Siggi Loch, the founder and influential guiding light of German indie label ACT records, turns 80 next week and his label celebrates the milestone with a new CD compilation.
With 60 years in the music business, at the age of 30, he was appointed founding managing director of WEA Music, the German branch of the world's largest music group Warner Communication. Founding ACT his own label in the 1990s he would champion the careers of artists such as Nils Landgren, Esbjörn Svensson, Michael Wollny, Wolfgang Haffner and Marius Neset, the label picking up many awards along the way. For his work as a supporter of music and the arts, Siggi Loch has been awarded the Federal Cross of Merit of Germany, the Knight of the Swedish North Star Order 1st Class, the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit and the German Record Critics' Lifetime Achievement Award among other awards.
The new compilation A Life in the Spirit of Jazz features music produced and compiled by Siggi Loch with tracks by among others Sidney Bechet, Dave Brubeck, Klaus Doldinger, Johnny Griffin, Larry Coryell, Nils Landgren, Esbjörn Svensson, Joachim Kühn, Michael Wollny and Iiro Rantala.