Saxophonist and composer Timo Vollbrecht is one of Germany’s most important up-and-coming voices in jazz. Featured by important newspapers such as the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Frankfurter Rundschau, ZEIT, or Berliner Morgenpost, the Fulbright scholar studied at the Berlin University of the Arts, as well as with Mark Turner at New York University. He has performed alongside Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner, Carlos Bica, and even the Pop-icon Robbie Williams. Known for his rich sound, he has won numerous awards and released six highly acclaimed albums. In addition, he has appeared on such stages as the Blue Note Jazz Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Alice Tully Hall. He is currently completing a PhD in Jazz Performance and Composition at NYU. Keisuke Matsuno is a Berlin-based guitarist, who has earned his reputation on the international improvised music scene thanks to his skillful creations of textural soundscapes. As a sound artist and highly inventive improviser, he plays in Jim Black’s Smash and Grab and has performed with Dave Liebman, Chris Cheek, Chris Potter, and Till Brönner. In 2011, he gave his debut at Carnegie Hall. Sam Anning, originally from Australia, is one of the foremost up-and-coming jazz bassists on the international scene. A citizen of the world he is in high demand in New York and tours in Germany, Europe, the Middle East, and Japan, he won the 2008 Bell Award for Young Jazz Musician of the Year and the 2010 Bell Award for Classic Jazz Album of the Year. Collaborations include jazz greats such as Joe Lovano, Ari Honig, Charlie Haden, Cyrille Aimée and Sheila Jordon. Drummer Jason Burger from Orange County, CA is a graduate from Manhattan School of Music who has appeared at important music venues including the Jazz Gallery, the Iridium, Shapeshifter Lab, while appearing TV channels such as MTV. A stellar jazz drummer, Jason moves beyond by incorporating groove from indie-rock and today's song culture. The receiver of the Louis Armstrong Award for outstanding musical achievement has also performed with legendary pianist Ted Rosenthal. Sebastian Merk is one of Germany's most in demand drummers. He is professor for jazz drums at Dresden's conservatory Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber. Prof. Merk has gained international acclaim for his solo work as a composer, as well as for his collaborations with Johannes Enders, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Lee Konitz, Spaniol4, Bartmes, and Sebastian Studnitzky.