Maik Krahl Quartet

Label: Challenge Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 0608917349924
Catalog number: CR 73499
Releasedate: 29-05-20
- Features Seamus Blake on several tracks
- After his release on Double Moon, distributed by Challenge Maik releases his next project on Challenge Records.
"For his new album, Maik has put together a variety of moods and grooves. Technical extravaganza pairs with musical instinct and cunning. His partners Constantin Krahmer (p/rhod), Oliver Lutz (db), and Leif Berger (dr) offer relentless support and make for an exciting listening experience. Seamus Blake adds his own particular vibe and eloquence to some of the tunes. Maik's immaculate trumpet playing thrives on influences of the great heroes of the instrument, today's and yesterday's. His compositions switch from intricate to thoughtful revealing an intellectual musical mind. My compliments for a strong jazz album."

Olivier Peters (WDR Big Band)

Born in 1991 in Bautzen, Maik Krahl started playing the trumpet at an early age of being just eight years old. After studying Jazz at the Carl Maria von Weber Hochschule in Dresden he started a Master of Music Jazz Improvising Artist at the Folkwang Universität der Künste Essen. His most influencing teachers were Till Brönner, Malte Burba and the American Jazz trumpet player Ryan Carniaux.
His first album Decidophobia with Bruno Müller, Constantin Krahmer, Oliver Lutz and Hendrik Smock is released 2018 with Double Moon/Challenge Records.

Besides playing with his own band, you can hear Krahl regularly with the quintet Unit 5, which won the Jazzstipendium jazz@undesigned in 2018. Furthermore, he is a steady part of the Subway Jazz Orchestra in Cologne. With this big band he recorded three albums—Primal Scream (2015), State of Mind (2016), and Richbeck Suite (2018)—so far.

Concerts brought him to Greece, Guinea-Bissau, Canada, Croatia, Lithuania, Austria, Senegal, and the US. Traveling the world allowed him to work with musicians like John Clayton, Kurt Elling, Herb Geller, Benny Green, Jeff Hamilton, Ingrid Jensen, John Ruocco, and Jiggs Whigham.

Besides working as an artist, Maik Krahl teaches trumpet at the Offene Jazz Haus Schule in Cologne.