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Thomas Lüscher

Pianist and Composer based in Aarau, Switzerland. Educated in classical and improvised music, he is and has been performing with Tiger Okoshi, Lionel Loueke, Frank Möbus, Oscar Stagnaro, George Robert, Ronny Graupe, Christoph Grab and many more. Appearances on stages in New York, London, Prag, Berlin, Boston, Zürich and Bottenwil with his own bands or as a higly sensitive colleague supporting the musical intentions of fellow musician made him an adorable musician. He started at an early age with harmonica, accordion and piano. By the age of 15 he began his classical studies at Musikhochschule Basel (Switzerland) while already playing in bands and performing his own music

NEWS: EDUCATION

Apply Now! Generations Performance Program 2018

Apply Now! Generations Performance Program 2018

From Saturday, 29 September till Saturday 06 October 2018 the 11th edition of the renowned Generations International Jazzfestival Frauenfeld will take place. The jazz ensemble master class lasting several days is one of the reasons why Generations has become an international insiders’ tip; a stage for many upcoming national and international jazz talents. In 2018 this ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Nik Bärtsch: Possibility in Paradox

Read "Nik Bärtsch: Possibility in Paradox" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Like the master-less samurai his primary band is named for, Nik Bärtsch forges a path and follows a code all his own. The pianist's music is best described by his own key phrases “ritual groove music" and “Zen funk," merging Eastern minimalist simplicity and patient trance with the interplay and communal aspect of jazz. It makes ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Nicole Johänntgen: Henry And The Free Bird

Read "Nicole Johänntgen: Henry And The Free Bird" reviewed by Ian Patterson

In Richard Bach's book Jonathon Livingston Seagull (Macmillan 1970), the tale of a seagull with a passion for flight and freedom, there is a line that goes: “Don't believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding. Find out what you already know and you will see the way ...

Andreas Schaerer/Hildegard Lernt Fliegen meets the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy: The Big Wig

Read "The Big Wig" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy and the sextet Hildegard Lernt Fliegen come below Andreas Schaerer on the billing on this CD/DVD offering, suggesting the star quality of this unique contemporary composer/vocalist. The Big Wig suite-- composed and orchestrated by Schaerer--comprises newly composed material and reworkings of several tunes from Hildegard Lernt Fliegen's The Fundamental ...

Woodlander: Calvins Toboggan

Read "Calvins Toboggan" reviewed by Geno Thackara

If the title Calvins Toboggan puts any images of a certain classic comic strip into your head, you're probably already thinking of something lighthearted, fun and adventurous. The cover should let you know, though, that this Swiss trio has its own quirky and post-modernist idea of what's fun. There's a definite sense of adventure, even a ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dante Boon / Jürg Frey: Clarinet (& Piano)

Read "Clarinet (& Piano)" reviewed by John Eyles

Without doing an actual count of how many Another Timbre releases feature members of the Wandelweiser group, it is safe to say that they crop up regularly on the label both as composers and performers, with such names as Jürg Frey, Radu Malfatti, Michael Pisaro, Johnny Chang and Eva Maria Houben peppering the label's credits--not just ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Outhere Music acquires HatHut Records

Outhere Music acquires HatHut Records

Outhere Music is proud to announce the acquisition of the catalogue of the legendary Swiss jazz and contemporary music label HatHut Records. HatHut Records boasts an impressive number of more than 500 CD’s and LP’s, produced by its visionary founder, Werner X. Uehlinger over 40 years. Major composers such as John Cage, Morton Feldman, Giacinto Scelsi, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Nicole Johanntgen: Henry

Read "Henry" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Still only in her mid-thirties, Zurich-based German alto saxophonist/composer Nicole Johänntgen has been performing and tirelessly exploring music for over twenty years. With half a dozen recordings as leader under her belt, Johänntgen turns to New Orleans for inspiration on Henry. Named after her father, who used to play trombone in lieu of an early morning ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Giovanni Guidi/Gianluca Petrella/Louis Sclavis/Gerald Cleaver: Ida Lupino

Read "Ida Lupino" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

This largely improvised quartet project is built upon the improvisational rapport of Italians pianist Giovanni Guidi and trombonist Gianluca Petrella. In addition to their work in trumpeter Enrico Rava's band--they appear together on Tribe (ECM, 2011)--they have worked as a duo which seeks encounters with fellow improvisers. Here they are brought together with American drummer Gerald ...