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Content by tag "Switzerland"

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tigran Hamasyan/Arve Henriksen/Eivind Aarset/Jan Bang: Atmosphères

Read "Atmosphères" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

This quartet came together at the suggestion of ECM label head Manfred Eicher after hearing a Punkt Festival recording of pianist Tigran Hamasyan in duo with live sampling musician Jan Bang. The addition of trumpeter Arve Henriksen and guitarist Eivind Aarset increased the textural possibilities, as well as providing a solo trumpet voice. Hamasyan was preparing ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Christy Doran's Sound Fountain: Belle Epoque

Read "Belle Epoque" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

Ancora tre anni e il chitarrista Christy Doran, nato in Irlanda ma residente in Svizzera da tantissimi anni, taglierà il traguardo dei settant'anni. Ma siamo sicuri che le candeline le spegnerà con il botto che verrà fuori da un accordo energico sparato dalla sua chitarra elettrica nell'amplificatore di turno. Un botto fantasmagorico, come le avventure musicali ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

50 Summers of Music: Montreux Jazz Festival

Read "50 Summers of Music: Montreux Jazz Festival" reviewed by Ian Patterson

50 Summers of Music: Montreux Jazz Festival
Arnaud Robert
398 Pages
ISBN: 978-2-84597-558-3
Montreux Jazz Festival/Editions Textuel
2016

It's neither the oldest nor the largest, but Montreux Jazz Festival is, arguably, the most famous music festival in the word. It's a notable and perhaps unlikely badge of honor for ...


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