I am a German-born composer and guitarist. In 2006 I moved to Dublin, Ireland to follow my passion for music. I have been playing and recording music in many different styles and with musicians from all over the world. My desire to extend my musical vocabulary brought me to the genre of Jazz. In 2011 I recorded my first Latin Jazz album Bossa Fever with Portugese singer Susana Lima.
In the following years I completed a degree in Jazz Performance at Blackrock’s Newpark Music Centre and formed my band Mathias Baumann Quartet with which I recorded my first original Jazz album, entitled Expectations.
It was recorded as the result of a German-Irish collaboration of four musicians featuring seven of my original compositions by telling the story of how I explored many different dialects of Jazz. Stylistically my compositions include a mixture of Blues, Hardbop, Modal, Ballad, Latin, Broadway Standard and Thelonius Monk influenced tunes.
In essence, Expectations brings together different cultures through the language of music.
My objectives, inspiration and vision
I am passionate about music and enjoy composing and playing. I always intend to create something meaningful and from the heart. My sources of inspiration are the things that surround me.
From my early childhood I have been surrounded by, and deeply connected with music and gathered a lot of experience by playing various styles of music with musicians from many different countries. In recent years I have been exploring intercultural and multidisciplinary approaches of writing, playing recording and performing music. I therefore made it my mission to explore life and our connection with one another and the world through meaningful music and creative, multidisciplinary art projects.
What will make ‘Expectations’ a success?
Everybody involved in this album has poured their heart and soul into recording the music and creating the artwork which represents it. Every second of my time, every ounce of my individual passion has been invested in realising the dream of sharing my music with you, and with the entire world.
I seek neither fame nor commercial success. My love of jazz has always been driven by the contentment and enjoyment of really playing, composing and recording my own music. I’m committed by the goal of seeing my album released on Vinyl and CD in November 2015. This for me would be a measurabe success. Anything that happens after that would be a welcome and happy bonus.
I invite you to help me realise my dream of bringing my music and my project to the world.
Thank you for taking your time to read about my new album ‘Expectations’ which will be released in three formats:
1. digitally across all online platforms,
2. as a compact disc in cardboard format, and
3. as a limited edition of 250 LPs.
Track List and credits
01 Friday Night
02 Julia’s Song
03 Ode To Thelonius
04 Take It Or Leave It
05 The BumbleBeeBopBip DeeDoodleDeeDooDa
06 Mr. M.D.
Mathias Baumann – Guitar
Darragh Hennessey – Piano
Barry Rycraft – Double Bass
Satya Darcy – Drums
Recorded at Tuscany Soundz Studios, Dublin
Music composed, arranged, produced, mixed & mastered by Mathias Baumann
Artwork by Sarah Bracken
© 2015 Mathias Baumann Music. All Rights Reserved.