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The band Orinoko is named after one of the largest rivers in South America originating along the southern borders of Venezuela and Brazil.
Orinoko is a young international band based in Leipzig, Germany. Its music draws from a variety of influences, Latin, Jazz, Fusion, Funk, even a bit of J.S Bach and rock elements are mixed all together into a new sound.
Orinoko's debut album "Viajeros" was published on June the 29th 2011 by the German label Heideck Records and distribution by Galileo MC.
"Viajeros" (English: Travellers) has been named after, the lyrics of the first track tune which talks about the immigrant's quest and identity; and is dedicated to all the people who due to the most diverse reasons begin a travel, a quest to far unknown places to find that special something at a personal level. The album artwork tells the story in comic form of a surreal journey, reflecting this same idea.
The band was founded by Isaias Lubo, a Venezuelan composer, violinist and singer in Leipzig, Germany in 2008 with the present line up of Wieland Götze (Drums), on guitar and bass Matthäus Krzywdzinski and Ben Hohlfeld.
Orinoko has played in numerous well established venues throughout Germany like Die Nato, Werk II and Schaubühne Lindenfels in Leipzig, Objekt 5, Händelhaus in Halle, Latinauta stage at Carnival of the cultures in Berlin and Topos jazz club in Leverkusen. "Folker" germany's leading world music magazine chose them to be presented as one of Germany's emerging talents in 2011.
Orinoko were finalists at 2011 World music contest "Creole" in Germany where the band was contacted by Ulrich Doberenz the general director of TFF Rudolstadt Germany's biggest Folk-Roots-World music festival who signed them under his label "Heideck Records" the same year.
The band has been invited to play at the prestigious TFF Rudolstadt world music festival in 2012.
Isaias Lubo (Violin, Voice and Composition)
Born into a family of musicians, he started playing the violin when he was nine years old received music lessons from his father who is a violinist in the National Philarmonic Orchestra in Caracas, Venezuela. He also undertook independent classical violin lessons. Isaias was always surrounded with latin-american music, his grandmother was a "boleros" singer in the 70's. In Maracay his birth town Isaias was a member of the youth orchestra, when he was 16 years old he became a member of the symphonic orchestra of Aragua in Venezuela, he played in projects involving classical, venezuelan music and latin jazz.
In 2000 he moved to Paris, France until 2005 and during this period he studied violin with Emmanuel Jaeger and Fréderic Pelassy and took part at workshops with Kristof Barati and Israel Chorberg at the same time he kept in touch with latin-american music playing in latin bands. During his three years at the university of music & theatre in Leipzig, from 2006 to 2009, he studied violin and pedagogies with Konstanze Beyer.
His interest for hispanic culture motivated Isaias to study romance linguistics and philology at the University of Leipzig where he achieved bachelor of arts in 2012.
Matthäus Krzywdzinski, born 1980 in Bydgoscz, Poland (Guitar)
Matt learned how to play the guitar when he was twelve years old, by the time he was 14 he started studying classical guitar with Frank Begere in Berlin and at 16 he continued his studies with Volkmar Abranowski (classical guitar) and Jörg Schippa (Jazz guitar) at that time he was playing Blues, Rock and Jazz in Berlin Clubs.
In 2002 he began studying Jazz guitar at the university of music & theatre in Leipzig, Germany with teachers such as Joachim Schönecker and Werner Neumann. In 2007 he got a scholarship from DAAD to study in Amsterdam; there he had received lessons with Jesse van Willmot. He had workshops with Joe Lovano, Peter o'Mara and Brett Willmot. He graduated from Leipzig university of music & theatre in 2011
Ben Hohlfeld born 1980 in Erfurt, Germany (Bass)
Ben started playing Bass at the age of 14 and double bass at the age of 16, in 1999 he won the german prize "jugend musiziert" with a special prize for the best interpretation for a work from the 20th century. In 2000 he won the prize "Jugend Jazzt" in Mecklenburg Vorpommern in Germany. Ben is active in the Leipzig jazz scene. He graduated from the Leipzig university for music & theatre in 2010.
Wieland Götze (Drums)
Wieland lives in Weimar, Germany and started his musical studies at Weimar Music School from 1991-1998, during 1998-2000 "Ausbildungsmusikkorps" Music Department of the German army in Hilden, 2000-2002 "Heeresmusikkorps 2" in Kassel, Germany and from 2002-2006 he studied at the College of Music "Hochschule für Musik" "Franz Liszt" in Weimar, Germany. During this period he also studied with acclaimed musicians/teachers such as Jo Thönes, Sperie Karas and Werner Schmitt.
In 1994 he began touring and performing with several Rock-and Jazz Bands, then in 2003 he became the drummer of the Leipzig's Jazz Bigband. During 2003 and 2005 he played several concerts with Nina Hagen, rejoining her for the 38th Montreux Jazz Festival.
Wieland has played concerts with other great artists like: Bernhard Brink, Debbie Davis (Al Jarreau), Gunther Emmerlich, Andy Haderer (WDR-BigBand), Nina Hagen, Nils Landgren, Puhdys, Allen Vizutti (Woody Herman, Chick Corea), Angelika Weiz, Pascal v. Wroblewski, Frank Zander, Dirk Zöllner, and many others.