saxophonist, bassclarinetist, flutist, composer
Born on nov. 2, 1957 in bad godesberg, germany saxophonist (tenor and soprano), bass clarinetist, bass flutist and composer gebhard ullmann studied in hamburg and moved to berlin in 1983.
since then he has recorded about 40 cds as a leader/co-leader for prestigious labels such as blacksaint/soul note (italy), leo records (uk), between the lines (germany), 482 music (usa), songlines recordings (canada), cimp (usa), nottwo records (poland), jazzwerkstatt (germany), clean feed (portugal) and others.
he is considered one of the leading personalities in today's berlin and international scenes and has received several awards for his work including the julius hemphill composition award ('99), the deutsche phonoakademie award ('83), one of the first swf jazz awards ('87) and the nomination "best jazz cd of the year" by the german schallplattenkritik for his cd "tá lam" in 1995. his cds "final answer" (2002) "the bigband project (2004) and "new basement research" (2008) were listed in downbeat magazine among the best cds of those years. in 2005 the downbeat critics poll listed him for the first time in the category rising star and since then several times.
since 1993 ullmann was a recording artist for soul note and has been living in new york and berlin since. he has toured with his music throughout europe as well as africa, canada, new zealand, the usa, south east asia and mexico and performed on most of the world's most prestigious jazz festivals.