Sam Hylton, Pianist & Composer
Linda Jo Rizzo, Singer & Entertainer
Federico Ferrari, Conductor & Tubist
Ralf Dombrowski, Music Journalist & Photographer
When: Wednesday, 28 April 2021, at 7:00 p.m.
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Among the many professions hard hit by the COVID pandemic are those in the arts and entertainment. The pandemic has affected musicians from all genres – singers and instrumentalists alike. These times call for innovative ideas to exploit existing and tap new revenue streams. Our panel of musicians will tell their personal stories – past and present – and explain how they are coping with the pandemic as they negotiate the curves moving toward the future. What could the new “normal” in music look like and what has possibly changed forever?
Pianist and composer Sam Hylton was born in 1992 in Spokane, Washington, USA, where he developed an early interest in jazz and improvised music. He attended the University of Washington in Seattle, pursuing parallel bachelor degrees in Jazz Studies and Germanics. Upon graduating in 2014, he moved to Munich to continue studying at the University of Music and Performing Arts (UMPA).
In 2015 he joined the faculty of the UMPA department of Composition for Film and Media as adjunct lecturer for jazz harmony and composition, whereupon he began collaborations with German film composer Gerd Baumann. Hylton’s piano is heard exclusively in Baumann’s soundtrack for the 2019 Marcus H. Rosenmüller film, Trautmann. He has written for the Munich Composer’s Collective, the Bayan Mongol Big Band, received commissions for the Ômina Romana winery and has arranged for Claus Reichstaller & the Sirius Quartet.
Sam has performed and taught throughout the world, including in the US, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Greece, and Mongolia. He is a member of the electronic jazz collective Ark Noir, Gerd Baumann’s Parade, Hannah Weiss Group, has performed with Billy Hart and Bill Frisell, and has learned from Ben Wendel, Aaron Parks, Richie Beirach, Ben Street, Larry Grenadier, Craig Taborn, and Gerald Clayton among others. Since 2018 he is furthering his studies in Jazz Composition under Profs. Christian Elsässer and Gregor Hübner at the UMPA in Munich. https://de.samhyltonmusic.com/
Linda Jo Rizzo
Born and raised in New York City, Linda Jo Rizzo took her singing career to Germany in the early 80’s when she toured with her first girl group, “The Flirts”. They entered the top ten charts in Germany and Europe with “Passion”. Further top disco hits followed such as “Danger”, “Helpless”, and “Calling All Boys”. Linda leaves the “Flirts” in 1985 to pursue her solo career. With her first solo producer “Fancy” (Slice Me Nice, Chinese Eyes, Lady of Ice) she had further dance hits in the Italo disco and high-energy scene.
With her Italian-American temperament and charisma, along with her New York energy and “passion” for the stage, Linda has performed repeatedly at the Oktoberfest, the after-Wiesn party in Lowenbraukeller, the Frühlingsfest, the Little American Oktoberfest, biergarten jazz jam sessions, and U.S. Consulate Fourth of July party. Linda has performed internationally in the U.S., Brasil, Mexico, and Australia.
Through the years Linda has co-starred both on stage and TV around the world with popular artists such as, Dieter Bohlen, CC Catch, Bad Boys Blue, George Mc Crae, Carl Douglas, Bonnie Tyler, Al Bano, Jürgen Drews, Umberto Tozzi, The Weather Girls, Ryan Paris, Silent Circle, Francesco Napoli, Roland Kaiser, Heino, Saragossa Band, Trini Lopez, Sandra, Savage, Gazebo, Ken Laszlo, and many more. https://lindajorizzo.com/
Federico Ferrari studied tuba and conducting at the Conservatorio G. Verdi Torino, the University of Essen, and the Orchesterzentrum NRW. He also deepened his studies in conducting in Milan, the Conservatorium Maastricht, and Düsseldorf.
His experience in tuba includes master classes with musicians from the Chicago Symphony, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, NDR Hamburg, and TICINOmusica. As a freelance musician, he has played with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, and in Italy at the Orchestra ASLICO Milano, Orchestra di Lecco Sinfolario, and Orchestra del Friuli.
Federico’s true passion is conducting youth orchestras and ensembles. Over the last 6 years, he has acquired a long list of engagements which include the Sinfonie-Orchester Niederberg e.V., the Fukesi International Culture Communication Beijing, the Junge Philharmonie at KSHG Münster University, and the Symphonieorchesters der VHS Mettmann-Wülfrath. He is currently head and conductor of the youth department at the Wind Band Association of NRW.
Ralf Dombrowski is a professional music journalist and freelance photographer, with a focus on the German jazz music scene. He has been a music journalist since 1994, writing about jazz music and appreciation of the musical culture of Germany. From 2006 to 2008, he was editor of jazz music for the Süddeutsche Zeitung. He regularly writes for numerous music publications, such as the Neue Musikzeitung, Jazz Zeitung, Jazz thing, or the British London Jazz News.
Ralf is the author of a musical biography of John Coltrane, a history of the jazz saxophone, and of two jazz music guides: the popular Reclam jazz collector’s guide, followed two years ago by “111 Gründe, Jazz zu lieben“, a collection of short essays about jazz music and more. His regular monthly radio program Jazztime has been broadcast by the Bavarian radio network. As a member of juried competitions, he has also been active in music awards like the German Echo Music Prize or the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (German Record Critics’ Award).
From 1998 to 2014, he was artistic director of the jazz festival at Schloss Elmau (European Jazztival), and from 2002 to 2004, he and Moroccan jazz musician Majid Bekkas curated the Jazz au Chellah festival in Rabat, Morocco. In 2013, Dombrowski received the Award for German Jazz Journalism, where the jury praised his wide musical expertise and journalistic style as a music critic. https://www.ralfdombrowski.de/