Michael Gudenkauf

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Michael Gudenkauf, Photo: jotitze


Michael Gudenkauf is a German jazz musician.

Michael Gudenkauf first studied jazz guitar, later double bass at the Hanover University of Music and Drama.

He took lessons with numerous double bassists, including Christian McBride, John Patitucci, Dennis Irwin, Palle Daniellsson and Prof. Detlev Beier.

He has received many awards for his artistic work, including 1st prize at the Burghausen European Jazz Prize, was a participant in the Bundesjazzwerkstatt as well as the Bundesjazzorchester and received first prizes three times in a row as well as soloist prizes at the Lower Saxony competition "Winning Jazz".

He has performed in various formations at the Jazzfest Aalen, the Leverkusener Jazztage, the Burghauser Jazzfestival, the Fusion Festival, the Jazzfestival Konstanz, the Jazzfest München, Überjazz Hamburg and the Jazzwoche Hannover. He participated in CD productions/releases for Unit Records, Jardis Records, Konnex Records, A-Jazz, Starfish-Music and others, as well as TV productions in the context of Jazzwoche Burghausen for Bayrischer Rundfunk.

From 2015 - 2019 Michael Gudenkauf was director of the music school of the district of Cloppenburg, and since 2019 he has been director of the music school in Lohne. He is committed to equal opportunities for all children, high-quality education and good working conditions. He founded a supra-regional selection symphony orchestra in 2017.

Since 2018 Michael Gudenkauf runs a quartet with Jesse van Ruller and Christian Schoenefeldt together with Eike Wulfmeier. "Personality Standards VOL. 1" was released in February 2019.

Current Album

Personality Standards VOL. 1

Jesse van Ruller: g, Eike Wulfmeier: p, Michael Gudenkauf: b, Christian Schoenefeldt: dr
„My music is the spiritual expression of what I am – my faith, my knowledge, my being… When you begin to see the possibilities of music, you desire to do something really good for people, to help humanity free itself from its hang-ups“
John Coltrane once said, perhaps describing better than any jazz analyst where the magic in his playing comes from.
The companions Eike Wulfmeier, piano, and Michael Gudenkauf, double bass, now lace up their hiking boots to walk the stony paths and cross the foul swamps and, in the best case, to find the longing place of their own musical personality.
The jazz musicians, both lecturers at the Musikhochschule in Hanover and firm pillars of the young German jazz scene, have been planning a joint project for several years, but their paths initially diverged. While Wulfmeier recast his Trio Center and increasingly devoted himself to composing and arranging for larger ensembles, Gudenkauf decided to take a job as a music school director and discontinue a large part of his sideman activities. 4 years later, the two now present their project as co-leaders following the best example á la Max Roach /Clifford Brown:
Personality Standards is a long-term project in which new bands will be formed. At the same time, it is a research project that wants to get to the bottom of various questions: What motivated the musicians, composers and arrangers whose pieces are now considered 'standards'? Out of what frame of mind did they compose and improvise? What constitutes their musical personality?
The first band to be found in Personality Standards features two other musical personalities: Oldenburg drummer Christian Schoenefeldt and exceptional Dutch guitarist Jesse van Ruller.
The five original compositions by Van Ruller, Wulfmeier and Gudenkauf, as well as two jazz standards, which can be heard on the debut album, leave plenty of room for musical expression, in keeping with the jazz tradition. In doing so, Gudenkauf and Wulfmeier manage to reintegrate current, modern and meanwhile independent currents of jazz into the mainstream.
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  • Personality Standards VOL. 1, 2019
  • Wyfenbeschyk – Oli Poppe Trio & Strings, 2018
  • Godchild – Fette Hupe, 2015
  • Niko Finke’s Bad Surprise, 2015
  • Zwielicht – Oli Poppe Trio, 2013
  • Die Großen Gefühle – Arne Pünter Band, 2013
  • Tadgh’S Trip – Oli Poppe Trio, 2012
  • When Night Is Almost Done – Anja Ritterbusch Quartett, 2010
  • Kleinstadtgeschichten – Michael Gudenkauf’s Zweite Wahl, 2010
  • Morphing – Jörn Marcussen-Wulff Quintett, 2009
  • Schnittmengen – Rofalski/Gudenkauf, 2009
  • Playground – Flindt’s Tones, 2007
  • Here, There And Everywhere – Dirk Piezunka Quartett, 2007

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