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John Wolf Brennan
John (* 1954 in Dublin/Ireland) descend from a musical family. At age 7, his family moved from Ireland to Switzerland. He started piano lessons at age 10. Musicians such as the Beatles, Cream, Miles Davis, Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix attracted his interest, and consequently, he began playing the bass guitar in rock groups. From 1975 till 1979, John studied various subjects, among those musicology. He continued studying piano. Improvisation and jazz workshops were of great interest to John. He visited also composition workshops held by Ennio Morricone and Edison Denissow.
In the 1970's, John discovered his interest for jazz. In 1977, he founded together with Peter Schärli the free-jazz group Freemprovisations. International attention aroused in the 1990's when he played together with Urs Leimgruber. Later, Norma Winstone joined the duo.
Besides his working as a jazz pianist and organist, John composes and teaches.
contact: johnwolf@brennan.ch
homepage: www.brennan.ch
on tour Click on the logo to see John's tour dates.


Organic Voices
Leo Lab CD003
recorded 1990-1994 in different churches in Switzerland and Germany
Gabriele Hasler, voice
John Wolf Brennan, church organ
Peter Schärli, trumpet, flugelhorn
Christian Muthspiel, trombone
Leo LR292
recorded March and May 1999 at Pfarrkirche in Weggis/Switzerland
Hans Kennel, trumpet, alphorn
John Wolf Brennan, church organ
Marc Unternährer, tuba
Creative Works Records CW 1043
recorded September 2001 at the KKL in Luzern/Switzerland
Hans Kennel, trumpet, alphorn, büchel
Marc Unternährer, tuba
John Wolf Brennan, organ

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