Panzerballett

Website

http://www.panzerballett.de


Info

Some facts:
– Approx. 250 shows in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, USA, France, Armenia, Lithuania
– 2009: third album release "Hart Genossen" on ACT (rank #25 German jazz charts) – 2008: second album release "Starke Stücke" on ACT (rank #26 German jazz charts)
– 2006: first album release (self-titled)
– Opening act for Chick Corea & John McLaughlin, MacAlpine/Sheehan/Donati, Bill Frisell, Freak Kitchen, Mattias "IA" Eklundh, Christophe Godin's Mörglbl, Nick Barrett & Clive Nolan (Pendragon), Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Nina Hagen – Appeareance on German television (WDR, 3sat, ARTE)
– Live appereance at Wacken, ProgDay, The Baked Potato, Festival Crescendo, Rock in Opposition, MAI Nancy, Yerevan Summer Music Festival, Dresdner Drumfestival, Zappanale, Burg Herzberg Festival, Leverkusener Jazztage, Leipziger Jazztage, Baltic Prog Fest, Freakshow Artrock Festival

Panzerballett of Germany recently celebrated it's 10th anniversary. The band's latest release "Tank Goodness" boasts guest appearances featuring, among others, Randy Brecker,and Mattias 'IA' Eklundh.  The music of Panzerballett has been designed to function as a perfect workout to highly develop, expand, and reinforce the connections between the brain and each muscle used for head banging.  Some have reported head shaking as an early side-effect that mostly, after prolonged exposure, develops into smiling and sometimes even rapturous laughter. 

Jan Zehrfeld, the band's mastermind, studied jazz guitar in Los Angeles, Graz, Helsinki, and Munich. He has performed with DOLDINGER'S PASSPORT, the HILLIARD ENSEMBLE and Peter Herbolzheimer‘s GERMAN NATIONAL YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA. His hard ‘n‘ heady compositions are an innovative fusion of jazz, funk, and metal. Sophisticatedly interlocked funk grooves are combined with heavy polyrhythmic riffs as well as jazz improvisation.

Line-up:   
Jan Zehrfeld: Gitarre
Joe Doblhofer: Gitarre
Alexander von Hagke: Saxofon
Heiko Jung: Bass
Sebastian Lanser: Drums

Statements

„Panzerballett is the first band I ́ve heard that really leads Music into the 21st century!“

Randy Brecker,

„Very well done. Normally I don ́t like people re-arranging my father ́s music but this was a pleasant surprise“

Dweezil Zappa,

„Hart Genossen von ABBA bis Zappa - My favorite record 2009.“

Bård Torstensen, Clawfinger,