Selected press and critiques

Editorial tip in the music magazine Silberhorn: The debut album „Token Gestures“ from the Auwald Trio
“Mayer has the animated between-musical-genres expressive fantasy of a Jaki Byard, the melodic touch of a Roland Hanna, the romantic soul of a Robert Schumann and an enormous helping of originality. He knows everything and – together with his trio members Ludwig Leininger (b) and Lorenz Hunziker-Rutiliano (d) – combines it with ingenuity in an appealing, down-to-earth manner. The Auwald Trio doesn’t fit in any category; above all it swings like crazy.”
-- Marcus A. Woelfle, Silberhorn Magazin
Crazy and brilliant: The Auwald Trio and its debut CD
“A virtuoso high-wire act balancing between madman and genius without a net or false bottom. Like an E.T.A. Hoffmann, this free spirit risks everything. That nowadays something like this still exists…”
-- Allgäuer Zeitung
An insider tip that really is one
“Mayer’s works tell a story, are unbelievably, cleverly thought out and are exceptionally well composed.”
-- Süddeutsche Zeitung
Fantastic "wanderer"
“Mayer has found a freedom in his expression that goes way beyond the typical ‘jazz sound’. His original works are multifaceted and full of lively tonal ideas and ingenuity. […] The results of [C.L. Mayer’s] inspiration between rhythmical and playful and between melodic and symphonic amaze completely.”
-- Allgäuer Zeitung
LoisachJazz festival with the Auwald Trio
“The three [musicians] presented complex jazz improvisations that normally would have become ‘heavy fare’. However, with earthy rhythm, the Auwald Trio knows how to bring ‘complicated jazz’ back to reality. The most varied stylistic elements arise and disappear again seamlessly, for example a tango, a Charleston, a waltz, a French musette or alpine elements.” 
-- Oberland Magazin
Expectations exceeded
“Christian Ludwig Mayer’s music ventures from the old jazz of the 1920s, across the various jazz-genres and up to modern jazz and allows some classical to shine through. […] His strongly expressive piano playing, which sometimes mimicked a ‘show’, magically turned the musical artistry of the Trio into a unique and wonderful orchestral experience.”
-- Neue Fricktaler Zeitung (CH)
Virtuoso "wanderer" between worlds
“88 keys are not enough for him: Christian Ludwig Mayer needs the entire grand piano as a sound generator, plucking and pounding, swiping [his hands] across the strings; making use of the swinging sound box. […] completely new tonal worlds. Three world class musicians. Three hats off!”
-- Allgäuer Anzeigenblatt
This trio amazes people
“On the piano [Christian Ludwig Mayer] has a fantastic and quick ‘style’ that brings Ludwig Leininger on double bass and Lorenz Rutiliano on drums along with him. This trio amazes [people] with tremendous diversity: lots of jazz, swing, waltzes, ‘ländler’ and  – as they admit themselves – some pieces that are just ‘odd’.”
-- Augsburger Allgemeine
Christian Ludwig Mayer: The Call of the Woods
“Insatiable curiosity about the musical traditions of all ages consumes this ‘Proteus’.” [READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN GERMAN]
-- Marcus A. Woelfle, Rondo Magazin
Sense of swing
"Christian Ludwig Mayer is a pianist that will delight you with his sense of swing and the maturity that he brings to his performances."
​--  Prof. Rusty Hassan, Radio host and Jazz journalist (Downbeat magazine, Jazztimes, New York Times, Washington Post, Coda)
Music that takes your breath away
“Christian Ludwig Mayer…Ludwig Leininger…and Lorenz Hunziker-Rutiliano…make such brilliant and virtuoso music spanning so many styles that it just about takes your breath away. For that which Christian Ludwig Mayer composes and brings with him on the stage is the term ‘jazz’ too narrow: Mayer is an exceptional musical talent who doesn’t fit in any category and who shifts between genres.”
-- Tölzer Kurier
Album Review: "Token Gestures" -- Debut album of the Auwald Trio
“Earlier, like in the last millennia, neither European nor (especially) German jazz musicians dared to form Jazz Trios […] Now it’s time to introduce the not-yet-well-known Auwald Trio! The pianist Christian Ludwig Mayer, the double bass player Ludwig Leininger and the drummer Lorenz Huziker-Rutiliano recorded a striking CD in Murnau with the title ‘Token Gestures’. Those who listen to the CD think to themselves when they hear the first piece ‘Nocturnal Constitution’: Aha, these three musicians studied the ‘[Bill] Evan’s Trio communication dictionary’ and learned something! Yet, immediately thereafter you’re dumbfounded by the lively, tempo-rich ‘The Battle of St. George’ with its cut-sheer-across-the-keys, room-grabbing stride piano, its rich double bass and its crisp drums. […] And then, all of a sudden, the 19th -- even the 18th century becomes audible with the piece ‘Reconnaissance: Im Gehäuse’ before the music from ‘Into it’ rips loose: What is that? Jack Bruce meets Mal Waldron? […] This CD continues with this type of diversity: sometimes deeply ballad-like, sometimes fiercely driven, sometimes with the breath of an easy, swinging French musette, sometimes casting a glance into the realm of Latin music […]. And for those who leaf through the booklet and read its contents, those people are also – so to say – verbally impressed, without really being able to make head or tail of  the ingenious-ironic Text nor learning anything about the three musicians. Are these ‘Gestures’ also in this way symbolic, only pro forma = token? – All the same, the summary of the Auwald Trio and the CD is as follows: The music speaks for itself.”
-- Guenter Buhles, Jazz Podium
Musical genius
“Immediately after the first note it’s apparent that this ensemble provides first class, concert-level, chamber music-like jazz in the finest sense. […] It became clear that the musicians feel connected to early jazz and classical European music traditions. […] High levels of creativity and many surprising combinations are the hallmark of this music […].”
-- AZ Füssner Blatt
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