For one of Europe’s finest young jazz guitarists, Max Frankl, jazz as a musical dialogue remains fiery and fertile.
Through geographical travel, and his own personal creative odyssey, Frankl has nurtured an aesthetic that’s reverent to jazz heritage but also is boldly progressive. He can be lyrical and virtuosic reading evergreen standards, and ethereal and atonal exploring electronic soundscapes. The thread through it all is remaining true to his creative and relentelss wanderlust. Max Frankl has been inspired by an eclectic array of jazz icons and iconoclasts, along with fringe musical offshoots inspired by jazz’s exploratory spirit. He's garnered a diverse array of accolades and acclaim, and so far has released five distinct and unique albums. In 2009, Frankl became the first German guitarist to join the Official European Jazz Orchestra. He won the prestigious ECHO-Jazz award in 2012. The following year he earned endorsements from renowned guitar maker Ibanez Guitars, D’ Addario Strings and Mesa/Boogie Amps. The same year Jazz Thing magazine placed Max on the permanent short list of All-Stars for their “Next Generation” list. 2014 peaked with the honor of winning the European Music Composers Scholarship. He’s toured extensively throughout Germany, most of Europe, Africa, and shared the stage with such venerated artists as Lee Konitz, Benny Golson, Nils Wogram and Johannes Enders, among others.