FALL 2015 TOURING DATES FOR FERNWEH

It's always a real pleasure for me to go on tour with my quartet. If you get lucky, then a great band ends up being even more than a combination of superb musicians, great music and intimate performances. It becomes a unit built on a foundation of trust and friendship which is something that usually only develops over time and yet for me is an aspect of working with people that I look for in all of my projects. The Max Frankl Quartet embodies all of the conditions and positive characteristics mentioned and therefore is one of the most enjoyable band projects I have ever been involved in. The concerts we played together this year in April and May, allowed us to grow together even more, resulting in that we are all really excited to head back out back out on tour later this year. Click here to listen to our recent album "Fernweh".

I am very proud to present this fantastic group, all stemming from my secondary hometown Zürich, to audiences throughout Germany in November 2015. We are going to start off in the Textile Museum/Helmbrechts near Nuremberg. Then we'll be off to play the classic infamous club, "Das Rind" in Rüsselsheim. After that, we are going home to the club in Waldstrasse 4, near my hometown, Weilheim. This one is real special to me because it's the stage that I started on and where I played my first sessions and concerts. I also happened to end up working behind the bar as well. Home is where the heart is! Our grand finale for this little tour will be at the Jazzclub Erfurt. We looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible! Thanks to Stadt Zurich Kultur, Pro Helvetia and SIS for supporting our tour.
 

GREAT SOUNDS COMING FROM A SMALL TOWN IN SWITZERLAND

Being a Vovox endorser for almost ten years now, I recently had the great pleasure again of visiting Jürg and the Vovox team at their factory in Ebikon, which is a small town located close to the beautiful city of Lucerne. Besides taking some pictures at the factory, I was also happy to shoot a little trio on their Tuesday afternoon walk at Lake Lucerne. They seemed to be very relaxed, but still very focused - which I liked a lot about them.

Back to business: From the first moment I checked out Vovox, it was clear to me that these cables would be an integral part of my equiment and sound from this point on. The quality I treasure most about these cables is that I feel connected to my guitar and amplifier in a way that I had never experienced before with any kind of other sound conductors. It is a pure joy to hear how the different registers of my instrument are clearly projected in the sound of the amplifier and how warm my guitar sounds while using this equipment.

Jürg is a true innovator, always searching for new things to find. The new project with Brooklyn artist Walrus Ghost will be entirely recorded with Vovox, also using one of their mind blowing new mics, built by Jürg's new spin-off brand Myrinx

Video Workshop for Gitarre & Bass Magazine

When I was a teenager, I started taking guitar lessons with the local teacher outside of Munich. I got into music and the guitar pretty quickly and at the same time began to read every issue of Gitarre & Bass magazine from the first to the very last page. I soaked it all up and was so fascinated about every aspect of playing the guitar that I knew that I wanted to be a professional musician.

Fifteen years later the folks over at Gitarre & Bass in Cologne featured my album Fernweh and did an artist portrait about me in their April 2015 issue. They also invited me to do a video-workshop at their in-house studio. I was really proud to give insight into my career and the musical issues I deal with. We talked about my history as a musician, about the equipment I use to get the tone I search for and about some tricks to be able to learn jazz improvisation on the guitar. It was great fun to meet Lothar Trampert and Dieter Roesberg, check out the entire magazine facilities and of course talk about a lot of very interesting stuff. Definitely a day to remember for me!

 

ENDORSEMENT DEAL WITH IBANEZ

As a musician, I'm constantly trying to push the limits of my guitar playing. What I look for is equipment that I can truly trust, which in return, makes me feel more confident and therefore helps me discover new territories in music. When I tried out and played Ben Monder's two Ibanez Artstar guitars a few years ago, I immediately knew, my search for a new guitar had ended!

After approaching Ibanez in Germany, I managed to become an official endorser for the company and have been happily playing their instruments for the past three years. I am more than proud to represent and advertise for Ibanez, especially when thinking about the great traditions and reputation this company has built over the last eighty years. Prior to embarking on a recent tour in Finland, Ibanez sent me a new AS-200 guitar that took me about 5 seconds to fell in love with. I felt immediately at home with the instrument and decided to take it to Finland. It was amazing how good it sounded in different rooms and settings. Another visit to Ibanez is planned for this summer and I couldn't be more excited to check out the latest developments at the guitarists candy store.

I will keep you posted! Also, stay tuned for official workshops and clinics which I will be announcing as soon as possible.

 

Great response to Fernweh & more tour dates

Recording, mixing and producing a new record is always an entire journey in itself. When I wrote the music for Fernweh, I had a specific feeling about the specifics the record should convey to the listener. I was proud of the way the band played my music and how the final results sounded. The liner notes, written by one of the most prominent american jazz journalists, Bill Milkowski, made a huge contribution to the success of the latest album.

Newspapers, magazines and blogs throughout Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the US were full of praise for the music on Fernweh. They liked the „almost telepatic interplay of Reto Suhner and Max Frankl“, the „warm and rich sound“ of the entire band and the guitar playing of Max Frankl, that „withdraws itself from every possible categorization“.

There are more tour dats for Fernweh coming up for 2015/2016. The next gigs will be a live radio recording in Hertogen-bosch/NL and a little tour in Germany in November 2015. Additional concerts and events will be announced as soon as they are booked.

 

IBANEZ / NYC PROMO SHOOT

After landing a rather prestigious endorsement deal with Ibanez Guitars, Max was really in need of promo photos that featured his beautiful new guitar and since he just happened to be living in New York at the time, we figured no better time than now! Thank you to Photographer, Rebekka Kühnis!

 

JAZZ PODIUM MAGAZINE → REVIEW

Max Frankl in Jazzpodium Magazine
Recorded for the label of his former teacher, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Max Frankl presents himself in his album "Home" as a fully matured musician and composer, whose own indisputable instrumental skills are subordinated to the overall picture of the pieces. It's a maturity that does not necessarily seem self-evident for one recently was awarded the Jazz Echo for best national guitarist. "Home" is the artistic manifest of a musician who has recognized that the language of musical jazz composition can only then have an enduring relevance, when all the musicians involved in the embodiment are given equal room to form their thoughts without losing the combination of the single voices. Frankl's ability to set the tone has jumped levels of quality to a league that could not have been expected in such a short amount of time. In great arches full of force, the musicians parley, color and comment. They hold monologues and dialogues whose narrative strength never lets down and fascinates intensely. To be without a home is to suffer, says Dostoyevsky. "Home" is an album to which listeners are always happy to return.

- Jazzpodium Magazine
 

GITARRE & BASS MAGAZINE → ALBUM REVIEW

Max Frankl in Gitarre&Bass magazine
 

The 30-year old jazz guitarist from Weilheim has, with "Home", released one of the best jazz albums of the year. I have seldom heard a jazz record that sounds so uninhibitedly European and at the same time binds the jazz tradition of this continent so effortlessly with the present, as with this new album from Max Frankl. From this team, a swinging, driving jazz album has emerged that seems to burst with energy and depth. And just the same it remains unobtrusively cool. From this guitarist, we will, want to and must hear more!    
- Gitarre & Bass Magazine
 

SPIEGEL CULTURE MAGAZINE → HOME REVIEW


 
The 2012 Echo Jazz winner and guitarist positions his music "in the moderate center of the improvisational modern." Frankl composed pieces for a combination of trombone (Nils Wogram), tenor saxophone (Domenic Landolf), and piano (Pablo Held) that go straight to the ear. His superbly well-harmonized sextet enriches the German jazz scene.

- Kultur SPIEGEL / Nov 2012