Georg Ruby Piano Solo
JassLab de Cologne feat. Georg Ruby
Georg Ruby / Blue Art Orchestra
Georg Ruby Village Zone
Georg Ruby - Michel Pilz
Georg Ruby - Michel Pilz - Daniel “D-Flat” Weber - Élodie Brochier
Georg Ruby Piano Solo
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).
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.
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
- 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
"... a rare experience of excitement was brought to the audience here, already by the extremely varied improvisations of the individual soloists in the Blue Art Orchestra, especially the soprano saxophonist Christina Fuchs. The listeners came to enjoy a prime example of modern big-band work, primarily through the exemplary relaxation of the arrangements. The attempt to bring jazz and modern concert music together succeeded the arranger Georg Ruby exemplary." Claude Müller; Luxembourger Wort
Georg Ruby has a great big band with his "Blue Art Orchestra" and perhaps the best part of it: it's a real "working band", which is not so easy to do with a big band. And now Ruby has addressed exactly that in his new double CD. The album is called "Sketches of a Working Band" and it shows this great, lively formation at the height of its abilities. Most of the compositions are by Georg Ruby and band members such as the ingenious WDR jazz prizewinner and saxophonist Christina Fuchs. Others come from friends and former band members like Manfred Schoof, Kenny Wheeler and Maria Schneider. The double album shows amazing power, presents unusual material and is an amazing testimony of veritable joy of playing. Saarländischer Rundfunk - Dr. Peter Kleiss
Georg Ruby Village Zone (feat. Stephan Goldbach und Daniel “D-Flat“ Weber)
Georg Ruby, Stephan Goldbach and Daniel „D-Flat“ Weber unmistakably have two particular likings: on the one hand side an unconditional agreement transposing their original compositions way beyond the hierarchy of long outdated concepts of the piano trio; on the other hand the joy of free, spontaneous improvisation. In an uncompromising way the trio dedicates itself to the principle of „Instant Composing”, which means spontaneously developed improvisations on stage as well as in studio situations without any guideline or prior agreement. Listening to the music the concept of VILLAGE ZONE leaves surprising traces: it takes away the piano's claim to lead within the band's structure resulting in sound and improvisation lines that let the VILLAGE ZONE trio appear as just one single body of sound, even more one single instrument. That makes it possible to hear which musician is acting as which part at any time. The original preparation of the drum set and the piano's and the bass' strings leads to an extraordinary colourfulness of the band's sound, it even more gives the impression of listening to four or five musicians instead of only one trio.
„Georg Ruby VILLAGE ZONE“ (JazzHausMusik / JHM 262) has been voted „One of the twelve best international productions of 2019“ by „ALL ABOUT JAZZ“, the renowned and, with 500,000 visitors and 2.5 million page views per month, by far the most important and influential jazz music website worldwide.
"The wit of the game, Ruby's cranky backhandness, which convincingly blends modern piano literature of contemporary music with its own style, the melodic sensitivity and improvisational flexibility of the entire trio give Village Zone a sound note that leaves us astonished." Martin Woltersdorf, Kölner Stadtanzeiger
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.
Georg Ruby - Michel Pilz - Daniel “D-Flat” Weber - Élodie Brochier
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.
Following the successful CD release „Deuxième Bureau" (being awarded as album of the year by the "New York City Jazz Record) by Georg Ruby and Michel Pilz, Luxembourgian doyen of the bass-clarinet in improvised music, Ruby has expanded the duo by Daniel “D-Flat“ Weber, drummer from Bern, Switzerland. The trio has played several concerts before recording its music in May 2015 at the Topaz Studio in Cologne. The title "Rimbaud #4" refers centrally to four poems of the great French writer, read by the wonderful, actress and singer Élodie Brochier, who lives in Sarreguemines. The band improvises in different settings while she performs the poems concentrating musical and literary energy. In addition to that the trio integrates Élodie Brochier in some recordings as improvising vocalist without lyrics into the completely free improvised music, thereby creating further exciting tracks of improvisation.
The concept of instant composing, spontaneously creating „live compositions“ on stage (or in a studio), builds the focus of the musical interaction of Ruby-Pilz-Weber (and Brochier). On the one hand with pure lust for intensive, sometimes totally noise oriented improvisation, on the other hand getting into grooves, free-tonal music or harmonically bound: Michel Pilz‘ und Georg Ruby's band concept convinces through its extraordinary wealth of musical colours in its interactive communication – and through its enormous musical sense of humour. Sometimes the sound experiments of Georg Ruby's piano preparations – e.g. influencing the sound in the upper scales, yet leaving the lower scales unchanged, naturally – create the impression of listening to a far bigger band rather than just a trio. Apart from the poems of Rimbaud nothing on this CD release has been fixed before, nothing has been changed musically or by editing after the recording.
Since the late 70s the German-Luxembourgian bass-clarinet player Michel Pilz has been considered being one of the worldwide most original and imaginative musicians in improvised music. His cooperations with fellow musicians as Manfred Schoof and Alex Schlippenbach (Globe Unity Orchestra) are legendary. Georg Ruby is active in various ways: as solo piano player, with his trio “Village Zone” and as founder of the “Blue Art Orchestra” from Cologne. For many years now he is head of the label JazzHausMusik from Cologne. Elodie Brochier from Saarguemines, features extraordinary artistic skills as an improvising singer, actress and recitress enrich the band's sound by lifting the project's musical communication to the next level. Daniel “D-Flat” Weber studied drums at the university of arts in Bern, Switzerland. Besides own projects he is a very popular guest musician. With the experimental piano trio “Krassport” he has been awarded the “Grand Prix” and the “Prix de Public” of the jazz festival in Avignon. Jazzhetik, Germany
"Rimbaud # 4" is and remains an extravagant experiment. It combines the free play of bass clarinetist Michel Pilz, pianist Georg Ruby and drummer Daniel "D-Flat" Weber with the voice of French actress / singer Élodie Brochier. The concept of "instant composing" is consistently enforced. With the exception of the texts of the French poet Arthur Rimbaud, nothing is given. All instrumental interactions happen spontaneously - including the voice of Élodie Brochier, which is instrumentally used in some titles as an additional timbre. Centrally the interpretations refer to four texts by Rimbaud, translated into German. The result is refined duets of freestyle piano clusters and percussion lulls as in "Morenco" or intimate duets of the recitative voice with the bass clarinet in the Rimbaud sequence # 3 "Alchemy du Verbe". Michel Pilz plays around the bass clarinet, pianist Georg Ruby and Daniel Weber play on cymbals and drums in "Ornette", before the music is dabbed and almost lyrically continued. "One-Two-Three-Four" presents the bright and fast vocalises Brochiers to the free eruptions of the partners. The music is exciting and exciting, rich in tones, intense and often noise-oriented. It shows irrepressible joy of playing and humor. In these bold and powerful spontaneous compositions, the voice of the vocalist is seamlessly integrated - such as the play of the dark bass clarinet, the wild bouncing pianos and the swirling, partly shimmering percussion. The music of the trio / quartet is equal to the lyrics master Rimbaud and creates a new, spontaneous form of artistic expression. Of course, she demands open ears and listening to the sound experiments. WDR, Cologne
Luxembourg JazzMeeting 25.-27.11.2016: The quartet around the native German with Swiss passport, clarinetist Michel Pilz (early 70's), who grew up in the Grand Duchy and lives there again for 25 years, and the Cologne pianist Georg Ruby (mid-60), with his interpretation of some Arthur Rimbaud poems a lively and refreshing concert between abstraction and emotion, by which the younger musicians in the cultural center Neumünster had to be measured. JazzThing / Martin Laurentius