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CLOSE TO MARS

close to mars started their collaboration in 2002 by collecting and assorting their musical ideas. The result was a mixture of house, world music, lounge, jazz, funk and crossover called urban beats. The spontaneous interaction and the wide musical background of these four excellent musicians seduces them to spice the music with some classical and jazzy elements. The music is not about one soloist but the collective understanding of composition and sounds.

The CD – GET CLOSER was released in september 2008 and shows the exciting variety of Martian sounds.

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Band:
Dave Feusi – saxes
Felix Utzinger – guitar
Roland Koeppel – organ, nordlead
Andy Schnyder – drums, samples

MARTIN LECHNER BAND

Martin Lechner is gifted with a supreme voice and uses it confidently and easily as if he hasn’t ever done otherwise (during his whole life) – freshly, modestly and ingeniously. An exceptional appearance who can’t be better be described as being a natural. His congenial and easy way lets the music breath in a soulful manner, which reminds us of Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra or Marvin Gaye. The timbre of his voice, his phrasing and power of interpretation captivate the listener irresistibly.

The CD ”Gentlemen Are Hard To Find” was released in 2011.

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Martin Lechner – vocals
Dave Feusi – saxes
Oliver Keller – guitar
Roland Koeppel – piano
Patrick sommer – bass
Andy Schnyder – drums

MARTIN LECHNER BAND

somethin’ old & somethin’ new – somethin’ else

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Martin Lechner – vocals
Dave Feusi – saxes
Roland Koeppel – piano
Patrick sommer – bass
Andy Schnyder – drums

 

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INJAZTIGATOR

WELCOME TO DYSTOPIA

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Inspired by Philipp K. Dick’s novels, the investigative eye of INJAZTIGATOR takes a closer look not on the past as in the previous albums “Return to a Past Future “ (2010) and “The Grammar of Life” (2006) but rather at the scenario of a failed Utopia.

The third INJAZTIGATOR album (2013) takes us into a dark, dusty and rusty town in the future, which has gone astray. There is darkness, rumbling, rustling, and everything is about to fall apart.

The audience slips into the skin of a DYSTOPIA resident, finding himself, like an AUTOMAN, locked in the UNDERWORLD made of endless labyrinths, externally commanded and closely surveiled by the IRON CORE. Everyday tasks are executed by the CAREBOYS. Communication is taken over by the CYCLONECTOR and residents are monitored by the INFRADRONE. The system cannot be saved, ressources are getting scarce and the city is going to pieces… But there is hope, hope of redemption – SOONDAI.

“Welcome to Dystopia” is a direct, unrefined, raw and edgy album. It shows the quartet from a new side, raw, rocky and metallic. The album would have been tagged as Jazz Rock 30 years ago. However today, it is a blend of Industrial- Electric Jazz, does it require to be classified. Ten new seething, scratching, wheezing, rasping, steaming, pulsing and magnetising tracks.

Band:
Immanuel Brockhaus – keys
Thomas Mäder – sax
Pierangelo Crescenzio – bass
Andreas Schnyder – drums

INJAZTIGATOR

„Return to a Past Future“ is not merely a simple retro project. On their second concept album and as a band of the Here and Now, INJAZTIGATOR seeks a connection with the traces of the space age. What remains of the utopias of the past? Have our dreams turned to sobriety? Which elements of the old TV series fascinated us so much?

This music swings between then and now, it takes us along on a trip into a future long past. It allows us to glide through distant worlds seated in the cockpit of a space vessel. Old dreams arise and let the sounds of the past collide with those of the future. The music shoots full speed ahead through the Milky Way like a rocket. It encounters aliens, plunges into lunar seas and lands on Sirius B. And in the end it races through glistening stroboscopic light into the black holes of infinity.

Band:
Immanuel Brockhaus – keys
Thomas Mäder – sax
Pierangelo Crescenzio – bass
Andreas Schnyder – drums

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This CD is inspired by texts from authors such as Jack Kerouac, J.D. Salinger, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs and Charles Bukowski, important figures of the Beat Generation and the America of the 1960’s. The generation of the Happenings and of the Provocation, the generation seeking its own limits of freedom, opens a way between Jazz and lyrical Art, Poetry Slams, Pop and Visual Arts. As a child of the 1960’s Immanuel Brockhaus catapulted these texts into the present. These text fragments contain a peculiar sense of actuality, although 40 or more years have gone by between this moment in the past and the present.

Band:
Immanuel Brockhaus – keys
Thomas Mäder – sax
Pierangelo Crescenzio – bass
Andreas Schnyder – drums

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VOICE IT

The quartet “Voice It” combines virtuosity with great entertainment. They combine nostalgia with juvenile freshness, presenting jazz jewels in new clothes: “Softly As In A Morning Sunrise” is presented in a funky version, which forcibly makes the audience feel like dancing. “Summertime” comes with jazzy vocals and subtly grooving rhythms, whereas “Cherokee” lets you drift back to ancient times – even though you might not have lived through them.

Band:
Lisette Spinnler – voc
Roland Köppel – piano, keys
Michael Chylewski – bass
Andreas Schnyder – drums

Special Guest: Dave Feusi – sax

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