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Niggli, Lucas Sound of Serendipity Tentet: Play! <i>[Used Item]</i> (Intakt)

Surprises abound with Lucas Niggli's approach to improvised composition, using 40 playing cards that his ten-piece ensemble interpret, drawing on inspired performers from improvised, experimental and contemporary classical music, their game performed over three rounds, allowing an incredibly diverse set of approaches to reveal themselves on each unique track.

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Joana Maria Aderi-voice, electronics

Dominik Blum-Hammond organ

Silke Strahl-tenor saxophone

Marc Unternahrer-tuba

Marina Tantanozi-flute, electronics

Christian Weber-double bass

Helena Winkelman-violin

Peter Conradin Zumthor-drums, celesta

Tizia Zimmermann-accordion

Lucas Niggli-drums, melodica, composition

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Liner notes by Alexander Hawkins.

UPC: 7640120194062

Label: Intakt
Catalog ID: ITK406.2
Squidco Product Code: 34334

Format: CD
Condition: VG
Released: 2023
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels w/ booklet
Recorded at Kunstraum Walcheturm, in Zurich, Switzerland, on January, 5th and 6th, 2023, by Jonas Hani.

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Previously played Squidco store copy, used for cataloging and samples, in excellent condition.

"With the Sound Of Serendipity Tentet, Lucas Niggli, who has been at the forefront of Swiss-European jazz for many years, brings together some of the most exciting musicians from the local jazz and improvisation scene. Stirring music is created in a highly original playing instruction via 40 composed playing cards, implemented by this ten-member ensemble of strong personalities and the factor of chance.

And so, Play! Is a vehicle to negotiate a spectrum of composed and improvised behaviour in the form of a card game played over three rounds. "On the one hand, we hear a composition which sounds like an expansion of Lucas Niggli's musical character: mercurial, highly detailed, uncannily responsive to others, unafraid of groove. And yet on the other, I suspect that the listener familiar with the individual performers on the recording will smile to themselves at how vibrantly those performers' own individual characteristics are set into relief by Niggli's game".-Intakt

Liner notes by Alexander Hawkins.

Artist Biographies

"Joana Aderi spent her youth in a remote boarding school in central Switzerland, where she intensively studied Renaissance singing. After graduating from high school, she studied early music at the Academy of Church Music in Lucerne. Then very suddenly the urgent need to make her own music in tune with the times. Hence the move to the University of Jazz, which she ultimately completed in Trondheim, Norway with a master's degree in Performing and Composing Electronic Music. Aderi's main interest lies in the combination of electronic and human sounds and in music between improvisation and song. She has been touring internationally with her solo project EIKO since 2004. EIKO is experimental electronics where Joana uses her voice as raw material for electronic sounds. With her electro-pop band SISSY FOX she plays sweet, danceable songs that have rough edges. The courage to produce imperfectly is important to Joana Aderi. In doing so, it consciously sets an example against the over-designed, high-gloss electronics. She also plays in various bands. For example with PHALL FATALE, a quintet around drummer Fredy Studer, where she is at the front together with singer Joy Frempong (Oy). After many years abroad (Norway and Australia), Joana Aderi has been living in Zurich again since 2016."

-Joana Aderi Website (Translated by Google) (

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"Dominik Blum - pianist, keyboarder, conductor. Concert graduate SMPV at Urs Peter Schneider in Bern. Concerts and radio records as panist and conductor (solo, chamber music, chamber operas). Classical repertoire and contemporary works by famous international and swiss composers, new discoveries like Sam Hayden, David Dramm, Werner M. Grimmel, Martin Imholz, Olga Diener a.o. Rock music from early childhood on. Long experiences with analog electronics. Free music and interdisciplinary projects in several groups: Since 1995 with Steamboat Switzerland. Since 2001 duo worl with the saxophone player Raphael Camenisch, since 2003 with the pianist Tamriko Kordzaia. Since 2005 new border experiences with the improvising noise metal trio AZEOTROP. 2000 first release of solo piano works by the swiss avantgarde composer Hermann Meier. Tours in Europe, China, Russia, USA, Canada, Southern America. Composer of open musicayl concepts (music one, two, three, etc). Teaches piano. 1998 cultural price of the city of Winterthur, 2001 price of cultural foundation Winterthur. Lives there with his his wife, the music teacher Sabina von Werra (vonwerranachblum) and their two kids Xenia and Seraphim."

-Dominik Blum Website (

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"Born in Bad Saulgau in 1988, Silke Strahl had her first music lessons at the age of 9. She began studying elementary music education at the Stuttgart University of Music and Performing Arts in 2008. From 2010 she also studied classical saxophone with Nikola Lutz. An Erasmus stay took her to Lucerne, where she completed her instrumental bachelor's degree and master's degree in "Interpretation of contemporary music" with Sascha Armbruster and Beat Hofstetter.

Silke works in various ensembles with which she premieres contemporary works or realizes interdisciplinary projects. Another focus of her work is free improvisation. Here she is on stage with, among others, Hans-Peter Pfammatter, Christian Weber, Julian Sartorius, Raphael Loher, Tizia Zimmermann and Lucas Niggli.

She can also be heard as a substitute in various orchestras and ensembles, such as the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Graubünden Chamber Philharmonic, the Collegium Novum, the Hessischer Rundfunk Orchestra and the Exorbitaten Kabinett.

In 2019 she won second prize at the renowned Concours Nicati competition with her duo Klexs and in 2016 she won the Edwin Fischer Recognition Prize as well as the Soundzz.z.zzz...z competition at the Lucerne Festival.

She is also actively involved in the Lucerne cultural scene and in the Forum Neue Musik Lucerne."

-Silke Strahl Website (Translated by Google) (

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"Marc Unternährer, born in 1975, studied music with a major in tuba in Lucerne. Since then he has been very versatile as a freelance musician. He has maintained an intensive exchange with Chicago musicians since his stay in the Lucerne studio in Chicago in 2002. Other important collaborations for him were and are with Albin Brun, Ruedi Häusermann, Erika Stucky, Barry Guy, Markus Lauterburg, Simon Hari (aka King Pepe), Matto Kämpf, Gerry Hemingway, Silke Eberhard, Manuel Troller, Hans-Peter Pfammatter, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Josh Berman, Keefe Jackson, Frank Rosaly, Hans Hassler, Julian Sartorius, Ensemble Phoenix, Miriam Rumpfenegger, Sebastian Strinning, ox&öl and many others; Quite a few of them are documented on recordings. He currently plays in the following bands: Le Rex, Trampeltier of Love, Looty Trio, Bubbles and Bangs, Blue Shroud Band, Frode Gjerstad Tuba Trio and the NAH Quartet. The Mullbau, a space for improvised music that he helped initiate, received a Lucerne work grant and the "Young Ears Prize" for the children's concert series. This was followed in 2014 by the Lucerne work contribution and a stay in the central Swiss studio in Berlin. He has been the program manager of the Stans Music Days since 2015. Marc Unternährer is a lecturer at the HSLU Music and a lecturer at the Bern University of the Arts. Together with Urban Mäder and Thomas Meyer he wrote "Mediating Free Improvisation - A Compendium", published by Wolke Verlag in 2019. In 2020 he received the Art and Culture Prize of the City of Lucerne."

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"Marina Tantanozi is a flutist and improviser also working in sound art. Born in Thessaloniki Greece, she is based in Basel, Switzerland, after some stops in Berlin, Maastricht and Zürich. She pulls from a wide range of musical influences such as jazz, new music and traditional Middle-Eastern music to compose a sound world where she extends the techniques and expressions of the flutes, combining voice, microtonal textures and electronic processing. Her creative processes focus on the notions of communication and temporality.

She is interested in making music in diverse settings, at the intersection of improvised, experimental, contemporary jazz and new music. Festival and club performances have led her throughout Europe and Russia. She regularly performs as a soloist, as well as with the Insub Meta Orchestra, Bottom Orchestra, Aquaserge, Eden/Loriot/Tantanozi trio, tangent+mek, a.o. and she has performed with the Joyful Noise orchestra, Eve Risser's White Desert Orchestra, Alfred Zimmerlin, Andria Nicodemou, Julian Sartorius, Timothée Quost, Franz Loriot, Lucas Niggli, Martins Berther, Alvaro Rosso and Sebastian Strinning, to name a few.

Passionate about interdisciplinary and collaborative work, she regularly engages in research and works with artists from fields such as dance, theatre and the visual arts. She has an ongoing collaboration with the dancers/choreographers Sonia Ntova and Manel Salas Palau. In 2019 she created the sound installation "the third space", for Unfrozen Education or How to Relearn (GR, CH).

She co-curated the improvised music series KlangBang in Basel, from 2015 until 2019, and she co-founded the organization AdhocArts in Athens Greece in 2021."

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Christian Weber: Doublebass, composition, electronics. Born in Zürich/Switzerland

1990 discovery of the Doublebass
1993-96 studies at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Graz
1995-98 studies at the Bruckner Conservatory Linz with Adelhard Roidinger
1998 studies with Ernst Weissensteiner, Vienna
2000-06 operative and artistic management of the WIM Zürich
2000- music for film & theater, soundinstallations
2001 grant from the city of Zürich; composition commissioned by ProHelvetia
2003 Zürich culture award (Werkjahr)
2004- extensive touring all over the world
2007-13 guest lecturer at the University of Berne
2013- lecturer at the University of Lucerne

regular appearances

Sudden Infant, ensemble für neue musik zürich, Christy Doran's Bunter Hund, Die Welttraumforscher

Druga Godba (Ljubliana), Jazzfestival Zagreb, Jazz Meeting TelAviv, Jazz-Meeting Jerusalem, Jazzfest Wiesen, Hörgänge Wien, Jazzfestival Schaffhausen, AMR Festival (Geneva), Ice On Fire (Kuwait), Festival de Jazz Grenoble, Jazzfest Wien, unerhört!, Ulrichsberger Kaleidophon, Uncool Poschiavo, Jazzfestival Mulhouse, Wien Modern, Moers Festival, LEM (Barcelona), Jazzherbst Konstanz, Taktlos, Vision Festival (NYC), FIMAV (Victoriaville), Konfrontationen Nickelsdorf, Umbrella Festvial Chicago, Jazzfestival Willisau, Jazzfestival Belgrade, Fri Resonans Trondheim...

toured in
Switzerland, Austria, Germany, England, Ireland, Poland, Israel, China, Taiwan, Belgium, Italy, Slovenia, Kuwait, Croatia, Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Serbia, Spain, Japan, Russia, USA, Canada...

works/worked with
Lina Allemano, Bruno Amstad, Tim Barnes, Johannes Bauer, Ludwig Bekic, Han Bennink, Claudia Ulla Binder, Jeb Bishop, Andres Bosshard, John Butcher, Antoine Chessex, Gene Coleman, Collegium Novum, Lol Coxhill, Chris Dahlgren, Tim Daisy, Jacques Demierre, Bertrand Denzler, Robert Dick, Roberto Domeniconi, Michel Doneda, Christy Doran, Paul Dunmall, Markus Eichenberger, Ellery Eskelin, Peter Evans, Kai Fagaschinski, Pierre Favre, Peter K Frey, Charles Gayle, Gegenklang, Michael Griener, Andy Guhl, Uli Gumpert, Boris Hauf, Franz Hautzinger, Stefan Heckel, Gerry Hemingway, Gerhard Herrmann, Charlotte Hug, Ben Jeger, Russ Johnson, Jason Kahn, Vera Kappeler, Mazen Kerbaj, Hans Koch, Ritsche Koch, Jonas Kocher, Tomas Korber, Peter Kowald, Jesse Kudler, Joachim Kühn, Oliver Lake, Joke Lanz, Urs Leimgruber, Tony Levin, Werner Lüdi, Paul Lytton, Rudi Mahall, Phil Minton, Norbert Möslang, Michael Moser, Jon Mueller, Günter Müller, Simon Nabatov, Lucas Niggli, Noid, Evan Parker, Dave Phillips, Simon Picard, Wolfgang Puschnig, Christian Reiner, Wolfgang Reisinger, Paul Rogers, Roger Rotor, Olaf Rupp, Jorge Sanchez-Chiong, Julian Sartorius, Eric Schaefer, Philip Schaufelberger, Matthias Schubert, Willem Schulz, Irène Schweizer, Christine Sehnaoui, Sharif Sehnaoui, Elliott Sharp, Martin Siewert, Markus Stauss, Steamboat Switzerland, Michael Jefry Stevens, Co Streiff, Michael Thieke, Dieter Ulrich, Tom Varner, Colin Vallon, Walter & Sabrina, Matthew Welch, Chris Wiesendanger, Bo Wiget, Michel Wintsch, Stephan Wittwer, Nils Wogram, Christian Wolfarth, Michael Wollny, Nate Wooley, Katsura Yamauchi, Raed Yassin, Otomo Yoshihide, Michael Zerang, Matthias Ziegler, Alfred Zimmerlin, Philip Zoubek...

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"Helena Winkelman (born 27 February 1974) is a Swiss-Dutch composer and violinist. She has won the Andrea Postaccini Italian violin competition and the Walther Bringolf Award for Chamber Music of the Music Academy of Heidelberg-Mannheim. The violin she uses was made by Francesco Rugeri in 1687."

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"Zumthor, whose father is the architect Peter Zumthor , broke a violin training in the kindergarten age. Through his father he was early familiar with Jazzmusik ; Only through hip-hop did he return to active music making and learned to play drums, largely as an autodidact . At the age of 19 he played in the (last) trio of Werner Lüdi . With his projects, he is present on national and international stages; For example in the duo with the pianist Vera Kappeler , as a soloist, or with the drummer theater "Die Hintertür" with Fritz Hauser and Rob Kloet . With Dominik Blum at the Hammondorgel he plays in the duo Azeotrope. Concert tours took him to over a dozen countries. Zumthor also works at the interfaces of music and visual art. He began to make the preparations for the church bells, which were altered in sound, for both music and art festivals.

Zumthor initiated numerous projects and formations. He was involved in world premieres of New Music , gave solo concerts, played theatermusics and composed architectural music and composed music. He worked with the composers Felix Profos and David Dramm as well as with the musicians Christian Weber , Anna Trauffer, Fritz Hauser, Achim Escher and Marek Otwinowski, Jürg Kienberger, Julian Sartorius and with the Ukrainian writer Yuri Andruchovych ( Werewolf Sutra ). With Samuel Streiff, he worked on the battles (2014).

In 2009, he received a work grant from the Canton of Graubünden to prepare his solo program. In 2015, the Duo Kappeler / Zumthor received the recognition prize of the city of Chur."

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Tizia Zimmermann is a Swiss accordion player, known for the duo Zimmermann / Lienhard, and as a performer with Lucas Niggli.

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"Lucas Niggli was born in a thunderbolt in 1968, West Kamerun. He lived there before he moved to Switzerland. Today he lives in Uster with his three children, Felix, Gaudenz and Emilia and his partner Annette Meier.

IntroHis affinity to Music, especially to percussion instruments, was quite strong at a very young age. Between 1987 and 1995, he played at the experimental New Jazz formation "Kieloor Entartet". The group published three CDs, conquered many stages in diverse countries, formed a not every day orchestra, "ENAO91 and ENAO93", and connected to other artists and composers. After that, Lucas Niggli took charge of the management of the alternative Swiss label "UNIT-Records" until 1998; he was the president of the Swiss Professional Association of Jazz and Improvisation Musicians, SMS, and a long member of the board of the WIM (werkstatt für improvisierte Musik Zurich).

Working Bands

In 1995 he founded the avant-core band "Steamboat Switzerland" with Dominik Blum and Marino Pliakas. More than 150 concerts, 4 cd and 2 vinyl recordings testify to the group's intense and hard work. "Lucas Niggli's Zoom" was founded in 1999 (with Nils Wogram And Philipp Schaufelberger) They performed at all of Europe's big festivals, (Moers, Saalfelden, Willisau, Le Mans) as well n Vancouver and they recorded a first cd in 2001 followed by a CD in 2003. As an extension of this trio, Lucas Niggli created "Big Zoom", a quintet with Claudio Puntin and Peter Herbert as guests, with two releases (Big Ball, Sweat). Since 2002 he plays regularly in the Piano Trio with Jacques Demierre and Barry Guy. Since 1994 Lucas Niggli has played in a variety of different bands with Pierre Favre as his partner. These are, amongst others, "Singing Drums", "European Chamber Ensemble", "The Drummers", as well as a duo.Since 2006 he is composing for and performing with the international Drum Quartet Beat Bag Bohemia (with Kesivan Naidoo (SA), RolandoLamussene (MZ), and Peter Conradin Zumthor (CH). The Duo Black Lotos with chinese Guzheng Player Xu Fengxia is also a long lasting working band, like the Drum Duo Lucas Niggli and Peter Conradin Zumthor. Since 2011 the Trio Biondini - Godard - Niggli with Luciano Biondini and Michel Godard tours extensivly in Europe with two CD Productions for Intakt Records. Since 2013 regulary also in Projects with the Drum Trio Klick with Fritz Hauser and P.C.Zumthor and in a Duo with Swiss Singer Andreas Schaerer.

Other World

Lucas Niggli was always musically active. He toured through all of Europe with different musicians, played on stages in Russia and America, Egypt and Canada, China and Southafria, Taiwan and m.o. He performed on major Jazz festivals in Vancouver, Berlin, Moers, Saalfelden, Willisau, Rome, Nürnberg, Capetown, Le Mans, Münster and Zurich. And New Music Festivals like Huddersfield (UK), Donaueschingen ( D) , Ultima (N), MaerzMusik (D). He is always being tempted into different corners of the music business. If he doesn't perform a contemporary piece by David Dramm, Michael Werthmüller, Felix Profos, Sam Hayden, Kagel, Polanski, Cage, or Rzewski; he will regularly improvise in the Zurich "Werkstatt für Improvisierte Musik." And he plaied in several Bands from Swiss Singer Erika Stucky, like "Bubble and Bangs".

In Best Memories

In his bands and projects, Lucas Niggli had the chance to work hand in hand with musicians from all over the world, from all kinds of different scenes. People like Barry Guy, John Cale, Pierre Favre, Butch Morris, Trevor Watts, Fred Frith, Hans Koch, Peter Kowald, Peter Waters, Samul Nori, Tom Cora, Ikue Mori, Tenko, Michel Doneda, Michel Wintsch, Collegium Novum, Urs Leimgruber, Arkadij Shilklopper, Jean-Luis Matinier, Martin Schütz, Irene Schweizer, Susanne Abbuehl, Wu Wei, Phil Minton, the filmmaker Peter Mettler , Susanne Abbuehl, Erika Stucky, ARTE Quartet, Andrew Cyrille, Andreas Schaerer, Tim Berne and many more."

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Track Listing:

1. Mouvement 07:45

2. Mouvement 11:29

3. Mouvement 07:18

4. Mouvement 03:32

5. Mouvement 02:54

6. Mouvement 00:57

7. Mouvement 08:59

8. Mouvement 03:20

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