Volker Goetze is a trumpeter, composer, producer, multimedia artist and filmmaker based in NYC. He has performed and presented his work at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Paris Jazz Festival, WDR Cologne, Gasteig Munich, Jazz-A-Vienne, Jazzhouse Copenhagen, World Festival of Sacred Music (Los Angeles), the Opera Festival in Munich, Vancouver International Film Festival, Warsaw Film Festival to name a few.
His work fuels cross-cultural dialog, incorporates multiple disciplines and utilizes cutting edge technology. His recent compositions derive from folklore music, rock, jazz, contemporary music, classical as well as baroque music.
In the recent years he has been investigating the oral culture and storytelling of West Africa and its influences on Jazz and Black Culture in America. GRIOT, a feature documentary about the oral music tradition in West Africa, is Volker Goetze's debut as a film director and has since developed into a multimedia performance symphony documentary. GRIOT screened at the Flaherty Film Seminar and opened in film festivals around the globe. Last year, GRIOT opened theatrically throughout Canada and further releases are scheduled in the US and Europe for 2015.
Mr. Goetze production AMANKI DIONTI was voted the #1 Global Hit of 2012 by Tom Schnable of Public Radio International’s THE WORLD and the #5 release of 2012 by PRI’s ECHOES program hosted by Billboard reporter John Diliberto and reached #1 on iTunes World Music charts 2012.