Hugo Read studied flute and alto saxophone at the
Musikhochschule Köln.He is prize winner in Nordrhein-Westfalen for superior accomplishment in the areas of jazz and New Music. Since 1991 he has been professor at the Folgwang Hochschule Essen. He has developed an unique approach to playing and to composition, in which European finesse and New Jazz, elements of serious music and rhythmic energy, acoustic basis and electronic supplementation embrace a distinctive world of sound. He has performed with, among others, Karl Heinz Stockhausen, the Ensemble Modern, Kenny Wheeler, Rainer Brüninghaus, and has composed on commission for the radio stations NDR, SWR and WDR, also issuing numerous CDs.
Dirik Schilgen studied jazz and popular music at the Conservatorium Hilversum. Since then he has worked as a free-lance musician and teacher, including at the Djam Jazzschool Amsterdam and diverse jazz workshops. With his trio colleagues, he held a guest lecture about jazz improvisation at the European conference of the European String Teachers Association. His stylistic diversity and sensitive approach have made him a sought after studio and concert drummer. Extensive concert tours and CD productions have led him through Germany and Europe with, among others, Martin Classen, Florian Poser, Carolyn Breuer, Thomas Stabenow and Tobias Langguth.
Stephan Schmolck studied double bass and violin at the
Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Frankfurt. Along with his educational activities, (various jazz workshops, teacher at Dr. Hoch's Konservatorium Frankfurt and the Jugendmusikschule Frankfurt, a lecture with his trio colleagues about jazz improvisation at the European conference of the European String Teachers Association) he has been involved in numerous radio, TV and record productions, among them with Hans Koller, Heinz Sauer, Art Farmer and Bob Mover. He works regularly as bassist and composer with the Jazzensemble des Hessischen Rundfunks and the Frankfurt Jazz Big Band. In 1994 he received a commission to
compose for the Jazzfestival Frankfurt. Additionally, original
compositions for the CDs Stephan Schmolck "Rites of Passage" and "Exchange" with the Heinz Sauer Trio.
Wolf Mayer studied music education and piano at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe, and jazz in Boston and New York.
He is a scholar of the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg. Aside from his academic activities (numerous jazz workshops including a guest lecture with his trio colleagues about jazz improvisation at the European conference of the European String Teachers Association, various publications) he is a busy pianist and composer, in areas ranging from jazz to contemporary music. Since 1995 he has taught piano, theory and improvisation
at the Pädagogischen Hochschule Schwäbisch Gmünd. He has played concerts in Germany and abroad, for radio and TV in various groups, for instance with Louis Sclavis, Annette Lowman, and Lydie Auvray. He appears as a studio musician on numerous CD productions, including his own, with original compositions on the CDs "Windows" (1991), "I do believe in spring" (1998) and "roots and wings" (2001).