Reedist and composer Tommy Meier's Root Down is a passionate tribal-percussive heavy band from Switzerland with a large set of players including pianist Irene Schweizer; irresistible new jazz!
Meier, Tommy Root Down
The Master And The Rain
Released in: Switzerland
"Tribal Drums, melodic bass pulse, dark swinging brass phrases and a short wild solo from Irene Schweizer: The opening of the new CD The Master and the Rain could hardly be more moving. It immediately comes back to you, that special taste of this music which had such an infectious effect already on the debut album by Tommy Meier Root Down. A taste of Africa and Jazz which grew out of grappling with a passion. In the black heart of a white Swiss. [...]"-Pirmin Bossart, from the liner notes
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"Marco von Orelli was born and raised in Basel, Switzerland. He completed his musical studies at the University of Music and Theatre Winterthur Zürich (HMT) and the University of Music Basel, where he majored in trumpet and improvisation. Additional study programmes: Jazz, New Music (Neue Musik) and free improvised music. Furthermore he took study trips to Den Haag (NL) in 1997 and two years later to Vienna (A). Since 1997 Marco von Orelli occupies himself with composition. He has given Solo concerts (e.g. for the 20-year anniversary of the cultural magazine "Programmzeitung", for the "Global Landmarks Illumination Initiative" in Bern or for Basel's celebrations for being a part of Switzerland for 500 years in 2001).
Marco von Orelli has enjoyed success on stage with the street scene musical by Kurt Weill under the direction of André Bellmont, Werner Düggelin and Heinz Spoerli, as well as with acts such as the George Gruntz Workshop Big Band or with various orchestras like the basel sinfonietta, the Swiss Improvisers Orchestra, TOMMY MEIER - ROOT DOWN, musique brute or Marco von Orelli 5. He is playing in different styles and has been seen giving concerts at such established events as the Jazzfestival Willisau (CH), Jazz à Mulhouse - météo (F) or music unlimited 22 in Wels (A). In 2002 Marco von Orelli toured with the swiss Circus Monti (Music composed by Ben Jeger) and from January 2003 right to the end of 2004 he acted as live musician for the Theatre Puravida in Basel. Marco von Orelli is also known for his collaborations with artists like Flavia Ghisalberti (Butoh-Dancer), Sheldon Suter, Daniel Ott, Jan Schlegel, Christoph Baumann, Co Streiff, Frances Marie Uitti, Johan van Kreij, Béatrice Götz (miR Company), Peter Schärli, Tommy Meier, Omri Ziegele, Michel Wintsch, Christian Weber, Irène Schweizer, Paul Hubweber, Luìs Lopes, Marc Unternährer, Isa Wiss, Luca Sisera, Travassos, Carles Peris, Alex Huber, Frantz Loriot and many more!"-Marco von Orelli Website (http://marcovonorelli.ch/about/biography/)
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Recorded on December 6th and 7th, 2009, "Camel Dance" on March 12, 2007 at Jazzclub Moods, Zurich by Willy Strehler. "The Rain Part II" recorded on August 30th, 2008 at Jazzfestival, Willisau by Martin Pearson.
Tommy Meier-tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, compositions
Marco von Orelli-trumpet
Co Streiff-alto and soprano saxophones
Peter Landis-tenor and baritone saxophones
Hands-Peter Pfammatter-key bass
Flo Goette-electric bass
Fredi Flukiger-drums, rain percussion
Jan Schlegel-electric bass
Peter Scharli-trumpet on "The Rain Part II" and "Camel Dance"
Andi Marti-trumbone on "The Rain Part II"
Jurg Wickihalder-soprano saxophone
Chris Wiesendanger-keys on "Camel Dance"
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1. Ogoni 6:51
2. The Forbidden Land 2:49
3. No Agreement 9:18
4. Camel Dance 4:00
5. The Veil 1:47
6. The Root 4:29
7. Across the Sands 2:48
8. The Bride 6:33
9. The Rain Part II 5:49
10. Jackals, Children, Everything 4:15
11. Invocation 2:55
12. Colonial Mentality 8:38
13. The Master 9:55