Jürgen Kupke clarinet; Volker Schlott alto sax; Benjamin Weidekamp clarinet, alto sax; Vladimir Karparov tenor sax; Daniel Erdmann tenor sax; Michael Thieke clarinet, alto clarinet; Heiner Reinhardt bass clarinet, Gebhard Ullmann bass clarinet; Joachim Litty bass clarinet; Hinrich Beermann baritone sax; Hans Hassler accordion
Tá Lam (99 Records 1993)
Moritat (99 Records 1994)
The Vancouver Concert (Leo Records 2000)
Mingus ! (Jazzwerkstatt 2011)
The Tá Lam project is a worldwide unique ensemble of 10 woodwinds from Berlin plus the the Swiss accordion icon Hans Hassler. The 'rhythm section' of this band are 4 bass clarinetists. The CD 'Mingus !' received 5 stars in Downbeat from editor John Ephland.
1991 Recording of the first CD 'Tá Lam' by Gebhard Ullmann overdubbing up to 16 woodwinds. With Hans Hassler on accordion as the featured guest musician. Invitation of 'Tá Lam 6' to the Jazzfest Berlin by George Gruntz.
1992 first concerts in Berlin with 'Tá lam 8' – one of the first East/West ensembles after the fall of the Berlin wall.
1993 CD release on 99 Records, Berlin. The CD made several best-of-the-year lists throughout Germany.
1994 Recording and release of the second CD entitled 'Moritat' on 99 Records.
1995 Dr. Ulrich Ohlshuasen calls the CD 'Moritat' in the prestigious newspaper FAZ 'a masterpiece’. The CD was on the best-CDs-of-the-year-list of the German Phono Academy.
1996 Concerts at the festivals in Kempten, the New Jazz Festival in Moers, the Jazzfestival in Mulhouse, at Musik im Museum in Frankfurt and more all over Germany.
1998 'Tá Lam 8' becomes 'Tá Lam Zehn'. Festival appearance in Burghausen, there after hearing the band Albert Mangelsdorff invited the new Tá Lam project to perform at the Jazzfest in Berlin a second time. In the chamber music hall of the Beethoven House in Bonn. Festival Jazz Ost/West in Nürnberg. Invitatiopn to the Texaco Jazz Festival in New York City. Feature in the national German TV (ZDF Aspekte). More concerts at the Empty Bottle in Chicago, the European Music Festival in San Francisco, in Berkeley and the Jazzfestivals Vancouver, Saskatoon, Toronto and Washington D.C.Release of the sampler 'Tá Lam' on the Canadian label Songlines. Concert at the Jazz Festival Berlin on the main stage.
1999 Invitation to the Graz Meeting (Austria).
2000 CD release of 'Vancouver Concert' recorded live at the Vancouver Jazz Festival (Leo Records). This time best-of-the-year lists all over Europe and North America.
2005 New line-up of 'Tá Lam Zehn'. Concerts in Berlin, at the Palmengarten Festival in Frankfurt and at the Festival Jazz Em Agosto in Lisbon.
2008 'Ta Lam 11' Premiere of the new line-up.
2009/2010 Concerts in Germany. Finetuning of the new Mingus program
2011 Release of 'Mingus !' (Jazzwerkstatt) and concerts all over Germany.