With more than 1,500 concerts guitarist and band-leader Stefan Grasse has built up an excellent national and international reputation in recent years.
At home in the world of classical music and Latin jazz, the virtuosic, award-winning player is considered to be representative of a new type of musician. With his extensive European musical training he is able to approach a variety of musical styles and cultures open mindedly and without tunnel vision. With a sensitive instinct he explores ethnic music ranging from Latin American to African and Indian. Guided by his own European roots and creativity he is then able to incorporate these diverse styles into his own compositions and arrangements.
With the security of a sleep walker he is able to switch between any number of styles with authority and originality: from Tango Nuevo to Brazilian jazz, valse musette to Flamenco.
Stefan Grasse has formed his own ensemble with Bettina Ostermeier (clarinet, accordion), Radek Szarek (vibraphone, percussion), Conny Sommer (percussion) and Tobias Kalisch (double bass). With these like-minded soloists he offers a stylistic diversity which is given an enthusiastic reception from both audience and critics. Alongside Astor Piazzolla’s Tango Nuevo and Baden Powell’s Bossa Nova, the CD programme also includes imaginative, thrilling interpretations of Caribbean rhythms, impressionist music by Erik Satie, fiery Flamenco - as well as his own original compositions.
Rarely are breathtaking virtuosity, harmonic finesse and irresistible rhythms presented with such charm and passionate devotion. Or, as the German magazine 'Gitarre Aktuell" described: "It is a musical feast!"
„Stefan Grasse is one of the top guitarists of his genre.“
Elke Tober-Vogt (Main Post, Germany)
„The ensemble is held together by Stefan Grasse himself who, with precision and virtuosity, forms the center of the group. His interpretations are fun as well as being technically on the highest level. …it is a musical feast!“
Holger Reuning (Gitarre Aktuell, Germany)
„...when this experienced jazz and classical guitarrist of international repute starts to perform his own sensitive touch and warm tone, together with the collective team spirit and intimacy of the ensemble, tell the listener that any danger of classical, intellectual detachment is nipped in the bud from the word go.“
Alexander Schmitz (Jazzpodium, Germany)