Born in Berlin to an american father and a german mother, Benny Lackner, moved to California at the age of 13. He received his BFA from the California Institute of the Arts under the direction of Charlie Haden and David Roitstein. From 1997 - 1998 he studied privately with his mentor, pianist Brad Mehldau. He has performed at numerous jazz festivals including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreux and Monterey. He has worked with artists such as the late Billy Higgins, Marc Ribot, BradShepik, Pheeroan akLaff and is now residing in NYC and Berlin where he is working with his internationally touring trio as well as a sideman and composer.
The NYC/Berlin-based Trio plays new arrangements of Songs by David Bowie, Sixto Rodriguez and Lackner. The music is a combination of hard grooving beats, slow, atmospheric sounds and modern jazz. The balance of composed music and improvisation holds a deep respect for the tradition of jazz while bringing out contemporary elements of modern music inspired by Radiohead as well as harmonic language inspired by composers such as Brahms and Chopin and Keith Jarrett. Concerts include four exstensive Asia – Australia – New Zealand tours taking them to places such as Sydney, Melbourne, Hong Kong and Jakarta. The trio has headlined at jazz clubs such as the Blue Note in NYC, Joe’s Pub in NYC, Smalls in NYC, Birdland in Vienna and the A-Trane in Berlin, sharing the stage with John Scofield at the Traumzeit Jazz Festival, the American Jazz Festival in Paris, as well as a concerts at the Montreux Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival, Viersen Jazz Festival, Leverkusener Jazztage, the Augsburger Jazzsommer and the Düsseldorfer Jazz Rallye!
Siskiyou, the trio’s 5th album was released by Unit Records in April 2015 (http://www.unitrecords.com).
“Benny Lackner has a distinctive compositional voice that sounds lucid and fresh. He’s found a cool way to write for this trio.” Brad Mehldau
PRESS ABOUT SISKIYOU
ALL ABOUT JAZZ 2015: "Siskiyou is Lackner’s fifth trio outing, and his second with this particular line-up, after 2012’s Cachuma (BMH Productions). It is his best and most focused outing. The trio has gelled into a tight and beautifully synchronized unit, tinted with rock stylings and drum & bass beats. The leader’s compositions haves a distinctive melodic containment—notes don’t fly all over the place, but rather stay channeled within a relatively narrow range, making, with his trio mates, a relentless, alluring, almost machine-like rhythms. Lackner has perfected the mix of electric and acoustic. Using devices like the Musser Ampli-Celesta, Wurlitzer, Solina String Synth and Nord Lead alongside the piano, he crafts multi-toned soundscapes. Where Cachuma had more of a Bill Evans vibe, Siskiyou leans in the direction of Nik Bartsch’s Ronin, on a more inward, reflective, and overtly beautiful style in the telling of its tales." (Get full article here: www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=50828)
JAZZ PODIUM 2015: "After listening to Siskiyou, one is left with a magical, trancelike feeling."
CONCERTO MAGAZINE 2015: " In the legacy of Esbjorn Svenson: The balanced soundscape is a direkt result in the respect for one another. Their approach is intimate, impressionistic and flows back and fourth from deep streams of consciousness to firey bursts with electronic embellishments, while always keeping the acoustic piano in the main focus of the band. The way he deals with his modernistic, european approach and his relaxed, american way of handling things, makes you realize that Benny Lackner combines his american with his european influences seamlessly and remains true to his roots." (Concerto 2-15)
GOOD STUFF Benny Lackner Trio in Paris 2017
Benny Lackner Trio live in Tokyo - 2016 - Fix You
Benny Lackner Trio Live in Tokyo - Heartracer 2016
Benny Lackner Trio
|02.07.2017||D-Berlin||Zig Zag Club||Tickets|
|07.04.2018||CA-Waterloo||The Jazz Room||Tickets|
|12.04.2018||CA-Salmon Arm||Jazz Club||Tickets|
|14.04.2018||CA-Ottawa||The Gig Space||Tickets|