photo: Helmut Edinger
Edith Lettner composes music for band projects, film and theater.
In 2005 she founded her own ensemble Freemotion, in 2010 the African Jazz Spirit project in Senegal, and in 2018 the quintet Delight in New York. To all three projects she contributes her own compositions in very special ways.
Edith Lettner’s interests lie primarily in jazz, free improvisation, African music and music from diverse regions in the Middle East. She plays alto and soprano saxophone and duduk, an Armenian woodwind instrument. She performs and records internationally with numerous unique musicians and bands.
Her frequent collaboration with musicians from other cultures and artists from other art genres has made her an incredibly versatile artistic personality.
Techniques: water colors, oil paintings, drawings.
She has exhibited her work in many galleries and venues in Europe, North America and Africa and has staged painting performances in collaboration with various jazz musicians. Her music and painting cross-fertilize each other. Motion, dynamic, intense expression and improvisation form the bridge that interconnects her two artistic genres.
Edith and Beate Reiermann (acoustic guitar) recorded their first Travel Diaries CD this winter with special guest Maria Petrova (drums and percussion). It’s been released on the artdialogue label and is distributed by Preiser Records. Their release concert was performed at REIGEN in Vienna on July 3rd
The vibrant new album of improvisational music, We Q, by Edith and electro-acoustic artist and singer Dafna Naphtali was released in Sept 2020. It was recorded at the Doland Studio on the NYU campus in Manhattan, and released by the Danish label, CLANG. To find out more and sample this unique, innovative music click on the link below
Edith and her fellow Voyagers musicians Yacouba Sissoko (kora and vocals) and Banning Eyre (guitar) completed their first studio recording session in mid February 2020. The resulting CD on the Lion Songs label was due out late last summer but Covid 19 disruptions have caused significant delays. Edith hopes for a release date in Fall of 2021
Phone: Europe +43 699 123 60 207,
North America + 1 916 477 1391