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Merlin Breij

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Inspired by Igor Stravinsky and Claude Debussy, by Gil Evans and Maria Schneider, or also Alexandre Desplat, Benjamin Wallfisch and film music in general, Merlin Breij explores a rich and diverse musical world while seeking a musical expression that can be characterized as sincere and organic music, favouring rich timbres, and expressive melodies. In addition to his focus on arranged music, he has a keen interest in improvisation, influenced by the work of musicians from several instruments and different periods; from Jim Hall to Ingrid Jensen and Esbjörn Svensson. Musician from his early childhood, Merlin started out with the French horn, seduced by its melancholic and powerful timbre

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Yilian Canizares

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"Yilian is one of the most incredible talents of the new generation of Cuban musicians. She is a virtuoso, she is expressive, spontaneous and with a grace that makes her the favorite of all of us." —Chucho Valdés Before she picks up her violin and walks onstage, Yilian Cañizares pays homage to her ancestors. Candles are lit. Prayers are said, and offerings made. Then as the houselights dim and her group of crack musicians file on before her, she’ll lean down and touch the floor as she enters. “This always puts me fully in the moment,” says the vivacious Cuban singer and instrumentalist

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SKNAIL

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SKNAIL is a Swiss composer and music producer. In collaboration with 6 professional jazz and classical musicians, he has reinvented the jazz band by replacing the drummer with the sighs of broken printers, the creaking of worn out machinery, computer crashes and other sounds generated by mistreated machines. SKNAIL composes and arranges everything, and records the confrontations between musicians and machines. He will let both sides improvise and experiment with the cutting-edge. These unbridled fights, included in the first album, called “glitch jazz”, have lead to totally new and amazing sounds different from what we have heard until now, varying from jazz and free jazz to contemporary and minimal electro to glitch electronica music

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Levon

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Levon was born in Switzerland. He was raised there and learned the vibes at the age of 7. Then he flew to New York City to the great New School University where he learned some other percussion. Some great musicians such as Chico Freeman, Jimmy Scott or Loren Schoenberg hired him. He had the opportunity to play with Candido and Giovanni Hidalgo. Later Levon went to Western Africa to get in touch with traditional percussion. He now lives in Switzerland where he perfomed recently with his brother Gregoire Maret (harmonicist) and MARCUS MILLER. Apart from that he performs very often with a lot of different projects

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Alexandre Huber

Originally a student of classical piano playing at the Conservatory of Lausanne, Alexandre Huber developed his preference for jazz and continued his studies with pianist Fran

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Yves Marcotte

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Yves Marcotte started music at the age of nine, studying classical percussions. It was only after sound engineer studies that he started to learn the bass, first in Lille with Yves Torchinsky, then in Paris with Jean Bardy and Marc Buronfosse. He then went to Switzerland where he graduated in Jazz Composition at HEMu Lausanne, studying with Emil Spanyi (composition), Bänz Oester (Bass) and Malcolm Braff. Self-defined more as a musician than a bass player or composer, he kept from his percussions’ study a multi-instrumentist’s mindset, trying to express himself using different instruments and writing approaches, depending on the musical context

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Montreux Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Montreux Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Montreux Jazz Festival 2016 Various Venues jny: Montreux, Switzerland July 9-12, 2016 No matter at what point, or for how long you dipped into the Montreux Jazz Festival during the seventeen days of its 50th edition, the sense of history was palpable. Charles Lloyd was present, just as he ...

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Colin Vallon Trio: Le Vent

Read "Le Vent" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Swiss pianist Colin Vallon's fourth release as a leader, Le Vent is a truly collaborative effort that eschews individual solos in favor of a haunting, collective sound. The results are atmospheric and exquisitely formalistic. This is not to suggest that, because of its ambient nature, the album is without substance. On the contrary, its structure becomes ...


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