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Volker Goetze is a German-born, New York-based trumpeter, composer, and filmmaker. He has performed and presented his work at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Paris Jazz Festival, Caixa Forum Madrid, WDR Cologne, Gasteig Munich, Jazz-A-Vienne, World Festival of Sacred Music (Los Angeles) and the Opera Festival in Munich. His work fuels cross-cultural dialog, incorporates multiple disciplines and utilizes cutting edge technology. His recent compositions derive from folklore music, rock, jazz, contemporary music, classical as well as baroque music. In the recent years he has been investigating the oral culture and storytelling of West Africa and its influences on Jazz and Black Culture in America. GRIOT, a feature documentary about the oral music tradition in West Africa, is Volker Goetze's debut as a film director and has since developed into a multimedia performance symphony documentary. GRIOT opened theatrically throughout Canada and further releases are scheduled in the US and Europe for Spring 2015.