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The prolific composer and vibraphonist Pascal Schumacher, whose influences are eclectic and far reaching (from Johann Sebastian Bach to Arvo Pärt and American minimalism) is currently composing a new piece for vibraphone, chamber orchestra and electronica. The commission, entitled Rosace.8 will be performed by Pascal Schumacher in person on the 30th January 2019 at the Philharmonic Hall of Luxembourg where he will be accompanied by the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra.

Schumacher has been affected by a whole generation of musicians such as Max Richter, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jóhann Jóhannson or Jimmy Greenwood, who have all dared to play mixologist with musical genres. According to Schumacher, these artists have breathed new life into Classical Music by way of subtle association with more modern styles. 

Following the euphoric ‘Windfall Concerto’ for vibraphone and orchestra premiered in 2015, this new opus consists of eight movements, again distancing itself from the standard classical concerto in three movements that features a Supersoloist. Pascal Schumacher is aiming for a more organic and resolutely contemporary configuration in Rosace.8 where the vibraphonist is band leading the orchestra. 



Le prolifique compositeur et vibraphoniste Pascal Schumacher aux influences multiples et hétéroclites (allant de Jean-Sébastien Bach à Arvo Pärt, Brian Eno ou des minimalistes américains) compose en ce moment une nouvelle pièce pour vibraphone, orchestre de chambre et électroniques. Cette œuvre, intitulée Rosace.8, sera présentée le 30 janvier 2019 à la Philharmonie de Luxembourg par Pascal Schumacher en personne, accompagné de l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg. 

Pascal Schumacher a été marqué par une génération de musiciens tels que Max Richter, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jóhann Jóhannson ou encore de Jimmy Greenwood, qui ont ceci en commun d’avoir osé mêler les genres. Selon Pascal Schumacher, ces artistes ont donné un nouveau souffle à la musique classique en l’associant de manière subtile à des styles plus modernes.

Après son euphorique “Windfall Concerto” pour vibraphone et orchestre en 2015, le nouvel opus que Pascal Schumacher s’apprête à sortir sera en huit mouvements, s’éloignant ainsi de la forme classique du concerto en 3 mouvements (avec la place du soliste comme supersoliste). Pascal Schumacher vise ici une configuration plus organique et résolument plus contemporain du concerto où le vibraphoniste prend la place de bandleader devant l’orchestre.

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Pascal Schumacher, 1979

Pascal studied classical percussion, jazz vibraphone and musicology at music conservatories in Luxembourg, Strasbourg, Brussels and The Hague. He holds a Master’s degree in musicology from the Marc Bloch University in Strasbourg, and another in music with a focus on jazz vibraphone from the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague. He has won many awards, including the Belgian Django d’Or (2005), Music:LX (2012), ECHO Jazz (2012), JTI Trier Jazz (2014), was selected for the Rising Stars program organized by the European Concert Hall Organization (2009 / 10) and appeared as the first soloist in ECHO Klassik 2017 awarded project "Ueberbach".

When he‘s not making music, Pascal likes listening to Charles Mingus, Nico Muhly, Brian Eno and J.S. Bach. He is passionate about cycling and running, and is also a big fan of ramen, the popular Japanese noodle soup. Pascal is a Yamaha Artist and lives in Luxembourg. 

Since 2017 he is the curator of the innovative 'Reset' Music Festival at Abbaye Neumünster in Luxembourg.


Pascal Schumacher, 1979

Pascal Schumacher studierte Schlagzeug, Vibrafon und Musikwissenschaften an den Universitäten Luxemburg, Straßburg, Brüssel und Den Haag. Er schloss sein Studium mit einem Master in Musikwissenschaften an der Straßburger Marc-Bloch-Universität sowie einem Master in Jazz-Vibrafon am Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag ab. Pascal ist vielfach ausgezeichnet worden, unter anderem mit dem belgischen Django d’Or (2005), Music:LX (2012), ECHO Jazz (2012), JTI Trier Jazz (2014), wurde 2009 / 2010 für das Rising-Stars-Programm der European Concert Hall Organization ausgewählt und war erster Soloist beim Echo Klassik 2017 ausgezeichnetem Projekt "Ueberbach".

Wenn er selbst keine Musik macht, hört er gern Charles Mingus, Nico Muhly, Brian Eno and J.S. Bach. Pascal ist außerdem leidenschaftlicher Läufer und Radfahrer sowie großer Fan der japanischen Nudelsuppe Ramen. Pascal ist Yamaha-Künstler und lebt in Luxemburg.

Seit 2017 kuratiert er das innovative 'Reset' Music Festival der Abtei Neumünster in Luxemburg Stadt.




Pascal Schumacher:

Left Tokyo Right, Laborie Jazz (2015)

Drops & Points, Modulating Music (2017)

Drops & Points Re-Works, Modulating Music (2018)



Afrodiziak, MPS Records – Edel (2015)


Pascal Schumacher / WDR Rundfunkorchester / Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung / Transit Film:

The Woman One Longs For starring Marlene Dietrich; silent movie (1929 / 2012, DVD)


Pascal Schumacher Quartet:

Bang My Can, Enja Records (2011)

Here We Gong, Enja Records (2009)

Silbergrau, Igloo Records (2007)

Personal Legend, Igloo Records (2006)

Change of the Moon, Igloo Records (2004)


Pascal Schumacher / Jef Neve Duo:

Face to Face, Enja Records (2010)


Commissioned Compositions / Auftragskompositionen:

Windfall Concerto for Vibraphone and Orchestra (2015)

CTRL Variations, chamber music / multimedia production (2008)


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Rosace.8 by Pascal Schumacher

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Track: Rosace.8 - Ouverture extract (MIDI sound)