Jazz'N'Spirit is a trio made up of the saxophonist Dirk Piezunka, the guitarist Martin Flindt and the double-bassist Jens Piezunka. This top-class ensemble devotes itself primarily to the re-working of early choral and secular music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and combines this early music with modern jazz elements. The arrangements are imaginative, but also respectful of the original compositions. Jazz'N'Spirit thus opens up new perspectives for well-known clerical pieces and clothes their spiritual strength and vibrancy in a new light. The trio wishes to do more than just re-harmonise and update the work. It aims towards a fusion of early compositional skills with modern improvisational practice, and creates out of this dichotomy a new inimitable acoustic sound. Returning to the musical quintessence, the ensemble succeeds in introducing its own style. It brings together the centuries between the original composition and the present day, and that in a virtuoso and, in
the best sense of the word, 'playful' way. The multiplicity of forms of expression, which reach from almost spherical chimes to groove, makes for an entertaining, exhilarating, and above all, thrilling musical experience. The aim conscious aim is to break through established listening practice, and constantly surprise the audience. Through the rhythmic handling of the arrangements, the perfectly attuned trio evokes an inspiring joyous spirit. As experienced jazz musicians, Jazz'N'Spirit can
strive for an acoustic depth and multiplicity, which extends far beyond the borders of standard jazz. The pieces are presented
with nuance, and have their own character and clear musical profile.
Dirk Pienzunka studied saxophone from 1996 - 2000 in the Netherlands, with Ferdinand Povel at the Hilversum Conservatorium and at the Amsterdam Art School. Alongside many CD recordings, he has played in concerts, amongst others, with the Dusko Goykovich Quintet, Dough Sides, Dejan Terzic, Martin Gjakonovski, Claus Raible, Thomas Stabenow, Ken Norris, Ed Kröger, Florian Poser, Cezary Paciorek and Oliver Groenewald. He appeared with his quartet at many different jazz festivals, and since 2001 has taught saxophone at the Bremen Art School. He has been artistic director and organiser of "Jazz on Board" festival in Bremen since April 2005.
Martin Flindt studied jazz guitar in Arnheim and Hilversum, (Netherlands), and has always had a preference for small acoustic ensembles. In the last few years he has performed mainly with duos and trios. Alongside his own trio "Flindtstones", he has performed in concert with such musicians as Ken Norris, Florian Poser, Joe Dinkelbach and Hanna Jursch. He is also guitarist for the "Nordwest-Bigband" [Northwest Big Band], and has collaborated with many different theatre companies likethe Oldenburg City Theatre, and works as a lecturer.
studied Jazz Bass at the Hilversum Conservatorium in the Netherlands and the University of Arts in Bremen, Germany. Alongside Jazz'N'Spirit he plays in numerous formations from Jazz to "World Music" with Joo Krauss, Thorsten de Winkel, Arkady Shilkloper and others. Furthermore he works as a theatre musician at the State Theatre of Oldenburg, the "Theater Bremen" and the National Theatre of Mannheim, Germany. Many different CD productions enrich his vita. One of these projects is the string quartet "String Thing" who were invited to tour West Africa, China and Japan by the German Goethe Institute. Concerts at the Begrenzer Festival, the Music Festival Rousse in Bulgaria and the FIFA World Congress in Marrakesh, Morocco round off his musical profile.