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Maria I.J. Reich is a versatile violinist, violist and composer in the fields of classical, jazz and improvised music. She collaborates in international and interdisciplinary productions worldwide, shaping rich worlds of sound to connect with humans everywhere. Reich writes and plays music for well-known film and television productions. As a university lecturer she passes on her knowledge and cultivates dialogue. With her research publications and poetry collections Reich connects with a wide audience.



Düsseldorf Festival, À L’ARME Festival, Cologne Jazz Week, UdK Berlin, Bundesjugendorchester, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Jazzdor, Gropius Bau Berlin, Berliner Festspiele, Jazzfest Berlin, Alte Oper Frankfurt, SONY, arte, Netflix, Universal Music, Beethovenfest Bonn, XJazz Berlin, Goethe-Institut Mexiko, Verlag Neue Musik, Ensemble Reflektor, 1:1 Concerts, PODIUM Festival Esslingen, Schlossfestspiele Potsdam, Neuköllner Oper, Trickster Orchestra, TONALI, Stegreif Orchester, Rotes Rathaus Berlin, JazzBaltica, Deutsche Welle, RBB Kultur, DLF, Bayrischer Rundfunk, tip Magazin, Tagesspiegel, and many more

Reviews on "Poème" by Reich / Baumgärtner / Pringle

„Dieses Trio will gehört werden – und zwar sehr aufmerksam. Wer der Intensität, mit der Maria Reich, Mark Pringle und Moritz Baumgärtner ungewöhnliche Klanglandschaften entstehen lassen, genau zuhört, entdeckt viel Ungewohntes und manch Unerhörtes. Da werden musikalische Grenzen ausgelotet; mal kantig und romantisch, dann wieder mit pulsierender Intensität. Musikalische Tabus gibt bei diesem Zusammenspiel von Geige, Klavier und Schlagzeug eigentlich nicht, Viel mehr wird in erfrischender Freiheit ein eigenständiges Klangbild geprägt, das Freiheiten erobert -  irgendwo zwischen Klassik und Jazz und Avantgarde….“
- Friedhelm Schulz, MPS November 2023

Töne und Sounds im freien Flug.
Ein Trio mit drei Fliegenden.
Ein Trio mit drei Steuernden.
Ein Trio mit drei Zuhörenden.
Wichtiger als ein fixierter Landepunkt ist die Poesie der Bewegung.
Die Intuition treibt die drei mal hier- mal dahin.
Ein Trio mit drei Neugierigen.
Ein Trio mit drei Uneitlen.
Ein Trio mit drei Gleichgesinnten.
- Ulf Drechsel, November 2023

“Scintillating swashes of starlight and shadows. The tone, in all its varieties, is luminous and evocative. The give-and-take of these three players is extraordinary – free, sensitive, fearless in following each other to interesting spaces.” -  Stephen Nachmanovitch, Bestseller Author of “Free Play” Improvisation in Life and Art

Man muss sich einlassen auf die Musik dieses Trios. Gibt man ihr aber die nötige Zeit, sich zu entfalten, kann man wunderbar eintauchen in die faszinierende, frei improvisierte Klangwelt von Maria Reich, Mark Pringle und Moritz Baumgärtner. Die nicht häufig zu hörende Kombination Violine, Klavier und Schlagzeug / Percussion klingt mal aufwühlend und voller Reibungen, aber auch sanft tastend und suchend. Poesie für die Ohren.
- Thomas Loewner, deutschlandradio

"Exquisite chamber music full of nuance and colour, never lacking in direction and drive. Three fine exponents of Berlin's new wave of improvisers in a delightful and thought-out constellation. Risky, rich, varied. Unashamedly moving between abstraction and the concrete, maximal and minimal, sound and silence“

- Tom Arthurs


"Maria has an exceptionally beautiful sound on her instrument and an incredibly great sense of improvisation!" - Cymin Samawatie, Trickster Orchestra

«Sensitive, alert and dynamic, with a strong sense of melody. Maria Reich is a fantastic musician, playful and artistically ambitious. Always looking for the core of music and her own musicality. For me personally, it is a thrill to improvise with Maria on stage, to communicate and explore ideas with her.» - Live Maria Roggen

"She's not just a highly talented violinist, but also - as some of you surely know - a super-smart mind. I don't know many people whose knowledge about the essence of improvisation is so wide-ranging and close to life like Maria's." - Louis Rastig , A L`ARME! Festival

"The sound of Maria Reich is seductively danced [...]. Wherever they are in their improvisations, what has just sounded echoes and the foreboding of what is about to sound is already apparent. [...] it is only a matter of time before festivals and concert halls will be licking their fingers at this ballet of the senses." - jazzthing 119

"It is fascinating to feel how much Maria Reich feels and thinks through her instrument. The composed and improvised passages form a strong unity, and she has defined the exciting area between the styles with her music in a very unique and very listenable way." - Sebastian Studnitzky, XJAZZ Festival

"She takes a look at the development of the concerto through the centuries, records when, how and in which situations improvisation was used, what status improvisation had and interprets the reasons why improvisation disappeared more and more from concert halls in the late 19th century. Increasing standardisation, brought about by the cult of the work, the cult of genius, bourgeois striving for education, the professionalisation of the business, its economisation and many other factors, may well have led to the loss of the uniqueness of the concert as an event and thus to its stagnation. From this perspective, Reich's work is a worthwhile read for all those who plan concerts and are concerned with the question of the future of the concert business." - Martin Tröndle


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