Der Stern calls them “the new young faces of German jazz” and indeed, triosence has been causing an increasing sensation in the specialist press for some years now: “The new milestone in jazz trio”, “Sonic tip and example of musical trinity”, “A highlight that gets under your skin”, “The new heroes” or “The sun rises on music even here in the West” …are just some of the reactions of renowned magazines to triosence.
Since the formation of the band in 1999, triosence has won almost every jazz award in Germany. After the first prize at the national competition “Jugend jazzt” followed the Baltic Sea Jazz Promotional Prize, the studio prize of the Deutschlandfunk, the cultural promotion prize of the city of Kassel and many others, up to the nomination for the German Record Critics’ Prize and the best new entry in the International Jazz Charts in Germany.
In Japan, the band even counts among the best jazz newcomers since their debut CD “First Enchantment” and “the band that has wiped away the impression of stiff German jazz. (Swingjournal, Japan 2005) What distinguishes the trio’s music, besides the equality of the instruments, is the strength and clarity of their melodies. Highly lyrical and poetic, they form the core of all compositions. In combination with the stylistic range that extends from jazz to fusion, folk, pop and world music, the band thereby defines a very own style, which they themselves call “songjazz”.
This inspires not only connoisseurs but also those who have had little to do with jazz so far.
Piano & Composition Bernhard Schüler
Bernhard Schüler, born in Kassel on 19.9.1979, began his musical education at the age of 7 with piano lessons. A little later he learned clarinet and saxophone.
At the age of 15 he began to compose and arrange his own pieces. In 1995 he founded his first own band (bazaar), in which he was very successful as a saxophonist, bandleader and composer: state and national winner of “Jugend Jazzt” in 1996 and 1999. – He then won the same competitions with triosence in 2000 and 2001. From 1996 to 2000 he was a member of the Landsjugendjazzorchester Hessen.
At the 2nd national competition “Jugend Jazzt” he was awarded a soloist promotion by the German Music Council because of his piano playing. In 2000 he won first prize at the soloist competition of “Jugend Jazzt”.
From 1999 to 2006 he studied jazz piano with Hubert Nuss, Hans Lüdemann and John Taylor at the Hochschule für Musik Köln.
In spring 2004 he passed his diploma exam and in November 2006 his concert exam at the Cologne University of Music.
In recent years his songs have won numerous international song competitions. Recently he won the international Christmas Song Contest “The Next Holiday Classic” in the USA.
Since autumn 2017 Bernhard Schüler lives in Kassel again.
Double bass Omar Rodriguez Calvo
Omar Rodriguez Calvo was born on August 19, 1973 in Matanzas, Cuba.
In 1984 he began his musical studies (classical music, double bass) at the Conservatory in Matanzas and then studied double bass, electric bass, classical music, jazz and popular music at the E.N.A – Escuela Nacional de Arte (National School of Arts) and the I.S.A (Instituto Superior de Arte) in Havana from 1988 to 1992. At the age of 17 he started playing with Argelia Fragoso and later with Carlos Maza and Ramon Valle.
In 1994 he moved to Hamburg and has since then played with artists such as Ramon Valle, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the NDR Bigband, Joe Gallardo, Matthias Höfs, Jena Philharmonic, Tingvall trío, Kurt Elling, Orlando “Maraca” Valle, Nils Landgren, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Perico Sambeat, Ernesto Simpson, Roy Hargrove, Mike Stern, Omar Sosa, Jesse van Ruller, Gerardo Núñez, Chano Dominguez, Ulf Wakenius, Orange Blue, Anette Maiburg, the formation Classica Cubana, the hr-Bigband (Parcifal Goes Habana) Triosence. In addition to the three ECHO Jazz and five Jazz Awards in Gold with the Tingvall Trio and the HANS for the Production of the Year 2011, he received an ECHO Klassik with the Formation Classica Cubana. Further nominations: ECHO Jazz 2015 and 2016 as Instrumentalist of the Year national in the category Double Bass/E-Bass.
Drums & Percussion Tobias Schulte
Tobias was born on 7.3.1982 in Hattingen. Ten years later he started to play drums.
After his studies at the Los Angeles Music Academy he turned his hobby into his profession. Due to his broad musical spectrum Tobias plays with numerous artists from different genres like Nils Landgren, Jean Louis Matinier, Edgar Knecht, Heino, Johnny Logan, Limahl, and many more. His membership in the Edgar Knecht Trio made him play at internationally renowned jazz and world music festivals. He won the Hessian and Federal World Music Prize Creole.
Tobias also runs a drum school in Kassel, has organized and directed the HR band for the Hessentag recordings for many years and can be heard or seen regularly on radio and television. Tobias Schulte is endorser of Ahead Armor Cases, Rohema Drumsticks and Evans Drumheads.