Hajo Hoffmann has an infallible feeling for what is special. His new CD "Los-gelassen" (Let Go) is the best proof of this. With ten titles, including numerous compositions of his own, he goes to the very limits of his comprehensive crossover concept with his concert ukulele.
Classical, jazz and world music come together to form a mixture well worth listening to, combining his instrument, percussion and recordings with his Dr. Loop.
Hajo Hoffmann makes no compromises in his innovations. The "Chaconne" by Johann Sebastian Bach, a multi-layered masterwork, is interpreted by Hajo Hoffmann in a virtuoso manner. In "Vamos em frente", the opener, things really take off with dynamic riffs. "Lovis - Love Is", is dedicated to his little daughter Lovis. This piece enchants listeners with its sensitive harmonies and gentle tones – it is a love song, after all.
German folksongs in a new guise: "Alle Vögel sind schon da" appears in jazzy, festive dress. Hajo Hoffmann's interpretation is full of joy and artistry. And in the fast passages, one can almost see the man with the ukulele, laughing. That's how present Hajo Hoffmann is on all the pieces of "Los-gelassen" – sometimes in action, at other times at rest.
He has enjoyed a long friendship with the guitarist Wolfgang Stute. The virtuoso playing of the guitarist from Hanover complements Hoffmann's artistry on "Zebra".
With "Los-gelassen", Hajo Hoffmann has expanded the sound world of the ukulele. He subtly intensifies the musical element that both gets under one's skin and frees the mind for new sound worlds.