“For Conny Bauer I would travel a hundred kilometers”
Harold Platte, concert organizer, May 2009
Conny Bauer is famous as a master of melodic improvisation on the trombone. His music comprises of a diverse array of tonal colours and melodies, in which employs his totally unique tonal creations, christened Conradismen by Chicago publicist John Corbett.
These stand as a testament to Bauer’s quest for a profound harmony between music and space, offering his audiences unparalleled experiences in cathedrals and theatres, and against both natural and industrial backdrops. He knows how to seize upon a venue’s acoustic properties such as reverb and echo with his trombone and process the resulting sound.
Most notably, the project Vor der Flut (‘Before the Flood’) in the Trinkwasserspeicher in the Severin district of Cologne with the CD Flüchtiges Glück brought him international attention as a soloist. Bauer has scored and accompanied films, radio plays, dance performances, readings and art exhibitions. For his solo music on the CD “Hummelsummen” he won the SWR - Südwestrundfunk Jazz Price and for his lifework the City of Berlin’s Order of Merit. Concerts and guest spots have lead him around the globe to the USA, UK, Canada, Japan, France, Italy, Sweden, Greece, Portugal, Luxembourg and Belgium….
“Polyphonic magician Conrad Bauer”
28.09.2003, Neue Züricher Zeitung am Sonntag
Der gelbe Klang
Bauer calls his latest solo performance Der gelbe Klang (‘The Sound of Yellow’), inspired by the modernity and willingness to experiment shown by the artist Wassily Kandinsky, particularly his theatre piece of the same name.
Conny Bauer’s music is creative and innovative. His trombone playing displays contrasting timbral characters - his clear, distinct tone shifting between light and bright or deep and earthy. Melodic lines lay upon one another like translucent layers of colour, the music becoming harmonic and sometimes even meditative.
The sound of the trombone resonates through the performance space, which Bauer then records, loops and then accompanies. The sound unfolds through this dialogue with his surroundings.
In 2008 the world-class trombonist Conny Bauer released his latest album of solo music, Der gelbe Klang, which won him the German Record Critic’s Award.
Bauer creates “…polyphonic multiphonics… without dispensing with narrative lines…”
Jury, SWR Jazz Prize, 2004
“His playing emerges from the depths of the surrounding space, developing a compelling and plausible narrative lacking showboating escapades, laying down a central theme that he then follows, playing around it.”
5/2007 edition, SONIC magazine, Ulrich Steinmetzger
Bauer has never suffered a creative crisis. “I’ll play from morning to evening and still something else always will occur to me. The easy stuff I practised thirty years ago. What I think up now is certainly trickier and more difficult to do.”
06.12.2006, Potsdamer Kultur, Heidi Jäger
“Der gelbe Klang”, 2008
“Flüchtiges Glück”, 1984
“Live im Völkerschlachtdenkmal”, 1988