Biography

Johanna received a strong classical music foundation from age 5 on both piano and violin but always listened to jazz, current pop and classic rock alongside the classical training in her childhood. Her musical talent allowed her to tour Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, China, the UK and many others with various orchestras and ensembles throughout her school career. She was even lucky enough to leave her native Germany on a scholarship and attend Wells Cathedral School for Sixth Form to further intensify her pursuit of music.

At 18 she spent 2 years in Berlin studying and changing her area of focus to jazz with some of Germany’s most profound jazz musicians, including Valentin Gregor, Ulli Bartel, Julia Hülsmann, Rolf Zielke and many more. During this time Johanna also manifested her love for the Berlin sound that is still so current in the techno clubs today and has shaped the electronic scene worldwide. 

Johanna made the move to London at 20 after receiving a place on the undergrad jazz course on violin at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She was fortunate enough to learn from renowned UK jazz musicians during this time such as Stuart Hall, Chris Garrick, Barak Schmool, Martin Speake, Martin Hathaway and Malcolm Edmonstone among others. In her third and fourth year of the course she also enjoyed second study jazz voice lessons with Brigitte Beraha. 

Both Berlin and London are the biggest influences on her playing and compositions. The current newly intensified London jazz scene mixed with the never wavering Berlin techno scene are what makes out Johanna’s unique approach to improvisation and composing. Since diverting her focus to jazz, she has been privileged to collaborate with and contribute to a diverse range of projects, bands and recordings.

During her time in Berlin she was part of various singer-songwriter jazz and folk projects including Laura Winkler's Wabi-Sabi Orchetsra, Vincent Long and the Convincers, Declan Galbraith and Charity Children.

 

Notable past collaborations in London include Maisha, Yazz Ahmed, Jazz Jamaica, Kinkajous, Teotima and Susheela Raman.

Johanna's current projects are:
Johanna appears on the following records:
in chronological order

Paper Clips

— Wabi-Sabi Orchestra, released with Traumton Records

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Kraniche

— Bosse, released with Universal Music

Tales with a tail

— Vincent Long & the Convincers, released independently

Dunkelgold

— Dunkelgold fka Drejs Quintet, released with QFTF records

There Is A Place

— Maisha, released with Brownswood Records

Rosie’s 5ive

— Rosie Turton Quintet, released with jazz:refreshed

Weightless

— Teotima, released with First Word Records

Hidden Lines

— Kinkajous, released with Running Circles

Polyhymnia

— Yazz Ahmed, released with Ropeadope

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