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Miriam Kaul

Miriam Kaul was introduced to jazz in Baltimore, Maryland, on the East Coast of the USA. There one could hear the likes of Gary Bartz, Dizzy Gillespie, and Dave Liebman in the clubs. The master influence in Baltimore at that time, though, was tenor saxophonist Mickey Fields: an underground hero, well known to Bartz and to such musicians as Freddie Hubbard and Sonny Stitt. Fields was a special inspiration, friend, and mentor to Miriam.

Other musicians on the Baltimore jazz scene included drummers Dennis Chambers and George Gray, bassist Drew Gress, and drummer/trumpet player Tom Williams. Miriam had the good fortune to be able to play and record with these musicians on numerous projects, at different times and in different places. In addition to playing jazz, Miriam performed with Chuck Brown ("The Godfather of Go Go"), Eva Cassidy, The Funk Brothers, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, and The Temptations, among others.

When Miriam came to Europe, she found a wide open playing field, full of adventure and a wealth of opportunities. Her European experiences include playing in the RIAS Big Band (Radio in the Amerikan Sektor, Berlin) and with Helen Schneider, Joy Fleming, Peter Fessler, and Roberto Blanco, to name a few. She was a member of Peter Herborn's big band for his recording Large One. Also in the band were New Yorkers Greg Osby, Robin Eubanks, and Gene Jackson, and, for a taste of "home," saxophonist Gary Thomas, trombonist Dan Gottshall, and trumpet player Dontae Winslow from the Baltimore scene.

Other CDs on which Miriam appears include The Golem Shuffle (Dan Gottshall); Hah Man (Chuck Brown); Christmas Time is Here (a joint project with Dan Gottshall); Hair, Live in Italy; and Around the Korner (Pete "Wyoming" Bender). For a complete discography visit http://www.mkaul.com/Discography.html. Tower of Babble is Miriam's first CD of her original compositions.

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"Miriam Kaul provides two session highlights with her delicate song-like soprano work on Bought & Sold and her twisted take on bop-cum-funk on Zelda."
--Cadence Jazz Review, The Golem Shuffle

"Not everyone knows how to make good use of a talented alto and soprano saxophonist, but recording artist Donal Leace does. In fact, his saxophonist, a petite young woman named Miriam Kaul, is used so well and with such discretion that a listener is continually hoping to hear more…"
--The Washington Post, USA

"The highlight of the set was the multi-instrumentalist (Flute, Alto & Soprano Saxophones) Miriam Kaul. The audience was treated to a wonderful mixture of melodic, dynamic and adventurous improvisation. Modern, yet able to satisfy even the die-hard jazz-purists. A perfect evening."
--Poznan Gazette, Poland

"Miriam Kaul has a great sound filled with many textures. A REAL saxophone sound, combined with perfect technique, explosive attacks and an exceptional rhythmic feel. And it all comes from the heart."
"…über einen großen wandlungsfähigen Ton, einen wirklichen Saxophon-Sound verfügt Miriam Kaul und sie setzt ihn mit perfekter Technik, in explosiver Klangattacke und mit großartigem rhythmischen Gespür ein. Und es kommt alles aus dem Herzen…"
--Die Rheinpfalz

"Die West Virginia State University, das Antioch College, Washington, D.C. and das National Endowment for the Arts Fellow sind Ausbildungsstationen von Miriam Kaul, die sich inzwischen auch in Deutschland einen Namen als Saxofonistin gemacht hat. Ihr melodisches, dynamisches und verwegenes Spiel wird hörbar in CD Produktionen mit Dan Gottshall "The Golem Shuffle" (Baltimore 1996), Peter Herborn "Large One" (Brooklyn 1998), Chuck Brown "Hah Man" (Washington, D.C. 1995), Peter Thorup "Around the Korner" (Berlin 1997), Larry Schuba & Western Union "ewig auf und ab" (Berlin 1998) und anderen."
--Jazz Radio Berlin

"Vor allem Miriam Kauls Saxophonspiel läßt die Zuhörer keineswegs in Ruhe - mit hypnotischer Kraft zieht sie uns in ihren Bann. Die Band bot "Songs from warm places", der Titel traf ins Schwarze: herzerwärmende, aufregende, ein wenig erotische Klänge zeigten uns nebelgeplagten Berlinern, wohin die Reise eigentlich gehen soll."
--Aviva Berlin

"…in beispielhafter emotionaler und musikalisch - technischer Improvisationen als auch im Zusammenspiel - besonders beeindruckend zwischen Posaune und Saxofon - ein ständiges für den Zuhörer deutlich spürbares Anwachsen der Spannung, ein Steigerung der Intensität des Ausdrucks. Alle Kompositionen - die auf einem Gedicht von Dylan Thomas fußende "Do Not Go Gentle", "Tower of Babble", oder auch "The Golem Shuffle", haben den Touch des Besonderen oder Geheimnisvollen, der musikalisch sehr eindrucksvoll vermittelt wird."
--Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten

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