the Magic Mumble Jumble

“It is the people around us who make us come alive and define who we are”, says Paul Istance and describes the lifeblood of his band. THE MAGIC MUMBLE JUMBLE is more than playing some notes together, it is about the experience of sharing this moment of playing music together. „Then we are free“.

 Photography by Jonathan van Hemelrijck

Photography by Jonathan van Hemelrijck


Paul Istance - Lead vocals, TRUMPET
MARLON PICHEL - Drums, Vocals
Leah Uijterlinde – CLARINET, Vocals

William Mcleish – Cello, PIANO, Vocals
Leroy van der Poel – Sousaphone, EUPHONIUM
BAS VOSSELMAN - Electric guitar



Band history


 Photography by Jonathan van Hemelrijck

Photography by Jonathan van Hemelrijck

THE MAGIC MUMBLE JUMBLE gets back to the roots of music. The band holds on to analog music, nothing is produced artificially but with the energy of every single musician. Because of the changing instrumentation, each song arose out of an impulse and every concert is different. They know how to break rusty behaviors and that’s the magic moment when the gab between the audience and the band suddenly vanish.

Because of different views and backgrounds of the seven band members the atmosphere among the people as in the music shows a richness that is absolutely valuable. There aren’t human nor musical boarders. Influences from Jazz, Pop, Folk to Indie and an instrumentation that could not be more colorful make the sound to a new kind of world music.

Since the founding of the band they released several singles, an EP and their live debut album THE MAGIC MUMBLE JUMBLE. An outstanding live recording the band made in The Netherlands together with more than 60 musicians. The single „Home” was featured by a Sony Compilation in 2015.

In 2017 the band started a huge crowdfunding campaign which ended successfully in summer. They released their brand new EP in The Hague in October 2017.

Every summer the band is touring over Europe to paint over the grey. No matter if they are playing on streets, in little clubs or on huge festivals, it’s always about sharing a moment together with other people, regardless where they come from.


Paul Istance - Biography

Photography by Blasius Erlinger

Paul Istance was born in Munich, Germany, on March 1st 1991 as the son of a German Doctor and Homoeopathist (mother) and a  British Electronic engineer and Hippie (father). The early death of his father turned his life upside down as he already in young age compensated this heavy loss with an excessive live style. Years later music and love crossed his life at the same time. Both gave him the motivation that changed his attitude and longings towards life. By the time he had turned 18 there was no bigger desire than to study Jazz trumpet after playing Dixieland on the streets of Munich with old people that were full of passion and joy towards the music. Paul started teaching himself how to play the Piano from the age of 16 until 2010, when he took piano lessons from a film music composer. This was where he discovered a whole new world of music. By the time he was accepted at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague for jazz trumpet, his perspective and musical longings had developed further. From that point on his compositions were coloured by a new collection and connection of instruments.





27.01.  NL  Rotterdam    Dizzy

02.04.  NL  Leidschendam  Festival Unlimited

27.04. GER Mannheim  Alte Feuerwache

28.04. GER  Reutlingen  Franz K.

29.04. GER  Karlsruhe  Tollhaus

30.04. GER Ulm  Roxy

05.05. NL  Den Haag  Bevrijdingsfestival

25.05. NL Amsterdam  Rollende Keukens

27.05. GER Weitersroda  Paradiesvogelfest

05.06. GER Vlaardingen  Pluimage Festival

10.06. GER  Peißnitzhaus Festival

26.07. GER  Munich  Milla

27.07. GER  Breitenbach am Herzberg  Burgherzberg

28.07. GER Rudolstadt  Schlosscafé

23.07. GER  Nürnberg  Bardentreffen

05.08. GER Gießen  Jam Festival Gießen

06.08. GER  Bamberg  Blues & Jazz Festival

07.08. GER  Bamberg  Blues & Jazz Festival

13.10. NL  Den Haag EP Release @ Paard