Mareike Wiening, percussionist and composer, spent six years in Brooklyn, New York, where she cultivated her musical career. Since 2019, she has been commuting between the United States and Cologne, Germany, while actively participating in the international jazz scene.

Her career as an independent jazz musician encompasses a diverse array of projects and ensembles in New York and Europe. Since 2022, she has been serving as a lecturer in jazz percussion at the Zurich University of the Arts.

The Mareike Wiening Quintet, featuring longstanding musical partners Rich Perry, Glenn Zaleski, Alex Goodman, and Johannes Felscher, was nominated for the 2022 German Jazz Award. In November 2023, their third album, Reveal, is set to release on the renowned New York label of Dave Douglas, Greenleaf Music.

Concert tours have taken her across Germany, Denmark, France, Switzerland, Slovenia, Norway, Lithuania, Brazil, and the United States. Mareike Wiening has graced prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Blue Note NYC, Jazzgallery NY, Jazzclub Unterfahrt, A-trane Berlin, the New York Winter Jazz Festival, the Atlanta Jazz Festival, and the Elbjazz Hamburg. She has also contributed to musical and theatrical productions in Europe and Off-Broadway shows in New York City. In 2023, she made an appearance in the documentary “Jazz Fever,” which was screened in theaters throughout Germany.

Mareike Wiening has collaborated with renowned musicians such as John Zorn, Stefon Harris, Dan Tepfer, Dayna Stephens, Fabian Almazan, Johannes Enders, Adrian Mears, Ben Wendel, and many others. Her exceptional performances have earned her accolades, and she serves as a MEINL endorser for Cymbals and Sticks.


Mareike Wiening, Schlagzeugerin und Komponistin, verbrachte sechs Jahre in Brooklyn, New York, wo sie ihre musikalische Laufbahn ausbaute. Seit 2019 pendelt sie zwischen den USA und Köln, wobei sie aktiv in der internationalen Jazzszene tätig ist.

Ihre Karriere als freischaffende Jazzmusikerin umfasst eine breite Palette von Projekten und Ensembles in New York und Europa. Seit 2022 lehrt sie als Dozentin für Jazz-Schlagzeug an der Zürcher Hochschule der Künste.

Das Mareike Wiening Quintett, bestehend aus den langjährigen musikalischen Partnern Rich Perry, Glenn Zaleski, Alex Goodman und Johannes Felscher, wurde 2022 für den Deutschen Jazzpreis nominiert. Im November 2023 wird ihr drittes Album Reveal auf dem renommierten New Yorker Label von Dave Douglas, Greenleaf Music, veröffentlicht.

Konzertreisen führten sie durch Deutschland, Dänemark, Frankreich, die Schweiz, Slowenien, Norwegen, Litauen, Brasilien und die USA. Mareike Wiening trat in bekannten Veranstaltungsorten wie der Carnegie Hall, dem Blue Note NYC, der Jazzgallery NY, dem Jazzclub Unterfahrt, dem A-trane Berlin, dem New York Winterjazzfest, dem Atlanta Jazzfestival und dem Elbjazz Hamburg auf. Sie war auch an Musical- und Theateraufführungen in Europa und Off-Broadway Shows in New York City beteiligt. 2023 wirkte sie in der Dokumentation “Jazzfieber” mit, die deutschlandweit im Kino ausgestrahlt wurde.

Mareike Wiening hat mit namhaften Musikern wie John Zorn, Stefon Harris, Dan Tepfer, Dayna Stephens, Fabian Almazan, Johannes Enders, Adrian Mears, Ben Wendel und vielen anderen zusammengearbeitet. Ihre herausragenden Leistungen wurden mehrfach ausgezeichnet, und sie ist MEINL-Endorserin für Cymbals und Sticks.


It’s basically the jazz equivalent of Manhattanhenge: lush and romantic, but also subdued and very tasteful.
– Phil Freeman, Stereogum

Metropolis Paradise is an impressive debut. Wiening’s compositions are rich and varied.
– Mark Sullivan, All About Jazz

In the ongoing conversation about best debut album of the year, I hope due consideration goes to drummer Mareike Wiening. … Every piece on Metropolis Paradise is a Wiening original, and they cover an appealing range of style — from Brad Mehldau-esque waltzes (For a Good Day) to knotty polyrhythmic workouts (Misconception).
– Nate Chinen, WGBO

“Clearly this recording – a celebrated one by the enormously gifted Mareike Wiening – offers musical riches together with performances by all at hand to rival the very best; and this should delight listeners eager for something both musically substantial and free-swinging as well.”
– Raul da Gama, JazzdaGama

Metropolis Paradise merits special attention. … Wiening’s subtle melodies like “2 in 1” and “Viewpoints” are elaborated by shifting unisons, layered harmonies and cycles of call and response. Her classical background is also apparent in the formal notated piano patterns woven through her charts. It may even be audible in her clean, orderly, understated drumwork.
– Thomas Conrad, New York City Jazz Record

Stylish modern jazz.
– Brooklyn Rail

“Ms. Wiening … plays original music with a planar, modulating harmonic language and a propulsive drift. Her language is part chamber jazz, part big-boned rock percussion, part free improvisation.”
– Giovanni Russonello, New York Times



Personnel: Mareike Wiening – Drums, Rich Perry – Tenor Saxophone, Glenn Zaleski – Piano, Alex Goodman – Guitar, Johannes Felscher – Double Bass, and special guest Dave Douglas – Trumpet

Greenleaf Music 2023


Future Memories

Personnel: Mareike Wiening – Drums, Rich Perry – Tenor Saxophone, Glenn Zaleski – Piano, Alex Goodman – Guitar, Johannes Felscher – Double Bass

Greenleaf Music 2021


Metropolis Paradise

Personnel: Mareike Wiening – Drums, Rich Perry – Tenor Saxophone, Dan Tepfer – Piano, Alex Goodman – Guitar, Johannes Felscher – Double Bass

Greenleaf Music 2019

Free At Last- From Martin Luther to Martin Luther King Jr.- eine Symbiose in Jazz

Personnel: Yara Linss – vocals, Florian Mueller – guitar, Markus Harm – saxophone, Alex Bayer – bass, Mareike Wiening – drums

Self-released 2018


Personnel: Rich Perry – tenor sax, Alex Goodman – guitar, Patricia Franceschy – vibraphone, Angelo Di Loreto – piano, Marty Kenney – bass, Mareike Wiening – drums

Self-released 2014

Also appears on:

  • Rachel Therrien – Vena (Bonsaï Music, 2020)
  • Johannes Ludwig Quartet feat. Johannes Enders – The Druid’s Song (Nagel & Hayer Records, 2012)
  • Christoph Neuhaus Quintet feat. Adrian Mears – Directions (Unit Records, 2013)
  • Yngvil Vatn Guttu – On The Crosswalk (Kachemack Records, 2014)
  • Generations Unit feat. Adrian Mears – Tease My Shoes (TCB Records, 2010)