Markus Strothmann is a jazz drummer by heart, who also likes to play various other styles. He is currently involved in several musical projects of various natures, resulting into gigs at high profiled jazz occasions such as “WDR Jazznacht” as well as “Wacken” in one and the same year. He teaches at the Artez Conservatory of Music in Enschede the Netherlands, as well as two German music schools.
Even during his studies at the Artez Conservatory of Music in Enschede, which he completed with the degree “Master of Music”, Markus Strothmann was able to establish himself as a recognized personality within the European jazz scene.
He was able to initiate his career as a jazz musician 2009 with his own concert series “Markus Strothmann meets…”, in which he met European jazz personalities such as Nippy Noya, Norbert Gottschalk, Bart van Lier and many more on stage.
His project “Transitions Organ Duo”, a Hammond/Drum duo with Dutch organist John Hondorp, does not only continue work with renown guest soloists. It displays Markus’s vision of a contemporary jazz music that combines communicational and dynamic aspects of jazz music with the rawness of rock sounds, always in respect of the heritage of jazz music. He likes to refer to this music as “Razz”. On Transitions Organ Duo’s album “No Idea”, which was released on Unit Records 2014, Jeanfrançois Prins (guitar) and Frederik Köster (trumpet, winner of the German Jazz Echo prize) join the duo on Markus compositions “Emerald” and “No Idea”, as well as Prins’s composition Futebol. Larry Goldings listened to this album and commented: ”I’m really impressed with the thoughtfulness of the music.”
“Transitions Organ Duo” has already impressed audiences on high profiled jazz music events across Europe such as the “WDR Jazznacht” (Jazz event of west German radio) or being headliner of the “International Jazzfestival Enschede”.
During his masters degree studies, Markus was able to broaden his network strongly through writing a research on the network of jazz music in Europe. He visited and lived in London, Dublin and Brussels and interviewed important jazz personalities, such as the heads of the jazz departments at the conservatoires (eg the royal academy of music and the guildhall London) or club managers. These interviews as well as various concerts and lessons he took during this research gave him an understanding of the various (jazz)music outcomes and structures on jazz across Europe. He was always able to keep connections made during this time active, which for example resulted in Markus being interviewed by Linley Hamilton of BBC radio. They talked about “Transitions” as well as Markus’s research activities. Some tracks of Transitions were played.
His musical, research and educative work left such an impression on the Artez Conservatory of Music in Enschede, that he was able to start teaching there directly after finishing his studies. Subjects Markus thought at the conservatory were jazz drumset and jazz combo for the department “Minor Music”. He currently teaches at the Rockpop Schule Lübeck.
Teachers Markus took lessons from and whom he would like to thank for their support, inspiration and wisdom include Dirk Brand, René Engel, Erik Albers, Sebastiaan Cornelissen, Conor Guilfoyle, Troy Miller, Mark Fletcher, Mark Schulman, Joost van Schaik, Martin France, René Creemers and Kiko Freitas.