“One of Europe’s most exciting ensembles”, according to John Fordham, of The Guardian, over the past decade the Basel-based VEIN Trio has established an enviable reputation among jazz audiences for both stylistic diversity and technical accomplishment, blending the complexity of European classical chamber music with the thrills and energy of jazz improvisation at its most sophisticated. All three players are classically trained, and musical leadership is equally shared, creating a fluid, cosmopolitan sound.

The group has released an album nearly every year since its formation and gained recognition for long-term collaborations with star veteran soloists including trombonist Glenn Ferris and saxophonists Greg Osby, Dave Liebman and Andy Sheppard. VEIN’s music is composed by all three members of the trio. Originals are balanced with adaptations of both the classical and jazz traditions, such as the acclaimed album „VEIN Plays Ravel“ (2017).

Dieter Ilg

Dieter Ilg, a double bassist born in Offenburg in 1961, studied at the Freiburg Music Academy with Wolfgang Stert and at the Manhattan School of Music New York. He took practical lessons from renowned bass players such as Eddie Gomez, Ron McClure, Rufus Reid and Ron Carter. From 1989 to 1991, Dieter Ilg was Ron Carter’s successor as a regular member of the Randy Brecker Quintet. For many years, he played with the Mangelsdorff/Dauner Quintet and with the French-Vietnamese guitarist Nguyên Lê.

From the mid-1990s onwards, he began to arrange folk songs as jazz pieces, finding enthusiastic colleagues in Wolfgang Muthspiel and Steve Argüelles. In 2001 he founded his own label, fullfat. A winner of the Baden-Württemberg Jazz Prize (1988), Ilg pulled musical strings in innumerable formations, including those of the Norwegian vocalist Rebekka Bakken, the Tunisian singer and oud player Dhafer Youssef and the prominent personalities Till Brönner and Thomas Quasthoff.

Together with his award-winning trio, Dieter Ilg has been invited to well-known festivals and renowned concert halls. Since 1995 he has been a docent for jazz double bass at the Freiburg Music Academy, also giving master classes in Germany and abroad. In 2011 and 2014 he won the ECHO Jazz Award in the category “Best Bassist – national”. Since 2011 Dieter Ilg’s recordings have been released by the label ACT: Otello and Parsifal were followed by Mein Beethoven, and in the autumn of 2017, B-A-C-H.