Born and raised in Hamburg, Germany, Johannes Haage started playing music on violin from age 5, but switched to guitar about eight years later. As a high-school exchange student in Portland, Oregon he started playing jazz regularly and continued to do so back home. He started his college education at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, but soon transferred to Berlin to successfully finish his studies. Over the years his travels playing and studying music took him to places like the Center of the Arts in Banff, Canada, and New York City where he had the chance to play and deepen his studies with Bill Frisell, Brad Shepik, Ben Monder, Mark Turner, Dave Douglas, Drew Gress, Ralph Alessi, and many others. In Berlin he has been a very active member of the vital young jazz and improvised music scene since moving there in 2002, playing with many different musicians like Ben Kraef, Tobias Backhaus, Phil Donkin, Heinrich Koebberling, Philipp Gropper, Richard Koch, Oli Steidle, Simon Bauer, Brendan Dougherty, and many more. Besides the many loose collaborations and gigs as sideman he has been leading his own groups such as Johannes Haage's P.O.5, the Slowtrio, and the Johannes Haage Trio (with Andreas Lang on bass and Sebastian Merk on drums), which released an Album in 2010 featuring their original cover versions of songs that Marlene Dietrich was known for. Currently his main band is the Trio DRIFT with Drummer Joe Smith and Matthias Pichler on Bass - to date they have several LP albums out on shoebill music, an independent vinyl/digital record label directed by Haage. Parallel to playing, Johannes Haage remains a dedicated scholar and educator, teaching privately as well as at various universities, while pursuing a PhD in musicology/music theory at the HfMT Hamburg. VOICE MOTION is his first book. Visit him at johanneshaage.com for current info.