All About

I AM A WAYFARER BETWEEN THE MUSICAL WORLDS. THAT‘S WHAT I AM. AS A NINE-YEAR-OLD, I BEGAN PLAYING CLARINET IN A BRASS BAND, SWITCHING TO CLASSICAL MUSIC, FUNK, POP, JAZZ, DRUM‘N‘BASS, HIP HOP, SCANDINAVIAN MINIMALISM, PERSIAN SUFI MUSIC, BRITISH TRIP HOP, EASTERN EUROPEAN CONTEMPORARY ROMANTISM, MEDITERRANEAN MUSIC, FILM MUSIC ... THAT‘S ALL I AM.

OVER THE YEARS I TRIED TO INTEGRATE ALL THESE INFLUENCES INTO EACH OF MY PROJECTS AND FAILED ... EVERY TIME. UNTIL THE IDEA AROSE TO CREATE A MENTAL PLAYGROUND FOR IT. THIS IS LIMINAL ZONE WHERE AND WHENEVER I WANT TO, MOVING FROM ONE MUSICAL UNIVERSE TO ANOTHER. IT IS THE PLATFORM FOR THREE INDEPENDENT PROJECTS, THE „SCOPES“: „CHROME“, INSPIRED BY MY LOVE OF CLASSICAL AND FILM MUSIC. „CARAMEL“, WHERE ALL THE IDEAS OF JAZZ AND MUSIC FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD MIX WITH EACH OTHER. AND „AZURE“, THE BIG ADVENTURE TRIP TO THE WORLD OF ELECTRONIC CLUB MUSIC.

BUT ONLY WRITING MUSIC FOR SUCH A COMPREHENSIVE PROJECT IS NOT ENOUGH. IT IS JUST THE BEGINNING. IT TAKES A MORE EXTENSIVE STORY. AND SO IN LIMINAL ZONE a network of PHOTOGRAPHERS, VIDEO AND VISUAL ARTISTS, FILMMAKERS AND GRAPHIC ARTISTS ARE AMONG THE MAIN PROTAGONISTS ALONGSIDE THE MANY GREAT MUSICIANS.

Finally, LIMINAL ZONE is a completely new creative work structure. A record label, specially curated concert series and much more. A growing, living organism.

WELCOME TO THE LIMINAL ZONE


About Ulrich Drechsler

Ulrich Drechsler began to learn clarinet at the age of nine in the brass band of his hometown in southwest Germany. During his preparation for a classical oriented study of music he discovered his interest and love for improvised music. Finally he decided to move to Graz/Austria for studying jazz saxophone and composition at the local art academy between 1992 and 1998.

Since 1998 Ulrich lives and works in Vienna and established himself within a few years on national and international level as one of the most successful musicians and composers in the field of jazz and popular music in Austria.

Already his first project under his own name, the acoustic trio "Café Drechsler", caused a sensation, achieved several placements in international charts and was signed to the major label Universal Music. In 2005 Ulrich was awarded the Austrian Amadeus Music Award for the best album in the jazz/blues category for the band's second album.

Since then he has released about 15 albums under his own name, some of which have also been nominated and awarded: the "Café Drechsler", his collaborations with outstanding international pianists like the Norwegian Tord Gustavsen or Italian Stefano Battaglia, his unique Ulrich Drechsler Cello Quartet (a quartet consisting of bass clarinet, drums and two cellos), a solo Thelonious Monk program and many more.

During the last 10 years Ulrich has given concerts with his projects at festivals and clubs all over the world. He works as a composer and producer of film soundtracks and also creates workshop concepts with the idea of helping musicians to develop their personal artistic identity and authenticity.

In addition to the saxophone, Ulrich is a specialist for the bass clarinet and the rarely played basset horn and is a renowned interpreter of these instruments worldwide. His music is multi-layered and inspired by influences from jazz, neoclassicism, film music and electronics.

In 2020/21, after four years of preparation, his most ambitious project to date is released with the musical platform and network LIMINAL ZONE. In the form of the three individual projects „Caramel", "Azure" and "Chrome" contained in LIMINAL ZONE, Ulrich processes his multi-layered ideas and inspirations, which are gradually released with own concert series, regular album releases and presentations.

He is under contract with the major label Universal Music and the renowned German record label Enja Yellowbird. Recently he also started with LIMINAL ZONE RECORDS his own record label.

Ulrich Drechsler is an official Henri Selmer/Paris clarinet artist and exclusively uses Bradford Behn mouthpieces, Abelet ligatures, Gonzalez reeds and Austrian Audio micro- & headphones.

Ulrich Drechsler with Saxophone
Photo By: Daniel Shaked

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Aug 3, 2020

LIMINAL ZONE analogue

In cooperation with the Viennese analogue temple "The Supersense", Ulrich invites gifted artists from the Viennese pop, electronic, soul, jazz and neoclassical scene every two weeks from autumn 2020 onwards to present them in a very special setting as part of his new concert series "LIMINAL ZONE analogue". Stay tuned on the own Instagram account.

Jun 30, 2020

LIMINAL ZONE RECORDS

Ulrich Drechsler's LIMINAL ZONE is growing and growing. Over the past years, three unique musical individual projects, the so-called Scopes, have been created in this unique world of sound: CARAMEL, AZURE & CHROME.

Starting with the remix album CARAMEL REIMAGINED, at least six larger and smaller releases are planned for the next two years. So nothing was more obvious than to found an own label for this - LIMINAL ZONE RECORDS. Ulrich continues his efforts to create a large network and creative infrastructure out of LIMINAL ZONE. May the exercise succeed.

Jun 25, 2020

THE WEBSHOP IS ONLINE

The LIMINAL ZONE WEBSHOP is now open. All of Ulrich's releases are available there: CDs, vinyls, downloads and some real specials. Have fun browsing and discovering.

Jun 22, 2020

CARAMEL REIMAGINED comes on 03/07/2020

The new remix album CARAMEL REIMAGINED will be released on the 03/07/2020. It'll feature Techno, Deep House and Dub arrangements of Ulrich's celebrated album CARAMEL by Berlin and Vienna based producers like Peter Zirbs, Drahthaus, Ingo Rieber and more. It is also the first release of the project's own label LIMINAL ZONE RECORDS.

Jun 15, 2020

CROWDFUNDING for LIMINAL ZONE

Dear all,

LIMINAL ZONE will not only be Ulrich Drechsler's new music playground. It will be a record label, webshop, production company, curated concert series with a network of 25 participating artists. To realize all this the way Ulrich imagines it, we need your help and would be very happy if you would support us.

CLICK HERE FOR THE CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN

Jun 5, 2020

Documentary about LIMINAL ZONE on Austrian television

In the tv programme "Kulturmontag" on austrian ORF" LIMINAL ZONE was provided with a documentary worth seeing. (In German only). Find here the link

Jun 5, 2020

OUT NOW! Ulrich Drechsler’s new album CARAMEL

Dear all,

The world seems to be turning in a different direction than we are used to.
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I am all the more proud to be able to bring a little more beauty into the world with my profession, especially in these times.
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SO HERE IT IS AT LAST. The new album CARAMEL!!!
The physical release will be postponed to a later date. But of course you can find CARAMEL on all streaming & download platforms. Here's the link.

I wish you lots of listening pleasure, stay healthy and hopefully see you at the next concert somewhere in our beautiful world.

Jun 5, 2020

THE DAYS OF LIMINAL ZONE

The preparation took four years. Now it's finally here. LIMINAL ZONE sees the light of day. And so THE DAYS OF LIMINAL ZONE took place from 9 to 11 January 2020 at the Porgy & Bess in Vienna. Here is a small video playlist of the concerts.

Jun 5, 2020

The MAKING OF CARAMEL video is here & Ulrich photographed by Daniel Shaked

During the recordings for CARAMEL this beautiful Making Of video was shot. Have fun watching it.

And Vienna based photographer Daniel Shaked has made beautiful black and white pictures scattered all over the website.

Aug 3, 2020

LIMINAL ZONE analogue

LIMINAL ZONE analogue! The new concert series.
Jun 30, 2020

LIMINAL ZONE RECORDS

LIMINAL ZONE starts own record label...
Jun 25, 2020

THE WEBSHOP IS ONLINE

The LIMINAL ZONE WEBSHOP is now open. All of Ulrich's releases are available there: CDs, vinyls, downloads and some real specials. Have fun browsing and discovering.

Jun 22, 2020

CARAMEL REIMAGINED comes on 03/07/2020

The new remix album CARAMEL REIMAGINED will be released on the 03/07/2020.
Jun 15, 2020

CROWDFUNDING for LIMINAL ZONE

Dear all, LIMINAL ZONE will not only be Ulrich Drechsler's new music playground.
Jun 5, 2020

Documentary about LIMINAL ZONE on Austrian television

In the tv programme "Kulturmontag" on austrian ORF" LIMINAL ZONE was provided with a documentary worth seeing. (In German only). Find here the link
Jun 5, 2020

OUT NOW! Ulrich Drechsler’s new album CARAMEL

Dear all,...
Jun 5, 2020

THE DAYS OF LIMINAL ZONE

The preparation took four years. Now it's finally here. LIMINAL ZONE sees the light of day. And so THE DAYS OF LIMINAL ZONE took place from 9 to 11 January 2020 at the Porgy & Bess in Vienna. Here is a small video playlist of the concerts.

Jun 5, 2020

The MAKING OF CARAMEL video is here & Ulrich photographed by Daniel Shaked

During the recordings for CARAMEL this beautiful Making Of video was shot. Have fun watching it.

And Vienna based photographer Daniel Shaked has made beautiful black and white pictures scattered all over the website.