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“I’m a ligature maniac. Over the last ten years I’ve tested nearly every new ligature for the bass clarinet. Then I was introduced to the Silverstein Works products. Testing these wonderful ligatures was a real quantum leap for me. They give me a feeling of absolute freedom, perfect control and ease while playing. The sound feels bigger and much more colorful. Meanwhile I use them on all my clarinets!”
Music has the power to express anything that can’t be said in words. It can reflect the full existence, the heart, spirit and mind of any human being. The more honest it should be“. (Ulrich Drechsler)
Ulrich Drechsler started playing the clarinet in the marching band of his hometown in southwestern Germany at the age of nine. During his preparation for entering a classical conservatory he realized his rising interest in improvised music. Finally he studied between 1992 and 1998 jazz saxophone and composition at the University of Arts in Graz/Austria.
Since 1998 Ulrich Drechsler is living in Vienna and established himself within shortest time as one of the most successful musicians and composers in Austria with a busy worldwide concert schedule.
Already his first project under own name, the electro – acoustic trio “Café Drechsler”, caused international furore, captured several charts and was contracted by major record label Universal Music. For the band’s third album Ulrich received in 2005 the Austrian Amadeus Award, one of the country’s most important music awards.
Since then Ulrich has released about 15 albums under his own name,. Some of them also have received nominations or awards: the “Café Drechsler”, his cooperations with famous piano players like Norwegian Tord Gustavsen or Italian Stefano Battaglia, his unique Ulrich Drechsler Cello Quartet (a quartet with bass clarinet, drums and two celli), his trio with Israeli singer Efrat Alony and many more. He is signed to the prestigious german record label Enja Yellowbird and to the Vienna based label Monkey Music.
Over the last decade Ulrich has toured with his own bands all over the world, performed at numerous venues and festivals. He works as an official representative very closely with the culture institutes of the Austrian ministry of foreign affairs worldwide.
Beside his work as an active musician he works successfully as a composer and producer for movie soundtracks. He creates and holds workshop concepts which content the idea to help musicians for developing their own artistic identity and authenticity.
He dedicates himself meanwhile completely to the clarinet with a focus on the lower instruments like the bass clarinet and the seldom played contrabass clarinet and basset horn. His music is inspired by classical influences and sounds from Scandinavia, the mediterranean area, Persia and India as well.
In 2015 his new duo album “Little Peace Lullaby” with pianist Stefano Battaglia will be released. Another new album and soundtrack for a cinema documentation about Israeli Kibbutz kids will be recorded with a new trio, including clarinets, piano and the oud, the wonderful oriental lute. Beside these activities Ulrich will continue playing concerts all over the world.