I AM A WAYFARER BETWEEN THE MUSICAL WORLDS. THAT‘S WHAT I AM. AS A NINE-YEAR-OLD, I BEGAN PLAYING CLARINET IN A BRASS BAND, SWITCHING TO CLASSICAL MUSIC, FUNK, POP, JAZZ, DRUM‘N‘BASS, HIP HOP, SCANDINAVIAN MINIMALISM, PERSIAN SUFI MUSIC, BRITISH TRIP HOP, EASTERN EUROPEAN CONTEMPORARY ROMANTISM, MEDITERRANEAN MUSIC, FILM MUSIC ... THAT‘S ALL I AM.

OVER THE YEARS I TRIED TO INTEGRATE ALL THESE INFLUENCES INTO EACH OF MY PROJECTS AND FAILED ... EVERY TIME. UNTIL THE IDEA AROSE TO CREATE A MENTAL PLAYGROUND FOR IT. THIS IS LIMINAL ZONE WHERE AND WHENEVER I WANT TO, MOVING FROM ONE MUSICAL UNIVERSE TO ANOTHER. IT IS THE PLATFORM FOR THREE INDEPENDENT PROJECTS, THE „SCOPES“: „CHROME“, INSPIRED BY MY LOVE OF CLASSICAL AND FILM MUSIC. „CARAMEL“, WHERE ALL THE IDEAS OF JAZZ AND MUSIC FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD MIX WITH EACH OTHER. AND „AZURE“, THE BIG ADVENTURE TRIP TO THE WORLD OF ELECTRONIC CLUB MUSIC.

BUT ONLY WRITING MUSIC FOR SUCH A COMPREHENSIVE PROJECT IS NOT ENOUGH. IT IS THE BEGINNING. IT NEEDS A BIG STORY. AND SO IN LIMINAL ZONE, PHOTOGRAPHERS, VIDEO AND VISUAL ARTISTS, FILMMAKERS AND GRAPHIC ARTISTS ARE AMONG THE MAIN PROTAGONISTS ALONGSIDE THE MANY GREAT MUSICIANS. THEY MAKE THE EMERGENCE OF LIMINAL ZONE COME ALIVE WITH PICTURES, VIDEOS, REPORTS, ETC.
WELCOME TO THE LIMINAL ZONE

  • ULRICH DRECHSLER–CLARINETS/PERCUSSION
  • ÖZLEM BULUT–COLORATURA SOPRANO
  • YASMIN HAFEDH (A.K.A. YASMO)–RECITATIVE/SLAM POETRY
  • AMIR AHMADI–PIANO
  • OLIVER STEGER–DOUBLE BASS
  • RAPHAEL KEUSCHNIGG–DRUMS/PERCUSSION

The Caramel Scope

„CARAMEL“ - THE ESSENCE OF THE MANY IDEAS COLLECTED OVER THE YEARS THAT INSPIRE ME EVERY DAY. THAT‘S MY UNDERSTANDING OF JAZZ. I STUDIED JAZZ, LISTENED TO THE RECORDS OF THE BIG ROLE MODELS, PRACTICED ALL THE STYLISTIC ARCHETYPES LIKE BEBOP, HARDBOP, SOULJAZZ OR FUSION. AND YET ... ALWAYS SOMETHING WAS MISSING. WITHOUT REALIZING IT, I LEARNED A LANGUAGE THAT I INSTINCTIVELY KNEW I WOULD NEVER REALLY SPEAK. IT TOOK MORE THAN TEN YEARS TO UNDERSTAND THAT JAZZ ALONE WAS NOT ENOUGH FOR ME. AND SO I STARTED LOOKING FOR NEW SOURCES OF INSPIRATION, CHANGING MY WAY OF PRACTICING, COMPOSING, AND LISTENING TO MUSIC IN ORDER TO FINALLY REDEFINE MY FOCUS ON MUSIC IN TWO VERY SIMPLE WAYS - SOUND AND EMOTION. MY IDEA OF MUSIC.

„CARAMEL“ - THE FREEDOM OF IMPROVISATION, THE STRUCTURAL CLARITY AND DISCIPLINE OF CLASSICAL MUSIC, THE INTENSITY AND EMOTIONALITY OF PERSIAN SUFI MUSIC, THE UNDERSTANDING OF MINIMALISM AND SPACE IN SCANDINAVIAN FOLKLORE AND MUCH, MUCH MORE. „CARAMEL“ IS FOR ME TO MAKE MUSIC TOGETHER ACROSS ALL BOUNDARIES AND RULES. AT EYE LEVEL, THROUGH MINDFUL ACTING AND LISTENING, TO CREATE A NEW COMMON LANGUAGE AND MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING. THAT‘S WHAT MUSIC IS ALL ABOUT FOR ME.

EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE IN „CARAMEL“. THE RADIANT VOICE OF ÖZLEM BULUT, THE TURKISH COLORATURA SOPRANO WITH KURDISH ROOTS, CAN REALLY TOUCH EVERY LISTENER IN THE DEEPEST INTERIOR. SHE FLOATS ABOVE THE ROOMFILLING, ELEGANT SOUND OF OLIVER STEGER‘S DOUBLE BASS, OVER RAPHAEL KEUSCHNIGG‘S DRUMMING OVERFLOWING WITH PASSION AND CREATIVITY AND AMIR AHMADI‘S GREAT VIRTUOSO PIANO LINES. JUST A GREAT TRIO. IN ADDITION, THE SLAM POET AND RAPPER YASMIN HAFEDH, WHO JUGGLES WITH HER WORDS IN SUCH AN INIMITABLE WAY. IN BETWEEN, ABOVE AND BELOW THE BIG BASS CLARINET. WELCOME TO „CARAMEL“.

  • ULRICH DRECHSLER–SAXOPHONE/PERCUSSION
  • LORETTA WHO–VOICE/ELECTRONICS
  • PETER ZIRBS–LIVE ELECTRONICS/SOUND DESIGN
  • RAPHAEL KEUSCHNIGG–DRUMS/PERCUSSION

The Azure Scope

„AZURE“ - THE PURE JOIE DE VIVRE. READY TO JUMP INTO THE ENDLESS TURQUOISE SEA OF ELECTRONIC SOUNDS, RHYTHMS AND ATMOSPHERES AND JUST PLAY IN IT. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE 90S I STARTED TO GET EXCITED ABOUT ELECTRONIC MUSIC FOR THE FIRST TIME. ESPECIALLY STYLES LIKE ACID JAZZ, DRUM‘N‘BASS, DUB AND THE GREAT VIENNESE DOWNBEAT SOUND WOKE MY INTEREST. MARKER-SHAKING BASSES, NEVER-ENDING PROGRAMMED SOUNDSCAPES AND EVER NEW GROOVES. „WHAT AN ENDLESS PLAYGROUND!“, I THOUGHT THEN ALREADY. LATER, I DISCOVERED BRITISH AND SCANDINAVIAN TRIP HOP AND AMBIENT, WHICH MADE ME EVEN MORE SUSTAINABLE WITH THEIR ATMOSPHERIC DENSITY. AND EVEN THEN, THE DESIRE AROSE TO DEAL WITH THIS MUSIC AT SOME POINT MORE INTENSIVELY.

PETER ZIRBS, LIVE ELECTRONIC MUSICIAN, SOUND DESIGNER AND A TRUE ICON OF THE LEGENDARY VIENNESE CLUB SOUND STANDS FOR THE FOUNDATION OF „AZURE“ WITH HIS ENORMOUS MUSICAL POTENTIAL. ADD TO THAT THE YOUNG SIMON RAAB, WHO CREATES SEEMINGLY ENDLESS NEW THINGS ON PIANOS, SYNTHESIZERS AND KEYBOARDS. ABOVE THIS MOVING SEA OF SOUNDS AND BEATS, THE ANGELIC VOICE OF LORETTA WHO MOVES IN HER OWN BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE, ACCOMPANIED BY RAPHAEL KEUSCHNIGG ON DRUMS AND MY TENOR SAXOPHONE WITH SOME FEW FRAGILE EFFECTS. IT ALL STARTS WITH THE FIRST STEP INTO A NEW WORLD - „AZURE“.

  • ULRICH DRECHSLER–CLARINETS/PERCUSSION
  • EFE TURUMTAY–VIOLIN
  • SIMON SCHELLNEGGER–VIOLA
  • IDA LEIDL–CELLO
  • PETER ZIRBS–LIVE ELECTRONICS

The Chrome Scope

TRANSPARENCY, LUMINOSITY UND ELEGANCE - THAT’S „CHROME“.

„CHROME“ IS THE IDEA OF A NEW SOUND THAT EMERGES FROM COMPLETE SILENCE, GRADUALLY BUILDING UP FROM FINE LINES INTO A GRACEFUL WHOLE IN WHICH EVERY SINGLE NOTE IS OF MAJOR IMPORTANCE. A DREAMLIKE, MINIMALISTIC MUSIC, REDUCED TO THE ESSENTIALS.

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22.02.2019

FIRST VIDEO TEASER

The preparations for LIMINAL ZONE have been running for quite some time.

Already last December, we launched a first "test balloon" of CARAMEL at the Viennese Porgy & Bess to get a sense of how the music works live and is also feasible.

At that time in a smaller cast with the soprano Özlem Bulut, the pianist Simon Raab, Judith Ferstl on double bass and Judith Schwarz on drums and percussion.

Here is a small video teaser from that time as an inspiration, what else is there.

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22.02.2019

CARAMEL Supersense Session # 1

LIMINAL ZONE grows and grows!

In January the first SUPERSENSE SESSION took place with CARAMEL at the Supersense in Vienna.

With them soprano Özlem Bulut, slam poet Yasmin Hafedh, pianist Amir Ahmadi, Oliver Steger on double bass and Raphael Keuschnigg on drums and percussion. Here's a little video teaser from back then as inspiration for what's to come.

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22.10.2018

VIDEO FOR CONCERT CYCLE AT WIENER MUSIKVEREIN

For the three-part concert cycle of LIMINAL ZONE which takes place 2018/19 at the famous Wiener Musikverein a great video teaser was produced.

It was shot during rehearsals for the first concert featuring the lineup of CARAMEL, the jazz format of LIMINAL ZONE with Özlem Bulut (soprano), Judith Hafedh (poetry), Simon Raab (piano), Judith Ferstl (bass), Judith Schwarz (drums) and Ulrich Drechsler (bass clarinet).

Also some short interviews in german language are attached. Enjoy.

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01.10.2018

A FIRST LIVE VIDEO FROM AZURE

A little appetizer for everything else to come. LIMINAL ZONE made a dream start at the Saalfelden Jazz Festival.

Here a very small video with Clara Luzia (vocals), Özlem Bulut (vocals), Simon Raab (keyboards), Judith Ferstl (double bass), Judith Schwarz (drums), Peter Zirbs (live electronics) and Enscha (visual arts).

21.08.2018

LIMINAL ZONE - THE GRAPHIK ARTS

After the Viennese branding & design office Seite Zwei had already implemented the design of www.ulrichdrechsler.com in such a great way, they have now also conceived and developed the graphic identity for LIMINAL ZONE.

They have created a complete graphic world of colors, shapes, logos and typography perfectly reflecting the idea behind LIMINAL ZONE and the three scopes.

In addition to this website, a complete series of prints, posters & stickers in the colors of the Scopes, a 12-page program folder for the final history of the overall project over the coming year, a Facebook page and and and ...

THE METALLIC CHAMBER CONCERTS #1 – 3

@METALLENER SAAL, MUSIKVEREIN

THE SUPERSENSE LIVE-TO-VINYL SESSIONS #1 – 3

@SUPERSENSE
  • 16.01.2019 INFO CLOSE

    The three-part series starts with live-to-vinyl recordings in Supersense by the acoustic ensemble of "Liminal Zone" with the suite "Beauty doesn't ask for attention", whose 11 parts are determined by Ulrich's influences from jazz and world music. He plays with the great Coloratura Sorano Özlem Bulut, Yasmin Hafedh, the Shooting star of the Austrian Slam Poetry scene, as well as the bassist Judith Ferstl, the percussionist Judith Schwarz and the pianist Simon Raab, three highly talented young Austrian musicians. Tickets on the.supersense.com

  • 24.04.2019 INFO CLOSE

    The second part of the three-part series with live-to-vinyl recordings in Supersense is performed by the electro-acoustic ensemble of "Liminal Zone" with the suite "Silence Is My Canvas". The ideas for this suite come from Ulrich's classical background. He plays with a wonderful string trio consisting of Efe Turumtay, Simon Schellnegger and Ida Leidl as well as Peter Zirbs, an icon of the Viennese electronic scene. Tickets on the.supersense.com

  • 12.06.2019 INFO CLOSE

    The finale of the three-part series with live-to-vinyl recordings in Supersense is played by the electronic ensemble of "Liminal Zone" with the suite "Tales About Cause And Effect". The roots of this suite lie in electronic Club Music and TripHop. Ulrich plays with the unique singer Loretta Who, one of the greats of her guild, the live electronic musician Peter Zirbs and the young drummer Raphael Keuschnigg.Tickets on the.supersense.com

THE PROTAGONIST’S SESSIONS

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@ulrichdrechsler_liminalzone
Nov 19, 2019

Live On Stage with „Caramel“ last weekend in beautiful Breitenwang, Tirol! Thanks for having us! #ulrichdrechslermusic #liminalzone #caramel #breitenwang #tirol #live #2019 pics by Robert Pacher

@ulrichdrechsler_liminalzone
Nov 04, 2019

It doesn‘t look spectacular but it definitely is. The master recording of the next album CARAMEL which will be released worldwide on the 20th of March 2020 as CD, Vinyl and Stream. #liminalzone #thecaramelscope #enjayellowbird

@ulrichdrechsler_liminalzone
Oct 17, 2019

a listener immortalized me on the ceiling after my yesterday’s solo concert with Thelonious Monk’s music in the @ghetto_alive in Seoul. I am very proud of it! #ghettoalive #themonkinallofus #theloniousmonk #plushitch #bassethorn

@ulrichdrechsler_liminalzone
Oct 11, 2019

Working on the mix down of the upcoming album CARAMEL! Of course completely analogue (the vinyl fans will be excited).This is going to be a big movie for the ears. #thecaramelscope #liminalzone #passionsoundstudios #enjayellowbird

@ulrichdrechsler_liminalzone
Oct 11, 2019

Playing 4 shows in Korea next week! 🇰🇷 One with my solo program „The Monk In All Of Us“ and three with the mighty @cafedrechsler_band ! Looking forward a lot! #ulrichdrechsler #liveinseoul #cafedrechslerband #ghettoalive @plushitch2009

@ulrichdrechsler_liminalzone
Aug 28, 2019

Nur noch vier Monate bis zu „The Days Of LIMINAL ZONE“!! Programm und Tickets bereits auf www.porgy.at . Der Startschuss in ein komplett neues musikalisches Kapitel. #liminalzone #theazurescope #thecaramelscope #thechromescope #porgyandbessvienna

@ulrichdrechsler_liminalzone
Aug 03, 2019

Our workplace for the last days. In studio with Café Drechsler. #inderbinensaxophone #inderbinen #navarromouthpieces #remicmicrophones #cafedrechslerband #passionsoundstudios #gonzalezreeds #abeletligature

@ulrichdrechsler_liminalzone
May 14, 2019

For our wonderful TripHop project AZURE I had the suitable accessoire come to me. A super stylish glittering AZURE colored saxophone case. Perfect for the saxophonist of today on his travels. #musicalbags #inderbinen #inderbinensaxophone #ulrichdrechsler #theazurescope #liminalzone #navarromouthpieces

@ulrichdrechsler_liminalzone
May 10, 2019

@peterzirbs and me last week had a ball performing at @skc_kragujevac the music of AZURE! Thanks to all of you who enjoyed the evening with us. Pictures by Marko Dašić #liminalzone #theazurescope #peterzirbs #ulrichdrechsler #skckragujevac #remicmicrophones #inderbinen #inderbinensaxophone

@ulrichdrechsler_liminalzone
May 06, 2019

Impressions from AZURE duo performance at @domomladinebeograda in Belgrade on the 30th of april together with @peterzirbs. It was just awsome. Thank you Belgrade, thank you Serbia and see you next year again. Pictures by Radiša Nikodijević, Trčanje za kulturom #theazurescope #liminalzone #ulrichdrechsler #peterzirbs #domomladinebeograda #remicmicrophones #inderbinen #inderbinensaxophone #internationaljazzday2019

@ulrichdrechsler_liminalzone
Apr 30, 2019

Waiting for the show. Celebrating this year‘s international jazz day on the beautiful stage of @domomladinebeograda together @peterzirbs in Belgrade. #liminalzone #theazurescope #domomladinebeograda #peterzirbs #remicmicrophones #inderbinen #internationaljazzday2019 #belgrade

@ulrichdrechsler_liminalzone
Apr 12, 2019

Preparing the rehearsal with CHROME. With Ida Leidl (cello) • @simonschellnegger (viola) • @efeturumtay (violin) • @peterzirbs (live electronics). Let’s welcome CHROME live on 24th of april, 07.30pm at the @supersense . Tickets at https://the.supersense.com #liminalzone #thechromescope #supersensevienna #selmerclarinet #backunmusical #neoclassicism

@ulrichdrechsler_liminalzone
Apr 08, 2019

Impressions from the 3rd Metallic Chamber Concerts“ at the @musikverein.wien with @peterzirbs @ulrichdrechsler_liminalzone , Loretta Who and Raphael Keuschnigg. Pictures by @cizekgraf . Next „Supersense Session“ with CHROME, the neo classicistic lineup of @ulrichdrechsler_liminalzone will take place on the 24th of April at the @supersense #lorettawho #ulrichdrechsler #peterzirbs #raphaelkeuschnigg #remicmicrophones #inderbinen #selmerclarinets #bassclarinet #musikvereinwien #tenorsaxophone #dub #triphop

@ulrichdrechsler_liminalzone
Feb 18, 2019

Tomorrow we present the first excerpts of CHROME, the next part of Liminal Zone at the @musikverein.wien #liminalzone #themetallicchamberconcerts #metallenersaal #musikvereinwien #thechromescope

@ulrichdrechsler_liminalzone
Jan 26, 2019

At Graz Jazz Redoute 2019 (photo credits by Simon Pilshofer). #inderbinen #remicmicrophones #jazzredoute #cafedrechslerband

@ulrichdrechsler_liminalzone
Jan 18, 2019

Next week, January 24th Live in Munich together with Italian pianist Stefano Battaglia at the prestigious @jazzclub_unterfahrt playing songs from the „Little Peace Lullaby“ Album. Concert starts at 9, tickets at the official website. See you there! #ulrichdrechsler #stefanobattaglia #jazzclubunterfahrt

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