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KARL Jannuska

photo : Julie Wolsztynski

photo : Julie Wolsztynski

10 things to know about

karl jannuska :


1) Karl’s 6th album “On The Brighter Side” featuring Cynthia Abraham was released November 22, 2018 and is available here: STREAM or BUY

2) Born and raised in the province of Manitoba, Canada, Karl has since lived in Montreal, New Orleans, Brooklyn and has been based in Paris, France for the past eighteen years.

3) He started drumming on pots and pans when he was five years old and got his first drum set at the age of seven simultaneously taking rudimental snare drum lessons and playing along to ZZ Top cassettes.

4) Karl’s drumming can be heard on over a hundred recordings. He has recorded / performed with musicians including Lee Konitz, Brad Mehldau, Lionel Loueke, Kurt Rosenwinkel and performs regularly with roughly a dozen bands including Pierre de Bethmann, Matthis Pascaud, Meta, Olivier Bogé and Toine Thys.

5) Prior to “On The Brighter Side”, Karl has made five other recordings - all of which are entirely comprised of his own original music: Liberating Vines, Thinking in Colours (both instrumental) and Streaming, The Halfway Tree and Midseason feature the Canadian singer Sienna Dahlen.

6) He co-leads the band The Watershed with Christophe Panzani, Pierre Perchaud and Tony Paeleman. Together they make adventurous, improvised music and run a label called Shed Music.

7) He has a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance from McGill University in Montreal.

8) Karl is a die-hard Detroit Tigers baseball fan. His song Midseason Rise is about their 2012 World Series run. 

9) He has won several awards for his music including an Opus award for his debut recording and an Etoiles Galaxie Prize at the Montreal Jazz Festival for best composition. Karl has been a runner-up two times at the International Songwriting Competition.   

10) Karl’s homemade granola is out of this world !

plus d'infos (en français) : Wikipedia

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“TT - envoûtant cheminement entre pop cosmique et jazz sous hypnose”

Télérama (On The Brighter Side)

“(Karl) a dépassé les frontières esthétiques… du bonheur, du soleil, une cure de bien-être”

Froggy’s Delight (On The Brighter Side)

“univers personnel… onirisme des grands espaces et de la profondeur intérieure… équilibre des formes et harmonie”

Culture Jazz (On The Brighter Side)

“pop éclairée… jazz lumineux”

Jazz Around (On The Brighter Side)


"(ses compositions sont) le fruit d'une imagination personnelle (elles) élaborent un microcosme à la féerie euphorisante dont le groove aussi massif qu'inventif...forme la puissante charpente."

Les Inrocks (Midseason)



Paris Capitale (Midseason)


"bulles poétiques aux rythmes changeants et entêtants... 

Musique Buissonnières (Midseason)


"Une pop étrange et planante… sa drôle de façon de taper les rythmes pop lui donnent une originalité flagrante."

Chroniques de Monsieur L'Ouie (Midseason)


"Chansons délicates aux ambiances éthérées et aux arrangements sophistiqués" 

Nouvelle Vague (Midseason)


"Une musique étrangement familière, aux accents de pop et de jazz intelligemment métissés" 

Dernières Nouvelles du Jazz (The Halfway Tree)


"Batteur incontournable…compositeur inspiré…disque poétique" 

Les Echos (The Halfway Tree)


"un disque atypique dont la musique vibre comme le frisson d'un peuplier caressé par une brise plus violente qu'il n'y paraît"

France Inter "Encore un Matin" (The Halfway Tree)


"Pas complètement jazz, mais avec les instruments du genre, pas complètement pop, mais avec une chanteuse qui en a le phrasé, la musique de Jannuska… n'a pas vraiment d'équivalent. Belle et subtile"

Le Monde (Streaming)


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On The Brighter Side

Music and lyrics by Karl Jannuska featuring Cynthia Abraham

Hypnotic drum grooves create a foundation for ethereal melodies that are simultaneously familiar and foreign. Acoustic and digital sounds weave together forming melancholic major chords while the lyrics orbit around the theme of happiness and the eternal search for a life on the brighter side.

Released Nov 22, 2018 on the Shed Music label

Mixed & mastered by Tony Paeleman

Cover design inspired by a traditional First Nations Star Blanket.

To listen, purchase, see lyrics and check out previous releases, go here : BANDCAMP

upcoming COncerts


2 : Olivier Bogé @ La Gare

3 - 5 : Matthis Pascaud “Square One” Residence, Angoulême

6 : Matthis Pascaud “Square One” @ La Nef, Angoulême

9 : Olivier Bogé @ La Gare

13 : CMDL masterclass

14 : On The Brighter Side private concert @ Ambassade du Canada, Paris

15 : On The Brighter Side @ Café des Saveurs, Vanves (12h-14h)

15 :  “On The Brighter Side” CD Release @ Sunset, Paris

16 : Olivier Bogé @ La Gare

17 : Franck Amsallem @ Soirée TSF Salle Pleyel, Paris

18 : Olivier Bogé @ Radio France “10 ans de Open Jazz”

23 : Olivier Bogé @ La Gare


7 - 10 : Matthis Pascaud recording @ Studio des Bruères

11 : Matthis Pascaud @ Argentor (Angoulême)

26 : Sofie Sorman @ Nubia


1 : Matthis Pascaud @ Theatre Gémeaux, Sceaux

7 : Toine Thys showcase, Brussels

7 : Matthis Pascaud @ 3 Baudets, Paris

9 : Toine Thys @ Edinburgh, Scotland

10 : Matthis Pascaud @ Clichy Jazz Festival

15 : Pierre de Bethmann CD Release @ Studio de L’Ermitage

22 : Toine Thys @ Centre Wallonie - Bruxelles, Paris

23 : Toine Thys @ Bozar, Brussels

24 : Toine Thys @ L’An Vert, Liège

25 : Toine Thys @ Brussels conservatory workshop

26 : Toine Thys @ Salon de Jazz, Cologne

27 : Toine Thys @ Paradox, Tilburg

28 : Toine Thys @ Rataplan, Antwerp 

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