Thomas Faist
Saxophones, Clarinet, Flute | Composer


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Thomas Faist

Thomas Faist is a renowned player on the European Jazz Scene

Awarded early in his career with a prize for interpretative art by the city of Munich, Thomas worked with many celebrities of Jazz like Clark Terry, Al Cohn, Sam Rivers, Charly Mariano, Dusko Goykovich, Sal Nistico, Albert Mangelsdorf, Bill Frisell, Herb Geller and many others.

He frequently toured Europe, North and South America with various bands or his own groups. He participated in international festivals like Paris, Lugano, Zurich, Burghausen, Aspen/Colorado and Jakarta.

Thomas Faists spare, soulful, understated musical style projects an intimate warmth. His own music is a blend of enticing rhythms and melodies from around the world, infused with the infectious swing and the harmonies of jazz. As a player he is able to cover a wide range of musical situations.

With his Thomas Faist Quintet he plays mostly original compositions and his own arrangements.

The current lineup with Thomas on woodwinds, Filip Wisniewski on guitar, Walter Lang on piano, Thomas Stabenow on bass und drummer Rick Hollander, all of them first class players, is frequently performing at jazz venues like the well-known jazz club Unterfahrt in Munich.

Thomas Faist has released 4 Albums with his quartets/quintets, which documents his work as a composer and were highly appreciated by the jazz critics.

In 2012 BR Radio (German Radio Broadcasting System) presented Thomas Faists music in an one-hour feature with live interview.

2015 Thomas Faist recorded his fourth CD "Stories To Tell" with Filip Wisniewski on guitar, Walter Lang on piano, Thomas Stabenow on bass and Rick Hollander on drums.

Thomas Faist Quintet

Thomas Faist saxophones, Filip Wisniewski guitar, Walter Lang piano, Thomas Stabenow bass, and Rick Hollander drums

Thomas Faist, saxophones

He started playing piano at the age of eight, switched to trumpet and discovered saxophone as his favorite instrument at the age of twelve. After finishing school he made his diploma at the Jazz-School Munich, with the great Sal Nistico as sax-teacher. He went to Boston's Berklee College of Music for further studies. Later he graduated at the Richard Strauss Konservatorium München with the Staatliche Musikreife.

1980 he received an award for interpretative art from the city of Munich.

Filip Wisniewski, guitar

Born in Posen (Poland) he grew up in a family of opera-singers. He studied at the Musikhochschule Nürnberg-Augsburg and graduated 2008 with "Summa cum Laude".

As a composer he has performed his music already in different settings from trio to tentett and worked as sideman with Walter Lang, Jason Seizer, Martin Zenker, Rick Hollander, Christian Gall, Mathias Bätzel, Ralf Hesse, Heiko Jung, Steffen Schorn, Jürgen Neudert, Lutz Häfner, Klaus Graf, Carolyn Breuer, Titilayo Adedokun, Guido May, Claus Raible, Peter Tuscher, Claus Koch, Johannes Nied, Andreas Gandela, Bastian Jütte and Andreas Kurz.

Walter Lang, piano

He studied piano and composition at the Berklee School of Music in Boston; finished his studies at the Amsterdam School of Arts.

With his own Walter Lang Trio he released many very successful CD's that received several awards. In 2011 the trio recorded "Someone to watch over me" with the legendary Lee Konitz. Another project is his Trio ELF. Their CD Elfland from 2010 is featuring the great brazilian singer Milton Nascimento. Other collaborations are the World Percussion Ensemble, his duo Yuujou with taiko drummer Takuya Taneguchi, and a duo with saxofonist Lee Konitz.

Walter Lang played with James Moody, Chico Freeman, Don Menza, Roy Hargrove, Jenny Evans, Dusko Goykovich, Lisa Wahlandt and many others.

Thomas Stabenow, bass

Studied double-bass with Prof. Ulrich Lau in Stuttgart from 1975-1980.

Mostly freelancing with musicians such as Johnny Griffin, Charlie Rouse, Clifford Jordan, Lee Konitz, Mel Lewis, Billy Cobham, Toots Thielemanns, Buddy deFranco, Don Menza, Bobby Shew, Jimmy Cobb, Mose Allison.

Recordings and concerts with Peter Herbolzheimer's Rhythm Combination and Brass, with the Al Porcino Bigband, Joe Haider Jazz Orchestra, WDR Bigband and the SDR Bigband.

Winner of the Jazz Prize Of Baden-Württemberg in 1986. Professor for double-bass at the Musikhochschule Mannheim. Editor of the 1st German Realbook. Released 3 LPs, 26 CDs on his own label Bassic Sound.

Rick Hollander, drums

Rick Hollander began playing drums at the age of 9. He studied privately with Gene Steward and Roy Brooks and later attended Oakland Community College for courses in music theory, piano and composition.

Hollander moved to New York City in 1979 and Europe in 1987. He's gained a wealth of experience working and recording with jazz greats such as Woody Shaw, Cameron Brown, Arnett Cobb, Roy Hargrove, Bob Mover, Mark Murphy, Rufus Reid, Steve Grossman, Robin Eubanks, Tim Hagans, Walter Lang and many more. He is also leads his own group.

El Pais, Madrid wrote: His work beneath the solos of his fellow musicians could be a complete short course on jazz for the listener.

Thomas Faist Albums

 

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Stories To Tell

   Going Places
   Nothing New Under The Sun
   Phoenix
   No Big Deal Mr. Important
   Minor Days
   Longing
   Happy with You
   Lola
   Soulmates
   Untouchable
   Slow River
   On The Edge
   Hard Rocks

Thomas Faist as, ts, Filip Wisniewski g,
Walter Lang p, Thomas Stabenow b,
Rick Hollander dr

Bassic Sound, Germany, 2015

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Me-We

Me-We

   Hi Jack
   Disappearing
   Frozen Flowers
   This Type Of Guy
   Me-We
   Is That Love
   Thanks For Your Beauty
   Fastone
   Strange

Thomas Faist as, Johannes Faber tp,
Walter Lang p, Thomas Stabenow b,
Rick Hollander dr

Nagel Heyer Records, Germany, 2008

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Gentle

   Sisyphos
   Gentle
   Door to Freedom
   Three
   Nil
   So Long
   Say It!
   Relaxed Focus

Thomas Faist as, ts, Franz Weyerer tp,
Johannes Herrlich tb, Walter Lang p,
Thomas Stabenow b, Rick Hollander dr

Mint Records, Germany, 2002

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Visionary

   Late Spring
   You Call We Fly
   Nina
   Visionary
   Childhood
   Selffulfilling Prophecy
   Involved
   The Song Is You
   After All

Thomas Faist ts, Walter Lang p,
Will Woodard b,
Rick Hollander dr

JHM Records, Switzerland, 1998

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Thomas Faist Reviews

„Sein ausgewogen voller Sound, seine Vorliebe für Laid-Back-Phrasierungen verbinden sich mit melodiösem Feingefühl und dem subtilen Spannungsaufbau der Arrangements.“

Süddeutsche Zeitung Ralf Dombrowski

„Jazz zum Schwärmen: Musik, die einen sanft davonträgt“.

Abendzeitung Roland Spiegel

„Moderne Mainstream-Eigenkompositionen von hohem Niveau und vorgetragen von einem wundervoll ausbalancierten und geschmackvoll interagierenden Quintett.“

„...Ein ästhetisch abgerundetes, unprätentiöses Stück zeitloser Musik.“>

Jazz-Thing

„...Musterbeispiel für die Kunst wunderbar eingängiger und doch subtil-anspruchsvoller Jazz-Kompositionen...“

Abendzeitung Roland Spiegel

 

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Thomas Faist Concerts

29.05.2015 19.00 Thomas Faist Duo with Tizian Jost Hotel Bayerischer Hof - Piano Bar München

28.05.2015 18.30 Thomas Faist Duo with Helmuth Nieberle Audi Forum Ingolstadt

22.05.2015 19.00 Thomas Faist Duo mit Chris Lachotta Hotel Bayerischer Hof - Piano Bar München

15.05.2015 19.00 Thomas Faist Duo with Tizian Jost Hotel Bayerischer Hof - Piano Bar München

08.05.2015 19.00 Thomas Faist Duo with Tizian Jost Hotel Bayerischer Hof - Piano Bar München

01.05.2015 19.00 Thomas Faist Duo with Tizian Jost Hotel Bayerischer Hof - Piano Bar München

10.01.2015 21.00 Thomas Faist Quintet Jazzclub Unterfahrt München

23.01.2014 20.00 Thomas Faist Duo with Helmuth Nieberle Audi Forum Ingolstadt

04.01.2014 21.00 Thomas Faist Quintet Jazzclub Unterfahrt München

17.10.2013 20.00 Thomas Faist Quartett Lime Light Gilching

12.10.2013 20.00 Thomas Faist Quintet Saal der Raiffeisenbank Rain am Lech

29.07.2013 21.00 Al Porcino Big Band Jazzclub Unterfahrt München

20.05.2013 21.00 Al Porcino Big Band Jazzclub Unterfahrt München

28.03.2013 18.30 Thomas Faist Duo with Helmuth Nieberle Audi Forum Ingolstadt

04.03.2013 21.00 Al Porcino Big Band Jazzclub Unterfahrt München

22.12.2012 21.00 Thomas Faist Quintet Jazzclub Unterfahrt München

13.12.2012 18.30 Duo Thomas Faist/Joe Kienemann Audi Forum Ingolstadt

06.12.2012 21.00 Duo Thomas Faist/Joe Kienemann Jazzbar Vogler München

14.11.2012 21.00 Thomas Faist Quintet Import Export München

08.10.2012 21.00 Al Porcino Big Band Jazzclub Unterfahrt München

18.08.2012 21.00 Thomas Faist Quintet Cafe Schauburg München

09.07.2012 21.00 Al Porcino Big Band Jazzclub Unterfahrt München

28.05.2012 21.00 Rich Laughlin Ensemble Jazzclub Unterfahrt München

14.05.2012 21.00 Al Porcino Big Band Jazzclub Unterfahrt München

04.05.2012 21.00 Thomas Faist Quintet Jazzclub Unterfahrt München

19.03.2012 21.00 Al Porcino Big Band Jazzclub Unterfahrt München

15.03.2012 18.30 Thomas Faist Quartet Audi Forum Ingolstadt

Thomas Faist

Landsberger Straße 480
D-81241 München
Germany

Phone +49 89 88919175
Mobile +49 151 11681877
e-mail: thomas-faist@t-online.de

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