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AKKU Quintet

Akku Quintet are a Swiss band based in Berne, from where they dispense a minimalistic jazz groove to great effect. Drummer Manuel Pasquinelli founded the band in 2010. Their first CD "Stages of Sleep" was released in May 2013 (Morpheus Records). The quintet then set the different phases of sleep to music. Their second Album "Molecules" was released in January 2015 (Morpheus Records) on CD and Vinyl. The piece "Deep Sleep 2" is featured on the compilation CD "Jazz made in Switzerland 2014/15" by SUISA and ProHelvetia. "Aeon“ is the third album, released in march 2017. Akku Quintet is touring regularly in Switzerland and abroad.

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Jürg Solothurnmann

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Jürg Solothurnmann (b. 1943) grew up in Solothurn, Switzerland, and studied musicology, ethnomusicology, modern history, journalism and jazz at the University of Bern, the Swiss Jazz School and the Indiana University Bloomington IN. His most influential teachers were the composer Sandor Veress ,the jazz educator David N. Baker and the ethnomusicologist George List. In his childhood and youth, he played several instruments – accordion (folk music), piano) (classical and jazz, five–string banjo (American folk), marching drums, etc., and finally, tenor saxophone, which he learned largely self–taught

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Johannes Walter

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Johannes Walter comes out of a musical family and started early on with education in classical music. When he was still a student, he became interested in Jazz and lived in the US for a year, where he was also very much involved with music. After school he decided to study trumpet with Bert Joris at the Swiss Jazz School in Bern, which he graduated from with a degree in performance and music education. Johannes has also enjoyed masterclasses with Nicholas Payton, Ingrid Jensen, Bobby Shew, Kenny Barron, Harold Mabern, Slide Hampton and others and frequently performs with (Big) Bands and his own groups of various musical styles in Switzerland and abroad.

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Michael Formanek's Very Practical Trio ai Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa di Palermo

Read "Michael Formanek's Very Practical Trio ai Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa di Palermo" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo


Michael Formanek's Very Practical Trio Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa Nomos Jazz Festival Palermo 18.1.2019 Cosa succede quando tre grandi musicisti si incontrano nel segno della comune empatia, lontana anni luce dalle agguerrite ed egocentriche competizioni jazzistiche a cui spesso assistiamo? Ne consegue una sublime polifonia a tre voci da parte ...

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Clemens Kuratle

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Born in 1991 in Bern, Switzerland, Clemens started playing the drums at the early age of 6 and by the age of 10 he made his first experiences as a drummer in the band of the reformed church in Meikirch/Berne were his father still preaches. He started taking piano lessons two years later. It was in highschool where he discovered his love for jazz and improvised music. After High School he studied at the Hochschule Luzern - Musik Jazz Departement. His teachers and mentors included Pierre Favre, Gerry Hemingway, Norbert Pfammatter, Lauren Newton, Christoph Baumann, Ed Partyka, Roberto Domeniconi, Hans Feigenwinter and others. His studies with Gerry Hemingway led to an increasing interest in the music of the world, which led to a growing collection and knowledge of so called world-music, a development that cannot be underestimated. Clemens had the privilege to play with greats like Vijay Iyer, Pierre Favre, Flavio Ambrosetti, Samuel Blaser, Nat Su, Hans Feigenwinter, Nils Wogram, Alex Sipiagin, Heiri Känzig and many more. In 2014 he founded his quintet „Murmullo“ with John Voirol on tenor saxophone, Flo Weiss on trombone, Franz Hellmüller on guitar and Rafael Jerjen on Bass

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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 ...

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Monkbeatz: Ugly Beauty

Read "Ugly Beauty" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Seventy years ago, nobody was playing pianist Thelonious Monk's music, except Monk. One of the originators of bebop, along with Dizzy Gillespie; Charlie Parker, and Bud Powell, he created his own language. As the 1940s turned into the 50s, Monk's music developed its own distinctive parlance. The earliest interpreter of Monk, maybe a better ...

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Colin Vallon Trio: Le Vent

Read "Le Vent" reviewed by John Kelman


When Bill Evans emerged in the 1950s, he represented a paradigm shift for the jazz piano trio. No longer a lead instrument supported by a rhythm section, Evans' more egalitarian approach to music-making allowed delineated soloists to engage in a more fully conversational context, with any instrument capable of pushing the music in a new direction ...

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Yang Jing & Christy Doran: No. 9

Read "No. 9" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Classically trained pipa virtuoso Yang Jing and Irish free-jazz/jazz-rock electric guitarist Christy Doran may seem unlikely collaborators, but closer inspection shows some common musical ground. Jing's background is Chinese classical but her spirit of adventure has drawn her to more experimental settings in duos with veteran percussionists Pierre Favre and long-term Anthony Braxton collaborator Gerry Hemingway, ...


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