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Das Dschungelbuch mit Christian Brückner und dem wilden Jazzorchester

Lesung & Jazz, Hörbuch
  • Christian Brückner
  • Martin Auer
    Composition, trumpet, musical direction
  • Rüdiger Ruppert
    Text editing
  • Martin Auer, Rüdiger Ruppert & Sebastian Krol
  • The exact cast is given below in the press text
Booking-territory: Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Who doesn’t know the wolf boy Mowgli and his friends, the clever panther Baghira and Baloo, the sleepy brown bear, or the python Kaa and Mowgli’s greatest enemy, the tiger Shere Khan? At least since Walt Disney’s wonderful animated film, Kipling’s adventure story has been one of the most popular children’s books in the world. But it is precisely this apparent familiarity that distracts attention from the literary masterpiece, which evokes the exoticism of the jungle and the fascination of India like no other.
Sebastian Krol and Rüdiger Ruppert conceived a narrative concert for the Deutsche Oper Berlin, for which Martin Auer composed the music. Christian Brückner recites the classic while an eleven-piece jazz orchestra brings the jungle to life musically. An unforgettable listening experience.


Rudyard Kipling (Author)

Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay in 1865 and was a British writer. He experienced his boarding school days in England as a prison; only in India could he be happy at that time. Apart from “The Jungle Book” and “Kim”, he wrote poetry as well as a large number of short stories and is considered an innovator of this genre in particular. In 1907, not yet 42 years old, he became the first English-speaking and youngest writer to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. He still holds the record as the youngest winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.  He died in London in 1936 after many journeys and books.

Christian Brückner (narrator)

Christian Brückner, born in Silesia in 1943, grew up in Cologne. Engagements at the theater, continuous work for radio and television. In 1990 he was awarded the Grimme Prize Special in Gold. Focus of his work today: public literature readings, often integrated into a musical context. 2000 Founded the audio book publishing company parlando with his wife Waltraut. 2005 Award of the German Audiobook Prize for the entire program. In 2012 Christian Brückner was awarded the Special Lifetime Achievement Award, in 2017 he received the Honorary Award of the German Record Critics and in 2018 the Federal Cross of Merit 1st Class.

Martin Auer (composer)

Martin Auer, originally from Chiemgau, studied jazz trumpet and composition/arrangement in Mannheim and Berlin. Since fall 2008 he has a teaching position for jazz trumpet at the Academy of Music in Leipzig. Martin Auer lives with his wife and daughter in Berlin Kreuzberg.

Rüdiger Ruppert (Drums, Percussion)

Rüdiger Ruppert from Palatinate has been playing drums and piano since he was nine years old. He completed his music studies at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe and is 1st percussionist in the orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Since 2005 he has been the drummer of the BigBand of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and leads it together with Sebastian Krol, with whom he jointly curates the “Jazz and Lyrics” series there. As a composer and producer, Rüdiger Ruppert has published numerous CDs and audio books.

Sebastian Krol (Trombone, Violoncello)

Sebastian Krol, a true Berlin plant, began his trombone studies in Stuttgart. Later, as a student at the Karajan Academy in Berlin, he was not allowed to continue his inclination towards jazz. It was only as a member of the orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin that Sebastian Krol, together with drummer Rüdiger Ruppert, planned and organized the now successful jazz concerts of the Big Band, and since 2015 the subscription series Jazz & Lyrics with renowned lyricists and actors.


Who doesn’t know it … the Jungle Book! Rudyard Kipling’s adventure story is a literary masterpiece that describes the adventurous world of the jungle and the fascination of India like no other. Musicians Martin Auer and Rüdiger Ruppert created a narrative concert from the material for the Deutsche Oper Berlin with Christian Brückner as narrator and with new compositions for the eleven-piece multi-instrumental Wilde Jazz Orchestra.

The cross-genre modern music of Martin Auer moves playfully between jazz, classical and oriental music and creates a completely new and gripping work of sound art! Both the European and the multitude of exotic instruments open up a new world of sound and music that adds another dimension to the well-known Jungle Book text and reinterprets it. The music advances to the leading actor on an equal footing with the great actor and narrator Christian Brückner.

A listening pleasure for the whole family from the age of 8!

Co-produced by HR-Kultur and sponsored by Initiative Musik gemeinnützige Projektgesellschaft mbH as part of “Neustart Kultur” with project funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

The performers are:

Christian Brückner – recitation

Martin Auer – composition, trumpet, musical direction

Karola Elßner – duduk, bass saxophone, alto flute, bass clarinet

Sebastian Krol – trombone, violoncello

Kai Brückner – guitars, tambura, sarod

Monia Rizkallah – violin 1

Anna Matz – violin 2

Leslie Riva-Ruppert – violoncello

Julius Peter Nitsch – double bass

Björn Matthiessen – marimba, percussion

Sebastian Trimolt – gongs, glockenspiel, percussion

Rūdiger Ruppert – drums, percussion

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