Marc Muellbauer

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Hi I'm Marc Muellbauer, I'm a bass player and composer. Below is some news about my work as player and writer. As a teacher I'm on the faculty at Jazz Institute Berlin (JIB) and teach in the preperatory program for aspiring jazz students at the Musikschule Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg in Berlin.







In August 2013, mallet player Roland Neffe, guitarist Christian Kögel and myself premiered our new Wood & Steel Trio at the Berlin club Bb featuring Roland on marimba and vibes, Christian exclusively on Dobro and myself on bass.

The band plays music ranging from 16th century choral

music, Edvard Grieg, Cole Porter to contmporary compositions by all band members, listen here for a live sample from the Bb :

Wood & Steel Trio: At Long Last Love - Cole Porter

In Full View - April 2013

New Quartet Album released on ECM

Following The End of a Summer, Fasil and Imprint, the April 2013 release In Full View expands German pianist and band-leader Julia Hülsmann's Trio into the Julia Hülsmann Quartet. In Full View now includes Tom Arthurs as fourth band member besides Heinrich Köbberling on drums, Marc Muellbauer on bass and Julia herself on piano. The album features compositions by all 4 musicians as well as Nana by Manuel de Falla and Canadian singer-songwriter Feist's The Water.

listen and watch here: Julia Hülsmann Quartet: In Full View

Unsung Weill

In March 2013 the Julia Hülsmann Trio premiered Unsung Weill, a program featuring New York based singer Theo Bleckmann. The project was initiated through a commission by the Kurt Weill Fest Dessau. The program of new treatment of some rare Weill music and new songs by Julia Hülsmann was very enjoyable for all of us, there are already some things lined up for the coming year, watch this space...


In July 2013 the Lisbeth Quartet (Charlotte Greve: alto, Manuel Schmiedel: piano, Moritz Baumgärtner: drums, Marc Muellbauer: bass) recorded its 3rd album, to be released as Framed Frequencies on Traumton in January 2014, when we will present the music on an extensive tour (see dates)

watch and listen here: Lisbeth Quartet live at Jazzfest Berlin 2011


After contributing some low end on Moritz von Oswald and Carl Craig's album recomposed for deutsche Grammophon, I had the pleasure of being a guest artist on the current Moritz von Oswald Trio release Horizontal Structures (featuring Vladislav Delay and Max Loderbauer).



The album Short Stories (and longer tales...) by my own band Marc Muellbauer's Kaleidocope was released in April 2011 on JazzHaus Records. We just played a lovely gig at a small festival in Carona near Lugano. I'm planning some new things for the band, to early to say....


Febuary 2009 : release of Fasil on ECM

Following the October 2008 release of our Julia Hülsmann Trio CD "The End of a Summer" on ECM we are now happy to announce the release of "Fasil", the second recording of the trio for ECM, this time in collaboration with guitarist Marc Sinan who commissioned a song suite from Julia inspried by the life of Aisha, youngest wife of Mohammed. Julia's compositions for classically trained Sinan as featured soloist and singer Yelena Kuljiç, accompannied by the trio and Lena Thies on viola are connected and also inspired by group improvisations based on koranic verses originally chanted by an imam from the home town of Sinan's mother in Turkey.


Marc Sinan/Julia Hülsmann: "Fasil"

release date 27.02.09 (ECM)


Marc Sinan: nylon string guitar
Yelena Kuljiç: voice
Julia Hülsman: piano
Lena Thies: viola
Marc Muellbauer: bass
Heinrich Köbberling: drums

(see dates for shows....)



Press feedback - "The End of a Summer" - Julia Hülsmann Trio

Jazzmagazine, Disque d’émoi
Stereoplay, Jazz-CD des Monats

Listening to this purely instrumental album it is clear her love of well crafted verse spills into her music. Full of elegantly constructed melodies that seem natural extensions of the thematic material at hand, there is indeed a kind of musical poetry at work here which is absorbing as it is musically fulfilling.
Stuart Nicholson, Jazzwise

There’s a lot of brooding, featherlight touches and empty space, but Hülsmann has a magnetic, understated swing, too. Her longer improvisations manage to sound avant-boppish, even though they seem to develop by rippling outwards rather than advancing along a line. … Hülsmann is an interesting discovery with a subtle harmonic mind; Muellbauer and Köbberling are right on her wavelength.
John Fordham, The Guardian


There are a few things in the pipeline following the November 4th Berlin Jazzfest premiere of Julia Hülsmanns piece "Le Moustier" theme and variations for string quartet and piano trio, we will keep you posted.

Just out is "FAQ", the debut CD of the Dan-Robin Matthies Quartet featuring Ignaz Dinné, Tillman Person, and myself (out on phonector).

Coming up in May is the release of singer Esther Kaiser's new CD, which I'm very much looking forward to, not least as I wrote four string arrangements for the album, which I'm eager to hear. The Uli Kempendorrf Quartet has just released its debut CD out with it on Phonector featuring: Uli Kempendorff tenor sax and compositions, Ronny Graupe guitar, Marc Muellbauer bass, and Kay Lübke drums.

Last year also saw the recording of an ambitious sextet project by Victor Alcantara's Formaçion Alcantara , which we will release in June in Munich's Unterfahrt Jazzclub.