26.05.22 I Deutsches Chorfest I Marktplatz Leipzig
“Top class a cappella of the highest quality” (Frizz-Magazin)
“music like melting chocolate” (Main-Post)
“… true conveyors of finely tuned emotions” (Badische Zeitung)
“It would have been possible to listen to them over and over again” (A Cappella Leipzig)
“ ...an ensemble of exquisite voices” (Wiesbadener Tagblatt)
“Excellent and out of this world” (Hessische Niedersächsiche Allgemeine)
“ ...a treat for the ears for those who love voices” (Dr. Matthias Becker)
„It is obvious that this group has something to say.“ (Tampere Vocal Music Festival)
2017 CARA Award / USA: Best Jazz Song "Anthropology"
2015 Nominations for CARA Award / USA: Best Jazz Album, Best European Album, Best Folk/World Album, Best Arrangement, Best Folk/World Song
2009 1st Prize Tampere Vocal Ensemble Competition / Finland
2007 1st Prize International Competition / Taiwan
2007 1st Prize Jugend kulturell / Germany
2006 1st Prize VokalTotal Graz / Austria
Klangbezirk consists of Tanja Pannier and Matthias Knoche. An a cappella duo without equal. Moving moments, ludicrously improvisations and multifaceted arrangements coupled with charming moderations turn every concert night with those two vocalists into an extraordinary experience. Interactively and always at eye level with their audience, Klangbezirk celebrate their pure joy of singing together. With their particular mixture of naturalness, vocal charisma and musical range from jazz and pop to rock, Klangbezirk can convince their audience. Musical excellence meets a disarmingly unpretentious fresh mode of presentation.
Winners of several national and international awards, Tanja Pannier and Matthias Knoche know how to persuade not just proven a cappella experts. The two vocal artists enthral with their impressive interaction, emotionally charged solo passages and playful improvisations. And improvisation is more than just a musical form. Tanja and Matthias accept wishes for a song from the audience and sing it on stage right there and then. Here music is created with the most direct and many-faceted instrument – the human voice.
As a singer, Tanja can call an extremely broad and multicoloured musical spectrum her own. During her vocal jazz studies in Berlin, she not only focused on her own voice, but also delved deep into composition and arrangement with Prof. David Friedman. Therefore, every composition and arrangement she does for Klangbezirk involves something new and unique. Apart from her job as a lecturer at the Bühnenkunstschule “Academy” (performing arts school) and at the Landesjugendjazzorchester Sachsen-Anhalt (Youth Jazz Orchestra of the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt), Tanja writes theatre music for renowned houses such as the GRIPS Theatre Berlin, as well as giving workshops for choirs and ensembles across Germany. She is also the director of the Berlin choir “Soundshake”. Since 2014 she works as a lecturer for Jazz Voice at the Jazz Institute Berlin. One of her biggest dreams since childhood is to be able to live on just ice-cream for an entire week.
As a baritone with a strong liking for bass and beats, Matthias contributes to Klangbezirk with his longstanding experience as a vocal arranger and composer; during his vocal jazz studies in Leipzig he was a member of different a capella formations active on the international scene. He is the voice soloist and vocal acrobat of the Leipzig Contemporary Jazz Big Band “Spielvereinigung Sued”, offers ensemble workshops across Germany and is a popular arranger for choirs and big bands. Matthias works in Berlin as a director of two choirs and lecturer for pop and jazz choir at the Berlin University of the Arts, and if something bites him he tries to hide that fact by singing repeatedly the children’s song “Brother, come and dance with me” to himself.
Big thanks to our special guests who have shared the stage with us so far:
Christine Liu (Voco Novo/Taipei)
Gabriel Hahn (Berlin)
James Rose (Accent/London)
Julian Knörzer (UNDUZO/Freiburg)
Barbara Bürkle (Stuttgart)
Patrick Oliver (Hartmuth und die Hitmaschine/Berlin)
Meta Friedrich (Berlin)
In 2017 we came up with the idea of an album that would not only present new songs and arrangements by Klangbezirk, but would also include our fans as an active part of the production. After two years of planning, arranging and recording in Berlin and Taipei we are proud to present our latest album. It unites over 150 singers from Germany and Taiwan who sung, recorded and finally performed with us in release concerts in Germany and Taiwan.