This series will take you behind the scenes of music on ECM Records
Episode #29 - Nitai Hershkovits: Call on the old wise
In the 29th episode of the ECM Podcast we're joined by pianist Nitai Hershkovits, whose leader-debut for ECM Records is an impressive piano-solo album, recorded in Lugano and produced by Manfred Eicher.
In our conversation, Nitai talks about his inspirations, the old wise ones in his life, the recording of this album and the magic of music.
26/11/2023 • 20 minutes 36 seconds
Episode #28 - Sinikka Langeland: Wind And Sun
In the 29th episode of the ECM Podcast Sinikka Langeland joins us to talk about her new album "Wind And Sun", featuring a Norwegian cast of ECM-stalwarts including trumpeter Mathias Eick, saxophonist Trygve Seim, bassist Mats Eilertsen and Thomas Strønen on drums.
Sinikka talks about nature, sounds and poetry.
12/11/2023 • 23 minutes 36 seconds
Episode #27 - John Scofield: Uncle John's Band
In the 27th episode of the ECM Podcast we are joined by John Scofield, whose newest recording, the double-album "Uncle John's Band" - the guitarist's third leader-date for the label - features Vicente Archer on bass and Bill Stewart on drums.
John talks about the music he loves, the joy of playing with friends and how to turn anything into a jazz song.
28/10/2023 • 24 minutes 25 seconds
Episode #26 - Wolfgang Muthspiel: Dance of the Elders
In the 26th episode of the ECM Podcast we met up with Austrian guitarist/composer Wolfgang Muthspiel to talk about his new trio recording "Dance of the Elders" with Scott Colley on bass and Brian Blade on drums. On the album the group's interplay has grown even more fluid.
Wolfgang takes us through the album song by song and talks about the collaborative spirit he shares with his sidemen and about the magic of being able to tell a good story through the sequencing of an album.
23/09/2023 • 40 minutes 20 seconds
Episode #25 - Maciej Obara Quartet: Frozen Silence
In the 25th episode of the ECM Podcast Polish alto-saxophonist Marciej Obara joins us to talk about his new album "Frozen Silence", recorded with his long-standing quartet of Dominik Wania on piano, Ole Morten Vågan on bass and drummer Gard Nilssen. It is the group's third album for the label and perhaps the quartet's strongest musical statement to date, inspired by the dramatic landscapes of South West Poland.
Maciej talks about the different voices and colours his bandmates bring to the group, and about the various influences - from free jazz musicians like Bill Dixon to classical composers like Rachmaninoff - that informed the writing process of the music for the new album.
02/09/2023 • 23 minutes 58 seconds
Episode #24 - Elina Duni: A Time To Remember
In this 24th episode of the ECM Podcast we're joined by Elina Duni to talk about her new recording "A Time To Remember", which sees her continuing her intimate musical conversations with Rob Luft on guitar, Fred Thomas on piano and percussion as well as Matthieu Michel on flugelhorn.
Elina talks about images, sounds, exile, water and love.
15/07/2023 • 23 minutes 19 seconds
Episode #23 - Jacob Young: Eventually
In this 23rd episode of the ECM Podcast, guitarist Jacob Young joins us to talk about his new trio recording "Eventually", with Mats Eilertsen on bass and Audun Kleive on drums.
Jacob talks about the process of writing and recording his first guitar trio album, about other guitarists and guitar trio records that inspired him and about the influence ECM stalwart Jon Christensen - his mentor of many years - had on him.
17/06/2023 • 27 minutes 29 seconds
Episode #22 - Ralph Alessi: It's Always Now
In the 22nd episode of the ECM Podcast, trumpeter Ralph Alessi talks about his new quartet recording "It's Always Now", on which he is joined by pianist Florian Weber, bassist Bänz Oester and Gerry Hemingway on drums. The album was produced by Manfred Eicher.
Ralph gets into the differences of being a musician in the US and Europe, talks about education in music and about the art of naming songs.
27/05/2023 • 23 minutes 37 seconds
Episode #21 - Zsófia Boros: El último aliento
In the 21st episode of the ECM Podcast, Zsófia Boros joins us to talk about her new album "El último aliento".
The Vienna-based, Hungarian guitarist recorded the album at the Auditorio Stelio Molo in Lugano, with Manfred Eicher producing. On the record Zsófia interprets contemporary Argentinian compositions from Carlos Moscardini, Joaquín Alem, Quique Sinesi and Alberto Ginastera as well as expressive pieces by French composer Matthias Duplessy.
In our conversation Zsófia talks about the recording session in Lugano, about how she lets instinct guide her choices of repertory, and she outlines her relationtionship to the songs she interprets and how they become her "good friends".
06/05/2023 • 29 minutes 52 seconds
Episode #20 - Ralph Towner: At First Light
In the 20th episode of the ECM podcast, we are joined by acclaimed American guitarist Ralph Towner, who has been with ECM since back in 1973, when his debut for the label was released. On his new solo album, “At First Light”, recorded in Lugano in 2022, the guitarist presents new and familiar original compositions as well as a couple of songs from the Great American Songbook, performed on classical guitar.
In our conversation, Ralph goes all the way back to the beginnings of his collaboration with Manfred Eicher and talks about his days as a piano player, or studying guitar in Vienna and then founding the band Oregon. Of course, we also speak about his new record.
15/04/2023 • 47 minutes 26 seconds
Episode #19 - Sebastian Rochford/Kit Downes: A Short Diary
In this 19th episode of the podcast, we are joined by British drummer and composer Sebastian Rochford, whose leader-debut for ECM, “A Short Diary”, was just released and finds him in intimate performances of deep feeling and hymn-like clarity, together with pianist Kit Downes. The album is dedicated to Rochford’s father, Aberdeen poet Gerard Rochford (1932-2019) and to his family.
Seb talks about loss, grief and how the music of this special album came to him.
12/03/2023 • 21 minutes 16 seconds
Episode #18 - Mette Henriette: Drifting
In this 18th episode of the podcast, we are joined by the Norwegian saxophonist-composer Mette Henriette, whose sophomore recording for the label, “Drifting”, was just released and finds her in an intimate trio setting with Johann Lindvall on piano and Judith Hamann on violoncello.
Mette talks about the relationship between improvisation and composition, how important it is to give ideas time to let them mature, as well as about the recording, mixing and mastering of her new album in Oslo, France and Munich.
12/02/2023 • 26 minutes 54 seconds
Episode #17 - Benjamin Lackner, Mathias Eick, Jérôme Regard, Manu Katché: Last Decade
In this 17th episode of the ECM Podcast we got together with German-American pianist Benjamin Lackner, whose ECM debut “Last Decade” features Mathias Eick on trumpet, Jérôme Regard on bass and drummer Manu Katché.
Benjamin talks about the recording of the album at Studios La Buissonne, about his past ten years and why they ended up as the album’s title, about studying with his teachers Charlie Haden and Brad Mehldau as well as about what it’s like to work with this specific group and the groove that they bring.
04/12/2022 • 19 minutes 28 seconds
Episode #16 - Jakob Bro & Joe Lovano: Once Around The Room - A Tribute To Paul Motian
For this 16th episode of the ECM Podcast we met up with both Joe Lovano and Jakob Bro whose new album “Once Around The Room” is a tribute to Paul Motian and features bassists Thomas Morgan, Larry Grenadier and Anders Christensen as well as both Joey Baron and Jorge Rossy on drums.
Joe and Jakob talk about the influence of Paul Motian in their music and their life, the importance of “transmission” and much more.
06/11/2022 • 37 minutes 11 seconds
Episode #15 - Julia Hülsmann Quartet: The Next Door
In this 15th episode of the ECM Podcast, we get together with German pianist Julia Hülsmann, whose new album “The Next Door”, was just released. It’s the second album by her quartet lineup with Uli Kempendorff on saxophone, Marc Muellbauer on bass and Heinrich Köbberling on drums.
Julia talks about her different approaches to creating new music, what her colleagues bring to the table and what “fluidity” has to do with it all.
In this 14th episode of the ECM Podcast we’re joined by Norwegian drummer and composer Gard Nilssen, whose ECM leader-debut, “Elastic Wave”, features André Roligheten on saxophone and Petter Eldh on bass. Together the three are known as Acoustic Unity.
Gard Nilssen talks about his new album, his influences – such as Ornette Coleman and Louis Moholo – and what Jon Christensen’s ride-cymbal has to do with it all.
01/10/2022 • 26 minutes 22 seconds
Episode #13 - Enrico Rava & Fred Hersch: The Song Is You
In this 13th episode of the ECM Podcast, we meet up with Enrico Rava and Fred Hersch to discuss their duo album “The Song Is You”, produced by Manfred Eicher.
We talk about friendship in music, the dynamic of this duo and the music they love to play together.
12/09/2022 • 26 minutes 58 seconds
Episode #12 - Steve Tibbetts: Hellbound Train
In this 12th episode of the ECM podcast we’re joined by the acclaimed American guitarist and long-time ECM recording artist Steve Tibbetts, whose discography-spanning anthology „Hellbound Train“ was released in July 2022. The double album comprises music from eight albums recorded over 40 years, from as early as his debut for the label, Northern Song, from 1982.
Steve explains the nature of this double-disc set and talks about his collaborators over the years, his influences as well as the tuning and sampling techniques that make his guitar playing so unique.
27/08/2022 • 35 minutes 48 seconds
Episode #11 - Oded Tzur: Isabela
In this 11th episode of the ECM podcast, we’re joined by saxophonist, bandleader and composer Oded Tzur, who released his latest ECM album “Isabela” alongside Nitai Hershkovits on piano, Petros Klampanis on bass and Johnathan Blake on drums.
Oded talks about love, classical Indian music, rhythms and inspirations.
30/07/2022 • 29 minutes 38 seconds
Episode #10 - Mathias Eick: When We Leave
In this 10th episode of the ECM Podcast, we’re joined by trumpeter Mathias Eick, whose latest record, “When we leave” features his band with violinist Håkon Aase, Andreas Ulvo on piano, bassist Audun Erlien, Stian Carstensen on pedal steel guitar as well as drummers Torstein Lofthus and Helge Andreas Norbakken.
In our conversation Mathias talks about his influences, the album tracks’ titles, his band and the “art of goodbye”.
09/07/2022 • 21 minutes 12 seconds
Episode #9 - John Scofield
In this ninth episode, we meet guitar legend John Scofield to talk about his first-ever solo album, “John Scofield”, released on May 6.
In our conversation, John talks about his solo work, what inspires him and how to stay fresh.
04/06/2022 • 33 minutes 9 seconds
Episode #8 - Tord Gustavsen: Opening
In this eight episode, we catch up with Norwegian pianist and composer Tord Gustavsen, whose newest trio record, “Opening”, was released on 8 March. On the album, Tord is joined by his longtime collaborator Jarle Vespestad on drums and new addition Steinar Raknes on bass.
Tord talks about what happens when you’re able to channel spontaneous inspiration into your music, the new addition to the trio on bass, how songs just come to him in the spur of the moment, and much more.
21/05/2022 • 26 minutes 10 seconds
Episode #7 - Mark Turner: Return From The Stars
In this seventh episode, we are joined by saxophonist, bandleader and composer Mark Turner, whose new album, “Return from the Stars”, was released on 25 March. The album features Mark’s quartet with Joe Martin on bass, trumpeter Jason Palmer and Jonathan Pinson on drums.
Mark talks about his fascination for sci-fi novels, the titles of his compositions and his work with Manfred Eicher, who produced the album.
14/05/2022 • 20 minutes 4 seconds
Episode #6: Avishai Cohen: Naked Truth
In this sixth episode, we meet with Israeli trumpet player, composer and arranger Avishai Cohen, whose fifth album as a leader for ECM Records, “Naked Truth”, was released on February 25th. The album features his long-time comrades: pianist Yonathan Avishai, bassist Barak Mori and drummer Ziv Ravitz.
Avishai talks about the inspirations and the process of creation that guided this album, the journey of the band and the music as well as about the importance of letting go.
20/03/2022 • 21 minutes 49 seconds
Episode #5 - Kit Downes: Vermillion
In this fifth episode, we got together with pianist Kit Downes to talk about his third leader date with ECM called „Vermillion“. The new record was recorded at the Auditorio Stelio Molo in Lugano and produced by Manfred Eicher. On it, Kit introduces us to his piano trio featuring bassist Petter Eldh and drummer James Maddren.
The pianist talks about his longstanding relationship with his collaborators, their many qualities, about how the compositions for this album evolved and the experience of recording them in Lugano with Manfred Eicher.
20/02/2022 • 27 minutes 56 seconds
Episode #4 - Vijay Iyer: Uneasy
In this fourth episode, we met with pianist Vijay Iyer in Central Park New York and talked with him about his new trio album called "Uneasy" which was recorded with Linda May Han Oh and Tyshawn Sorey in New York.
Vijay talks about his relationship with the trio, the repertoire of this project and the "unease" this album is about.
29/05/2021 • 22 minutes 45 seconds
Episode #3 - Jakob Bro: Uma Elmo
In this third episode, we are meeting with Jakob Bro, the Danish guitarist who made his first appearance on ECM as a member of drummer Paul Motian’s band. For his fifth album as a leader for ECM, Bro presents a new trio featuring Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen and Spanish drummer Jorge Rossy.
Jakob talked to the signification of his titles, the particularity of this trio, and what inspired this album Uma Elmo.
10/04/2021 • 18 minutes 37 seconds
Episode #2 - Shai Maestro: Human
In the second episode pianist, bandleader and composer Shai Maestro, talks about his new quartet album called “Human” on ECM Records, recorded together with producer Manfred Eicher in studio La Buissonne, in the south of France. Shai talks about the process of composition, the evolution of his band, and about what being human means for him.
28/02/2021 • 26 minutes 7 seconds
Episode #1 - Joe Lovano/Trio Tapestry: Garden of Expression
In this first episode, saxophonist, bandleader and composer Joe Lovano talks about his new trio album called „Garden of Expression“ which was recorded together with producer Manfred Eicher in Lugano, Switzerland.
A conversation about the evolution of „Trio Tapestry“ with Marilyn Crispell and Carmen Castaldi, about how he sees the momentum of the music in the melody and the harmonic sequence, about how creating music within the music is an artistic goal for him, and about how the „Seeds of Change“ on the group’s debut have taken root in „Garden of Expression“.