Solo Project
Barbara Dennerlein Duo
Barbara Dennerlein & Bebab
Jazz Meets Church Organ
Barbara Dennerlein & Big Band
Hammond Meets Orchestra
Dennerlein Presents

Two Ladies Of The Hammond Organ:
Barbara Dennerlein & Rhoda Scott

Barbara Dennerlein Meets
Ignatz Netzer & Thomas Scheytt

A dream came true for Barbara Dennerlein when she had the opportunity to perform her compositions together with a symphonic orchestra. Meaning no less than ennobling her musical ideas by a perfect orchestration. It is an exciting challenge for herself as well as for the arranger, the conductor and the whole orchestra. After a successful premiere concert on stage and on radio all of them are keen to continue the project.

A Philharmonic Experience - Hammond Meets Orchestra

Performing Barbara Dennerlein's compositions in philharmonic polyphony has been a challenge for the Philharmonic Orchestra of Rhineland-Palatinate and culminated in an excellent concert with the organist and her trio in December of 2003 in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Barbara Dennerlein convinced conductor Bernd Ruf, a highly praised crossover specialist, to join her in this project which had originally been a spontaneous idea on a summer evening.

The composition arrangements for the philharmonic orchestra with the jazz trio at its core were written by composer and saxophonist Peter Lehel, who along with drummer and percussionist Daniel Messina has been a member of Barbara's band for many years. At the premiere concert, both musicians free of subordination to the orchestra, set brilliant jazz accents with inspired solos. Barbara Dennerlein presented not only a contrast with her Hammond organ - as an "orchestra-in-a-box" so to speak - she also joined the orchestra with her inimitable bass pedal playing, controlled the tempo and allowed the double bass section several prolonged breaks during her virtuous bass pedal solos.

An enthusiastic audience listened to Dennerlein's compositions in orchestral sonority, counterpointed by jazz typical solo, duo and trio parts. The unique sound of Barbara Dennerlein's performance on her Hammond organ in conjuncture with the powerful sound of the seventy piece orchestra, created a fascinating and unusual sound pattern, which captured the entire participants with its energy and great variety. The extraordinary premiere concert has been recorded for radio broadcast and was aired a couple of days later. In June of 2005 Barbara Dennerlein and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Rhineland-Palatinate met again at the Philharmonics in Essen, Germany, for a superb concert (see here).International concert tours of the "Hammond meets orchestra" project are currently scheduled.