Pianist Kenny Werner is known as one of jazz music's most inventive musicians. As pianist and composer in the bands of Charles Mingus and Mel Lewis, in the seventies and eighties he earned himself an important position on the New York jazz scene. Werner originally studied at the Manhattan School of Music and moved on to the famous Berklee School of Music in Boston in 1970. For many years he played with the much-praised trio comprising bassist Ratzo Harris and drummer Tom Rainey. Today, his trio is made up of bassist Johannes Weidenmuller and drummer Ari Hoenig. In addition, he regularly performs with his good friend Toots Thielemans. With the Lawn Chair Society, which you can hear on the album and at the festival, and which consists of top-class musicians (saxophonist David Sanchez, trumpeter Randy Brecker, bassist Scott Colley and drummer Brian Blade) Werner tackles one of the greatest challenges of his career: producing a special fusion of acoustic and electronic and mainstream and experimental music.