Volker Goetze is an international touring performer, composer, filmmaker and media artist. He has performed and presented his work at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Paris Jazz Festival, WDR Cologne, Gasteig Munich, Jazz-A-Vienne, World Festival of Sacred Music (Los Angeles), Caixa Forum Madrid and the Opera Festival in Munich. His work fuels cross-cultural dialogue, incorporates multiple disciplines and utilizes cutting edge technology. His compositions derive from folklore music, rock, jazz, contemporary music, classical as well as baroque music. He has been investigating the oral culture and storytelling of West Africa and its influences on jazz and black culture in America. GRIOT, a feature documentary about the oral music tradition in West Africa, is Volker Goetze's debut as a film director and has since developed into a multimedia performance documentary. Mr. Goetze has held many master classes and was invited as a panelist by the Apollo Theater and the New York Foundation for the Arts.


•    Master Of Music (2003) at the Aaron Copland School Of Music at Queens College, trumpet with Prof. Michael Mossman

•    Artist Diploma (2001) at the Hochschule für Musik Köln at Cologne, trumpet with Markus Stockhausen

Selected Advanced Study

2010        Composers Orchestra Institute at the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University

2006        MAX/MSP with Zachary Seldess, Harvestworks, New York

2005        BMI Jazz Composers Workshop with Jim Mc Neely, Michael Abene and Mike Holober, New York


English (fluent), French (fluent), German (native)

Grants and Awards

2017        EtM Con Edison Composers’ Residency, New York, “Unique Places of Death NYC”

               CMA Showcase with Trumpet-Kora duo, Chamber Music America

2016        BANFF Center for Arts and Creativity, International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, TD Fellow, Canada

2015        Classical:NEXT – Video showcase Presentation, Rotterdam

2013        Best world Music Release 2012 voted by Public Radio International’s The World

               #1 iTunes France

               #2 European World Music Charts

               #5 release of 2012 ECHOES program hosted by John Diliberto

2012        BNP Parisbas Foundation support for album release Amanké Dionti

               GRIOT feature documentary nominated for “History in Time” – prize

2011        free109point3 Transmission Art, Distribution Grant

2010        NYSCA Post-Production grant for feature documentary GRIOT

               NYSCA Individual artist commissioning grant for Mandé Symphony

               NYFA Opportunity Grant

               NYFA Immigrant Artist Fellow

2009        International Franz Josef Reinl Composition Prize, Munich

               9th Independent Music Awards Nomination for best traditional world music

2005        BMI Composition Competition, 2nd place at Charlie Parker/Many Alban, New York

2004        BMI Jazz Composers Workshop Fellowship (Broadcast Music Inc.), New York

2002        DAAD (German Academic Exchange Program) Full-scholarship to study at the Aaron Copland School of Music, New York

1999        Dr. Konrad Kraemer Cultural Prize, Bergisch-Gladbach        

Teaching Experience

Panel Discussions

2012             “Future of Music” - Apollo Theatre, Harlem, New York - Guest Panelist and Presenter    

2012             “Cross Disciplinary Filmmaking” - New York Foundation for the Arts - Guest Panelist and Presenter

University / College and Seminars

2015            Master class, Panama School of Music, Panama

2009            Workshop, Penn State University

2007            Jazz Composers Symposium, Presented Big Band Composition “Solace”, Florida

2006            NYU, Jazz Combo, substitute teacher, Arranging


2013 - 2015        Mentor for Immigrant Artists at NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts)

Music Instructor

2002 - current    Private Studio, New York

2002 - 2011        Amadeus Conservatory Of Music, Chappaqua, New York

2006 - 2007        Douglaston School of The Arts, Long Island, New York

2002 - 2003        Long Island School of Music & Art, Albertson, New York

1999 - 2002        Yamaha Music School, Bonn, Germany


Composer, Arranger, Soloist, Producer

Bridges                  2017       Volker Goetze Quintet with Richie Barshay (drums), Membran

Djalia                      2014       Volker Goetze and Ablaye Cissoko, Ma-Case, France

Truth or Fable       2014        Lausanne Chamber Ensemble, Independent Release

Amanke Dionti      2012        Volker Goetze and Ablaye Cissoko, Motema Music Inc., New York

NY 10027               2011        Volker Goetze Orchestra, G*Records, New York

Sira                        2009        Volker Goetze and Ablaye Cissoko, Obliqsound, New York

Arranger, Soloist

Triolog                   2003        Volker Goetze, Nana Vasconcelos, Pablo Arrieta, Reciefe, Brazil

Banda Do Mato     2001        UNIQUE Records, compilations in England, Italy and France


Monk’s Mood                         2013        Steve Lacy, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Schmidtke (1999)

Flashpoint                              2010        David White Jazz Orchestra, New York

NYU Jazz Orchestra              2005        The music of Teo Mocero, Teo Production, New York

Comming Home                     2001        Hermosa, Blue Flame

shakespeare songs               2000        On avon

Hotel The Twilight Waltzes   2000        Tomtone

Men on the moon                   2000        Lax Alex Contrax, Valve Records/Cargo

Live in China                          1999        KAZDA ITM Records

Blues Variations                    1999        Wolfgang Schmidtke Orchestra, West Wind Jazz

Sphärenmusik                        1998        Donatus Haus, Trumpet Ensemble Markus Stockhausen

Best of LJJO                           1997        Jugend Jazz Orchestra NRW, Solofeatures

Filmography and Gallery Exhibitions

GRIOT feature-length documentary, 82 minutes

•    Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada (Sep-Oct 2012)

•    Seminci, Valladolid, Spain (Oct 2012)

•    Warsaw Film Festival, Poland (Oct 2012)

•    Africa in Motion, Edinburgh, United Kingdom (Nov 2012)

•    Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Greece (March 2013)

•    Multikulti, Florence (Nov 2014)

•    Brave Festival, Poland (July 2015)

•    Jazz A Vienne, France (July 2016)

KIMINTANG - Installation video & color prints

•    Pangea, NYFA, New York (2014)

FARO music video, 6 minutes

•    Dumbo Arts Festival (2010)

•    Yosemite Film Festival - John Muir Gold Award (2009)

SONGS OF THE GRIOT short film, 22 minutes

•    Dumbo Arts Festival (2010)

•    Seattle International Film Festival (2010)


•    Marketing purposes distributed on online Portals: Vimeo and YouTube Channel (145,070+ views, monthly average +2000 views)

Press Quotes

“Powerful writing combining jazz, classical and African elements. And if you think you know Lenny Picket from Tower of Power and Saturday Night Live, check him out on ‘Solace’.”  - Jim McNeely

#1 iTunes France - World Music Album

#1 Global Hit of 2012 - Public Radio International

A quiet gem!” - Siddhartha Mitter, Boston Globe (USA)

“Nominated for best traditional song“ - 9th Annual Independent Music Awards (USA)

“#2 Album“ - College Music Journal (CMJ), World Music Chart (USA)

“A breath of fresh air, Ablaye Cissoko and Volker Goetze's Sira provides an oasis of calm in which to pause and rest, to reflect and be tears.“ - All About Jazz (USA)

4 stars! “A real late-night beauty...More than a sum of its parts, a conjoining of talents that brings real magic.” - All Music Guide

“The music on this album is a revelation.” - Songlines (UK)

“A musical dialogue full of mutual listening and shared trust.” - Radio France International (France)

5 stars! “Their effortless conversation, between echoes of tradition and invented vocabulary, both soothes and thrills.” - Mondomix (France)

4 Stars! “Recorded in Senegal as a duet, Sira marks a true meeting of the minds. 10 delicate titles, a hymn to simplicity and to the universality of music. Beautiful.” - Jazzman (France)

“What’s unusual is not so much the combination of instruments, but the way in which these two musicians of clearly different backgrounds have created quite a distinct sound. The album is a wonderful collaboration of cultures and language.” - BBC World on 3 (UK)

“A captivating intercontinental exchange.” - Vibrations (UK)

Performance History

2015      Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris, France)  World Music Panamá (Panama)  Cully Jazz Festival (Switzerland)  Caixa Forum Barcelona (Spain)  Jazz Sous Les Pommiers (Coutance, France)  Chat Noir (Geneva, Switzerland)  New Philharmonic (Paris, France)  Huseca (Spain)  Thessaloniki (Greece)  Toulon (France)  Theatre du Rocher (La Garde, France)  Centre Culturelle René Char (France)  Theatre de la maison du people (Millau, France)  Tribehaus (Insbruck, Austria)  W:Hall Auditorium (Bruxelles, Belgium)  Louvain (Belgium)  Salle Paul Fort (Nantes, France)  Centre Culturelle Pôle Sud (Chartes de Bretagne, France)  L’eclat (Pont Audemer, France)  L’estran (Guidel, France)  Centre Culturel Seyssinet-Pariset (France)  Forum des jenes et de la culture (Berre l’Etang, France)  Dampfschiff (Brugg, Switzerland)  Classical:NEXT (Video Presentation Mandé Symphony, Rotterdam, The Netherlands)  ScheggiAcustica (Rom, Italy)  Hospitalkirche (Schwäbich Hall, Germany)  Sarcelles (France)  Theatre Festival at Idar-Oberstein (Germany)

2014    Paris Jazz Festival (Paris, France)  Caixa Forum Madrid (Spain) Musée de la Castre (Cannes, France)  Jazz Fest Patras (Greece)  Theatre l'Illiade (llkirch, France)  Centre Culturel Gérard Philippe (Calais, France)  Université de Maastricht (Netherlands)  Caixa Forum Zaragoza (Spain)  Le Zèbre de Belleville (Paris, France)  Festival de Jazz au Fil de l Oise (France)  Festival MultiCulti (Florence, Italy)  Ilvesheim (Germany)  Perpignan (France)  Nyon (France)  Neuville en Ferrain (France)  Wambrechies (France)  Courtrai- Kortrijk (Belgium)  Lys Lez Lannoy (France)  Bondues (France)  Mouscron (Belgium)  Saint Vaast la Hougue (France)  Limoge (France)  Carantec - Morlaic (France)  Ile Oleron (France)  Sable d Olonne (France)  Festival Only French au Pan Piper (Paris, France)  Festival des Hauts de Garonne (Bordeaux, France)  Vincennes Espace Sorano (France)  Festival Kulturarte (Corsica, France)  Le Vieux Couvent (Muzillac, France)  Espace Roudour (St Martin des Champs, France)  Riksscenen (Oslo, Norway)  Théâtre de Villeneuve sur Lot (France)  Festival Propulse Le Botanique (Bruxelles, Belgium)  Le Cheval Blanc (Schiltigheim, France)  Théâtre Le Salmanazar (Epernay, France)  Muséum d'Histoires Naturelles de la Rochelle (France)  Espace Prévert (Savigny-Le-Temple, France)  La Ferme du Buisson (Marne la Vallée, France)  Les Midis au Theatre, Theatre de Rungis (France)  Jazz-Time Klub (Prague, Czech Republic)  Espace Culturel (Chabeuil, France)  Salle Nougaro (Toulouse, France)

2013    Festival Jazz à Vienne (France)  Festival Jazz à Oloron (France)  Festival Suoni Mobili (Itlay)  Docks des Suds, Babel Med (Marseille, France)  Cafe de La Danse (Paris, France)  Centre Culturel Jean Gagnant (Limoges, France)  Mairie de Lons (France)  Vancity Theatre (Vancouver, Canada)  The Plaza Theatre (Calgary, Canada)  Broadway Theatre (Saskatoon, Canada)  Theatre Outremont (Montreal, Canada)     Gordon Best Theatre (Peterborough, Canada)  The Chrysalids Theatre (Ontario, Canada)  The Royal (Toronto, Canada)  Rhino Jazz Festival (St Romain en Gal, France)  Cite de la Musique (La cordonnerie, France)  Festival Chainon Manquant - Changé (France)  Festival Les Nuits d'O (Montpellier, France)     Festival Les Arts (Huy, Belgium)  Festival Au Grès du Jazz (Strasbourg, France)  Festival Musique et Patrimoine (Festes, France)  Notre Dame de Lorette (Alan, France)  Dar Cherif, Centre d'Art et Culturem (Djerba, Tunesia)  Zèbre de Belleville (Paris, France)  Théâtre Le Pédiluve, Châtenay-Malabry (Paris, France)  Festival Jazz in Fougères (France) La Peniche Spectacle (Rennes, France)  Le Bijou (Toulouse, France)  Satellit Cafe (Roannes, France)  Maison de L'université (Rouen, France)  Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (Greece)

2012    WDR (West German Radio Station, Mandé Symphony, Cologne, Germany)  Sculpture Garden, Anthony Gregg Foundation (Wuppertal, Germany)  Muziekpublique (Brussels, Belgium)  “Ce Soir au Jamais” France 3 – TV (Paris, France)  Vancouver International Film Festival (Canada)  Seminica (Valladolid, Spain)  Warsaw Film Festival (Poland)  Africa in Motion (Edinburgh, United Kingdom)  International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

2011    World Festival of Sacred Music (Los Angeles, USA)  Opera Festival, Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich, Germany)  Culturehub, Mandé Symphony (New York, USA)  WDR Nacht der Musikkulturen  Culturehub, Telepresence Live Performance in collaboration with SeoulArts (New York, USA)  Drom (New York, USA)  D.C. Jazz Festival (Washington D.C., USA)  Jazz-A-Oloron (France)  Kennedy Center, Washington D.C  WOMEX film screening (Copenhagen, Denmark)  Sceduced by Harps, Folkfestival, (Lommel, Belgium)  The Beehive (Boston, USA)  Jazzhouse (Copenhagen, Denmark)

2010    Dumbo Arts Festival (New York, USA)  Benefit Concert for with Katja Riemann, Stadtgarten (Cologne, Germany)  Penn State Univeristy (USA)  Pittsburgh (USA)  Twins Jazz (Washington D.C. USA)  Jazz Gallery (New York, USA)  Unison Art (New Palz, USA)  Im Ort (Wuppertal, Germany)

2009    World Premier of ‘Truth or Fable’, Chamber Orchestra at Gasteig (Munich, Germany)  Bercy Villlage (Paris)  Philadelphia (USA)  Zanzibar (Santa Monica, USA)  Café Metropol (Los Angels, USA)  San Luis Obispo (KBCX)  Don Quixote (Felton, USA)  Café Culture (Chico, USA)  Ashkenaz (Berkeley, USA)  Cozmic Café (Placerville, USA)  Alliance Français (San Francisco, USA)  Beehive (Boston, USA)  Drom (New York, USA)

1997 - 2008    Center Culturelle Français (Saint-Louis, Senegal)  Just4You (Dakar, Senegal)  Goethe Institute (Dakar, Senegal)  Kennedy Center (Washington D.C., USA)  Im Ort (Wuppertal, Germany)  Satellite Café (Paris, France)  Jazzhouse (Copenhagen, Denmark)  La Meson (Marseille, France)  Loft (Cologne, Germany)  Concerts with Craig Handy (Siegen, Germany)  BMI Competition Concert, Merkin Hall (New York, USA)  Classical Soloist at Saint Joan of Arc Virtuosi (New York, USA)  Trio Recording with Nana Vasconcelos (Recife, Brazil)  Sound Understanding at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall (New York, USA)  WDR Nachtmusik “Präludien Fugen Kommentare - Neues und Altes zu Bach“ (Cologne, Germany)  African European Jazz Orchestra (Saint-Louis, Senegal & Paris, France)  Saint-Louis Jazz Festival opening for Youssou N’Dour  Performances with Peter Kowald, Im Ort (Wuppertal, Germany)  Tour and Live CD with KAZDA (China)  Concerts with Ronnie Burrage, Forum Maximum (Wuppertal, Germany)  Benefit Concert at Deutsche Welle (Cologne, Germany)  Performance with Trumpet Ensemble Markus Stockhausen (Cologne, Germany)  Youth All Star Big Band at the Hessischer Rundfunk with Maria Schneider (Frankfurt, Germany)  Wolfgang Schmidtke Orchestra featuring Steve Lacy and Peter Kowald (Wuppertal, Germany)

Published Works

Contemporary World Music

Dance of the Chameleon 2014

Gal Bi 2014

Nte Dionola 2014

Miliamba 2011

Bamaya 2007

Faro 2007

Manssani Cisse 2007

Contemporary Big Band Works

Solace 2007

Tree 2005

Wunderkind 2004

Inside The Outside World 2006

Snow Crystal 2007

Cissoko’s Kora 2005

La Prier Du Soir A Saint-Louis 2001

The Other Side Of The Odds 2002

African Child 2003

Piano / Trumpet Works

The Other Side Of The Odds 2001

Wunderkind 2001

Silent Thunder 2001

Funky One 1999

Volk’s Song 1999

Passing 1999

Attribute Of The Strong 2000


Wolof Me 2001

African Child 2002

Man With Three Flutes 2015

Devika 2013

Snow Crystal 2007

In Supplication 2015


Natural Strength 2015

Chamber Music

Truth Or Fable 2007

Dance Score

Fete Du Sabar 2015


Kimintang 2014

Songs of the Griot 2010


GRIOT 2012

Songs of the Griot 2009

Music Videos

Faro 2008

Sira (live) 2010

Faro (live) 2010

Haiti (live) 2012

Fete Du Sabar 2015

Devika 2015

Nte Dionola 2015

Multimedia works

Mandé Symphony Extended 2012

Mandé Symphony 2011

Manssani Cisse (projection video) 2010

Faro (projection video) 2009

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