Maik Krahl represents his generation’s current top of the German jazz trumpeter. His musical statements enrich me and let me look forward into a future of a whole genre, which will always exist. Big compliment!
Maik Krahl completed his jazz studies at Carl Maria von Weber Hochschule für Musik Dresden and also studied the Master of Music Jazz Improvising Artist at Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. His most influencing teachers were Till Brönner, Malte Burba and the American jazz trumpet player Ryan Carniaux.
His first album Decidophobia was released in 2018 with Double Moon/ Challenge Records International. With his own quartet, Krahl plays numerous concerts in all important jazz clubs all over Germany as well as at festivals e.g. International Jazz Week Burghausen, Trave-Jazz Festival or Birdland Radio Jazz Festival. His second album Fraction featuring Seamus Blake was released in May 2020 with Challenge Records International. Furthermore, he is a steady part of the Cologne based Subway Jazz Orchestra. With this big band he recorded four albums: Primal Scream (2015), State of Mind (2016), Richbeck Suite (2018), and Still Screaming (2020). Krahl joined the WDR Big Band as a guest musician in productions and concerts and is a two-time scholarship winner of the Werner Richard - Dr. Carl Dörken Stiftung – most recently with his quartet.
Concerts brought him to Greece, Guinea-Bissau, Canada, Croatia, Lithuania, Austria, Senegal, and the US. Traveling the world allowed him to work with musicians like John Clayton, Kurt Elling, Herb Geller, Benny Green, Jeff Hamilton, Ingrid Jensen, John Ruocco, and Jiggs Whigham.
Besides working as an artist, Maik Krahl teaches trumpet at Offene Jazz Haus Schule in Cologne.