March 31, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will host a residency with the Gebhard Ullman Clarinet Trio April 6 through 8. || Concert April 7

During the residency, members of the trio will meet with students, present two masterclasses, and perform in concert. All events are free and open to the public.

"This is an extraordinary opportunity to hear three of the world's greatest musicians not only as they perform in concert but also as they talk about their music," said Phil Haynes, Kushell Jazz Artist in Residence at Bucknell.

The schedule includes:
Tuesday, April 6 — lunchtime concert and masterclass with the Bucknell Improvisation Intensive Ensemble, noon to 1 p.m., Rooke Recital Hall, Weis Music Building;

Wednesday, April 7 — clarinet masterclass, noon to 1 p.m., Rooke Recital Hall, Weis Music Building;

Wednesday, April 7 — "Play, Question and Answer," an open rehearsal with the trio, 3 to 4:22 p.m., Rooke Recital Hall, Weis Music Building;

Wednesday, April 7 — Jazz at Bucknell series concert with the trio, 8:30 p.m., Bucknell Hall;

Thursday, April 8 — "A Jazz Impromptu Concert for Lunch:" Gebhard Ullman with Bucknell professors Barry Long and Phil Haynes, noon to 1 p.m., Rooke Recital Hall, Weis Music Building.

The clarinet trio's visit is supported by the Berlin Senate Cultural Affairs Department and the Goethe Institute with additional residency funds provided by the Bucknell Association for the Arts, the Kushell endowment and Jazz at Bucknell, with special thanks to William Kenny, Lois Svard, the Department of Music, Bill Boswell, Barry Long, and Phil Haynes.

Award-winning musician
Ullmann is considered one of the leading personalities in today's Berlin and international scenes and has received several awards for his work including the Julius Hemphill Composition Award (1999), the Deutsche Phonoakademie Award (1983), one of the first SWF Jazz Awards (1987) and the nomination "Best Jazz CD of the Year" by the German Schallplattenkritik for his CD "tá lam" in 1995.

His CDs "Final Answer" (2002), "The Big band Project (2004) and "New Basement Research" (2008) were listed in Downbeat magazine among the best CDs of those years. In 2005 the Downbeat critics poll listed him for the first time in the category rising star. 

A recording artist for Soul Note since 1993, Ullman has been living in New York and Berlin. He has toured with his music throughout Europe as well as Africa, Canada, New Zealand, the U.S.A., Southeast Asia and Mexico and performed on most of the world's most prestigious jazz festivals.

The Gebhard Ullman Clarinet Trio's recordings for clarinet, alto clarinet, and bass clarinet include "Ballads and Related Objects" Leo Records 2004; "Translucent Tones" Leo Records 2002; and "The Clarinet Trio Oct.1, '98" Leolab 1999.

Chris Kelsey of Jazz Times magazine wrote, "Ballads and Related Objects ... makes me appreciate the serendipity of jazz's acquaintance with post schoenberg art music. Ullmann, Kupke and Thieke combine to form a clarinet version of World Saxophone Quartet, complete with grooving vamps, post-tonal improvisation, metrically sophisticated compositions and preternaturally sensitive group dynamic. All three are serious "chopsmeisters", but there's nothing gratuitous about the way they exploit their virtuosity ... it doesn't get better than this."

For more information, visit, or view a YouTube video of "variationen über rauch und moder" from a concert in St. Petersburg at

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