Barbara BruckmüllerAustria Vienna
The Viennese composer, arranger and big band leader Barbara Bruckmüller founded her own orchestra in 2009, since she was fascinated by the sound possibilities of a big band. The jazz ensemble consists of some of the best Austrian and international jazz musicians such as trombonist Robert Bachner, saxophonist Viola Falb, the late Bassist Paulo Cardoso or Californian pianist Danny Grissett.
Barbara wrote music for a silent movie for a smaller big band ensemble, payed tribute to her late mother with traditional Viennese songs arranged for big band and vocals, wrote music for piano and jazz orchestra plus strings, composed a suite for the 100th birthday of Thelonious Monk and realized a joint project with the spoken word artist Wadud Ahmad from Philadelphia. Her debut album "Barbara Bruckmüller Big Band" was awarded the German Record Critics' Prize in 2013. In 2017 Barbara Bruckmüller received a composition grant from the Austrian Federal Chancellery.
Over the years she has collaborated with musicians such as bassist Christian McBride, Peter Herbert, singer Tony Hewitt or trumpeter Thomas Gansch. Her latest work „The Spaces Within and Without“ was presented at Porgy&Bess, Vienna in October 2021. The latest album release was in 2022 - a live concert recording on vinyl. In August 2023 she and her orchestra were invited to record the “Trumpet Tales” by guitarist and composer Klaus Wienerroither at the ORF RadioKulturhaus in Vienna, which will be broadcast in a radio session on OE1 (oe1.at) in 2024. Barbara is currently working on her next record “A Chain of Moments – Suite in five Movements for Piano, Strings and Jazz Orchestra” for which she has invited cuban pianist and composer Aruán Ortiz to be featured on piano. This project will take place in February 2024.