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CD Veröffentlichung des JJO NRW: Best Of, Volume 1&2

Ein "Digifile" mit 4 CDs der besten Aufnahmen seit 1975 und Kompositionen von Michael Villmow. Erhältlich über den Verein zur Förderung junger Jazzmusiker in NRW e.V., bitte jjonrw@t-online kontaktieren.

CD Veröffentlichung des JJO NRW: Triangle

Im Februar erschien die aktuelle CD des JJO NRW, mit Werken u.a. von Michael Villmow. CD erhältlich unter jjonrw@t-online.de.

sounds and dynamic - music for bigband

© Frank Peinemann

Even as a young saxophonist, Michael Villmow developed a true passion for Big Band Jazz in the US, where he attended high school in Boston. After successfully completing his studies at the Cologne University of Music and further arrangement and composition studies under Axel Jungbluth, Villmow founded the KölnBigBand (CologneBigBand) in 1985.

Villmow’s typical Big Band sound is characterised by an atmospheric, Nordic expansiveness – combined with contemporary grooves.

Since 1986, Michael Villmow has been the conductor of the Jazz-Orchester (Jazz Orchestra) of the Rheinische Musikschule in Cologne, where he also heads up the Jazz faculty. As a guest conductor, he has – among other things – been active for the NDR Big Band and stood in for Peter Herbolzheimer for the BuJazzO (Bundesjazzorchester – Federal Jazz Orchestra). Furthermore, Villmow has been affiliated with the JJO NRW (JugendJazzOrchester Nordrheinwestfalen – YouthJazzOrchestra of North Rhine-Westphalia) as a conductor, a composer and an arranger for more than 20 years now.

© Gerhard Richter

WDR JazzPreis 2013 (2013 WDR JazzAward) with the JJO NRW

Furthermore, Villmow has been affiliated with the JJO NRW (JugendJazzOrchester Nordrheinwestfalen – YouthJazzOrchestra of North Rhine-Westphalia) as a conductor, a composer and an arranger for more than 20 years now. Concert trips with the support of the Goethe Institute, the German embassies and the State Music Council (3 x in China, West Africa, Belarus, Greece, Morocco, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Estonia, Latvia and Finland) along with CD productions (‘Best of JJO NRW’, ‘25 Quarter Of A Century’, ‘Thirty’ and ‘Way Up’) document this work, to which homage was paid in the form of the WDR JazzPreis 2013 (2013 WDR JazzAward).

© Lutz Voigtländer – JJO NRW, Ltg. Michael Villmow

Michael Villmow bei "Last Night Of The Proms 2013" mit dem JJO NRW

© Michael Fehlauer, WDR3