Henrique Gomide, Piano

Born in São Paulo in 1988, Henrique Gomide has a broad musical background. After graduating in Classical Piano at ULM and Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Gomide was granted a scholarship by the Royal Conservatory of The Hague (Netherlands) to pursue an MA in Jazz Piano, completing his degree in 2014. Currently residing in Cologne (Germany), he obtained a second master’s degree in Jazz Composition and Arrangement from the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln in 2018, with a specialisation in Big Band Arranging. Throughout his education, Gomide studied jazz piano with Geri Allen, Juraj Stanik, Michele Rosewoman, Oscar Perez, and classical piano with Hermes Jacchieri, José Eduardo Martins, Paulo Álvares and David Witten, among others.

With his piano-trio Caixa Cubo, which originated in São Paulo, he released 6 CD’s and performed in hundreds of concerts in Brazil, France, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Netherlands, England and Mozambique. Alongside his partner, Daphne Oltheten, Gomide forms the Duo Oltheten-Gomide, which recorded two CD’s with works by Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Brahms and contemporary Brazilian composers. He also takes part in other projects as a pianist, such as Nau Trio, Ayça Miraç Quartet.

Gomide leads the Henrique Gomide Big Band and has delivered arrangements for bands like Subway Jazz Orchestra (Köln), Banda Urbana (São Paulo), Big Band of the Royal Conservatory of The Hague (Netherlands) and Big Band of the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln (Germany).

Throughout his career, Henrique played and recorded with renowned musicians, including Bart van Lier, Tony Lakatos, Nailor Proveta, Teco Cardoso, Vinicius Dorin, Paulo Bellinati, Toninho Carrasqueira, Monica Salmaso, Celio Barros, Marku Ribas, Gabi Guedes, John Ruocco and Andrea di Biase, among others.



Philipp Grußendorf, Bass

Philipp Grußendorf grew up in a musical family in Bremen. At a young age he started playing the piano and sang in a choir. After playing the double bass (classically) for a couple of years he founded his first jazz quartet with friends aged 17.

He studied jazz at the ArtEZ Conservatory and the Royal Conservatory The Hague (both located in the Netherlands). His bass teachers were Heyn van de Geyn, Ruud Ouwehand, Frans van de Hoeven, Janos Bruneel and Clemens van der Feen. Furthermore he attended masterclasses with Renaud Garcia-Fons, Larry Grenadier, Marcus Miller, a.o.

2007 he joined Ayça to form her first group and since then has been a longterm companion on numerous concerts throughout Europe and Turkey. Extensive travels brought him in contact with various musical cultures from South America, Africa, Georgia and Turkey which influenced his approach to music (& arranging). He lives in Cologne and studies at the local Hochschule für Musik und Tanz.


Marcus Rieck, Drums

Marcus Rieck studied Jazz at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln with Prof. Keith Copeland from 1997 until 2003.

With the Benjamin Schaefer Trio Marcus Rieck played concerts for the Goethe Institut in Arcachon, Nancy and Paris, won the audience award at the 16th Tremplin Jazz Europeen 2007 in Avignon and the „JazzIN“-Competition 2007 of the LAG Jazz Niedersachsen.

As a member oft the Christian Kappe – Marc Brenken Quartett Marcus Rieck performed for the Goethe Institut at the Jazz Festival in Iasi (Romania), won the Jazzpreis Ruhr 2011and played concerts among others at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam for the project NL-Ruhr Music Kitchen.

Marcus Rieck is a member of the Steve Klink Trio, the „Jazzensemble der Kinderoper Köln“ and has been the drummer of Klaus Major Heuser (Ex-BAP) in the Klaus Major Heuser Band since 2010.
Throughout his career Marcus Rieck played with musicians including Lars Duppler, Tom Gaebel, Tobias Hoffmann, Dave Horler, Niels Klein, Robert Landfermann, Eva Mayerhofer, Klaus Osterloh, Martin Sasse, Matthias Schriefl, Sebastian Sternal and Nils Wülker among others.