Leo Betzl – piano; Maximilian Hirning – bass; Sebastian Wolfgruber – drums

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That acoustic instruments and electronic music go together, that improvisation and
a 4-on-the-floor kick drum live in perfect harmony; the piano trio LBT, originating in
modern jazz, has proven these claims with its techno debut Way Up in the Blue. Over the
last two years they have further developed their unmistakable sound on numerous
concert tours. In 2017, they were awarded the BMW Welt Jazz Award, in 2019 the
Burghauser Jazzpreis.
Their February 2020 double-EP release STEREO achieves a richly contrasting meeting of
both genres which constitute the LBT sound cosmos. Five new techno tracks by
Maximilian Hirning testify to the consistent sharpening of his musical language: more
reduced, dark and energetic than ever before. Leo Betzl is back after Levitation (2016)
with new compositions in modern jazz: his songs here demonstrate a wide stylistic
diversity — and not least, the fact that his writing was inspired by the collective
experience of playing techno shows that both genres on STEREO don’t compete, rather
strike up sparks against one another.