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Michael Janisch

Michael Janisch has established himself as a tireless creative force across the developing international spheres of contemporary improvised and experimental music. Based in London (originally from the USA), he successfully traverses this creative topography as a first-call electric & double bassist, MOBO-Award nominated solo artist, prolific producer, and owner of Whirlwind Recordings, which has become one of the world’s premiere indie labels of the last decade. Janisch’s previous solo albums have been nominated for multiple industry awards, while getting radio spins on Gilles Peterson, NPR, WDR, BBC, JazzFM shows as well as coverage in Jazzwise, Jazz Thing, Downbeat & Concerto Magazines, The NY Times & Guardian and beyond to international acclaim

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Andrew Bain: On Playing With(out) Boundaries

Read "Andrew Bain: On Playing With(out) Boundaries" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Scottish drummer and educator Andrew Bain has performed in a wide variety of projects, from playing with Dave Liebman during his years with the Guildhall School of Music Jazz Orchestra, or collaborating with the late Kenny Wheeler to having taken part in joint efforts with the likes of late pianist John Taylor and other modern British ...

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Paul Dunlea's 4 Corners at Maggie's Farm

Read "Paul Dunlea's 4 Corners at Maggie's Farm" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Paul Dunlea's 4 Corners Maggie's Farm Dromara, N. Ireland January 27, 2020 When you consider that some Belfast venues might struggle to get forty punters for a Monday night jazz gig, it is no mean feat that as many have turned out, in the middle of the Irish countryside no ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Scott Kinsey: On speaking Luniwaz with an accent

Read "Scott Kinsey: On speaking Luniwaz with an accent" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Scott Kinsey belongs among the most influential keyboard players of the past decades and seems capable of adapting to any style of music. Unlike those who came before him, Kinsey was born into the golden era of keyboards and synthesizers, when visionaries such as Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock had already begun to explore the vast ...

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Whirlwind Recordings 10 Year Anniversary Sale

Whirlwind Recordings 10 Year Anniversary Sale

Whirlwind Recordings celebrates its 10th anniversary this month. Save up to 50% off selected CDs, LPs and DLs! What started out as a simple venture for founder Michael Janisch to release his own music has blossomed into one of the premiere independent labels releasing contemporary jazz and related musics in the world today. Our catalogue consists ...

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10 New Vinyl Releases Available Now For Ordering – Lee Konitz, Rez Abbasi, Tori Freestone, Gareth Lockrane, Walter Smith III + More

10 New Vinyl Releases Available Now For Ordering – Lee Konitz, Rez Abbasi, Tori Freestone, Gareth Lockrane, Walter Smith III + More

Announcing 10 new limited edition vinyl albums: Whirlwind is delighted to dig into their back catalog and make available for the first time a limited edition printing of First Meeting: Live in London Volume 1, by Lee Konitz, Dan Tepfer, Michael Janisch and Jeff Williams. One of the label's all-time most popular releases, this new double ...

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January 2019 Whirlwind Recordings Rebrand Sale - Up To 50% Off Back Catalogue (CDs • LPs • DLs • Apparel) Until The End Of The Month!

January 2019 Whirlwind Recordings Rebrand Sale - Up To 50% Off Back Catalogue (CDs • LPs • DLs • Apparel) Until The End Of The Month!

Whirlwind Recordings, the London, UK-based imprint founded by Michael Janisch is celebrating a complete rebranding of the label’s logo and online look, complete with a website overhaul and migration of their old store to the new Bandcamp label page this month. To celebrate, and to say a massive thank you to all their fans for support ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Conor Murray & Micheal Murray: Putting Falcarragh On The Jazz Map

Read "Conor Murray & Micheal Murray: Putting Falcarragh On The Jazz Map" reviewed by Ian Patterson

It's just gone half past midday and yet double bassist Conor Murray and twin brother, saxophonist Micheal Murray, are gearing up for their second media engagement of the day. If this were New York or London such hustle and bustle mightn't be unusual for two seasoned jazz musicians with a CD to launch, except the Murrays ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Don Byron / Aruán Ortiz: Random Dances And (A)Tonalities

Read "Random Dances And (A)Tonalities" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Two highly accomplished artists--one long-established, the other solidifying his legacy--are brought together on Random Dances And (A)Tonalities. This duo outing features clarinetist and saxophonist Don Byron and pianist Aruán Ortiz. The two gifted composers have been playing together, at Ortiz's initial request, since 2014 but in larger ensembles. In late 2017 Byron and Ortiz met in ...


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