He has worked with many international rock and pop stars: Wolfgang Haffner is probably the best-known German drummer today. The programme he’s presenting at the series “Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic” is called “Kind of Cool” – together with the percussionists of the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Raphael Haeger Percussion, Franz Schindlbeck Percussion, Wieland Welzel Percussion
My Funny Valentine
One For Daddy-O
Drum Fantasy/Boléro Blue/Rondo A La Turk
Introduction: 7:00 pm
Wolfgang Haffner, who began playing with jazz trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff’s band at the early age of eighteen, is today probably Germany’s best-known jazz drummer. He not only works with the very best of the current jazz scene (as well as across generations, from Klaus Doldinger to Till Brönner and Michael Wollny), but is also very successful on the international stage: American stars like Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker, Chuck Loeb and John Abercrombie, as well as Scandinavian greats from Nils Landgren to Lars Danielsson, rely on Haffner’s uncompromising drive and inspired creativity. His forceful and dynamic playing has made him one of the most sought-after accompanists to rock and pop stars like Chaka Khan, Die Fantastischen Vier, and the British downbeat band Nightmares on Wax.
In this jazz series, Wolfgang Haffner performs with percussionists of the Berliner Philharmoniker to explore soundscapes that combine the players’ athletic abilities, the physical presence and momentum of sounds, and the wealth of colours of the instruments into a fascinating, full-body sensual music. It becomes clear why the aura of extreme sport is an indispensable element of drumming. Wolfgang Haffner has named this programme Kind of Cool, an evening for Berlin jazz fans to expect any and everything – but nary a dull moment!