Christoph Irniger Trio feat. Ben Van Gelder (CH/NL/ISR)
Christoph Irniger’s trio celebrates melody without ever veering into the trivial. These musicians offer us poetic pieces which demonstrate that accessible melodies and complex tonal worlds do not need to be mutually exclusive and can be completely understood. Christoph Irniger is a master of orchestration who rejects all forms of hierarchy between solos and rhythm. Instead of using the compositions as springboards for solos, he finds interesting ways to enable improvisations to underline compositional characteristics. “Melodies, arrangements, improvisations: the trio fuses them all into one attractive, tightly-knit whole,” says American jazz critic Kevin Whitehead.
The group is currently playing in a quartet with Ben van Gelder – a true alto sax authority. He has played with David Binney, Mark Turner and Ambrose Akinmusire, among others. The trio creates music that combines intelligence and passion and that is both timeless and contemporary.
Luca Sisera “ROOFER” (CH)
It is with nonchalant ease that this quintet oscillates between avant-garde and tradition. The release of their third album ‘Starlex Complex’ in 2019 marked a new chapter for the band. By performing a great number of concerts the band was able to enrich its language, and the collective could expand its sound universe to wonderful effect. Complex rhythms, rapid unison parts, latent swing fantasies and anthemic soundscapes form a solid basis around which the musicians can improvise. This results in complex and innovative music that is as free as it is form-conscious, yet remains stimulating for musicians and audiences alike. It is not surprising therefore that the extreme climbers who call themselves ‘roofers’, who climb the world’s tallest buildings without safety systems but who have a basis of sophisticated techniques, proven know-how, and an unquenchable thirst for adventure, position themselves as metaphorical role models for this group.