Soleil Niklasson - voc
Andreas Laux - sax Sven Bergmann - p Caspar van Meel - b Andreas Griefingholt - dr
(...) Soleil Niklasson already belongs to the very great singers of Jazz, Blues and Soul (...) (Westfälische Nachrichten)
(...) Soleil Niklasson has one of the most captivating Jazz/Soul voices in a long time (...) (Akkustik Gitarre)
Soleil Niklasson was born in Chicago where she was raised in church and grew up later on in Los Angeles. At the age of 5 she was already singing with the famous Oscar Brown Jr. Later she worked with music greats like Stan Getz, Billy Preston and Linda Hopkins.
Soleil - “the sun” - is a spiritual singer who is able to captivate the audience with her great voice. Her singing is authentic, comes from the heart and radiates pure joy de vivre. Her voice is touching, warm and powerful, grounded and full of energy.
Soleil takes the foundation of Jazz, Gospel, Blues and Soul and built her style holding together everything important that inspires her.
Soleil`s mission is to be a voice of change.
Soleil says about her music:
“I`m a humble storyteller. Some songs on my new album are timeless and some are of the time. We`ve composed the stories of life, there are songs that will embrace you and songs that will shake you. This production was an urgent need to store history in the process of making the CD. We recorded our songs in the time of the pandemic when the world suddenly seemed to stop. We used the opportunity to be creative and recorded the CD RISE.
Our hopes are that we use the tools of change - hope, faith, love and courage - to uplift our listeners. These tools you will find in the music we have written.
In the middle of all of my songs you will find: “Love is King”
With her talented musicians, who develop their own unique sound, she has found a perfect complement, which lets her songs sound in full splendor.
Sven Bergmann studied at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen, at the
Folkwang Hochule in Essen and at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig with Richie Beirach. He also received lessons from
Jasper van’t Hof. He is a graduated pianist and certified concert pianist and composer, each with a focus on jazz.
Sven Bergmann plays in various jazz bands, but is also active in other musical fields, such as the musical director of the theater “die baustelle” in Cologne, as one of the heads of the film music project “Bergmann & Bartkowski. ”Several studio recordings have been released on CD so far, including the much acclaimed albums “Mosaics” and “Seasons” by his trio and quartet. He played or recorded u. a. with: Tom Arthurs, Bill Elgart, Stefan Werni, Matthias Bergmann, Jan by Klewitz and Pepe Berns. In 2013/14, Sven Bergmann received funding for his artistic work from the Kultursekretariat NRW.
Andreas Griefingholt, born in Osnabrück/Germany, where he received a classical drum training, then studied drumming at the Folkwang University in Essen and in New York with John Riley, Ralph Peterson, Gene Jackson and Tom Rainy. He lived a year in New York as a musician and had a rich musical experience there. He has worked with Herb Geller, Gerd Dudek, Gunther Hampel, Udo Lindenberg, Roger Cicero, Soleil Niklasson, Wolfgang Schlüter, Joel Frahm, Wolfgang Engstfeld, Ulli Beckerhoff, Carlos Bica, Paul Heller, Tim Sund, Gregor Hübner, Heiner Wiberny, Lutz Büchner and Fiete Felsch. He has been awarded several prizes, including Jazzpodium Niedersachsen, Competition Westphalia Jazz and Folkwang Sponsorship Award. He participated in various CD and radio productions and toured with different bands in Germany and abroad.
studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg with Herb Geller and Dieter Glawischnig and with Hugo Read at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen. In addition to regional jazz awards
(“Jugend jazzt” 1991, “Cool Water Jazzwettbewerb” 1993) Andreas Laux was awarded the internationally recognized Folkwang Prize in the Jazz category in 1998.
He played in many different ensembles, from small ensembles such as the duet with his wife Carola Laux or the duet with the Finnish accordionist Janne Rättyä, to large ensembles such as the Big Band under the direction of Prof. Peter Herborn. In addition to his work as a jazz musician, he has also made a name for himself in classical music as well as in the Christian music scene. He toured with various bands around the world and took part in numerous CD and musical productions.
Caspar van Meel
is a Dutch bassist, arranger and composer living in Germany.
Before devoting himself entirely to music, van Meel obtained a Master of Arts & Culture with a focus on philosophy at the University of Maastricht (NL). At the same time he studied at the Maastricht Conservatory with Jan van de Boomen and the classical bassist Carol Hart (Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra). After that, van Meel went to Essen to study at Folkwang University with bassist of the WDR big band John Goldsby and to do his master’s degree in music. In 2014, he received a scholarship from the GVL to take part in the renowned “Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music” at the Banff Centre in Canada. He worked with Steve Coleman, Vijay Iyer, Jeff Tain Watts, Reggie Workman and Marcus Gilmore.
Over the years he has won numerous awards. As a bandleader of his own quintet, he is a prizewinner of the Future Sound Competition as well as the Jazz Preis Ruhr. As co-leader of the band Trigonon, he was awarded the Jazzwerkruhr Prize, and with Mike Roelofs Band he reached the final of the Dutch Jazz Competition.
Caspar van Meel has worked with the WDR Big Band, Philip Catherine, Götz Alsman and Gerd Dudek, among others, and can look back on numerous international tours, concerts and festivals such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, the WDR Jazz Night and the Leverkusener Jazztage.