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Mareike Wiening: Metropolis Paradise

Read "Metropolis Paradise" reviewed by Don Phipps

Composer-drummer Mareike Wiening's album, Metropolis Paradise, is a homage to her six-year residency in New York. And what a special time it must have been--judging from the music--a warm, sunny collection of shimmering and breezy beauty. Wiening wrote all the compositions, and they reflect what might be a perfect day sitting in Central Park under a warm sun, watching the butterflies scatter through the flowers. Wiening's ensemble is very tight, but this does not mean rigid. Instead, it ...

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Mareike Wiening: Metropolis Paradise

Read "Metropolis Paradise" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

German-born drummer/composer Mareike Wiening makes her first full-length album and Greenleaf Music debut with Metropolis Paradise. This all-original program is a winning display of her composing, drumming and band-leading, with the help of a very sharp band. Returning from her earlier EP Crosswalk (Self Produced, 2015) are double bassist Johannes Felscher (a fellow Nuremberg native), Canadian guitarist Alex Goodman—now a New York resident, last heard from as a leader on Second Act (Lyte Records, 2017)—and tenor saxophonist Rich Perry. Pianist ...

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Mareike Wiening: Crosswalk

Read "Crosswalk" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Drummer and composer Mareike Wiening is originally from Germany where she got her Bachelor of Music (University of Performing Arts, Mannheim) in 2011. She then had the opportunity to move to New York City after receiving the DAAD scholarship from Germany, enrolling at New York University where received her Master of Music degree in 2014. Crosswalk is her debut recording, the quality of which can be at least partly discerned by the members of her group: veteran Rich ...


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