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Bodek Janke

Bodek Janke is one of today´s most sought after drummers and percussionists of the international jazz and world music scenes. His unique and outstanding way of playing the drums, Indian tabla and various percussion instruments has given him opportunities to collaborate with Yo-Yo Ma, Lars Danielsson, Bill Evans, Bobo Stenson, Leszek Możdżer, Gilad Hekselman, Nuria Rial, the WDR, NDR & HR Radio Bigbands, Jasper van´t Hof, Kinan Azmeh, Kristjan Randalu, Petros Klampanis, Tarek Yamani, the Turtle Island & Atom String Quartets, and many others.

Dubbed as ´a master of many dialects´ by New York´s drum legend John Riley, Bodek´s distinctive sound was recorded on more than 200 albums as a sideman. He has also recorded 10 albums under his own name.

His current quartet, SONG, with its first released recording in 2019 has already spread enthusiasm among international audiences; with the second album, SONG2 to be released in February 2020. It features the Namibian vocalist Shishani Vranckx, Estonian pianist Kristjan Randalu, British bassist Philip Donkin, the Atom String Quartet from Poland, plus guest appearances of saxophonist Bill Evans, guitarist Gilad Hekselman and trumpeter Sebastian Studnitzky.

Besides his travels and work as a musician, Bodek writes music for large ensembles & orchestras. A snippet from his first symphonic piece The Mantra Suite was premiered and critically acclaimed in March 2019 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Source: Stan Kelberg


In 2008 he was awarded both the Jazzpreis Baden-Württemberg, Germany’s highest endowed award for jazz musicians and the German Records Critics’ Award. In 2010 he was voted best soloist of the year at the Neuer Deutscher Jazzpreis competition in Mannheim and he won the 1st prize at the 4th International Bucharest Jazz Competition. Bodek was scholarship holder of the Baden-Württemberg Arts Foundation, the Kunststiftung Baden- Württemberg, and the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead in Washington. In 2015 he was awarded with the renowned world- music distinction RUTH, at the TFF Rudolstadt Music Festival, as a part of the multicultural project Eurasians Unity.


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"Infectious groove" — ALL ABOUT JAZZ

"Above-average. A magic moment of improvised music. Janke makes drums and cymbals sing." — SUEDKURIER

"The brilliant percussionist Bodek Janke was inspired and thrilling throughout the performance." — LONDON JAZZ NEWS

"Bodek is a great drummer and percussionist: subtle, groovy and precise." — DJANGO BATES

"Pure rhythm... a dazzling representation of jazz." — MAIN POST

"Janke’s drumming is a masterpiece, his distinct and emotional playing is surpassing." — BERND KONRAD

"A drummer of the highest category." — WESTFÄLISCHE NACHRICHTEN

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Michael Brecker
saxophone, tenor
Al Jarreau
voice / vocals
Bobby McFerrin
voice / vocals
Joe Zawinul
Manolo Badrena


Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


Dreyer Gaido



MoonJune Records



Dreyer Gaido


Folksongs 2

Trios Enoteca



Jazz'N'Arts Records



Bobby McFerrin
voice / vocals

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