born on nov. 2, 1957 in bad godesberg, germany, saxophonist (tenor and soprano), bass clarinetist, bass flutist and composer gebhard ullmann studied in hamburg and moved to berlin in 1983.
since then he has recorded about 40 cds as a leader/co-leader for prestigious labels such as blacksaint/soul note (italy), leo records (uk), between the lines (germany), 482 music (usa), songlines recordings (canada), cimp (usa), nottwo records (poland), jazzwerkstatt (germany), clean feed (portugal) and others.
he is considered one of the leading personalities in today's berlin and international scenes and has received several awards for his work including the julius hemphill composition award ('99), the deutsche phonoakademie award ('83), one of the first swf jazz awards ('87) and the nomination "best jazz cd of the year" by the german schallplattenkritik for his cd "tá lam" in 1995. his cds "final answer" (2002) "the bigband project (2004) and "new basement research" (2008) were listed in downbeat magazine among the best cds of those years. in 2005 the downbeat critics poll listed him for the first time in the category rising star and since then several times.
since 1993 ullmann is a recording artist for soul note and has been living in new york and berlin since. he has toured with his music throughout europe as well as africa, canada, new zealand, the usa, south east asia and mexico and performed on most of the world's most prestigious jazz festivals.
ullmann's working bands are: his working band basement research (with steve swell, julian arguelles, john hebert, gerald cleaver), the eleven-piece woodwind / accordion project tá lam, the cooperative band conference call (with michael jefry stevens, joe fonda and george schuller), the clarinet trio (with juergen kupke and michael thieke) the piano trio ullmann/lande/dahlgren (with art lande and chris dahlgren), the ullmann/swell 4 (with steve swell, hill greene and barry altschul), bassX3 (with peter herbert and chris dahlgren) and the berlin quartet e und u mann (with daniel erdmann, johannes fink and christian lillinger). he recently started a solo program (woodwinds and electronics) and a duo program with singer almut kühne.
he is also a member of george schuller's 'schulldogs', the 'guenter lenz springtime', 'hannes zerbe's heiner mueller project', joe fonda's 'bottom out' and the 'scott dubois quartet' and chris dahlgren's 'lexicon'. he works with spoken word artist sadiq bey in the nu jazz project 'schwartzegeist / the sun ra project' with poems of the great sun ra and appeared in several programs with the actor 'otto sander'.
ullmann recorded or performed with paul bley, andy emler, han bennink, satoko fujii, william parker, barry altschul, herb robertson, marvin 'smitty' smith, laurent cugny, ellery eskelin, bob moses, keith tippett, frank gratkowski, sergeij starostin, tiger okoshi, bobby previte, ernst ludwig petrowsky, glen moore, trilok gurtu, ab baars, andreas willers, kevin norton, lauren newton, andrew cyrille, sylvie courvoisier, steve swell, steve argueelles, frank moebus, lee konitz, alexander v. schlippenbach, benoit achiary, hans hassler, willem breuker, tom rainey, carlos bica, enrico rava, michael riessler, rita marcotulli, michael moore, bob stewart, dieter glawischnig, tony malaby, drew gress, michael rabinowitz, matt wilson, ivo papasov, the ensemble "percussion de guinee", the european radioorchestra and many musicians from the great berlin scene as well as many others.