Release: 15 May 2019
QFTF/126 Available on CD / Download / Streaming

Philipp Teriete: Composition & Piano
Dave Pietro: Flute & Alto Saxophone
Martin Wind: Acoustic Bass
Elias Meister: Electric Guitar
Joe Hertenstein: Drums

Tracks (excerpts):

  1. »Welcome Home« (Composed by Osibisa & Arranged by Philipp Teriete)
    Words & Music by Solomon Amarfio, Francis Teddy Osei & Mac Tontoh
    © Chester Music Limited trading as Sparta-Florida Music Group.
    With kind permission of Bosworth Music GmbH
  2. »Tåkete Hjerte, Lys Sjel« (Composed & Arranged by Philipp Teriete)
  3. »Chicago Elevated« (Composed & Arranged by Philipp Teriete)

Urosh Jovanovich: Audio Recording
Roy Hendrickson: Audio Mixing
Alan Silverman: Audio Mastering
Zamarin Wahdat: Video Recording
Na’ama Keha: Video Editing

Produced by Philipp Teriete and Urosh Jovanovich
Recorded at James L. Dolan Studio
New York City 02/02/2017
©2019 by Philipp Teriete and QFTF


With his debut album afterglow the 32-year old German pianist and composer Philipp Teriete transcends various stylistic and cultural boundaries, from jazz to classical music and West-African music. The quintet takes the listener on a musical journey to Norway, Ghana, the USA and on imaginary trips through stardusts and to the sun. Philipp Teriete spans a bow that reflects a synthesis of the various influences that shaped him.
He is a cosmopolitan, a well-rounded and versatile musician, a passionate educator and researcher. Philipp Teriete studied classical piano and music theory in Freiburg (Germany), Paris (France) and London (UK) as well as jazz piano and composition in Oslo (Norway) and New York City (USA).
In 2017, he recorded a selection of his compositions and arrangements for jazz quintet in New York City. These pieces were inspired by the “afterglow,” i.e. the pleasant memories and feelings of past journeys and experiences. The pieces of the album live from the well-balanced, dynamic interplay of the ensemble and the original improvisations of each soloist. With Dave Pietro (alto saxophone and flute), Martin Wind (double bass), Elias Meister (electric guitar) and Joe Hertenstein (drums), Philipp Teriete brought together established names of New York City’s jazz scene who contribute equally to the subtle shades of the individual pieces and express the various moods and colors in their own way.

Teriete, Philipp. “From Leipzig to St. Louis: Einflüsse deutscher Musiktheorie und -pädagogik auf die Entstehung des Ragtime, Blues und Jazz.” In: Beiträge zur Popularmusikforschung 44, Bielefeld: transcript, pp. 121-146.

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Ragtime and blues are considered to be direct precursors of jazz. However, at the begin­ning of the twentieth century, generic distinctions between ragtime, blues, and jazz were less marked than they are today. In fact, the terms were often used in­ter­changeably. In this paper, Philipp Teriete suggests a widening of our historical lens in order to see how certain European traditions played an important role in shaping these three iconic US-American styles. While relatively much is known about the biographies and oeuvres of the creators of ragtime, blues, and jazz, music-theoretical contexts and educational back­grounds of composers do not receive the same scholarly focus. Who were these mu­sicians’ teach­ers? What exactly did they learn? Analyses only rarely address such topics and often ignore music-theoretical questions. Philipp Teriete’s research into previously unknown textual and musical sources suggests that the creators of ragtime, blues, and jazz were not only strongly influenced by a certain European repertoire but al­so by Eu­ropean (and par­ticularly German) music-theoretical concepts. Teriete demon­strates that the interaction be­tween African-American musicians and German music teachers and traditions such as the »Leipziger Konserva­toriumslehre« may have played a sig­nificant role in the shaping of ragtime, blues, and jazz.