Slowly emerging.

Hello, good people of the internet,

nice to have you back! With the world still upside down, for many of us at least, there is finally some light at the end of the tunnel and live shows are coming back. I will be playing here and there around Berlin and Bern, you can check out the dates here.

Also, I am very happy to introduce you to some recordings and remote work that has happened during the lock down this spring:

  • the wonderful Anicia Kohler invited me to play some of her music (listen here), a trio with her and Simon Spiess
  • Pandemic Duets of Stephen Gauci & Lisa Hoppe was released recently! Such an honor to be part of this series which features a myriad of inspiring musicians
  • a bandcamp release of (my personal) all-time favorite band Niculin Janett 4tet feat. Rich Perry presents Mostly Original, which also holds some compositions of mine
  • It been a second, but I didn’t get to mention the duo works with pianist Santiago Leibson called Labyrinth Project – Circular Stories. This one has been so much fun and quite outside of my comfort zones, please treat yourself to some peculiar literature-music-maze

Bye bye, 2020!

This has been a rough year for most of us, and I feel pretty confident to say that self-employed performers, musicians, technicians, engineers etc. have been feeling this crisis enormously. Despite the financial mayhem many of us are facing, we’ve also been unemployed for more than 9 months by now. Not doing the stuff we are very passionate about – our practice, our art. 

Personally, this year and the pandemic have caused many changes in my life, – relocating, starting anew. And I think of the good things as well, the hope and inspiration of the Black Lives Matter Protests, and the love of my partner, my friends & family that has indisputably carried me through. Nevertheless, this year ends for me quietly and sad. 

This website is updated with the recent outputs of mine, although no shows appear on the itinerary – for now.

You can check out here the new album by Esche, released in October 2020. Watch and listen to Third Reality’s latest creation. Or book a workshop on free improvisation with Julia Rüffert’s & my project MIA – for some after-pandemic time in 2021.

Stay sane, safe & healthy everyone!

Summer 2020 – News

New album by Esche:

Unter Und Über Wasser will be released on October 14th!


photo: Florian Spring


This is not the time for live music as we know it – nevertheless, a couple of announcements and music to enjoy! 

  • Right before the pandemic hit: Third Reality recorded & filmed three new songs! Thanks to mastermind Luke Marantz who made them look like something else. You can watch them here
  • Despite closed borders & travel restrictions: We recorded our third album with Esche – it’s called Unter Und Über Wasser and will be released on October 14th on JazzHausMusik. We have a few release shows coming up for this in Germany and Switzerland, so let’s cross our fingers it can happen!
  • First live show in a looooooooong time: on August 20th at Hanseatische Materialverwaltung, Hamburg. With Benjamin Schaefer, Sebastian Gille, Sven Kerschek and Andi Haberl. Socially distanced, of course.

Best Debut 2019: Album is awarded by The New York City Jazz Record

Right before the old decade closed, I received the wonderful news that The Mighty Unlikely appears in the Best Of 2019 list by jazz magazine The New York City Jazz Record in the category best debut! I am especially thrilled to see my name next to these three outstanding bassists and leaders who released their debut albums in 2019 as well.

Album Release: The Mighty Unlikely

Extremely excited and still asking myself how we even got here – but this fall Lisa Hoppe’s Third Reality released its first album called The Mighty Unlikely. To be precise, it’s now available (digital & physical) and you will have the chance to see us live in Germany, Switzerland & NYC and get your copy right there.

It’s been a wonderful – sometimes challenging, always rewarding –  process, from putting together this band, writing & recording the music, to mixing, mastering and making it a record. I’m very honored that Cologne-based label JazzHausMusik is on board (and recommend you checking out their other great releases!).


  • David Leon – saxophone
  • Tal Yahalom – guitar
  • Lisa Hoppe – double bass, composition
  • Daniel Bloch – recording, mix & mastering
  • Daniel Menzel – coverart
  • faberludens – graphic design
  • Gaya Feldheim Schorr – picture

And here, a little peek:


Summer 2019

Happy summer !!

And since you’re already here, you might want to find out what’s new…

  • Lisa Hoppe’s Third Reality is about to release our debut album in October, followed by a tour through Germany and Switzerland! Check here for dates!
  • Esche is going to play a wonderful little tour in Scandinavia in October! We’re already so excited to see again our friends up there. (dates also here)
  • this picture was taken by the amazing Gaya Feldheim Schorr


New Release: „Will This Computer Ever Sing To Me Like My Mother?“ – is a collection of four songs that was recorded, arranged and (mostly) composed at Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada in August 2018. 

It was made possible with the help of these great musicians and friends: Louna Dekker Vargas on flutes, Sebastián Sáenz on trumpet/fluegel, Daniel Bruno on trombone, Aaron Edgcomb on drums/percussion and the genius Eden Girma on voice (who also accidentally came up with the EP title). Furthermore, special thanks to Daniel Bruno for mixing and Gaya Feldheim Schorr for the artwork, and of course, the Banff Centre, that was such an inspiring resource for me, as it is for many, many other artists and performers.

Exciting Things That Happen Soon…

  • Third Reality just recorded an album! It will be released in November 2019, followed by a tour through Germany & Switzerland. More about all that soon here. You can catch us a bit sooner on February 20, Branded Saloon, Brooklyn!
  • Laura Schuler, Luzius Schuler and me aka ESCHE just returned from a wonderful band time in Paris and tour – and already looking forward to the next one! We’ll be back in fall, more about it soon!
  • I’m excited to be touring with Marc Jufer & Devin Gray from March 22-30 in France, Belgium and Switzerland. We will celebrate the release of the album „A Trip To The Center“ which is actually like its name – a trip!!!!!