Donnerstag • 23.02.2017 • 20:00 Uhr • opening concert

CHRISTOPHE SCHWEIZER (CH / Hamburg) - trombone 
VLATKO KUCAN (Hamburg) - saxophones, clarinet
& special guest:
BILL ELGART (USA / Ulm) - dr

CHRISTOPHE SCHWEIZER - trombone

was born on April 9th, 1968, in Berne, Switzerland. He attended Berne Conservatory (Berne), Mannes College (New York), and Banff School of Fine Arts (Banff, Canada), where he was a long term resident artist in 1993 and went on to become a faculty member at the Jazz Workshop in 1999 and 2000. Among his teachers where Branimir Slokar, Guy-Noel Conus, Conrad Herwig, David Taylor, and Malte Burba. In 1994 and 1995 he attended Gunther Schuller’s Schweitzer Institute of Music at Sandpoint, Idaho, where he studied with Kenny Werner and Joe Lovano.
Schweizer is equally at home in Jazz- / classical - / new-music-related idioms.
As a Jazz musician, Christophe has released six albums of original music under his own name and performed on many as a sideman. Among the musicians who have recorded and / or played concerts / tours with him are Ethan Iverson, Jason Moran, Jacob Sacks, David Kikoski, George Colligan, Sam Barsh / Donny McCaslin, Oscar Noriega, Seamus Blake, David Binney, Ohad Talmor, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Miguel Zenon, Loren Stillman / Alex Sipiagin, Dave Ballou / Hans Glawischnig, Johannes Weidenmüller, Mark Dresser / Dan Weiss, Billy Hart, Tyshawn Sorey, Gene Jackson, Stephane Galland.
Christophe took part in many projects a.o. with Lee Konitz (a.o. Nonet with Ohad Talmor at North Sea Festival, 2004), Steve Swallow (with Yannick Barman, 2003), Fred Hersch (“My Coma Dreams”, Berlin 2013). Other collaborations include Markus Stockhausen-Arkady Shilkloper (Snow Jazz Gastein 2006), Michael Wertmüller-Olaf Rupp (“Speedmaster”).
Christophe was a member of the George Gruntz Concert Band from 1996 to 1998, touring Europe, Russia, North America, and Egypt. He has performed with Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, Mingus Big Band, Jazz Big Band Graz, NDR Big Band, WDR Big Band, Guimaraes Festival Big Band, Big Band de Lausanne. As a sideman, he shared the stage with the likes of Phil Woods, Toots Thielemans, Joe Lovano, Kenny Wheeler, Bob Mintzer, Gianluigi Trovesi, Norma Winstone, Jon Hendricks, Kurt Elling, Oscar Brown Jr., Abdullah Ibrahim, Maceo Parker, Take Six, New York Voices, and Paulo Moura. During his New York days, he played with George Schuller’s “Orange then Blue”, Matt Darriau’s “Ballin’ the Jack”, and Joey Sellers’ Jazz Aggregation. He can be heard on pianist Vana Gierig’s Album “A new Day” (Challenge, 2008).
Since 2007, Christophe has collaborated extensively with experimental composer / cellist / performer Brice Catherin, both as a member of the Ensemble “Car du Thon” and as part of the duo “Bristophe” (albums “"Le fils de la prophétesse / Εἰρήνη, Χρόνος" and “ Die ersten zwei Kirchen”, (both on Pan y Rosas, 2014)) and premiering among other works his 10-hour solo performance “Ma pièce avec comme un espoir à la fin” (Geneva, 2010) and the tuba solo “Femme Fontaine”.
As a classical soloist, he has appeared with Gstaad Festival Orchestra playing Daniel Schnyder’s Alphorn Concerto (Singapore 2006). That same year, he performed (also on alphorn) as a member of Arkady Shilkloper’s word project at Dom Musici in Moscow (with a.o. Stoyan Yankoulov, Vladimir Volkov, Mamadou Diabate) In January, 2015, Christophe appeared as a featured soloist in a concert honoring the life and film music of Georgian Composer Giya Kancheli at Tbilisi’s Rustaveli Theater. He was a member of Pro Musica Orchestra Lausanne during the 1991/2 season, with which he performed the alto trombone concerto by Johann Georg Albrechtsberger. From 1988 through 1991, he was the principal trombonist with the Swiss Youth Symphony.
Christophe performs with Berlin based groups “Work in Progress” (New Music) and “Stargaze” (Crossover), collaborating a.o. with pop artists Owen Pallett (PopKultur and Ruhrtriennale Festivals, 2015) and Loney Dear (Kaltern Pop 2015), and played several shows with Matthew Herbert in 2015.
In 2014, Schweizer recorded contemporary composer Stéphane Furic-Leibovici’s extended work “Innerland” together with fellow trombonist Samuel Blaser and vocalist Almut Kühne.
As a composer and performer, he collaborated with conductor Kristjan Järvi’s “Absolute Ensemble” on the music to a new TV series by director Tom Tykwer (2015).
Schweizer’s current Jazz group “Young, Rich & Famous” (Wanja Slavin, as / Oliver Potratz, b / Christian Lillinger, dr) released their debut album “Grand Grace” (Between the Lines) in 2015, which received a honorary mention amongst the best of 2015 in “The New York City Jazz Record”).
In 2014, Schweizer conducted and co-arranged a large ensemble concert featuring Gary Thomas and his music at JazzHausFestival Hamburg.
At Hamburg’s Jazz Open Festival 2015 Christophe Schweizer performed in a trio setting with Richie Beirach on piano and Detlev Beyer on bass.
Christophe serves as music director /arranger for bassist Jürgen Attig’s 18-piece ensemble “African Voicings” featuring several members of the Hamburg production of “The Lion King” (music from Jürgen’s Album “Aventureiro”, Sony 2012).
He collaborates with legendary Jazz drummer Billy Hart on a forthcoming album with the WDR Big Band Cologne featuring Billy’s compositions, which Christophe arranged and conducted.
Since 2013, Schweizer has been a faculty member at the Outreach Festival Academy in Austria. He has taught clinics at HfMT Hamburg, HfMT Hannover, and Indiana University, where he performed (on trombone) the Cello Sonata No.1 in e-minor by Johannes Brahms (1994), and was a faculty member of the Banff Jazz Workshop (Canada) in 1999 and 2000.
Christophe plays the alto-, tenor-, bass-, and contrabass trombone (notably with David Taylor’s “Sounds after the Oil War”) as well as the sackbut, tuba, alphorn, bass trumpet and euphonium. He currently resides in Hamburg, Germany.
www.christopheschweizer.com

VLATKO KUCAN - reeds

Vlatko Kucan überschreitet mit seinen vielfältigen Arbeiten als Musiker, Komponist, Arrangeur, Produzent, Regisseur, Pädagoge und Musiktherapeut immer wieder tradierte stilistische und interdisziplinäre Grenzen. Seine Arbeiten sind in den Bereichen zeitgenössische Musik, Jazz, Improvised Music, populäre Musik, Theater, Hörspiel, Filmmusik und Literatur & Musik angesiedelt. Als Musiker spielte er mit führenden Persönlichkeiten der internationalen Jazzszene (u.a. Carla Bley, Lester Bowie, Anthony Braxton, Marion Brown, Bill Elgart, Dieter Glawischnig, Howard Johnson, Jay Oliver, Barre Philips, Tomasz Stanko, Steve Swallow, Rainer Winterschladen, Kenny Wollesen) und der Improvised Music (u.a. Derek Bailey, Malcolm Goldstein, Barry Guy, Piet Hoeksma, Aleksander Kolkowski, Jim Menesses, Rajesh Mehta, Meggie Nichols). Künstlerische Produzentenätigkeit: Mitbegründer der Labels 'TrueMuze Records' und 'Voices Editionen'. Zahlreiche Produktionen in den Bereichen Musik, Literatur und Musik, Hörspiel und Wort. Mitwirkung an zahlreichen internationalen Theaterproduktionen (u.a. mit Michael Bogdanov, Brian Michaels, Robert Wilson, Lester Bowie, Giora Feidman, Tom Waits). Eigene Theatermusiken u.a. „Kaukasischer Kreidekreis“, (Athens, OH/ USA); „Small lives, Big Dreams“, (Athens, OH/ USA); „Ein Grabmal für Boris Dawidowich“, (Wiener Festwochen) Filmmusik: Vertonung von Stummfilmen für die Ausstellung „Pioniere in Celluloid“ („Centrum Judaicum“ Berlin mit Alexander Kolkowski, Bill Elgart und Barre Phillips); Preis für die beste Filmmusik für den Film „Im Zeichen des Wassers“ („Marseille Film Festival“) Hörspielkompositionen: „3 Weeks after Paradise” (WDR, Autor: Israel Horowitz; mit Christian Brückner); „Ich bin wie ein lebender Stein” (NDR; Autorin: Anne Sexton; mit Corinna Harfouch); „Autorinnen des 20. Jahrhunderts” (Voices Editionen; mit Hannelore Elsner, Susanne Lothar und Hanna Schygulla); Diverse CD-Produktionen, Festivalauftritte und Rundfunk- und Fernsehproduktionen. Ein Schwerpunkt von Vlatko Kucans Arbeit liegt in der Verbindung von Sprache bzw. Literatur und Musik. Mit seinem Ensemble Lesart vertonte er philosophische Texte (u.a. Friedrich Nietzsche, Ludwig Wittgenstein) und Lyrik (Charles Baudelaire, Anne Sexton, Mascha Kaleko). Er realisierte zahlreiche Produktionen mit Literatur und Musik und gründete das Label Voices Editionen. Zusammenarbeit mit zahlreichen renommierten Schauspielern (u.a. Sandra Borgmann, Christian Brückner, Hannelore Elsner, Corinna Harfouch, Susanne Lothar, Dietmar Mues, Barbara Nüsse, Christian Redl, Hanna Schygulla, Otto Sander, Ulrich Tukur, Ulrich Wildgruber) und Autoren (u.a. Peter Handke, Siri Hustvedt, Hellmuth Karasek, Siegfried Lenz, Benjamin Lebert, Helmut Schmidt, Ulrich Wickert). Tätigkeit als Regisseur für Literaturvertonungen und Hörbücher. Musiktherapeutische Tätigkeit. Dozent für Improvisation an der Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg am Studiengang Jazz und jazzverwandte Musik. Davor wiederholt Gastdozent an gleicher Stelle. Mehrmaliger Aufenthalt als Gastdozent und visiting artist in den USA an der Ohio University, School of Theatre.
www.vlatkokucan.de

BILL ELGART - drums

Bill Elgart, often credited as Billy Elgart is one of many American jazz musicians who have settled in Europe. Quite often based out of Munich, Elgart's credits include appearances on some choice Paul Bley records, an appropriate bandleader to bring up in this context as he has in his own biographical writings explained what has come to be known as the "Bley test" for American jazz musicians trying to settle in Europe. Whether or not Elgart was able to pass this test, which involves arriving in a large European city and lining up a variety of essential items including a girlfriend, a car, an apartment and a drug supply within 24 hours, he seems to have successfully replaced Paul Motian in Bley's band in the early 70's, and jazz listeners have the opportunity to directly compare the two drummers on several albums on which they both appear, including the early ECM release Paul Bley With Gary Peacock as well as the album Turning Point, good enough to be released by both the Improvising Artists and Steeplechase labels and also highlighting a rare appearance by tenor saxophonist John Gilmore outside the interplanetary confines of the Sun Ra Arkestra. Elgart has also collaborated with vibraphonist, pianist, composer and bandleader Karl Berger, appearing on that artist's return to recording following a hiatus, No Man Is An Island on the Knit Classics label. European musicians seem fond of having Elgart around, as he has appeared in a steady series of interesting bands through the 80's and 90's, with no signs of letting up. He will frequently have a superb rhythm section partner, such as Dave Holland on recordings with trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, or fine bassists such as Ed Schuller and Wayne Darling. Elgart performs frequently in these different contexts and also presents workshops for drummers all over Europe as well as giving private instruction. With the South African bassist Carlo Mombelli, the drummer played time feels both funky and free in the intriguing Zollsound 4, backing up a twin horn, piano-less line- up featuring alto saxophonist Lee Konitz and baritone saxophonist Thomas Zoller. From 1982 through 1990 he was a member of the Sundial trio fronted by guitarist Peter O'Mara, which recorded three albums and toured with Wheeler as a guest. In 1991 Elgart began working in the Caoma band, founded by tenor and soprano saxophinist Sigi Finkel and also featuring Schuller and Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko. The latter artist also played with Elgart in a quartet under the leadership of Vlatko Kucan. In 2001, Elgart and Berger were both part of the Annemarie Roelofs Projekt, recording for the Double Moon label with Frank Möbus, Vitold Rek and Ingrid Sertso.

Freitag • 24.02.2017 • 20:00 Uhr

MARIA ROTHFUCHS (Hamburg) - double bass
LUISE DETERMANN (Hamburg) - guitar

MARIA ROTHFUCHS - double bass

Maria RothfuchsKontrabass, 6 Saiten E-BassLebt seit ca.15 Jahren als freie Musikerin und Komponistin mit gelegentlichen Ausflügen in die Bildende Kunst (Installationen) in Hamburg.Komposition und Produktion von zwei Musiktheatern:"Primadonna" (87), "Rennende Sirenen"(89)Filmmusiken und Auftragsarbeiten:u.a. für das internationale Musikfestival "Wie es ihr gefällt", Berlin und für die Telemanngesellschaft , Magdeburg ("Telemania", Diaclipproduktion).
www.jazz-invitation.de/musiker_maria.html

LUISE DETERMANN - guitar

Luise Determann wird 1992 in Weimar geboren. Zunächst erhält sie einige Jahre klassischen Violinenunterricht, bis sie im Alter von 15 Jahren zur Gitarre wechselt.Der Gitarrenunterricht bei Marco de Vries weckt in ihr das Interesse für Jazz und improvisierte Musik.Bevor sie 2012 in Hamburg beginnt bei Sandra Hempel Gitarre zu studieren, bereitet sie sich an der Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig auf die Aufnahmeprüfung vor und erhält Unterricht bei Bastian Ruppert und Werner Neumann. Musikalisch bewegt sich Luise Determann am liebsten in kleinen, sensiblen Besetzungen. Sie schreibt für Gitarrentrio und für ihr Duo „APPLE CORE“ mit Daria Treder –voc.Mit ihrem Trio „TICCO“ (Daria Treder -voc./ Janos Löber- trp.) ist sie seit 2014 Stipendiatin des Vereins „Live Music Now“. Als regelmäßige Teilnehmerin des Workshops „Young Women for Jazz“ kam sie in den Genuss mit Dozentinnen wie Angelika Niescier, Susan Weinert, Eva Kruse und Julia Hülsmann zu arbeiten.Über diesen Workshop, sowie das Free Ensemble, das an der HfMT Hamburg durch Vlatko Kucan geleitet wird entdeckt Luise Determann ihr Interesse für freie Improvisation.

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