The three musicians – Rainer Böhm, piano, Aidan
O´Donell, bass and Jeff Hirshfield on drums – met for
the first time in summer 2007, when Rainer Böhm was
studying in New York. There they were playing together
continually and only „just for fun“, without a thought
of founding a band or the pressure to produce something
new and extraordinary. Why should they make the jazz
world happy with another piano trio
Maybe just this relaxed atmosphere was the ideal
breeding ground for developing something special. After
a short time they already noticed how easily they could
communicate. Each one payed attention to the other and
all together played on the same wavelength.
With the compositions of Rainer Böhm they developed a
very individual sound, characterized by expressiveness,
strong melody lines, clarity, interaction and dynamics.
The musicians didn´t want to boost their egos but to
play together and to express emotions.
Finally this sound was n´t made to be locked in a
studio. Also the surrounding should be carried away by
their playing enthusiasm. So in summer 2008 the three
musicians from Germany, Scotland and the USA produced
the first CD in New York, in one of the most famous
sound studios of the world, the „Systems Two“.
All members of the band have made a name for themselves
beyond their home countries. Rainer Böhm received many
first awards in international competitions in Germany,
Belgium and Spain. Aidan O´Donnell from Scotland,
although very young, has just played with many famous
musicians like Ethan Iverson, Dave Binney, George
Coleman and Antonio Sanchez. Jeff Hirshfield is the most
world-wide renowned player: he worked, among others,
with Zoot Sims, Clark Terry, Mose Allison, Woody Herman,
John Abercrombie, Randy Brecker, Eliane Elias, Jim Hall
and John Zorn.
In 2009/2010 release tours are planned in Germany,
Scotland and the USA.