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Elegy for an Undiscovered Species

by Johannes Wallmann

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Johannes Wallmann’s Elegy for an Undiscovered Species is the pianist’s ninth album and his most ambitious effort to date: a full-length album of new music for jazz quintet and string orchestra. The 19-piece ensemble is fronted by two returning collaborators of Wallmann’s, New York trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and tenor saxophonist Dayna Stephens, and powered by a rhythm tandem of drummer Allison Miller and bassist Nick Moran. Two years in the making, the album was recorded at the Hamel Music Center in Madison in late February 2020 – just prior to the Covid shutdown – and will be released June 25, 2021.


released June 25, 2021

Johannes Wallmann -piano
Ingrid Jensen - trumpet
Dayna Stephens - tenor saxophone, EWI
Allison Miller - drums
Nick Moran - bass

String orchestra: Kaleigh Acord (concert master), Maynie Bradley, Mercedes Cullen (principal), Glen Kuenzi, Chang-En Lu, Anna Luebke, Richard Silvers, Mary Shin, violins; Emma Cifrino, Pedro Oviedo, Rachel Riese (principal), violas; Hannah Kasun, Cole Randolph (principal), Ben Therrell, cellos; Michael Dolan, conductor.

All compositions by Johannes Wallmann, MooseWorks Music, BMI

Recorded February 21 & 22, 2020 at the Mead Witter Concert Hall, Hamel Music Center, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Johannes Wallmann is a Yamaha Piano Artist and thanks Heid Music and the Yamaha Corporation for providing the Yamaha CF6 piano for this recording.

Recording engineers: Audrey Martinovich and Buzz Kemper (Audio for the Arts)
Mixing engineer: Audrey Martinovich (Audio for the Arts)
Mastering engineer: Mark Whitcomb (DNA Music Lab)
Graphic Design: Jamie Breiwick, B Side Graphics
Producer: Johannes Wallmann

This recording was made possible with generous support from: The Emily Mead Baldwin Award, Division of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison & The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and the Graduate School Research Competition, University of Wisconsin-Madison


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