Dieter Manderscheid

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Dieter Manderscheid, born on March 31, 1956 in Trier, is one of the founding members of the Initiative Kölner Jazz Haus e.V. He also lived in Cologne for four decades - but at the same time never left Trier. The time of the interview with him (March 29, 2022) was a symbolic one: he had just signed the apartment transfer protocol, after which he set off back to his hometown.

Dieter Manderscheid has, it is fair to say, left a prominent footprint in the cathedral city, as a bass player in several contexts, perhaps even more lasting as a bass teacher. One can find several intonation-assured bassists in the city, of whom one can also assume: they were trained by Dieter Manderscheid.

In 1980 he came to Cologne to continue a study of the double bass which he had begun in Saarbrücken. His name can be found on numerous recordings thereafter, with Wittek-Kaiser-Manderscheid, Thomas Heberer, Tome XX, Peter Brötzmann, Klaus König, Sebastian Sternal and many others. In 1991 he began teaching at the Musikhochschule Frankfurt am Main, and in 1994 at the Hochschule für Tanz und Musik in Cologne. From 2002 to 2022 he held a professorship for jazz bass there. His successor is one of his students: Robert Landfermann.

The conversation with him begins - without a concert in the "Past & Present" series being the occasion - nevertheless with "The Music of Dieter Manderscheid": his role in it as composer and bassist. And it dwells for quite some time on the technique, aesthetics and pedagogy of this instrument, about which Manderscheid can give information like no other. The conversation took place on March 29, 2022 in the club "Jaki", below the Stadtgarten.

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„Eigene Musik formulieren, im Augenblick und im sozialen Zusammenspiel mit anderen Leuten “ - das Mission Statement von Dieter Manderscheid (00:00)
„Die Wahl des Instrumentes hatte durchaus eine soziale Komponente“ - erste Musiklektion im Musikhaus Schellenberg zu Trier (00:00)
„Höre ich nichts Bass - scheiss ich auf Melodie“ - der Bass als Fundament, auf dem alles aufbaut (00:00)
„Bass-ist-in“ - Dieter Manderscheid über ein hellsichtiges Stück von Wollie Kaiser, 1988 (00:00)
„Um so zu spielen, wie er spielt, musst du nicht fragen, wo er hingegangen ist, sondern wo er hergekommen ist“ - über einen Workshop mit Branford Marsalis an der Musikhochschule Köln (00:00)
„Eine Szene, die für meinen Geschmack beispielhaft gut organisiert ist…“ - 40 Jahre Jazz in Köln, eine Bilanz (00:00)