ECM RecordsECM Records

Pasinger Str. 94
Gräfelfing, 82166
Germany
212-333-1432
[email protected]

Near

New York City Munich

The independent record label ECM – Edition of Contemporary Music – was founded by producer Manfred Eicher in Munich in 1969, and to date has issued more than 1500 albums spanning many idioms. Emphasising improvisation from the outset, ECM established its reputation with standard-setting recordings by Keith Jarrett, Paul Bley, Jan Garbarek, Chick Corea, Gary Burton, the Art Ensemble of Chicago and many more and began to include contemporary composition – including Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians and Meredith Monk Dolmen Music – in its programme in the late 1970s and early 80s.

To introduce Arvo Pärt’s Tabula Rasa a sister label, ECM New Series, was launched in 1984. The New Series has since become a broad platform for a spectrum of composed music from the pre-baroque era to the present day. The label continues to issue premiere recordings of Pärt’s works, and a number of these reappear in Manfred Eicher’s Pärt-sequence Musica Selecta, issued on the composer’s 80th birthday on September 11, 2015. Other contemporary composers regularly featured in the New Series include György Kurtág, Valentin Silvestrov, Tigran Mansurian, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Heinz Holliger, Heiner Goebbels, Alexander Knaifel, Helena Tulve and Giya Kancheli, whose newest album Chiaroscuro (released October 2015) brings together violinists Gidon Kremer and Patricia Kopatchinskaja for the first time, to powerful effect.

read more

Year established: 1969

Page views: 66,951

John Scofield

John Scofield
published: May 30, 2022

John Scofield

John Scofield
published: May 29, 2022

Isabela

Oded Tzur
published: May 25, 2022

Isabela

Oded Tzur
published: May 18, 2022

Opening

Tord Gustavsen Trio
published: May 11, 2022

Opening

Tord Gustavsen Trio
published: April 27, 2022

Coda - Orchestra Suites

Michael Mantler
published: March 14, 2022

Once Upon A Time - Live in Avignon

Eberhard Weber
published: February 10, 2022

Vermillion

Kit Downes, Petter Eldh, James Maddren
published: February 07, 2022

When We Leave

Mathias Eick
published: January 10, 2022

View All ECM Records Reviews

Links

Awards

Add Album

Recent Releases

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.