Jonas Herpichböhm‘s OHROPACK

“When Modern Jazz and Avantgarde encounter each other with a touch of humor, you can be assured of pleasurable entertainment.“ (Augsburger  Allgemeine)

Pictures: Arthur Bauer

There’s a breath of fresh air coming out of Mannheim and it’s pervading the whole world. The reason: a dream band is now on the scene there – OHROPACK with its bandleader Jonas Herpichboehm. Winner of the JazzPrix Newcomer Contest, the group went on a 4-week tour in 2011 throughout Germany. The atmosphere everywhere was outstanding – whether within the band or the audiences. Fact is, it was clear – right from the very start – that these young musicians are taking things seriously without taking themselves all too seriously. As a result, this young sextet proves that people can be made to laugh with Hardbop, brought to tears with Calypso and, with a 15-8 beat, can be made to groove.

They are now going on tour with their second album ”All In“.  This album – like their debut album “Lebensweisheiten” - is once again a thematic album. It tells - in episodes similar to a radio play - of the notoriously famous card game which – somewhere between a game of chance and behaviour analysis - has made its way from the saloons of the Wild West to becoming the most popular game online. The focus of the Ohropack card playing rage is certain opening hands which are initially held in the hand; there are two cards which are typical of the poker version Texas Hold’em: among others, the dream combinations of AA, KK, QQ, but also the risky, yet interesting combinations of 7-2 and 2-2. Each of these combinations follows a certain playing procedure - a strategy which Ohropack sets to music.

Since 2011 the “Pack” has given over 60 concerts and performed at renowned jazz festivals such as the Czech Bohemia Jazz Festival in Prachatice, the Blue Note Festival in Straubing, the 32nd Jazz Weekend in Regensburg and the Augsburg Jazz Summer.

The Musicians:


Niko Seibold

Altsaxophon, Sopransaxophon, Flute

Basel, CH

Janis Hug

Trumpet, Flugelhorn


Konrad Hinsken

Piano, Rhodes


Konrad Herbolzheimer



Tilman Herpichböhm

Drums, Sounds


Jonas Herpichböhm

Percussion, Composition