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Wickihalder, Jurg: Narziss And Echo (Intakt)

Manuel Perovic arranges the story of Narcissus and Echo, as told by Ovid for saxophonist Jurg Wickihalder and a theatrical band including Michael Jaeger, Damian Zangger, Chris Wiesendanger, &c.

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UPC: 7640120192099

Label: Intakt
Catalog ID: INT209
Squidco Product Code: 16389

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded in September 2011 by Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen at Hard Studios Winterhur.


Jurg Wickihalder-compostion, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone

Tim Krohn-narrator, text

Jeannine Hirzel-soprano

Sonoe Kato-mezzosoprano

Mia Lindblom-violin

Frantz Loriot-viola

Seth Woods-cello

Florian Egli-alto saxophone, flute

Michael Jaeger-tenor saxophone, clarinet

Damian Zangger-trumpet, tenor horn

Bernhard Bamert-trombone

Manuel Perovic-arrangement

Chris Wiesendanger-piano

Daniel Studer-doublebass

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track listing:

1. Die Sage Von Narziss 5:48

2. Ouverture 4:17

3. Saturnia, Ach, Bist Du Suss 2:07

4. Ach, Saturnia, Jetzt Wird's Mir Doch Zu Blod 6:20

5. Ich Macht' Noch In Die Windeln 6:00

6. Schwere Nacht, Starre Nacht 8:33

7. Ist Da Jemand 4:54

8. Wie Krank Sind Doch Die Menschen 4:37

9. Nein Doch, Was Ist Dies Licht 3:29

10. Doch Warum Kann Ich Nicht 3:00

11. Da Liegt Narziss 6:24

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Improvised Music
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
Spoken Word

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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"The story of Narcissus and Echo, as told by Ovid, demands music of uncharacteristic directness. It is about the call which waits for resonance, for instance, but also about the life-giving principle of mutation, of constant, startling change. And of course it is about eroticism in all its forms.

A genuinely theatrical music is being played out here: the stylistic uniformity is of less interest than the colouration. Or, to put it better; the music gains its unique character through diversity and contradiction. And the text, stringently orientated toward music, acquires a theatrical presence. Manuel Perovic's precisely coloured orchestration and the exquisite performances of all involved created a seductive, erotic atmosphere and contribute to the game of stimulating, astonishing dramatically tension here too a surprising range of stops are pulled out."-Intakt

Artist Biographies:

"Daniel Studer was born in Zürich in 1961, lived and worked in Rome from 1981 to 1995, is now living with his family in Zurich.Master of arts in Music Pedagogy, guest composer at the Elektronisches Studio in Basel, studied composition with Johannes Schöllhorn.2010 award from the city of Zurich.

His focus lies on improvisation and mixed forms of improvisation and composition. He participated in various projects involving space - and projects with live electronics; further fields of interest are music and language, music and dance, music and video poetry. The constant exploration of his instrument has led to performances as a soloist, too.For years he has been working with Peter K Frey, Mischa Käser, Katharina Klement, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Dieter Ulrich and Alfred Zimmerlin.Presently he is part of the Kontrabassduo Studer-Frey, Kimmig-Studer-Zimmerlin, III-VII-XII (with Mischa Käser and Urs Haenggli) and the trio Gabriela Friedli Trio.

Concerts and radio recordings in Europe, Japan and USA. Among others he played with Lester Bowie, Jacques Demierre, Michel Doneda, Paolo Fresu, Gerry Hemingway, Steve Grossmann, Barney Kessel, Hans Koch, Riccardo Lay, Joëlle Léandre, Magda Mayas, Mike Melillo, Evan Parker, Antonello Salis, Irene Schweizer, Tony Scott, Co Streiff, Sebi Tramontana, Massimo Urbani, Urs Voerkel, Bobby Watson and many others.

Records with the Kontrabassduo Studer-Frey, Kimmig-Studer-Zimmerlin, Giancarlo Schiaffini Quintet, Gabriela Friedli Trio, Solo, In Transit, Eichenbergers Domino, Day & Taxi, Käppeli-Lüscher-Studer, Streichtrio Coen-Penazzi-Studer on labels as Intakt,Unit Records, EMANEM, Konnex, Percaso, Creative Sources, Edition RZ.

Festivals: Controindicazioni Roma, Le Mans Jazz Festival, Südtirol Jazz Festival Bozen, Clusone Jazz, Ulrichsberger Kaleidophon, Unerhört! Zürcher Jazzfestival, Willisau Jazz Festival, Zoom in Bern, Schaffhauser Jazzfestival, Limmitantiones, Romaeuropa, Zürcher Theaterspektakel, World New Music Days, Honmoku Jazz Festival Yokohama, Jazz and more München, Siena Jazz, Progetto Musica Roma

He has been teaching improvisation at different music schools so at the Bern University of the Arts since 2006."

-Daniel Studer Website (

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