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Prof. Paulo Morello

[artistic dircetor, guitar]

Paulo Morello is one of Europe’s most versatile guitarists, as evidenced by his prolific music projects with US trumpet master Randy Brecker, Brazilian Bossa Nova icon Leny Andrade, and the „Night of Jazz Guitar“ project featuring the late Larry Coryell, and many others. Influenced by the legendary jazz guitarists Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery and Pat Martino, Paulo is known for his distinctive melodic lines and expressive style.

After graduating in Jazz Performing, Composition and Arrangment at the Universities of Performing Arts in Germany and New York, Paulo went down to Rio de Janeiro in 2002 with his colleague Kim Barth. There they set up their Bossa Nova Legends project, including production of the CDs “Morello & Barth present Bossa Nova Legends”. Paulo led a three year tour with legendary singers Johnny Alf and Grammy Award winning Leny Andrade, hitting the major Jazz festivals and Concert Halls in Europe and South America (Queen Elisabeth Hall, London; Teatro Rival, Rio de Janeiro; Verona Jazz festival, Italy).

The success of this first project earned Morello further production contracts and tours with Jimmy Smith, Billy Cobham, Pat Martino, Roberta Gambarini, Airto Moreira, Bob Mintzer, Paul Kuhn, Ivan Lins, Philip Catherine, the BR Orchestra, NDR, WDR Funkhaus Orchestra and ZDF to name a few. From 2011 on Paulo has been busy touring with “Night Of Jazz Guitars”, a guitar quartet with different lineups: Larry Coryell, Philip Catherine, Ulf Wakenius, Martin Taylor, Michael Sagmeister, Helmut Kagerer and Andreas Dombert. In 2014 he released his critically acclaimed album “Hammond Eggs - Back in the Pan” featuring Randy Brecker and Bob Mintzer followed by extensive international touring.

Besides his work in production and performing, Morello instructed in numerous international Jazz Workshops including Burghausen, Bolzano, Heek, Chateau Plagne and Erlangen.

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Prof. Nenad Vasilic

[acoustic bass, ensemble,
Head of Department Bass]

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Stephan Braun


Stephan Braun studied classical cello and jazz cello at the universities in Hamburg and Berlin. Stephan has performed in different projects with Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Berliner Ensemble, NDR-Bigband and he worked as a sideman with Melody Gardot, Nils Landgren, Gil Goldstein, Chris Hinze, Don Thomson, Till Broenner, Giora Feidman, Kristjan Randalu among others. In 2010 he won the 1st price of the International Jazz Competition in Bucharest with his trio. He played at many famous festivals and concert halls, like Vienna Opera House, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Paris Olympia Theatre, Pori Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival and recorded as a sideman more then 20 CD’s. As a leader he published 2 own records, one with his trio (called The Raid, released 2008) and one with his singer songwriter project deep strings (called Façon, released 2012).
Cellist Stephan Braun, a seasoned musician to be sure, answers the question once and for all of what the true domain of the cello in jazz is: groove.
He currently resides in Berlin, Germany.

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Guilherme Castro

[ensemble, electric bass]

Guilherme Castro began his career at the end of the seventies in his home town Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he worked as instrumentalist and composer for local theatres. He also performed with the Brazilian singer and composer Eduardo Dusek. Guilherme was also a member of the Banda de Lá, a Latin jazz group, and „Musikerschmiede“, working with such performers as Carlos Malta, Márcio Bahia and Arthur Maia.
In 1982 he came to Germany and founded the group Amazonas with Ronaldo Folegatti and Dudu Tucci. Since then he has performed in many Latin American groups and recording projects.
Jazz musicians with whom Guilherme has worked include Charlie Mariano, Hendrik Meurkens, David Friedman, Till Brönner, Dan Gotschall, Reggie Moore and Ralf Rickert. He also played in bands for e.g. Jocelyn B. Smith, Pete Wyoming Bender and Siggi Davis.
Guilherme has taught at the University of the Arts (UdK) Berlin since 1995.
Guilherme’s current project is the contemporary jazz trio Hot Impressions with Rolf Zielke and Rolo Rodriguez.

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Chris Dahlgren

[ensemble, acoustic bass]
R. Chris Dahlgren (born 1961 NYC, USA) started playing cello and improvising- although he did not know the word- at age 7 and switched to the double bass at 12. He has a BA in Jazz Studies (’86- Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati) and an MA in Composition/ Experimental Music (’03- Wesleyan University). Chris has been touring worldwide and recording with his own and other artist’s projects since 1986. He has received 2 NEA Jazz Composition Fellowships, 2 OAC Artist Fellowships and several other awards for music composition.
In Cincinnati, Chris was the ‘in-house’ bassist at the ‘Blue Wisp’ jazz club, which led him to perform regularly with many great American jazz artists, such as: Red Rodney, Charles Tolliver, Herb Ellis, Fred Hersch, Art Lande, Joe Lovano and Johnny Coles. He moved back to New York in 1993 and was active performing and recording in the ‘downtown’ music scene. Chris currently resides in Berlin, Germany, working on composing and performing in bands and projects, along with touring and recording in the Anthony Braxton Sextet.

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Max Hughes

[electric bass]

Maximilian Hughes was born in Heidelberg Germany and grew up in Germany and the USA.
Since 1993 he has lived in Berlin. First musical lessons were in singing at the age of six followed by clarinet and drums.
At the age of fifteen he singled out the Electric Bass as his main instrument. Studied Classical and Modern Music at the University of California/ San Diego, following with a Bachelor of Arts in Music (1991) from The Berklee College of Music, Boston/ Massachusetts.
Private studies with, among others, Paul Amrod, Whit Browne, composer John Bavicchi, Jimmy Cheatham, Hal Crook, Oscar Stagnaro and music film legend Oscar Sala.
Teaching Experience
Since 1994 Instructor for Electric Bass at the “Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik” in Berlin.
Since 1998 Instructor for Electric Bass and computer music at the "Universität der Künste" (UDK), Berlin.
Author of the bass tutor “Creative Solo Bass – Find your Individual Way“, 1997, AMA Verlag, Brühl bei Köln.
Concert and Studio Experience
Active freelancing and studio work in Europe, Brazil and the U.S.A.
Worked for/with organizations such as; Alcatel, Friedrichstadt Palast Berlin, Inwent, KPMG, Marleaux Guitars,
New York Broadway Ensemble, Telescope Film, etc. and artists such as Yamil Borges, John-Paul Bourelly, Toni Braxton,
Flo Dauner, Wolfgang Dauner, Abdourahmane Diop, Marcelo Elias, Blanche Elliz, Wolfgang Fiedler, Roland Gebhardt,
Tino Gonzales, Derrick James, Hilmar Jensson, Aly Keita, Fuasi-Abdul Khaliq, Chaka Khan, Dorothea Lorraine, Kenny Martin, Aviaja Lumholt, Jocelyn B.Smith, Marisa Turner, Ack van Rooyen.