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2020 – 2022

IKARUS / KALI / Woodoism

IKARUS

Website

ikarus.band

Releases

2022 «Plasma»
2019 «Mosaismic»
2016 «Chronosome»
2015 «Echo»

IKARUS is a contemporary / groove / jazz quintet consisting of Ramón Oliveras (composition, drums), Anna Hirsch (vocals), Andreas Lareida (vocals), Lucca Fries (piano) and Mo Meyer (upright bass). Their singular sound is based on continuously permutating polyrhythms, fluctuating grooves, organic improvisations and an enchanting blend of male and female vocals. The compositions continue to evolve in their live shows and tend to reappear in new versions on their full-length records. To date, IKARUS have released a total of three LPs on Nik Bärtsch’s boutique label Ronin Rhythm Records and are regularly touring in Europe and Japan.

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KALI

Website

kalitrio.com

Releases

2018 «Riot»

KALI represents the fresh and deep spirit of a new post-genre generation of musicians. Nicolas Stocker (drums), Urs Müller (guitar) and Raphael Loher (prepared piano) are natives of a contemporary music world in which new minimal, ambient, noise and new classical chamber music are just variations of a common language. They feel at home in a simultaneously composed and free and improvised musical context and follow their intuition with a broad and non-ideological understanding of music history. With this background KALI creates beautiful dark pattern spaces, hard minimal grooves and abstract mystical journeys that combine sound sensitivity and progressive power.

KALI is a genuine working band, that invests time, passion and patience into the idea of being a true musical and social organism. With their dedicated band spirit, the three Kali members create an evolving new world of sounds and rhythmic interactions.

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Woodoism

Website

woodoism.ch

Releases

2021 «Alternate Reality»
2019 «Refugium»
2017 «Woodoism»

Ideally, a tight music ensemble is connected by an invisible elastic thread: when one end is pulled, every member of the band moves in sync with it. This is the perfect description of Woodoism. The four musicians mesh perfectly as they shift confidently and fluidly from one composition to the next.

Woodoism was founded in 2014 by trombonist Florian Weiss. Three years later, Weiss and fellow quartet members, Linus Amstad (alto sax), Valentin v. Fischer (double bass) and Philipp Leibundgut (drums) released their debut album «Woodoism». Their sophomore album Refugium, issued on the German-based record level Neuklang, followed in 2019. Music press reviews called it a “magic brew” and lauded the quartet for creating a daring, original sound that inhabits the stylistic space between cool and free jazz. The foursome obeys no dynamic other than their own, and from early on have done everything to avoid being pigeonholed. Spring 2021 saw the release of the band’s third album «Alternate Reality», issued on Nils Wogram’s label NWog Records.

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