Inspiring Nature – Magic Colours Of The Wicklow Way, Part One

Good Mornings,

in August 2015 I went to walk the Wicklow Way from Iron Bridge to Dublin with Markus, a friend from Germany. If you start in Iron Bridge you will be walking 5/7 of the entire way.

My wife gave us a lift to Iron Bridge on a Sunday Morning and we started our trip at 10:00 am with light drizzle and a feeling that this is going to be a beautiful and exciting trip.

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We were well equipped so the rain didn’t bother us at all. After a very steep beginning through forest we arrived at a hut, which at that time didn’t catch our attention.

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At the beginning it wasn’t easy to leave reality behind and become one with the surroundings. But soon nature revealed its ancient face and some amazing colours.

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We continued our ascent and reached the top of the first mountain pretty soon.

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We took a small detour to explore the regional forest and the boggy landscape before we arrived in the valley of Glenmalure where we stayed for the night.

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…to be continued…

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Avoidable Inevitability

My song ‘Avoidable Inevitability’ is now available. Download here on Bandcamp.com

MBQ – Live at CFCP, 19.09.2014, 10pm – Culture Night


MBQ (Mathias Baumann Quartet) play original Jazz compositions blending traditional styles with a modern sounds. On Dublin’s Culture Night 2014 the quartet will give a preview of the upcoming album release ‘Expectations’. The original compositions on their debut record let the listener travel through the history of traditional Jazz sounds. Influenced by great composers such as Wayne Shorter, Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Kenny Burrell and Art Blakey the music features different styles from Blues over Bebop to Hardbop and contemporary modal sounds.

Mathias Baumann (guitar), Darragh Hennessy (piano), Bazz Rycraft (double bass), Brendan Doherty (drums).

Date: 19/09/2014
Time: 10:30 pm
Admission: Free
Venue info: www.cfcp.ie
Address & Contact: 15 Pembroke Street Lower, Dublin 2, phone: +353 (0)1 7995416, email: info@cfcp.ie

Last Night’s Gig

Good Mornings,

thanks for coming to the gig last night on ‘The Boat’. I am really happy to have shared the music with Josh once more since he will be leaving Ireland soon. It is a great experience to say good bye by playing music together. But I’m sure we will be playing together again!

Just wanted to mention a great thing that happened after the gig: A guy from the audience came to us and thanked us for the music. We really enjoyed the gig and it is nice to hear that people got what they came for. Thank YOU for your appreciation.

Recording Sessions MBQ

I have been in the studio last week to record the second batch of tunes for my first album with my Quartet (MBQ). It was a great session and I realised how patient and generous you have to be with one another when you record a Jazz album.

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When we were recording we were always going for another take and another one because we thought we can do it better and better again. At the end of the day we were all exhausted. Listening back a few days later showed that the first two takes were usually the best ones.

The best thing of all is that the album is finished now. All that is left to do is mixing, mastering and the manufacturing process. The release will be in the second half of 2014. i am really excited about this and very thankful for Darragh’s, Barry’s and Satya’s great work and musicianship. Thanks guys!