Pianist and composer Hans Lüdemann from Hoffnungsthal near Cologne (Köln) is at home in different musical worlds. He goes his own way on his search for contemporary forms of expression and knows no borders. His roots in European and Jazz tradition are combined with African influences. These become most obvious in his collaborations with African musicians. But in a subtle way, they also have become part of his very personal style of improvising and composing music.
Current projects are the "TRIO IVOIRE" with Aly Keita (Balaphon) and Chander Sardjoe (drums), the solo program "African Variations", duos with trumpet player Reiner Winterschladen and Kora player Tata Dindin. In the group RISM that exists since 1990 in different sizes up to a septet, Lüdemann has found many fruitful connections between improvised and composed music.
Hans Lüdemann is a steady guest on international concert stages and festivals. He has toured worldwide. His music is documented on over 20 CDs, among them "Aphorisms" (1991), "The natural piano" (1994), "Futurism" (1997), "Kora meets piano" (2000), "African Variations" (2003) and "Touching Africa" (2006).
As a composer, Lüdemann has worked for many instruments and settings, from piano music and chamber music to the orchestral piece "Geschichte 2" and "Verloren ins weite Blau" a song cycle with orchestra. Commissions from WDR, Hessischer Rundfunk, Ensemble Indigo.