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Gebhard Ullmann

Although he may be German by descent and residence, multireedist Gebhard Ullmann is a man of the world. In the ’90s, Ullmann enjoyed a split residency between Brooklyn and Berlin. But because European bookings and New York rent increased, Ullmann now lives in Berlin full time-but don’t expect him there too much: he spends as much time on the road as at home.

“Traveling for me is very important,” says Ullmann, 44, who has performed in Africa, the Middle East, Australia, Southeast Asia, Mexico, Indonesia, Europe and North America. Ullmann is often put on tour by the German cultural society the Goethe-Institut to spread German music. “They send out jazz musicians because jazz musicians are able to play with local musicians on an improvisational basis,” says Ullmann. “I always pick up idioms of the folk music [in the places I travel]-and I try and translate it to my own language.”

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