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Michael Arbenz

Michael Arbenz has been active as leader of various bands during the last couple of years. They gave concerts throughout Europe and recorded several CDs. Internationally renowned musicians such as Greg Osby, Dave Liebman, Wolfgang Puschnig, Glenn Ferris, Muneer B. Fennell, Kent Carter, Matthieu Michel and Marc Johnson joined his activities. He also gave classical concerts with Pierre Boulez, Paul Sacher, Jürg Wyttenbach, the Ensemble Contrechamps and Hans Zehnder, just to name a few.


Our Roots

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2022
Track listing: Luce; Restless; Dal; This Is Beat-O-VEIN; The Lovely Image; Betting Angel; On the Underground Road.

Article: Live Review

Vein Trio al Piccolo Teatro di Milano

Read "Vein Trio al Piccolo Teatro di Milano" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

Vein Trio Jazz al Piccolo--Orchestra Senza Confini-XXI Edizione Piccolo Teatro Strehler Milano 21.1.2019 Il concerto di apertura della ventunesima rassegna Orchestra Senza Confini ha visto salire sul palco del Piccolo Teatro Strehler gli svizzeri Vein Trio, al secolo Michael Arbenz al pianoforte, Thomas Lähns al contrabbasso, ...


Article: Live Review

Bray Jazz 2016

Read "Bray Jazz 2016" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Bray Jazz Various venues jny:Bray, Ireland April 29 -May 1, 2016 With first-rate music festivals mushrooming all over Ireland, Bray Jazz remains a highlight in a crowded calendar. Now in its seventeenth year, Bray Jazz' tried and tested format strikes a pleasing balance musically, with jazz, folk and world musics in ...


Article: Extended Analysis

VEIN featuring Dave Liebman - Jazz Talks

Read "VEIN featuring Dave Liebman - Jazz Talks" reviewed by Phil Barnes

This collection documents the first studio recording of Swiss trio VEIN with American saxophonist Dave Liebman over a single afternoon in Basel. VEIN had approached Liebman, perhaps best known for his Saxophone Summit recordings with Joe Lovano and Ravi Coltrane, as far back as 2009 seeing in him a like minded spirit perfectly at ease with ...


Article: Extended Analysis

Vote For Vein: Three People Can't Be Wrong!

Read "Vote For Vein: Three People Can't Be Wrong!" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Working in a piano trio these days, it's really quite hard to stand out with so many amazing players in the piano trio biz. Think about it. You have to compete with The Bad Plus, Satoko Fujii, Keith Jarrett, The Dawn of Midi, Vijay Iyer, Marcus Roberts, and a zillion other innovative and talented musicians using ...


Plays Porgy & Bess

Label: Unit Records
Released: 2011
Track listing: 1. Ouverture 0:58; 2. Summertime 5:44; 3. Bess, You Is My Woman Now 7:06; 4. I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' 4:09; 5. Here Come De Honey Man 1:29; 6. I Lonesome Here All By Myself 2:04; 7. I Loves You Porgy 7:18; 8. Summertime 2:43; 9. It Ain't Necessarily So 4:33; 10. Crab Man 1:54; 11. My Man's Gone Now 8:34; 12. Strawberry Woman 2:34; 13. There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York 7:18; 14. Oh Bess, Where's My Bess/Oh Lawd, I'm On My Way 3:30.

Article: Album Review

Vein: Plays Porgy & Bess

Read "Plays Porgy & Bess" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Benchè di solida formazione classica, i musicisti che formano il trio Vein rileggono Gershwin con una buona dose di irriverenza. Affrontando compositori di riferimento si rischia di cadere nel fatuo manierismo, ma dall'iniziale “Overture" si capisce chiaramente che non è così per i Vein. L'abilità tecnica è posta al servizio di un felice interplay finalizzato ad ...


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