Christian Ludwig Mayer has the animated between-musical-genres expressive fantasy of a Jaki Byard, the melodic touch of a Roland Hanna, the romantic soul of a Robert Schumann and an enormous helping of originality.
-Marcus A. Woelfle
Rondo: Das Klassik & Jazz Magazin
Christian Ludwig Mayer is a pianist that will delight you with his sense of swing and the maturity that he brings to his performances.
-Prof. Rusty Hassan, Rundfunkmoderator und Jazz-Journalist
Downbeat magazine, Jazztimes, New York Times, Washington Post, Coda
Christian Ludwig Mayer: Piano and compositions
Christian Ludwig Mayer (1974) was an autodidact until his acceptance to the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich in 1997. There his studies included jazz piano with Prof. Leonid Chizhik, classical piano with Robert Regös, harpsichord with Michael Eberth and jazz composition with Thomas Zoller, all the while expanding his range of instruments via self-instruction (e.g., accordion, trumpet, guitar, double bass). In 2002 Mayer won the "Gasteig Förderpreis for Outstanding Students” playing a program featuring his own ensemble and compositions. Mayer completed his studies at the Conservatory with multiple degrees. To further his training in contemporary music, Mayer studied composition with Laurence Traiger, Wilfried Hiller and Anton Prestele. Mayer’s musical work spans a wide range of musical styles – from traditional (“folk”) to classical and experimental – and has taken him to numerous countries around the globe: Italy, France, Scotland, Ireland, Austria, Switzerland, Iran, Singapore, Canada, Peru and the U.S.A. A further focus of Mayer’s work is his engagement with “alte Musik” (early music) and free improvisation.
In addition to commissioned works for diverse musical styles, Mayer writes theater music, jazz and, above all, chamber music. He also composes for his own ensembles, namely his Auwald Trio (crossover jazz/classical), his Ensemble International (“Ethnojazz”), and his Auwald Consort (chamber music). From 2010 to 2012 under the pseudonym “Ludwig Auwald”, Mayer was the composer and musical director of the “Nibelungen Festspiele Worms” and the “Dresdner Zwinger Festspiele” (Dieter Wedel, director). In 2017, Mayer’s Auwald Trio released its debut album “Token Gestures”, which was nominated by the German “Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik” for best jazz album January 2017. In the same year, Mayer’s clarinet quintet “Waldgeist” was performed at the 19th “Sommermusiken” in Landsberg by members of the Berlin Philharmonic. In 2018, Mayer and a handful of other composers received the “Placidus from Camerloher” composition prize; his piece “Camerloher Quintett” for piano and string quartet premiered at the “grenzenlos - in real time” music festival in Murnau, Germany in the fall of 2018.
In the music magazine “Rondo”, jazz journalist and critic Marcus Woelfle describes Mayer as follows:
“Mayer […] has the animated between-musical-genres expressive fantasy of a Jaki Byard, the melodic touch of a Roland Hanna, the romantic soul of a Robert Schumann and an enormous helping of originality.”
The motive of the romantic “Wanderschaft” (journey) is frequently reflected in Mayer’s compositions, thus he is often described as a “wanderer between musical worlds”.
Ludwig Leininger: Double bass
Ludwig Leininger studied jazz double bass at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich with Paulo Cardoso and electric bass with Patrick Scales. Thereafter he completed a graduate degree at the Musical Conservatory Nürnberg-Augsburg, majoring in classical double bass. Since finishing his studies, Leininger has worked as a freelance double bass player in numerous jazz-ensemble formations and has performed in various theater and studio productions. Leininger has toured in Morocco on behalf of the Goethe Institute, has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival and has played on the MS Deutschland on a tour from Montreal to New York. Alongside concert performances, Leininger also appears regularly in musical theater. In addition to numerous performances in municipal theaters in Germany, Leininger performed at the Berlin Theatertagen and at the Nibelung Festival, Worms. His work as a studio bass player has earned Leininger credit on over 20 CDs.
Lorenz Hunziker-Rutigliano: Drums
Lorenz Hunziker-Rutigliano studied drums at the Bern University of the Arts (HKB-Switzerland) in the Swiss Jazz School with Billy Brooks and composition and arrangement with Frank Sikora and Klaus Wagenleiter. After finishing his music degree, he attended master classes in New York with John Riley and in Basel with Jorge Rossy.
Since finishing his music teaching degree in 2005, Hunziker-Rutigliano has played worldwide with artists such as Pepe Lienhard, Kol Simcha (the world Quintet), Thomas Moeckel, David Klein, Anna Rossinellli, Mañana, Bergitta Victor und Eliana Burki. He also led the concert series “Selma – enveloped in longing” (Selma - In Sehnsucht eingehüllt) together with artists such as Sarah Connor, Thomas D. (Fanta 4) Joy Delanane, Hartmut Engler (PUR) und Stefanie Kloß (Silbermond).
Hunziker-Rutigliano can be heard on numerous CDs and has performed in musical and theater productions such as “Fame” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” at the Theater Basel, “Peter Pan” at the Konzert Theater Bern, “Carmen, A Highschool Opera” at the Staatstheater Braunschweig; he has also performed in concert theater pieces such as “M & The Acid Monks” and “Gilgamesh Must Die!” at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
About the debut CD "Token Gestures"
To sum up the Auwald Trio and the CD: The music speaks for itself
Marcus A. Woelfle
"Token Gestures", the debut album of the Auwald Trio, is amazingly diverse. Mayer, the composer of all the music, has the animated between-musical-genres expressive fantasy of a Jaki Byard, the melodic touch of a Roland Hanna, the romantic soul of a Robert Schumann and an enormous helping of originality
A virtuoso high-wire act balancing between madman and genius without a net or false bottom. Like an E.T.A. Hoffmann, this free spirit risks everything. That nowadays something like this still exists…