Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Muller, Henriette, saxophonist and composer; b. Ulm/Donau, Southern Germany, 5 January 1961. Her father is Hans-Gunter Muller (born 1931), her mother is Hilde Muller, nee Mildenberger, (born 1937), her brothers are Sebastian (1963) and Jonas (1973), and her sisters are Annegret (1964) and Juliane (1968).
Henriette studied recorder from age 7, classical piano from age 10 and violin from age 13, saxophone from age 19; also sang in different choirs. Regular performances in orchestras and choirs while at school in Southern Germany and Danville, California (1977/78). Abitur 1979, followed by first ethnological, then medical studies in Mainz, Berlin, Zambia and Zimbabwe; graduation and full license as physician in 1987 (later also ECFMG certification). Worked as physician in Wales and England for one year (1987/1988) before deciding on a musical career. Studied saxophone with Christof Griese and Mack Goldsbury before moving to New York City in 1992 to study at Manhattan School of Music. Won scholarship from the Berlin Senate for Cultural Affairs for the first year. Studied jazz saxophone with Bob Mintzer and Dick Oatts and composition (jazz and classical) with Rich de Rosa and Ludmila Ulehla, among others. Graduated with Masters of Music in 1994.Studied musicology from 2001 to 2003 (esp. 20th century music) with Hartmut Fladt in Berlin. She ran her own band in New York (with Jeff Brillinger, Peter Herbert, Ben Allison, Rez Abassi and others) and performed her own music in clubs like the Five Spot and the Knitting Factory. In May 1996 she was featured in the World Beat Series at the Guggenheim Museum in four concerts with Jim Black and Tony Scherr during the show "Abstraction in the 20th Century." In Europe Henriette has toured with, among others, John Tchicai (Aarhus International Jazz Festival 1991), with drummer Ed Ware (1994) and in different trios with Ray Kaczynski, Bill Elgart, Carlos Bica, with Czech guitarrist/singer Dagmar Andrtova at St. Rochus Church in Prague in July 1997 and in September 1998, with the Hanns Eisler Chor, the Tubinger
Kammerchor and with Johannes Bockholt and Simon Pauli who are her present musical partners. For the last few years the focus of her work has shifted to composing (so far chamber music for different instruments, voice and piano, choir music, works for large jazz orchestra) and her style has moved from "modern" jazz to comtemporary classical with elements from jazz and world music. In fact, she has been developing a unique style of her own beyond categories such as "contemporary classical", "new music" "world music" or "jazz" and continues to perform the works many times herself. In addition, other musicians have started to perform her compositions some of which have been published by F. Noetzel Verlag.
Memories Of A Swan Song (1996); Silberne Lachtranen (2002); sampler: New Spirits In Jazz Part 2 (1996)
Jay Jay Be Ce: How Rook (1999); Surpreisler: Hanns Eisler Chor Berlin (2000)
Radio and television broadcasts:
With John Tchicai at Aarhus International Festival in 1991 by Danish television and radio
SFB, Berlin: Recording of Henriette Muller Trio in November 2000
Radio Bremen: Live Recording in Bremen at a Festival in January 2002
Henriette Muller: Three Dances, Meerfrieden, Snake Dance for Soprano
Saxophone and Bass, published by Florian Noetzel "Ars Musica" 2002 (ISMN M-2019-7491-0)
Henriette Muller: "Im Antlitz Des Todes" for mixed choir a cappella, text by May Ayim, published by Florian Noetzel "Ars Musica" 2002 (ISMN M-2019-7494-1)
Numerous CD and concert reviews and articles in music journals in Germany and the US (Option), in newspapers and online (see website for some of them).
In addition features and interviews for example in Jazzthetik 08/02, Jazzpodium 6/96 and 10/2002, Sudwestpresse 22.2.03, online interview in German:
Radio interviews for example on WZRC AM 1480 (1996), Radio Brandenburg, RadioKultur, Deutschlandradio, SFB, Jazzradio Berlin (in English, downloadable [if it works] on their website http://www.jazzradio.de, click jazz city, then local talents), Radio Okerwelle (feature 20.10.02) etc.