Markus Burger is a German born and raised Concert Pianist, Composer & Educator living in the greater Los Angeles Area in California for the past 20 years. In developing his signature sound over the years, Burger drew his influences from a wide range of musical styles including J.S. Bach, Claude Debussy, Keith Jarrett, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Pat Metheny, Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Esbjörn Svensson. His musical output is in the meantime documented on 15 CDs ranging from Solo Piano work (Ultreya) to his renowned Duo with Saxophonist Jan von Klewitz entitled Spiritual Standards to his Trio Accidental Tourist with Jazz legends Bob Magnusson on bass and Peter Erskine on drums.
Burger, a native of the Moselle region in Germany, started playing the piano at age 6 and was from his early beginnings interested in improvising on classical music and later introduced by his uncle (an avid Jazz pianist himself) to the music of Errol Garner, Oscar Peterson and Thelonious Monk. He furthered his education in Hamburg, Hilversum, Essen and later Maastricht before moving to the USA in 2000. During his formative years in the city of Cologne he released two albums with his renowned quartet Septer Bourbon which earned him European accolades not only as a pianist but also as a composer earning him a finalist slot in the European Jazz Composition competition in Moncao. His Duo Spiritual Standards with fellow Septer Bourbon saxophonist Jan von Klewitz hit a spot in the top 20 of the German charts right from the start in 1999, hence allowing both musicians to travel the world presenting this unique crossover project to audiences from Russia to South and North America. During their annual Tour in December they have played for the German foreign service worldwide (including the Vatican, Russia, Brazil, Iceland and Brazil).
Since 2012 Burger has returned to his Jazz roots and started his new band project Accidental Tourists which has released 3 albums so far. Collaborators on the three releases so far for renowned label Challenge Records have included Joe Labarbera, Bob Magnusson, Kenny Wheeler and Peter Erskine. In December of 2018 Burger was inducted in the family of Bösendorfer pianists by Artist Manager Ferdinand Bräu. New musical projects of Burger include his love for classical and folk music and resulted in the collaborations with the Athos Ensemble and a program featuring the music of Bach and Luther as well as German Folk songs. 2019 also marks the start of another album with Ensemble Katharsis and the North Atlantic Jazz Alliance, as part of the sponsored projects in the 2019 German Amercian Year.
The Alaska Sessions
Markus Burger, Peter Erskine & Bob Magnusson
For those thinking jazz means more to the peopl playing it than listeners, or it´s too hard follow, listen to Alaska Sessions. Without going commercial, these three cats deliver goods.
(ICON MAGAZINE, June 2019)
The Bannf Sessions
Markus Burger & Jan von Klewitz
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Spiritual Standards – Songs Inspired by Martin Luther
Markus Burger & Jan von Kleweitz
Critically acclaimed German jazz performers Markus Burger and Jan von Klewitz blend modern improvisation with the art of interpreting faith based Baroque music while preserving its integrity. (Challenge Records)
The L.A. Sessions
Markus Burger, Joe Labarbera & Bob Magnusson
The album features mainly Burger’s original compositions, sprinkled with some of his most favorite standards.
Spiritual Standards – Inside Outside
Markus Burger & Jan von Kleweitz
|12/15/19||Berlin||Herz Jesu Kloster||Germany|
|Time: 8:30pm. Address: Greifswalder Strasse 18a. Spiritual Standards – The Best of 20 years!|
|12/17/19||Wien||Bösendorfer-Saal im Mozarthaus Vienna||Austria|
|Time: 7:30pm. Address: Domgasse 5. Spiritual Standards – The Best of 20 years!|
|12/18/19||Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler||Lesesaal der Ehrenwallsche Klinik||Germany|
|Time: 7:30pm. Address: Walporzheimer Str. 2. Spiritual Standards – The Best of 20 years!|
|12/21/19||Wachenheim an der Weinstraße||Kulturkneipe Badehaisel||Germany|
|Time: 7:30pm. Address: Waldstraße 103. Spiritual Standards – The Best of 20 years!|
|Time: 7:30pm. Address: Charlottenhöhe 1. Spiritual Standards – The Best of 20 years!|