“Music found me when I was a child. I could express my pain, my sorrow and my happiness through music, without being aware of it… and then it became my life, helping me to transform all the feelings within my soul into beautiful colours of music. I must be a lucky one…”
Matilda Leko, was born in Vienna as a child of a Serbian family that migrated to Austria in the late 1960’s. Music was a very important part of the family and therefore Matilda grew up with folkloristic music from Serbia, but also listened to Pop and Soul. She was always singing and imitating. The Gipsy roots on her mother’s side influenced Matilda at an early age as well, and she listened to all the melancholy voices and songs of the great Gipsy vocals from all over the Balkan. Later in life she was listening to Rock, Blues and at last she fell in love with Jazz. Matilda moved back to Serbia for several years.
In her twenties, Matilda returned to Austria to study Jazz singing at the Vienna Conservatory. Very early on, she formed her own Jazz quintet with some of the greatest Viennese musicians.
Matilda, a musician that definitely knows no borders in making music, is one of the most authentic singers in Austria. Her phrasing is very mature, no matter if she sings Swing, Balkan, Bossa Nova or Gipsy.
The band was founded by Guitarist and Composer Uli Graner in 1990 in Boston(USA).
The Band Blue Circle has appeared over the years at numerous renowned Festivals such as Regensburger Jazztage, Moers Jazzfest and in the year 2014 at Saulkrasti Jazz Festival.
In summer 2017 the band will be releasing their new CD.
The Jazzfusion Quintet is performing this year for the first time with the Serbian Singer Matilda Leko.
Ulirch Graner – guitar
Ulrich Graner studied guitar, arrangement and composition at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. The actual training center, however, was and is the stage for him. He is a guitarist in many different genres. After studying at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, he is touring worldwide with his fusion band “Blue Circle”.
Patrick Scales – bass
For his 14th birthday he got an electric bass and half a year later he started playing gigs regularly in American Army clubs with musicians twice his age. He played bass on the CD “A new shift“ of Pee Wee Ellis and regularly tours with the band since. 2004 the book by Peter O`Mara and Patrick Scales “A Rhythmic Concept For Fusion / Funk” was released.
Markus Jehle – Keyboards
With more than 500 national and international live concerts and many studio jobs he gained experience in a lot of different styles ranging from classic and musical to jazz, pop and rock. From 2004 Markus plays keyboard with Germany’s No. 1 artrock band “RPWL”. Bands extended touring activities led Markus on many international stages – Austria, England, Poland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, France, Luxemburg, Sweden and even the USA, Canada and Mexico.
Reinhard Greiner – trumpet
Studied Jazz- and Classic-Trumpet at Munich Richard-Strauss Conservatory and till the year 2000 was a Member of the Youth Jazz Orchestra Bavaria. Since 2008 he is a lecturer for Jazz-Trumpet at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich. Perfomed and recorded with artist like Al Porcino, Charly Antolini, Anna Maria Jopek, Christian Willisohn, Martin Schmitt, Leslie Mandoki, Michael Fitz and many more.
Matthias Philipzen – drums & percussion
Born in Germany. For many years he has conducted workshops throughout Europe supplying students and professionals with the knowledge, techniques and handwork for a manifold of percussion instruments. He is a much sought after Percussionist and tours with several different projects. Regularly writes workshop articles for the Drum Magazine „Drum Heads“.