In Kooperation with Frauenbad Heidelberg
With a repertoire ranging from classical, jazz and pop arrangements to Christmas a cappella, the British vocal ensemble Apollo5 are adept performers on the concert platform and at festivals.
The group’s performances in London have included St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Royal Albert Hall, Wembley Arena, and the Houses of Parliament. Recent festivals include The City of London Festival, The London A Cappella Festival, and the Festival La Folle Journée, France. Besides the five vocalists have been touring the US and made their debut in South Asia.
Apollo5 is part of the VCM Foundation, and is involved in its innovative education programme aiming to inspire creativity through music. The programme, led by VOCES8, reaches 40,000 young people annually, working in over 300 schools in the UK, France, Sweden, the USA and Asia. The foundation has its home at the Gresham Centre, at St Anne and St Agnes Church in the heart of the City of London.
Apollo5 is Ensemble in Residence with Surrey Arts. The group works with children and adults with special needs and leads an innovative Young Leaders Programme. Apollo5 leads regular workshops, master-classes, and a children’s concert series at the Gresham Centre, as well as longer term projects and Residency Programmes.
Apollo5 released their debut studio album ‘With a Song in my Heart’ in 2015. They also feature on former King’s Singer Paul Phoenix’s EP ‘Journey’ released on the new Edition Peters Sounds label.
Christoph König, violin, viola
Maurice Maurer, violin
Miroslav Nisic, accordion
Matthias Hacker, double bass
A virtuous classic violinist with a predilection for Eastern European gipsy music; a jazz violinist experienced when it comes to punk rock; an accordionist, master of improvisation, with the rhythms of the Balkans running in his blood, and a bassist who likewise feels at home be it in symphony orchestras, jazz combos, or funk bands…
Founded in 2007, Uwaga! pleasurably steps across any borderline seperating genres. By doing so, their acoustic crossover repertoire reflects the individual focus of each of the four musicians. Yet, these focuses conflated, and over the years, a very unique sound emerged somewhere in between classical music, jazz, gipsy music and modern pop.
This is what provides worldwide successes of Uwaga! for years already: Exuberant musicality and stylistic open-mindedness.
Uwaga!, meanwhile for more than ten years, refines the concerted vision of a music without borderlines. Showing undampered diligence, they create music that makes people happy, sets out directly for their hearts, and makes their legs move.
The ensemble ‘s multi layered sound is orchestral as well as percussive. They perform as a quartet, but also with renowned symphony orchestras from Germany.
Iiro Rantala, born in 1970, is a major public figure and musical advocate in Finland. As a teenager, he was playing in several jazz and pop groups around Finland. When his Trio Töykeät was formed in 1988, Rantala concentrated on this group for 18 years. The trio were known for a unique combination of deep musicality and madcap humour, and played over 2,000 shows in forty-five countries. At age of 26, Rantala also started a career in classical music, playing Mozart concertos and Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with Finlands leading orchestras.
He has published his autobiography “Nyt sen voi jo kertoa” (Now It Can Be Told, 2011) and has written music for dozens of plays and musicals, as well as a few feature length films. He has also hosted a piano festival and a concert series at the Allotria club in Helsinki. He has been running the Jazz Piano Festival at Kapsäkki since 2011. In 2013 he was given Finland’s highest award for artists the Pro Finlandia medal, and in 2015 a substantial five-year grant for artistic work by Finnish state. He was awarded the 2012 ECHO Jazz award for Best International Pianist, the annual prize of the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik and the German Jazz GOLD Award, to name but a few.
In cooperation with Frauenbad Heidelberg