Langnau Jazz Nights: Teachers

Faculty Langnau Jazz Nights 2022

Ingrid Jensen (trumpet / faculty curator)

Ingrid Jensen has been hailed as one of the most gifted trumpeter of her generation. As a sought-out teacher, collaborator, and soloist, it is easy to see why the New York Times calls her “as versatile as she is vigorous. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1989, she went on to record three highly acclaimed CDs for the ENJA record label, soon becoming one of the most in-demand trumpet players on the global jazz scene.

After a teaching stint in Europe in her early twenties – as the youngest professor in the history of the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz, Austria – Ingrid settled in New York City in the mid-1990s where she joined the innovative jazz orchestras of Maria Schneider (1994-2012) and Darcy James Argue (2002-present). More recently, Ingrid has performed with the Grammy-winning Terri-Lyne Carrington and her Mosaic Project, Helen Sung’s Sung with Words project and the highly acclaimed all-star ensemble, Artemis. In addition to her busy sideman and featured soloist schedule, Jensen leads her own quintet, quartet and organ trio. Her own bands have garnered glowing reviews and earned her a loyal fan base around the globe.

As a dedicated jazz educator, Jensen has taught trumpet at the University of Michigan and Peabody Conservatory; performed and lectured as a guest artist with the Thelonious Monk Institute High School group featuring Herbie Hancock; and performed and taught at the Centrum Jazz Workshop, The Dave Brubeck Institute, the Banff Centre Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music, the Stanford Jazz Camp, and the Geri Allen Jazz Camp for Young Women. She is currently on faculty at both Purchase College, and is serving as Interim Associate Dean and Director of Jazz Arts at Manhattan School of Music.

“Full of pepper and smarts, Jensen is flat out, one of the best trumpet players in Jazz…”
-Paul DeBarros, Seattle Times

Dayna Stephens (saxophone)

Playing with pureness of intention, Dayna admits he’s always searching to find what’s “singable.” That search often results in live improvisations and written compositions that challenge traditional concepts of harmony, pushing phrasing and sending beautiful and unintentional melodies in unlikely directions. Rhythmic dialogue excites the Brooklyn-born, Bay Area-raised artist, as both an improviser and a written composer. His creative expression leads him to uncover different rhythmic interpretations of harmonic ideas as part of a spontaneous interchange with other players. These evolving interpretations help serve Dayna’s commitment to authenticity of the moment, whether he’s playing live or in the studio.

A graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, where he studied under artistic icons Terence Blanchard, Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock, Dayna began his formal studies with a full scholarship at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He currently teaches at Manhattan School of Music and William Paterson University in Wayne New Jersey.

Sofia Rei (vocals)

Folklore and futurism, graceful elegance and raw passion, virtuosic precision and spontaneous exploration – all merge together in the music of award-winning vocalist, songwriter and producer Sofia Rei. Redefining authenticity from an intensely personal perspective, Rei has carried diverse Latin American traditions from her native Buenos Aires to the multi-cultural mecca of New York City, where she’s fused those sounds with jazz, classical, pop, and electronic music influences to forge a singular and ever-evolving sound.

Having carved a unique pathway through a wide range of styles and traditions, Rei is also dedicated to guiding others not to follow, but to find their own ways forward. After teaching at both NEC and Berklee, she is now a Professor at New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, where she’s helping students navigate the confluence of contemporary music, technology and business. She’s also helped bring innovative voices to new audiences as producer and co-founder of two events, Berklee’s Latin America Vive Music Festival and the NYC South American Music Festival, and as founder of El Colectivo Sur, an arts collective that aims to increase public awareness of South American music throughout the world and bring together diverse communities.

Mike Moreno (guitar)

Originally from Houston, Texas, Mike began studying music formally at the Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, a school renowned for its musical alumni, which includes such luminaries as Jason Moran, Robert Glasper, Brian Michael Cox, Eric Harland, Chris Dave, Kendrick Scott, and Beyoncé. After graduating, Mike moved to New York City with a scholarship to attend the New School University. While still in school he began garnering the recognition necessary to be called to perform and tour with some of the most venerable names in the Jazz world as well as rising stars of the scene. Over the years, they have included The Joshua Redman Elastic Band, Lizz Wright Band, Nicholas Payton Quartet, Stefon Harris Sonic Creed and may more.

Recognized as one of the leading voices in the Jazz guitar world, Mike has toured extensively and recorded as a leader of his own band, playing his original music to high critical acclaim besides being sideman with many great musicians.

Fabian Almazan (piano)

Cuban-American pianist and composer Fabian Almazan found his musical roots as a child in Havana where he first became involved in the classical piano tradition. As a performer, Almazan has developed a personal voice through the electric manipulation of the acoustic piano in live and studio settings. He has toured his music extensively as well as accompanied artists such as Linda May Han Oh, Terence Blanchard, Gretchen Parlato, John Hollenbeck, Mark Guiliana, Dave Douglass, Avishai Cohen and Ambrose Akinmusire among others.
Almazan is the founder and director of Biophilia Records. Biophilia means "an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems.” In addition to creating meaningful and imaginative music, Biophilia Records artists are united by a common interest in having a positive impact on the environment and our communities.

Alan Hampton (bass)

Alan Hampton is a singer/songwriter/bassist who’s toured, written, and recorded with several leading artists in a variety of genres, such as multi Grammy Award winner Robert Glasper, Andrew Bird, Sufjan Stevens, Gretchen Parlato, and Meshell Ndegeocello. His music has appeared on a number of records, films, and TV shows. The title track from Erimaj’s “Conflict of a Man,” was featured on HBO’s new series Insecure. “Still,” one of many collaborations  between Hampton and Grammy nominated vocalist Gretchen Parlato, was performed on French television in Manu Katche’s One Shot Not. His vocals are featured on a Hexum/Hampton cowrite entitled “This Time of Year” in the opening scene of A Cinderella Christmas. Most recently Hampton co-wrote “Places That the Mind Goes” which is scheduled for release on 311’s next record, produced by John Feldmann.

In addition to writing and contributing dozens of songs for other artists, he’s also produced several records, two of which are his own: The Moving Sidewalk, and Origami For the Fire, which received critical acclaim from Ben Ratliff of the New York Times:  
“Alan Hampton is a songwriter who makes you reach for platitudes about ‘good music’ — how people don’t write adventurous or honest pop songs anymore, how it’s all archness and monotony now, how our harmony-starved ears have shrunk….He does that because he’s got loads of talent.”

Kendrick Scott (drums)

As far back as he can recall, drummer and composer Kendrick Scott, who was born in Houston in 1980, has imbued his music with deeper meaning. “Coming up in church,” he says, “you played music for a message; you played music for a purpose. Like his fellow Houston drum greats Eric Harland and Jamire Williams, Scott grew up with a mother who was an acclaimed gospel choir director. On top of that bedrock, he developed his technique through private mentorship and public jazz education, spurred on by an environment of fierce but brotherly competition. He moved to New York in 2003, and raised his profile performing and recording for Blue Note in trumpeter Terence Blanchard’s band (with future Blue Note artists Hodge, pianist Aaron Parks and guitarist Lionel Loueke). Scott’s long-running working group Oracle, is one of the most thoughtfully powerful jazz bands of its generation.

Hans Ermel (bass)

Jazz Workshop: responsible theory (basic level)
Band Workshops

Hans Ermel was born in Eggiwil, Emmental in 1971, studied at the Jazzschule Luzern with Heiri Känzig but also took classes for classical double bass with Béla Szèdlak. He attended workshops in Switzerland and abroad with Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Miroslav Vitous, Marc Johnson, Ray Anderson und Dave Liebman. Hans Ermel is involved in various projects, including ‚Die Vier Tenöre‘, Padre Padrone, 007 Only. He is also a member of different classical ensembles (Ensemble 7) and was part of musical- und theater productions (Der kleine Horrorladen, Evita, Miss Saigon, Les Misérables, West Side Story). Hans Ermel was born in Eggiwil, Emmental in 1971, studied at the Jazzschule Luzern with Heiri Känzig but also took classes for classical double bass with Béla Szèdlak. He attended workshops in Switzerland and abroad with Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Miroslav Vitous, Marc Johnson, Ray Anderson und Dave Liebman. Hans Ermel is involved in various projects, including ‚Die Vier Tenöre‘, Padre Padrone, 007 Only. He is also a member of different classical ensembles (Ensemble 7) and was part of musical- und theater productions (Der kleine Horrorladen, Evita, Miss Saigon, Les Misérables, West Side Story).

Christoph Siegenthaler (piano)

Responsible Junior Jazz Workshop Orchestra
Band Workshops

Christoph studied performance and educational science with William Evans (amongst others) at the Hoschschule der Künste Bern, Swiss Jazz School. He participated in master classes with musicians such as Michael Brecker, Bruce Barth, Art Lande, Paul McCandless, Darmon Meader, Ernie Watts, Janek Gwizdala, Bill Cobham und Enrico Pieranunzi. He is very comfortable with playing Jazz, however is also at home playing Pop, Rock and Soul music. He plays at numerous festival and club tours in Switzerland and abroad.

Rolf Häsler (sax)

Responsible Junior Jazz Workshop Orchestra
Band Workshops

Rolf Häsler was born in 1962 in Interlaken and started playing the clarinet when he was 10 years old. 3 years later he added the saxophone. 1989 he graduated from the Swiss Jazz School Bern where he studied with Andy Scherrer. He participated in workshops with Dick Oatts, Jerry Bergonzi, Hannibal, Don Menza, Sal Nistico, Michael Brecker, Bob Mintzer, George Gruntz, Chris Hunter. He is teaching saxophone and clarinet at the music schools Oberland Ost and Region Thun. He is the responsible for the jazz workshop Interlaken and the jazz band of the gymnasium Interlaken. Leader of the Second Line Big Band, Big Band Musikschule Region Thun (1999-2011). He has plaid with musicians such as Joe Haider, Günther Kühlwein, Tim Hagans, Ron Mc Clure, Steve Fishwick, Steve Brown, Margie Evans, Gene Mighty Flea Connors, William Evans, Thomas Moeckel, Bruno Spoerri, Umberto Arlatti, Lars Lindvall, Mr. Blue and others.

Ivo Prato (sax)

Sax instrumental class basic level
Junior Jazz Workshop: playing theory, band workshops

Since 1988 Ivo Prato has been working as a musician and music teacher. After learning how to play the clarinet, he decided to study saxophone (ts) at the Swiss Jazz School (HKB) in Bern. He is a member of different bands and projects.  

Marianne Keel (vocals)

Responsible Junior Jazz Workshop Orchestra
Band Workshops

Marianne Keel was born in 1979 in Bern. She studied jazz singing at the Basel University of Music, Department of Jazz with Susanne Abbuehl and Lisette Spinnler. In 2007 she successfully completed with a teaching diploma. She was the winner of a scholarship from the Friedl-Wald-Foundation. In 2005 she spent half a year in Copenhagen and took singing lessons with Josefine Cronholm. She took lessons in composition and arrangement with Araxi Karnusian. Her musical spectrum ranges from jazz and pop to baroque crossover projects and makes her an exciting singer in various stylistic projects. In 2012 her debut album with her band "Marianne's Bag" was released by Meta Records. She is a vocal and choral conductor at the Oberemmental Music School.

Niculin Christen (piano)

Responsible Junior Jazz Meeting

Born in 1981 in Thun. He graduated from the Hochschule für Musik Basel where he studied piano with Hans Feigenwinter and Malcom Braff. Exchange year at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, classes with Karel Bouhle.
His sound spectrum goes from Jazz to Pop even to Klezmer. For the past few year he has started to play the Akkordon which makes him an in demand musician for many different projects. Current projects: Bait Jaffe Klezmerorchester, Matthias Siegrist, Little Pocket.

Pius Baschnagel (drums)

Drums instrumental class basic level
Band workshops

Born 1970, lives in Zurich, educated in Los Angeles CA.
Kulturförderungspreis of the City of Illnau-Effretikon 2004
Teaching rhythm and drums at the ZHdK
Performances with Joshua Redman, Barbara Dennerlein, NDR Bigband, Benny Golson, Daniel Powter, Till Brönner, Chico Freeman, Rhoda Scott, Scott Robinson, George Gruntz, Franco Ambrosetti, Benny Bailey, Swiss Army Big Band, Jimmy Woode, Nubya, Picason, Swiss Jazz Orchestra and others.
Bands: Zurich Jazz Orchestra, Herbie Kopf, Marianne Racine, Müller-Kramis-Baschnagel, Christoph Grab's Reflections
Own projects: Baschnagel Group, P. B. s Latinworld, Pius' Latinchoice
Festivals: Drumfestival Switzerland, Art on Ice, Caliente, Jazz no Jazz, Willisau, Schaffhausen
Tours abroad: Lithuania, Greece, Greece, Oman, Israel, Germany, China, Holland, Romania, the Netherlands, Ukraine