Clarinetist, saxophonist, and composer Ulrich Drechsler (1969, Reutlingen) rose to fame with the acoustic club trio Café Drechsler, went on to achieve outstanding results with the Cello Quartet, as well as in a duo with pianists Stefano Battaglia and Tord Gustavsen. He recorded about fifteen albums as a leader or co-leader. He won the Amadeus Award for Best Austrian Jazz Blues Album in 2005 (Café Drechsler – Radio Snacks).
Shortly before his fiftieth birthday, Drechsler was the opening act at the Jazzfest Saalfelden, presenting the Liminal Zone project. This monumental work combines his interests in classical, jazz, funk, pop, film music, drum’n’bass, hip-hop, Scandinavian minimalism, Persian Sufi music, British trip-hop, Eastern European romanticism and Mediterranean music, forming three musical fields: Chrome, Caramel and Azure, blending in the Liminal Zone.
The Azure Quartet’s Belgrade performance will be the premiere of this music outside Austria, and in April last year, Belgrade witnessed the birth of the Liminal Zone faction at the duo concert of Drechsler and Peter Zirbs, the legend of Viennese electronic music. The original blend of free jazz, contemporary music and electronics complement the angelic voice of Loretta Who and the hot rhythms of Raphael Keuschnigg.
Ulrich Drecshler – saxophone, clarinet
Peter Zirbs – programming/live electronics
Loretta Who – vocals/live electronics
Raphael Keuschnigg – drums