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Michael Arbenz at Katjazz Fest 2023

Michael Arbenz concerts:
1. The Global Groove 24 April
2. The Piano Dialogues 25 April
3. Gyan KJC Residency 26 April
Full details here

Michael Arbenz workshops:
1. Intro to Jazz Piano – 23 April
2. Rhythm section workshop 26 April
3. Instrumental Workshop 27-28 April
Full details here

Michael Arbenz. Photo credit: Daniel Infanger

Michael Arbenz will be giving workshops and performances at the Kat Jazz Fest 2023.

A classically-trained pianist and jazz performer, Michael Arbenz brings the passionate curiosity of his self-directed investigations in jazz to the rigour of his classical performance practice. After studying classical piano in Basel, Michael Arbenz’s international classical career has included collaborations with Pierre Boulez, Heinz Holliger, Jürg Wyttenbach and the Swiss new music ensemble Contrechamps.

Discovering a love of jazz as a child, his self-guided exploration of both the techniques of improvisation and the history of jazz was fresh and personal, and his approach to improvisation is multilayered rather than linear, using the piano as an orchestra. His jazz influences are very eclectic and include major jazz pianists across the history of the music, as well as colours and ideas from classical music. He has performed widely with the acclaimed VEIN trio, and has collaborated with international stars including Greg Osby, Glenn Ferris, Dave Liebman, Marc Johnson, Wolfgang Puschnig, and Andy Sheppard. Michael Arbenz also works as a composer and arranger and is the head of the Institute for Jazz and Folk Music at the University of Applied Sciences in Lucerne/Switzerland, where he also teaches.

Find Michael Arbenz on Youtube and on instagram @michaelarbenz