Pianist and composer Nicolai Thärichen conglomerated some of Berlin’s
best jazz musicians into a body of sound that he bent and kneaded until his compositions
became dancing sculptures that could rear up to a thundering big band, only to
slim down neatly the next moment to something akin to Giacometti’s chamber
music. And he tops the whole thing with Michael Schiefel’s voice, androgynous,
sensuous, wired, virtuoso, in a nutshell: totally manic. The Süddeutsche
Zeitung (prominent German newspaper) praises Thärichen’s Tentett as "the
most compositionally successful, most sophisticatedly arranged and most humourously
presented music that Germany has to offer from a big band at the moment".
And major Frankfurter newspaper FAZ says about vocalist Michael Schiefel: "Germany
has perhaps never had such a jazz singer".
Born on December 30, 1969 in Berlin/Germany, studied piano at the Jazz-department of the University of the Arts (UdK) in Berlin with Walter Norris, Aki Takase, Kirk Nurock, David Friedman, Denney Goddhew and others.
2000-02 he extended his studies at the University of the Arts with Hubert Nuß and Jim McNeely (piano), and with Jim Knapp and Maria Schneider (composition and arrangement).
He composed und arranged for the Bigband of the Hessische Rundfunk (state radio station in Frankfurt), the German Youth Jazzorchestra (BuJazzo), for the Jazzorchestra of the UdK Berlin with Maria Schneider and Bobby McFerrin, for the Berlin Youth Jazzorchestra and first and foremost for his own band „Thärichens Tentett“.
Since 1993 Nicolai has been working with the singer Michael Schiefel, with whom he founded the band "Thärichens Tentett" in 1999. This ten-piece-band performs his original compositions, mostly songs set on poems by artists like Dorothy Parker, Lord Byron, Thomas Hardy and Ronald D. Laing.