Alexandra Lehmler (alto and soprano saxophone, bass clarinet) was born in Bad Ems an der Lahn in 1979. She is a graduate of Musikhochschule Mannheim and intensified her studies with Bernd Konrad in Stuttgart and at Conservatoire National Superieur in Paris.
Already as an eight year old child Alexandra feels magically attracted to the saxophone. Following her teacher’s advice, she takes five years of clarinet lessons before finally approaching her desired instrument. Her talent develops rapidly. She collects several prizes at the „Jugend Jazzt“ competition, participates in the youth jazz orchestras of the states of Rheinland-Pfalz and Baden-Württemberg and later on in the national jazz orchestra, directed by Peter Herbolzheimer. She has worked with Maria Schneider, David Liebman, Jürgen Friedrich, Peter Weniger and Bobby Shew. Concerts were given all over Europe, in Korea and Russia.
Early on Alexandra follows her own musical path. As a student she is advised to be inspired by Charlie Parker. But the young woman discovers the clear and driving sound of Marceo Parker instead. While most jazz musicians choose American role models, she is fascinated by the French saxophonist Julien Lourau, Stephano di Battista and the band „Underkarl“.
At the age of 16 she learns to play the piano and starts composing. In 2000 Alexandra meets Daniel Prandl (pn), Matthias Debus (bs) and Max Mahlert (dr) and finds them to be musicians, who will accompany her on the path of a „strictly European and world“ jazz. In 2004 the group is joined by Farouk Gomati, a percussionist from Columbia, who greatly enhances their element of world music.
The Alexandra Lehmler Quintett
Inspired by the very specific French jazz scene and by world music in general, the Alexandra Lehmler Quintett places accents within European jazz. During the six years of its existence the group has created its own world of sound, including music written by Alexandra Lehmler, Matthias Debus and Daniel Prandl, as well as compositions by Jeff Beck, Julien Lourau and Lorca, which seem to glow in a very special Lehmler-like light. It’s a light consisting of many shades. It leans towards traditional jazz on the one hand, is deeply enrooted in European tradition on the other, and violently blows everything up at the same time.
When asked about her music, Alexandra describes how she often simply closes her eyes and lets her saxophone take her on a far away journey. The way her sound touches and effects listeners could almost scare you. It does not have to brag only with technical perfection, since it can sing or purr or dance a cha-cha-cha, or even travel back to the twenty-first century with the help of technical effects. Blessed with plenty of stage experience, Alexandra now presents a surprisingly refreshing debut: Sundance.
Daniel Prandl (piano)
Daniel was born in Burghausen/Salzach in 1979. As a student of Prof. Jörg Reiter he studied at Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Mannheim. In 2005 he wins a competition announced by the heads of all German Musikhochschulen and receives the title of being an outstanding soloist. As a member of the Big Band Musikhochschule Mannheim he achieves first place. In the following year Daniel and a fellow student take part in the international IASJ conference in Louisville, Kentucky.
Daniel calls a Trio his own, as well as participating in several other bands, such as “Sarahs Ballroom” and Dirik Schilgen’s “JazzGrooves”. He has performed with artists like Thomas Siffling, Mini Schulz, Markus Bodenseh, Roland Döringer, Leszek Zadlo, Ingrid Jensen, James Simpson, Eva Leticia, Jörg-Achim Keller and Peter Herbolzheimer within Germany and abroad. At the time Daniel is teaching at Musikhochschule Mannheim.
Matthias Debus (bass)
Matthias was born in Speyer in 1977. Right from the start he constantly crosses borders between classical music, jazz and rock. After learning to play the piano, the guitar and the contrabass, he focuses on optimizing his electronic bass skills and studies to become a jazz contrabass player at Musikhochschule Würzburg.
He gathers numerous experiences performing as an independent musician and becomes a popular bass player in rock- and pop bands, jazz groups, Bigbands (Jugendjazzorchester Rheinland-Pfalz) and symphony orchestras. Together with Hubert Winter, Jürgen Neudert, Alan Blairman, Peter Back, Michael Wollny, Michael Arlt, Lömsch Lehmann, Olaf Schönborn, Hans-Peter Salentin, Lutz Häffner, Paul Höchstädter, Hannes Nied and Tobias Weidingen Matthias has performed in all of Europe and the US. He can be heard on recordings by the Landesjugendjazzorchester Rheinland-Pfalz, as well as by the award-winning ensemble “Saxshop”, “Bunt”, Dennis Schütze and Will Handsome. His own band project “Zone 97” was awarded with the “Szene 2002” newcomer prize by the Süddeutsche Zeitung.
Max Mahlert (drums)
Max was born in 1987 and was a student at Frankfurt Musikwerkstatt and Stuttgart Drum Department. He is proud to be a “Jugend Jazz Hessen” award-winner.
Being well known in Stuttgart as a member of “Lounge Act”, Max now performs in all of southern Germany, mainly in the Frankfurt and Munich music scene. His current appearances are with Stefan and Martin Zenker’s “Unlimited Blue”, Franz Weyerer, Torsten De Winkel, Klaus Raible, Jan Eschke, “Obsession” and “Lunar Jive”. He has given concerts in Poland, England, France and Korea.
Farouk Gomati (percussion)
Farouk was born in Columbia in 1985 and has been Jose Cortijo’s student of latin percussion at Musikhochschule Mannheim since 2004. He is a member of the Bundesjazzorchester, works with Nils Gessinger and has established his own band, which is known by the name of “Latin Sampling”. Besides several guest appearances with the Bigband Hessischer Rundfunk, Farouk has enjoyed many artistic experiences, such as performing with Joe Gallardo and accompanying the Hamburg musical production of “König der Löwen”.
During the six years of its existence the “Alexandra Lehmler Quintett” has created its own world of sound, including music written by Alexandra Lehmler, Matthias Debus and Daniel Prandl, as well as compositions by Jeff Beck, Julien Lourau and Lorca, which seem to glow in a very special Lehmler-like light.
It’s a light consisting of many shades. It leans towards traditional jazz on the one hand, is deeply enrooted in European tradition on the other, and violently blows everything up at the same time. The way the band’s individual sound touches and effects listeners could almost scare you. It sings, purrs and dances a cha-cha-cha, before it takes jazz as we know it all the way back to the twenty-first century with the help of technical effects.
Alexandra’s timbre nearly mimics a human voice and impresses even more than her brilliant technique. Her band colleagues are just as expressive and complement her perfectly.
Blessed with plenty of stage experience, Alexandra now presents a surprisingly refreshing debut: Sundance.
Alexandra Lehmler (ss, as, bcl)
Daniel Prandl (pn)
Matthias Debus (bs)
Max Mahlert (dr)
Farouk Gomati (perc)