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Mareike Wiening

Mareike Wiening, percussionist and composer, spent six years in Brooklyn, New York, where she cultivated her musical career. Since 2019, she has been commuting between the United States and Cologne, Germany, while actively participating in the international jazz scene.

Her career as an independent jazz musician encompasses a diverse array of projects and ensembles in New York and Europe. Since 2022, she has been serving as a lecturer in jazz percussion at the Zurich University of the Arts.

The Mareike Wiening Quintet, featuring longstanding musical partners Rich Perry, Glenn Zaleski, Alex Goodman, and Johannes Felscher, was nominated for the 2022 German Jazz Award. In November 2023, their third album, Reveal, is set to release on the renowned New York label of Dave Douglas, Greenleaf Music.

Concert tours have taken her across Germany, Denmark, France, Switzerland, Slovenia, Norway, Lithuania, Brazil, and the United States. Mareike Wiening has graced prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Blue Note NYC, Jazzgallery NY, Jazzclub Unterfahrt, A-trane Berlin, the New York Winter Jazz Festival, the Atlanta Jazz Festival, and the Elbjazz Hamburg. She has also contributed to musical and theatrical productions in Europe and Off-Broadway shows in New York City. In 2023, she made an appearance in the documentary “Jazz Fever,” which was screened in theaters throughout Germany.

Mareike Wiening has collaborated with renowned musicians such as John Zorn, Stefon Harris, Dan Tepfer, Dayna Stephens, Fabian Almazan, Johannes Enders, Adrian Mears, Ben Wendel, and many others. Her exceptional performances have earned her accolades, and she serves as a MEINL endorser for Cymbals and Sticks.


Radio & Podcasts

Mareike Wiening: 'Reveal' Offers Jazz Rhythms of Hope

Read "Mareike Wiening: 'Reveal' Offers Jazz Rhythms of Hope" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer

Today, the Spotlight shines On Mareike Wiening. Mareike is a drummer and composer who joined us on the occasion of the release of her third record as bandleader, Reveal (Greenleaf Music). Featuring her long-time group: tenor saxophonist Rich Perry, pianist Glenn Zaleski, guitarist Alex Goodman, and bassist Johannes Felscher, the band is joined on three tracks by trumpeter and Greenleaf founder Dave Douglas. After several years in New York City, Mareike is now based in jny: ...

Album Review

Mareike Wiening: Reveal

Read "Reveal" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Mareike Wiening is a German drummer/composer who began her career in New York, and now divides her time between there and Köln, Germany. On her third album, she continues making music with her New York-based working band, an increasingly rare situation in contemporary jazz. It provides her an opportunity for more compositional experimentation with each release. “Time for Priorities" begins abstractly, a duet between drums and guitarist Alex Goodman's spacey electronics, before introducing the swinging theme and the rest of ...

Year in Review

Mark Sullivan's Favorite Albums Of 2023

Read "Mark Sullivan's Favorite Albums Of 2023" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

2023 was a very good year for creative music recordings of all sorts. My list includes eclectic music with no specific genre identifier; contemporary jazz; Latin jazz; and reissues of classic jazz and fusion. It would have been easy to create a list three or four times longer. Mata AtlanticaRetiro e Ritmo 7D Media This album is a love letter to Mata Atlântica, the coastal rain forest of Brazil, and a call to ...

Radio & Podcasts

Mareike Wiening Reveals Her New Album Plus Other New Releases

Read "Mareike Wiening Reveals Her New Album Plus Other New Releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show we focus on the latest release from Mareike Wiening. There is also other new music from Stefan Pasborg, Irreversible Entanglements, Andy Pratt, Felix Tellier Pouliot, Dave Stryker, Joe Wittman, Stirrup, Julien Lourau, Mike Rubbio, Peter Xifaris, Amanda Irarrazabal & Pablo Vazquez, Russ Spiegel, and Yuhan Su. Playlist Show Intro 00:00 Mareike Wiening “Time For Priorities" from Reveal (Greenleaf) 00:54 Stefan Pasborg TRIIIO “The Searcher" from The Searcher (Self Released) 08:24 Irreversible Entanglements “Soundness" from Protect ...

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New Music From Wiening, Jukič, Roberts, And More

Read "New Music From Wiening, Jukič, Roberts, And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show we feature new releases from Mareike Wiening, Robert Jukič, Gastón de la Cruz Quartet, Mac Gollehon & the Hispanic Mechanics, Matana Roberts, Trio, Alex Norris, Tam Thi Pham with Fiona Xue Ju & Camila Nebbia, Joel Styzens, Trombone Ensemble Nabou Claerhout, Allison Au and the Migrations Ensemble, Dave Young Quartet, Rob Clearfield, John Donegan, and Bowmanville. Playlist Show Intro 00:00 Mareike Wiening “The Girl By the Window" from Reveal (Greenleaf) 00:54 Robert Jukič ." ...

Radio & Podcasts

New Sounds From Around The World

Read "New Sounds From Around The World" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show we take a virtual trip around the world to hear some of the latest jazz records from the North America, Europe, Russia, South America, and Israel. Ground-breaking new releases push the boundaries of the music creating a variety of fresh and in some cases unexpected sounds.Playlist Mareike Wiening “Seesaw March" from Future Memories (Greenleaf) 00:00 Agustín Uriburu “Santa Fe" from Santa Fe (ears&eyes) 06:56 Heikki Ruokangas & Landon George “Rainy Day" from Stagnant Rapture (Habitable ...

Album Review

Mareike Wiening: Future Memories

Read "Future Memories" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It is interesting that in today's creative music world, a jazz drummer cannot just be a jazz drummer. There are so many great drummers that they have to also be composers, band leaders, and sometimes van drivers. A short list includes Tyshawn Sorey, Allison Miller, Ches Smith, and Terri Lyne Carrington. Add to that list Mareike Wiening, the German-born artist with (now) deep New York roots. Her release Metropolis Paradise (Greenleaf Music, 2019) brought her music critical attention and acclaim, ...

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“It’s basically the jazz equivalent of Manhattanhenge: lush and romantic, but also subdued and very tasteful.”
– Phil Freeman, Stereogum

“Metropolis Paradise is an impressive debut. Wiening’s compositions are rich and varied.”
– Mark Sullivan, All About Jazz

“In the ongoing conversation about best debut album of the year, I hope due consideration goes to drummer Mareike Wiening. … Every piece on Metropolis Paradise is a Wiening original, and they cover an appealing range of style — from Brad Mehldau-esque waltzes (For a Good Day) to knotty polyrhythmic workouts (Misconception).”
– Nate Chinen, WGBO

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


Greenleaf Music


Future Memories

Greenleaf Music



Bon SaiMusic


Metropolis Paradise

Greenleaf Music



Self Produced



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