Olivia trummer Biography
About Olivia's music...
"It magically combines the rhythmic fluidity of Gretchen Parlato with the same sense of wonder as Esperanza Spalding" (Peter Quinn, Jazzwise Magazine UK)
"Excellent performance and sound: Olivia's singing brims with positivity and her music puts a big smile on my face." (Django Bates)
Olivia Trummer (*1985 in Stuttgart, Germany) hails from a musicians' family and started studying classical piano at age 4, learning all music by ear at first. Soon after she became passionate about improvising and composing as well and continued to develop these creative skills while benefiting from an open-minded Classical music education. She eventually studied both Jazz Piano and Classical Piano at the University of Music in Stuttgart and graduated with distinction in both. Equipped with a full scholarship of the DAAD, she went on to pursue a Master's degree at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City and spent formative years dividing her time between New York City and Berlin after her return.
Olivia unfolds a musical spectrum that is just as wide as it is authentic. Her discography to date contains seven albums mirroring her astounding metamorphosis: Starting off as a jazz pianist by releasing two instrumental trio albums with original music she went on to also reveal her talent as a vocalist and songwriter, producing lyrics in English as well as in German for her third and fourth album. Her fifth album Fly Now (2014) was recorded in New York with Matt Penman, Obed Calvaire and special guest Kurt Rosenwinkel. The songs of Fly Now received international acclaim, particularly in the UK. For her sixth album C2J – Classical to Jazz One (2015) Olivia went back to her Classical roots and approached selected piano works by Scarlatti, Bach and Mozart from a jazz perspective. Her seventh album, a live recorded solo concert at the renowned Bauer Studios was released in June 2018. The album features Olivia on piano, Fender Rhodes and vocals and contains several of Olivia's songs as well as her arrangements of music by Stevie Wonder, Burt Bacharach, George Gershwin and Claude Debussy.
Olivia mostly appears as a bandleader of her own projects and has performed her original music in many countries including Germany, USA, Austria, Ireland, England, Italy, Switzerland and Czech Republic. She has appeared in concert venues like Carnegie Hall (NYC), Konzerthaus (Berlin), "Porgy & Bess" (Vienna), The National Concert Hall (Dublin), "Pizza Express Live" (London) and "Il Torrione" (Ferrara). She has been invited to perform at jazz festivals such as "London Jazz Fest", "12points" Festival and "Galway Jazz Festival" in Ireland, "Pescara Jazz Festival" in Italy, "Solo Piano Festival" in Prague, "Theaterhaus Jazz Festival" in Stuttgart, "Jazz Open" in Hamburg and the "Jazz Festival Ingolstadt" as well as Classical Music festivals such as "Ludwigsburg Festival", "Bachfest" in Stuttgart and "Bachwoche" in Ansbach.
Since October 2016, Olivia is also touring with Kurt Rosenwinkel as a member of his new project "Caipi". So far, the band has played over 40 concerts, performing at top venues and festivals such as the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Birdland Jazzclub in New York, the Blue Note in Tokyo and in Beijing, the Vancouver Jazz Festival and the Montréal Jazz Festival. Further collaborations of Olivia include the NDR Big Band, Wolfgang Haffner, Tim Garland, Gerard Presencer, Bodek Janke, Phil Donkin, Hadar Noiberg, Max Ionata, Matthias Schriefl and Sebastian Studnitzky.
Olivia has earned numerous awards and scholarships: Five National Awards at "Jugend musiziert" 1999-2003, Scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service 2008/09, German Quarterly Critics’ Choice Award 3/2008, Art Foundation Baden-Württemberg 2010, Bruno-Frey Foundation 2010, Jazz Award Ingolstadt 2014. She has received funding and support from Initiative Musik as well as from Bayer Kultur in Leverkusen, being chosen their "stART" Jazz Artist 2013-2016.
Olivia is based in Berlin. She is currently working on a new series of original songs for the Olivia Trummer Trio, featuring Haggai Cohen-Milo (ISR) on bass and Nicola Angelucci (ITA) on drums.