Maik Krahl

Maik Krahl represents the current top German jazz trumpeters of his generation. His musical statements enrich me and let me look forward with anticipation to the future of an entire genre that will always exist. Great compliment! - Till Brönner


Born in 1991 in Bautzen, Maik Krahl started playing the trumpet at an early age of being just eight years old. After studying Jazz at the Carl Maria von Weber Hochschule in Dresden he started a Master of Music Jazz Improvising Artist at the Folkwang Universität der Künste Essen. His most influencing teachers were Till Brönner, Malte Burba and the American Jazz trumpet player Ryan Carniaux.
His first album Decidophobia with Bruno Müller, Constantin Krahmer, Oliver Lutz and Hendrik Smock is released 2018 with Double Moon/Challenge Records.

Besides playing with his own band, you can hear Krahl regularly with the quintet Unit 5, which won the Jazzstipendium jazz@undesigned in 2018. Furthermore, he is a steady part of the Subway Jazz Orchestra in Cologne. With this big band he recorded three albums—Primal Scream (2015), State of Mind (2016), and Richbeck Suite (2018)—so far.

Concerts brought him to Greece, Guinea-Bissau, Canada, Croatia, Lithuania, Austria, Senegal, and the US. Traveling the world allowed him to work with musicians like John Clayton, Kurt Elling, Herb Geller, Benny Green, Jeff Hamilton, Ingrid Jensen, John Ruocco, and Jiggs Whigham.

Besides working as an artist, Maik Krahl teaches trumpet at the Offene Jazz Haus Schule in Cologne.

Current album

Maik Krahl - Fraction

Fraction - that sounds small, almost incomplete.

However, jazz trumpeter Maik Krahl proves with his second album Fraction that the whole is always more than the sum of its parts.

After his celebrated debut Decidophobia, for which Maik Krahl toured with his quartet across Germany and at many renowned jazz festivals, Maik Krahl delivers with Fraction an earthy to sometimes floating-light album that picks up friends of experimental jazz sounds and fans of traditional jazz styles alike.

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  • Fraction, 2020 (20.05.2020)
  • Still Screaming, Subway Jazz Orchestra, 2020
  • Decidophobia, 2018
  • Richbeck Suite, Subway Jazz Orchestra, 2018
  • State of Mind, Subway Jazz Orchestra, 2016
  • Primal Scream, Subway Jazz Orchestra, 2015

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