From Bach to Händel


Walter Lang (p) – Thomas Markusson (b) – Sebastian Merk (dr)

The Baroque Jazz Trio dives into the two worlds of Baroque and Jazz music and the result is a true musical blend.

The Melodies, that are usually used in Jazz music, derive from musicals or pop songs from the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Here the Baroque Jazz Trio takes strong melodies and chord progressions from composers like Johann Sebastian Bach, John Dowland, Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni and Georg Friedrich Händel and plays their variations on those baroque themes. They never leave the substance of the composition.

The trio released  succesful Cd's such as "Walter Lang Trio plays Charles Chaplin" (1999), "Across The Universe" (2002),  "Softly as in a morning Sunrise" (2005) "The Sound Of A Rainbow"(2005), that received the "Best Sounding CD Award"  by the japanese  "Swing Journal", as well as the CD "Romantische Straße"(2007) that got the Gold Disc Award  by "Swing Journal". The trio has been touring all over the world, and is especially loved by the japanese jazz fans.
In 2008 the Walter Lang Trio regrouped: Thomas Markusson from Gothenburg/Sweden is playing bass now and Sebastian Merk from Berlin/Germany is the new drummer. Their first CD „Eurasia“ came out in 2009. Toghether with Lee Konitz, the Walter Lang Trio recorded their first CD for JAWO Records „Someone to watch over me“, in 2011. Their  latest CD's „Starlight Reflections“ and "Moonlight Echoes“ were released in 2013 and 2015 by the japanese label Atelier Sawano.


Walter Lang


was born 1961 in Germany. He studied piano and composition at Berklee School of Music in Boston and continued his studies at the Amsterdam School of the Arts.
Along with drummer Gerwin Eisenhauer and bassist Sven Faller he founded TRIO ELF in 2005. They recorded 5 very succesful albums for the prestigous jazz Label Enja Records.
His recent groups are, besides Trio ELF and the Walter Lang Trio, his world music project „World Percussion Ensemble“ and his duo „PWL" with the the charismatic  jazz singer Philipp Weiss.
Walter Lang has also played with Lee Konitz, James Moody, Chico Freeman, Don Menza, Roy Hargrove, Jenny Evans, Dusko Goykovich, Lisa Wahlandt and many others.


Thomas Markusson


Born 1978 in Sandviken, Sweden. He started playing  the doublebass at the age of 10.
In 1997 he began his studies wih Anders Jormin at the College of Music in Gothenburg.
For the last ten years he has worked and toured with a lot of Swedish and foreign musicians such as Rigmor Gustafsson, Nils Landgren, Jonas Knutsson, Chris Cheek, Phil Wilson, Asgèir Jon Asgéirson and Anders Persson to name a few.
Over the years he has performed on a number of records with different jazz groups. He has also writtenmusic for the Swedish radio.


Sebastian Merk

was born in 1977 in Frankfurt/Main, Germany.
He has quickly made a name for himself throughout Germany as a drummer and a pianist.
While living in Frankfurt he was awarded a scholarship from the city of Frankfurt to attend workshops in New York City.
Sebastian's teachers were Keith Copeland and Jo Thönes at the Fransz-Lizt School of Music in Weimar. The he moved to study at the Hans Eisler Conservatory in the City of Berlin.
Sebastian has played with a long list of great players including Lee Konitz, Till Brönner, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ack van Rooyen, Mark Murphy (on the latest Album "Love is what stays" on Verve), Kevin Spacey and Ernie Watts.

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