Wolfgang Lackerschmid

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Wolfgang Lackerschmid, 2011

Wolfgang Wilhelm Lackerschmid (born September 19, 1956 in Tegernsee ) is a German jazz musician , band leader and composer . His main instrument is the vibraphone , but he also plays piano and mallet instruments such as the marimba .

Live and act

Lackerschmid grew up in Ehingen / Donau . From 1975 to 1980 he studied composition / music theory with Martin Gümbel and percussion with Gyula Rasz at the Stuttgart University of Music and Performing Arts .

In 1976 Lackerschmid founded his Mallet Connection , with which he recorded the LP of the same name in the same year. On this LP he worked with artists such as Rocky Knauer , Gerhart Ziegler, Janusz Stefanski , Dieter Bihlmaier , Leszek Zadlo and Herbert Joos . In 1978 Joachim Ernst Berendt brought him to the first Vibraphone Summit together with Karl Berger , David Friedman and Tom van der Geld .

Through these engagements and collaborations, Lackerschmid gained increasing prominence in the European jazz scene. In January 1979 the long-term important collaboration with trumpeter Chet Baker took place . When the two met at a festival, Lackerschmid Baker suggested recording a duo album. Enthusiastic about the idea, the two found each other in the studio in Stuttgart a few months later and recorded the LP Ballads for Two , followed by Chet Baker / Wolfgang Lackerschmid , with Larry Coryell , Buster Williams and Tony Williams .

After the vibraphonist began to take care of his record company Sandra Musik in the early 1980s , he received his first major commission from a theater stage in 1988. He wrote the ballet music for Snow White at the Augsburg City Theater .

Since Lackerschmid moved his residence to Augsburg, more and more projects came up there. He wrote commissioned works for the Augsburg Theater ( Faust, Peer Gynt ) and the Augsburger Puppenkiste ( Paula and the Kistenkobolde , A Midsummer Night's Dream ). He also set poems by the famous Augsburg writer Bertolt Brecht and the Bäsle letters by WA Mozart to music and dedicated the composition Steinklang, Geschichte einer Stadt to the city .

Since around 1980 he has toured outside of Europe, mainly in the United States of America . Besides Chet Baker, Attilla Zoller is one of his most important companions .

According to discographer Tom Lord , he was involved in 48 recording sessions between 1976 and 2016. He lives in Augsburg , where he also runs a recording studio . Since 2016 he has been a member of the federal board of the German Jazz Union (formerly Union of German Jazz Musicians )

Ensembles and duets

Lackerschmid leads several ensembles as band or co-leader. These include groups such as Brazil & Blue with Hendrik Meurkens , Paquito D'Rivera , Romero Lubambo , John Lee and Paolo Braga. Lackerschmid leads his own Ensemble Living Chamber Music for new works between jazz and serious music and the production and band Franz Grothe Jazz Standards (funded by the Franz Grothe Foundation). From 1979 he was on tour in a duo with trumpeter Chet Baker , between 1988 and 1998 with Günter Lenz and Attila Zoller .

Lackerschmid has been playing in various duo and band projects with the singer Stefanie Schlesinger since 2000 .

Wolfgang Lackerschmid only plays marimba in the afro jazz formation Daktarimba , founded in 2007 with Njamy Sitson and Walter Lang . The first CD release D´Afrique was nominated for a Jazz Echo in 2016 in the category “Special Instruments” .

Since 2014 he has also been on stage with Hélio Alves , Nilson Matta and Duduka da Fonseca as Wolfgang Lackerschmid & The Brazilian Trio .

In addition to his own groups, Lackerschmid can also be heard as a guest soloist at concerts and on publications by other artists, such as Pete York , Ray Pizzi , Götz Tangerding , Biréli Lagrène , the Unterbiberger Hofmusik , the Klazz Brothers , František Uhlíř , Jiří Stivín , Sandro Roy , Ryan Carniaux and others.

Composition activity

Lackerschmid also composed commissioned works such as the children's musicals Pinocchio , Der Zauberer von Oz (premiered in 1995 at the Waldbühne Sigmaringendorf ) and Snow White , for the Augsburg Puppenkiste Papilio, Paula and the Kistenkobolde and Norbert Nackendick, The Little Kangaroo and the Fearful Hare , for the Augsburg Theater Faust, Pancomedia, Peer Gynt and many other theater productions. He also wrote film music, in addition to contributions to the films With you and Xaver and Carlotta also to several episodes of the television series Gute Zeiten, Bad Zeiten . In addition, he wrote works for the SUK Chamber Orchestra Prague, for percussion ensemble, for choir and ballet .

Discographic notes


  • Chet Baker & Wolfgang Lackerschmid, Legacy, Vol. 3: Why Shouldn't You Cry. 2002, Enja .
  • Chet Baker & Wolfgang Lackerschmid, Welcome Back . 1995, West Wind Jazz.
  • Wolfgang Lackerschmid & Attila Zoller, Live Highlights '92 . 1992, Bhakti Rec.
  • Chet Baker & Wolfgang Lackerschmid, Ballads for Two . 1990, Inak.
  • Wolfgang Lackerschmid & Günter Lenz, Live Conversation . 1984, Inak.

Lexical entries

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Lackerschmid celebrates its 60th birthday with a concert. Retrieved May 14, 2019 .
  2. Lots of leeway. SDZ Druck und Medien, February 22, 2012, accessed on May 14, 2019 .
  3. Wolfgang Lackerschmid - Mallet Connection. Retrieved July 16, 2019 .
  4. Thorbjørn Sjøgren: Chet: the music of Chesney Henry Baker: a discography . New ed. JazzMedia, Copenhagen 1993, ISBN 87-88043-15-0 .
  5. a b Tom Lord : The Jazz Discography Jazz Discography (online, accessed October 16, 2019)
  6. Hipjazz / Silvanus Musikverlag. Retrieved on July 22, 2019 (German).
  7. ^ Lackerschmid, Wolfgang. In: composers lexicon. German Composers Association, accessed on July 22, 2019 .
  8. Wolfgang Lackerschmid. Retrieved July 22, 2019 .
  9. Augsburger Puppenkiste is a prevention partner of Papilio. Retrieved July 22, 2019 .
  10. A Midsummer Night's Dream (Stage 2010) - The magical worlds of the Augsburger Puppenkiste. Retrieved July 22, 2019 .
  11. From Mozart to Bert Brecht to Chet Baker. Retrieved August 19, 2019 .
  12. ^ State Theater Augsburg. Retrieved August 19, 2019 .
  13. Birgit Müller-Bardorff: "Steinklang" - the sounding calling card of the city. Retrieved August 19, 2019 .
  14. Board of Directors. Union of German Jazz Musicians, accessed on September 19, 2018 (German).
  15. The antidepressant for Sunday (7). Retrieved August 19, 2019 .
  16. Bundesverband Musikindustrie: ECHO Jazz 2016: The nominees have been chosen. Retrieved September 23, 2019 .