Caramel

„CARAMEL“ - THE ESSENCE OF THE MANY IDEAS COLLECTED OVER THE YEARS THAT INSPIRE ME EVERY DAY. THAT‘S MY UNDERSTANDING OF JAZZ. I STUDIED JAZZ, LISTENED TO THE RECORDS OF THE BIG ROLE MODELS, PRACTICED ALL THE STYLISTIC ARCHETYPES LIKE BEBOP, HARDBOP, SOULJAZZ OR FUSION. AND YET ... ALWAYS SOMETHING WAS MISSING. WITHOUT REALIZING IT, I LEARNED A LANGUAGE THAT I INSTINCTIVELY KNEW I WOULD NEVER REALLY SPEAK. IT TOOK MORE THAN TEN YEARS TO UNDERSTAND THAT JAZZ ALONE WAS NOT ENOUGH FOR ME. AND SO I STARTED LOOKING FOR NEW SOURCES OF INSPIRATION, CHANGING MY WAY OF PRACTICING, COMPOSING, AND LISTENING TO MUSIC IN ORDER TO FINALLY REDEFINE MY FOCUS ON MUSIC IN TWO VERY SIMPLE WAYS - SOUND AND EMOTION. MY IDEA OF MUSIC.

„CARAMEL“ - THE FREEDOM OF IMPROVISATION, THE STRUCTURAL CLARITY AND DISCIPLINE OF CLASSICAL MUSIC, THE INTENSITY AND EMOTIONALITY OF PERSIAN SUFI MUSIC, THE UNDERSTANDING OF MINIMALISM AND SPACE IN SCANDINAVIAN FOLKLORE AND MUCH, MUCH MORE. „CARAMEL“ IS FOR ME TO MAKE MUSIC TOGETHER ACROSS ALL BOUNDARIES AND RULES. AT EYE LEVEL, THROUGH MINDFUL ACTING AND LISTENING, TO CREATE A NEW COMMON LANGUAGE AND MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING. THAT‘S WHAT MUSIC IS ALL ABOUT FOR ME.

EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE IN „CARAMEL“. THE RADIANT VOICE OF ÖZLEM BULUT, THE TURKISH COLORATURA SOPRANO WITH KURDISH ROOTS, CAN REALLY TOUCH EVERY LISTENER IN THE DEEPEST INTERIOR. SHE FLOATS ABOVE THE ROOMFILLING, ELEGANT SOUND OF OLIVER STEGER‘S DOUBLE BASS, OVER RAPHAEL KEUSCHNIGG‘S DRUMMING OVERFLOWING WITH PASSION AND CREATIVITY AND AMIR AHMADI‘S GREAT VIRTUOSO PIANO LINES. JUST A GREAT TRIO. IN ADDITION, THE SLAM POET AND RAPPER YASMIN HAFEDH, WHO JUGGLES WITH HER WORDS IN SUCH AN INIMITABLE WAY. IN BETWEEN, ABOVE AND BELOW THE BIG BASS CLARINET.

WELCOME TO „CARAMEL“.

Ulrich Drechsler with Saxophone
Photo By: Daniel Shaked

  • ULRICH DRECHSLER
    bass clarinet, clarinet
  • ÖZLEM BULUT
    COLORATURA SOPRANO
  • YASMIN HAFEDH
    RECITATIVE
  • AMIR AHMADI
    PIANO
  • OLIVER STEGER
    DOUBLE BASS
  • RAPHAEL KEUSCHNIGG
    DRUMS



CARAMEL in the studio

The Days of Liminal Zone // The CARAMEL colored day

Ulrich Drechsler about CARAMEL

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.

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.