“… and if you close your eyes,
a river fills you from within,
flows forward, darkens you:
night brings its wetness to beaches in your soul.”

From ‘Water Night’ by Octavio Paz

“For me, these special moments when we close our eyes and look inwards are intense experiences. Between sleep and wakefulness, such impressions inspired me to translate images from daydreams into music. Jazz and Funk, Arabic and Central Asian sounds and grooves, and above all, improvisation – these are my musical language.
Thank you to the wonderful musicians who have brought these compositions to life!”

Rolf Zielke, February 2021

“‘Beaches in Your Soul’ is an album that is both great fun and full of depth as it conveys an incredible, life-affirming energy. Rolf Zielke describes his music as “daydreams and visions of the future that become sounds.” There is no doubt that this album is an impressive demonstration of his outstanding abilities as a composer, arranger and pianist, as well as his important role in European jazz.”

Matthias Wegner, music journalist, November 2020


All titles composed, arranged and produced by Rolf Zielke. except „Enta Omri – You Are My Life“ – traditional arabic song, arranged by Rolf Zielke

Rolf Zielke – piano, clavichord, rhodes, keys, whistle
Benny Brown – trumpet, flugelhorn
Stephan Abel – saxophone, clarinet, alto flute
Stephan Braun – 5-string cello
Mohannad Nasser – oud
Mustafa Boztüy – darbuka, bendir, udu
Rainer Winch – drums
Friedhelm May – timpani

recorded, mixed & edited by Volker Greve at Greve Studios and Rolf Zielke
additional clavichord recordings at tonus arcus, Dietrich Petzold
mastered by Hans-Jörg Mauksch at Pauler Acoustics

special thanks to all the musicians involved and to Irène Zandel, to Volker Greve & studio team, to Mia Eger, to Doris & Markus Hedemann and to Kathrin, Ida, Greta, Felipa !