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Metropolis Paradise

by Mareike Wiening

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2 in 1 08:09
Viewpoints 05:26
Relations 06:15
Free At Last 06:10


German drummer and composer Mareike Wiening releases her debut album featuring her original compositions performed by an outstanding quintet of New York improvisers. Metropolis Paradise is dedicated to Wiening’s six year residence in the Big Apple.

Wiening’s compositions are lyrical, direct and emotional, as well as rhythmically intricate, maintaining an accessible sound that draws you in. Using a palette of tenor saxophone, piano, guitar, bass, and drums, the group sound is one of give and take, a musical dialogue between soloist and accompanist.

The New York Times calls it, “original music with a planar, modulating harmonic language and a propulsive drift. Her language is part chamber jazz, part big-boned rock percussion, part free improvisation.”


released November 1, 2019

Mareike Wiening, Drums
Rich Perry, Tenor Saxophone
Dan Tepfer, Piano
Alex Goodman, Guitar
Johannes Felscher, Double Bass

Produced by Mareike Wiening
Executive Producer: Dave Douglas
Edited by Tyler McDiarmid
Mixed and Mastered by Dave Darlington
Recorded at Systems Two Recording Studio,
Brooklyn, NY on June 21st and 22nd, 2018 by Max Ross
Photography by Lukas Diller
Artwork and Design by Frank Höger

All compositions and arrangements by Mareike Wiening (GEMA)

Mareike Wiening plays Meinl Cymbals // Rich Perry plays D’Addario reeds // Alex Goodman plays Collings Guitars // Dan Tepfer is a Yamaha artist

Press Quotes:

"Metropolis Paradise is an impressive debut. Wiening's compositions are rich and varied."
Mark Sullivan, All About Jazz

"In the ongoing conversation about best debut album of the year, I hope due consideration goes to drummer Mareike Wiening. ... Every piece on Metropolis Paradise is a Wiening original, and they cover an appealing range of style — from Brad Mehldau-esque waltzes (For a Good Day) to knotty polyrhythmic workouts (Misconception). "
Nate Chinen, WGBO

“Clearly this recording – a celebrated one by the enormously gifted Mareike Wiening – offers musical riches together with performances by all at hand to rival the very best; and this should delight listeners eager for something both musically substantial and free-swinging as well.”
Raul da Gama, JazzdaGama

"Metropolis Paradise merits special attention. ... Wiening’s subtle melodies like “2 in 1” and “Viewpoints” are elaborated by shifting unisons, layered harmonies and cycles of call and response. Her classical background is also apparent in the formal notated piano patterns woven through her charts. It may even be audible in her clean, orderly, understated drumwork.”
Thomas Conrad, New York City Jazz Record

"Stylish modern jazz."
Brooklyn Rail


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Active on the fertile jazz scenes in New York City and her home country of Germany, drummer Mareike Wiening displays her extraordinary talents as composer and bandleader on her sophomore release Future Memories, featuring her longtime quintet of NY heavyweights. All About Jazz called her 2019 album Metropolis Paradise, “an impressive debut.” ... more


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