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.
"Panzerballett is the first band I've heard that really
leads Music into the 21st Century!"
"Very well done. Normally, I don't like people re-arranging
my father's music but this was a pleasant surprise."
"What you are doing is truly innovative and refreshing, not
to say ingenious."
Mattias IA Eklundh, Freak Kitchen
"Hart Genossen von ABBA bis Zappa My favourite record
Bård Torstensen, Clawfinger
Approx. 200 shows in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, USA, France,
2009: third album release "Hart Genossen" on ACT (rank #25 German
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 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
Jan Zehrfeld (guitar) founded Panzerballett in 2004, since
then writing and arranging the music and producing the albums. He studied
jazz guitar at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz, Austria,
at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, at the Richard Strauss Conservatory
in Munich, Germany and went to GIT in Los Angeles, California. He has performed
with Klaus Doldinger's Passport, The Hilliard Ensemble as well as the German
National Jazz Orchestra and was invited by Mattias "IA" Eklundh to teach
at his Freak Guitar Camp in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Josef Doblhofer (guitar) studied at Bruckner-Konservatorium
Linz, Austria and toured with Deep Purple's Ian Paice
Alexander von Hagke (sax) studied saxophone and clarinet
in Munich and in New York City. Besides two album releases of his own projects
he toured Europe, as well as in USA and Asia, with various
groups. He was a member of both the Bavarian Youth and German National Jazz
Orchestras and received the Bavarian Cultural Funding Award as well as a
scholarship of the German National Merit Foundation. Nota bene: He also
holds a university degree in mathematics.
Heiko Jung (bass) concluded his studies at the Richard
Strauss Conservatory, Munich, with high honours, and was a member of the Bavarian
Youth Jazz Orchestra. He won first prize with his group "Fourscore" at the
"Young Jazz Players" contest in Bavaria and played with high-profile artists
like Julian Rachlin & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Doldinger's Passport,
Martin Grubinger jun., Claudio Roditi, Jay Ashby or Bobby Shew. Furthermore
he is a writer for the magazine Bass Quarterly.
Sebastian Lanser (drums) studied at Bruckner-Konservatorium
Linz, Austria, played with T.M. Stevens, toured extensively with highly
acclaimed percussionist Martin Grubinger jun. and performed numerous drum
clinics for Meinl Cymbals and TAMA Drums.