German-American pianist, composer and educator, Uli Geissendoerfer, originally from Munich, explores melodies and rhythms across many styles of music, with a special emphasis on World, Jazz and improvisation. He worked with among others William Cepeda (awarded a Grammy nomination), Groove Collective, Giovanni Hidalgo, Blood Sweat & Tears, Leslie Uggams, Tito Puente, Cirque du Soleil, Kofo the Wonderman, Ute Lemper, David Cassidy, several Symphonies, the Connecticut Opera and more.
His current projects include, his Trio with the debut “Vol. I, Here comes the Sun and other stories” to be released in January, “Colors” a World Jazz Quintet, the “Beregovsky Project”, a duo with fabulous award winning violin virtuoso Alicia Svigals and (new CD released early 2018) “Bangalore Breakdown” (“Diary”), an Indian World Jazz project featuring Premik Russell Tubbs. Premik and Uli also recorded a Duo CD ”Passport to HappYness’”. One of his favorite band is of the Las Vegas Boneheads (debut release “Attack of the wind driven pitch approximators”) out earlier this year.
As film composer, Uli composed together with Emmy nominated composer Steve Sandberg the critically acclaimed short film, Climbing Miss Sophie, winner of the NYU Film Festival 2002, and invited to Sundance Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival among other prestigious festivals worldwide. Together with Nicole Renaud they are featured on three releases of cartoonist Bill Plympton. In 2011 Uli was awarded best sound design at the 48 hour film festival and in 2016 one of his and Nicole’s songs, Red, made it onto short list for the Oscars.
In 2009 he moved to Las Vegas where he was the conductor, pianist and bandleader with the Cirque du Soleil production “Viva Elvis”. He resurrected the Latin Jazz Ensemble at UNLV which since won downbeat awards in 2013, 2014 ,2015 (1st place) and 2016. Aside from initiating a lecture series at the university, serving as curator for the Steinway Concert Series, he also founded the “Jazz Club at the Dispensary Lounge” (winning Best of Las Vegas) which is in it’s 6th year having been graced by luminaries such as Wynton Marsalis, Brandon Fields, Sam Most, Rick Margitza, Dick Griffin, Danny Gottlieb and many more. In 2017 he founded Vegas Records as hub for all creative, especially Jazz related, music emanating from Vegas. The official Launch is in the beginning of 2018.
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