. Michel Pilz and Georg Ruby belong in their own special ways to the most important European improvising musicians, which is finding expression in lots of recordings, broadcast productions and numerous tours through all continents.
Michel Pilz lives and works in Luxemburg and is regarded as doyen of bass clarinet in improvised music, as colleague and congenial improviser of many years’ standing in the bands of Manfred Schoof as one of the planet’s most experienced and imaginative jazz musicians.
Georg Ruby is a versatile character: he performs solo, with his trio “Village Zone”, as duo partner of saxophone player Wollie Kaiser, as conductor of the “Blue Art Orchestra”, with which he has won the German jazz orchestra competition (“Deutscher Orchesterwettwerb”). He is co-founder of the meanwhile legendary Stadtgarten project in Cologne, runs the label JazzHausMusik for many years (meanwhile 225 productions) and since 2002 is head of jazz studies at the Hochschule für Musik (HfM) Saar in Saarbrücken.
Daniel “D-Flat” Weber studied percussion at the "Hochschule der Künste" (Bern) with Norbert Pfammatter, Frank Sikora and Django Bates and is involved in bands like "Weber's Hebel" and in a variety of projects. The experimental piano trio "KrassPort" was awarded the "Grand Prix" and the "Prix de Public" Jazz Festival Avignon.
Elodie Brochier: for some of the concerts the band will also feature, as guest star from Saarguemines, French singer Élodie Brochier. Her extraordinary artistic skills as improvising singer, actress and recitress enrich the band's sound by lifting the project's musical communication to the next level.
The concept of “Instant Composings” means spontaneously evolving “live compositions” being the main principle of the musical interaction between Georg Ruby and Michel Pilz. On the one hand purely enjoying intense, sometimes simply sound generating improvisation, on the other hand in whatever groove, whether free tonal or harmonically bound: Michel Pilz and Georg Ruby’s concept is convincing through its extraordinarily communicative richness of colours - and through their enormous musical sense of humour.


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