Bio Manuela Lechler
Musician, composer and artist Manuela Lechler came to New York in 1994 to study Jazz, after a series of Jazz Summer Workshops with Manhattan School of Music, which she had begun in 1991 in Castelfranco/ Italy.
She studied Jazz Saxophone at the Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music in Queens NY, graduating in the year 2000.
Born in Germany, she went to school and graduated from the Steiner/Waldorf School in Stuttgart. She also completed her studies of Visual Arts at the Academy fuer Bildende Kuenste (1977-81) in Stuttgart and performed as a mime student of Helfrid Foron with the Tuebinger Zimmertheater in “Der Zusammenstoss", a play of Kurt Schwitters directed by Helfrid Foron with participation at the Berliner Theater Festspiele. After a journey to India, she moved to Italy where she performed as a violin player and singer with different bands playing Folk, Brazilian and Original music: “Bananas Sanfonicas" with Denise Miranda and Vania Fernandez (Brazil), and her own band “Combo Azul" with Nick Paramo and Sandro Fornasari (Italy).
In New York, she has been a founding member of the “Open Music Ensemble" (2006), with whom she performed Free Improvised music extensively, with recordings such as “The Bowery Suite", parts of which were used in motion picture “Giver Taker Heartbreaker" by Christopher Arcella (USA), with participation at the 7th World Film Festival in Bangkok 2009.
Manuela is currently a member of “Concrete Timbre", joining as a musician and composer in several musical productions, among others: “Dziewczyna" (2010/2011), "Satie's Birthday Party" (2011), "Folie Pure" (2012), "Age of Pain(e)", "Coq Tot" (2013), "Justice and Consanguinity", "Anna Strong's Laundry", "Une Lieu de Vie". See www.concretetimbre.com
She recorded her own original music in “Still Life", with Eri Yamamoto, Ikuo Takeuchi and John Davis (2000) and “Cabbage Moon"- A Story in Music based on the children’s book of American writer Jan Wahl - with Ivy Z. Adrian, Marcy Jellison and Lucas Bass (2007).
In recent years Manuela has been developing her art of Jazz Trio Performance featuring great New York Jazz musicians such as Kyoko Oyobe and Michael O’Brien with whom she has recorded her latest CD, based on her compositions: "Sketches From Here" (2012/13).
Manuela Lechler has been performing in New York as an Alto Saxophonist at venues such as the Theater for the New City, Old Stone House, Trinity Church, Rubin Museum, the Kitano, Bowery Poetry Club, Society of Illustrators, Smalls Jazz Club, Shambhala Center, Hotel New Yorker, Tibet House, Café 5C, Fat Cat, Chashama, Meta Center, Café Grumpy, New York Insight Meditation Center, Sidewalk Cafe, among others.