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Gesing, Klaus / Bjorn Meyer / Samuel Rohrer : Amiira [VINYL] (Arjunamusic)

The second album from German saxophonist and clarinetist Klaus Gesing, Swedish bassist Bjorn Meyer, and Swiss drummer Samuel Rohrer, co-composing the rich atmospheres of timbre, textured percussion and propulsive beats, landscapes over which their playing intertwines in lyrical progressions, very much in an ECM vein of rich subtlety and imaginative playing.

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UPC: 880319753817

Label: Arjunamusic
Catalog ID: AMAC LP711
Squidco Product Code: 27433

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: Germany
Packaging: LP
Recorded at PROGR Atelier 363, in Bern, Switzerland, in March and December, 2015, by Bjorn Meyer Greencube.


Klaus Gesing-bass clarinet, soprano saxophone

Samuel Rohrer-drums, percussion

Bjorn Meyer-electric bass

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"Klaus Gesing soprano saxophone, bass clarinet, live electronics

Multi-instrumentalist Klaus Gesing is a writer, player, bandleader and teacher on the vanguard of jazz.

He got into improvisation at the age of 10, listening to an English clarinet player who regularly played on some music-minus-one tunes - coming from a battery-run speaker - in the pedestrian zone of his hometown Düsseldorf/Germany.

After some years under the inspiring guidance of his first saxophone and improvisation teacher, Johannes Seidemann at the Clara-Schumann Music School in Düsseldorf, he continued to be professionally trained at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague in Jazz (John Ruocco) and Classical (Leo van Oostrom) Saxophone - and finished his studies with a special remark for his compositions and artistic expression.He had additional studies with David Liebman.

Gesing has been awarded Best Soloist at the Jugend Jazzt Competition in Germany/NRW (1988), Best Soloist at the Middelzee Jazz Festival (1994), the Van Merlen Jazz Prize (1995) and Best Soloist at the Vienne International Jazz Competition (1996).He published several CDs in Duo with Glauco Venier ("Klaus Gesing and Glauco Venier play Bach", "Klaus Gesing and Glauco Venier play Songs") and began to collaborate with Norma Winstone in 1999.

As a leader, the well received debut album "First Booke of Songes", was followed in 2006 by "Heartluggage", recorded and performed by Gwilym Simcock on piano, Yuri Goloubev (bass) and Asaf Sirkis (percussion).Described in a recent review in All About Jazz as "one of those hidden gems that commands attention from the get-go".

His long-standing partnership with Italian pianist Glauco Venier led to the stunning trio with Norma Winstone and five critically acclaimed albums on Universal and ECM.


Klaus Gesing has so far collaborated with (among others): Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, Björn Meyer, Anouar Brahem, Samuel Rohrer, Francois Couturier, Paolo Paroni, Khaled Yassine, Gwilym Simcock, Asaf Sirkis, Yuri Goloubev, Glauco Venier, John Taylor, Johannes Berauer, Dave Liebman, Christian Muthspiel, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Uli Rennert, Jazz Big Band Graz, Paolino dalla Porta, Wolfgang Puschnig, Peter Herbert, Jarrod Cagwin, John Hollenbeck, Henning Siewerts, Helge Andreas Norbakken, Mario Brunello."

-Klaus Gesing Website (

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"Born in 1977 in Switzerland, Samuel grew up in a music connected family. He played the piano from age seven and switched over to drums with the age of 14, studying with Gilbert Paeffgen, who introduced him soon to Billie Brooks, with whom he studied at the Hochschule der Künste (formerly Swiss Jazz School) in Berne later on. In 2000, after studying in Boston, he became a demand drummer in Switzerland and started touring Europe and abroad with Patrick Muller Trio, Nya, Wolfert Brederode, Susanne Abbuehl Group, Malcolm Braff, Bänz Oester, Erik Truffaz and Harald Haerter a o. Since 2003 he lives in Berlin and became one of the influental musicians of his generation for improvised music.

His flexibility and capability to move around effortlessly in different styles, from atmospheric and free sounds to straight and energetic grooves make him a very dynamical and one of the creative percussionists in the european music scene today.

Performances and recordings amongst others with artists such as Laurie Anderson, Sidsel Endresen, Nils Petter Molvaer, Ricardo Villalobos, Skuli Sverrisson, Nan Goldin, Eivind Aarset, Max Loderbauer, Frank Möbus, Jan Bang, Vincent Courtois, Daniel Erdmann, Peter Herbert, Trygve Seim, Matthieu Michel, Erik Truffaz, Mark Feldman, Charles Gayle, Sirone, Hal Crook, Michel Portal, Claudio Puntin, Soundwalk Collective, Carlos Bica, Ferenc Snetberger, Joao Paulo Esteves da Silva, Markus Stockhausen, Arild Andersen and many, many more...

He recorded several albums for ECM, Intakt, HatHut and other labels and built his own label arjunamusic records in 2012. He is touring with his own group Noreia, the Daniel Erdmann-Samuel Rohrer Quartet, Wolfert Brederode Quartet, AMBIQ with Claudio Puntin & Max Loderbauer, with Klaus Gesing and Björn Meyer, his new trio with Trygve Seim and Harmen Fraanje and works on several new projects.

Samuel has been touring all over the world and played on major festivals like the NorthSea Festival Rotterdam NL, JVC Festival Amsterdam, Montreal Int. Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Fest., CTM Festival Berlin, Portland Jazzfestival, MoldeJazz NO, Punkt Festival NO, Bergen Jazzfestival NO, OffBeat Basel, JazzNoJazz Zürich, JazzdOr Strasbourg, Saalfelden A, Banlieues Bleues Paris, Nevers Jazzfestival F, Festival Le Mans F, Ulju Festival Korea, EnjoyJazz Mannheim D, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival GB, London Jazzfestival GB, Jazzfestival Willisau CH, Fajir International Music Festival Tehran and many more...

After meeting so many wonderful people all over the planet and feeling at home in many different places, he would consider himself as a nomad and world citizen."

-Samuel Rohrer Website (

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"Björn Meyer - six-string acoustic and electric bass guitars, bass-mandola

He grew up next to a piano outside Stockholm, studied trumpet in the Swedish youth music program, sang in a boys choir and played guitar in local garage-rock bands. Just shortly before his eighteenth birthday a jam session put him in direct contact with the electric bass. Those first notes, played on a left-behind instrument, opened up the door to an irresistible, resonating universe of sounds. After finishing a masters degree in Computer Science and Engineering he decided to "take a year off" and pursue his passion for the bass - a year that has lasted unbroken since 1989.

Already as a child Meyer had a great interest in how things work and what could be done to modify their normal function. The question "is this the only way it can work?" initiated a few disastrous attempts at modifying anything from radios to vacuum cleaners. However, from his first days as a bass-player, that same question has been a strong driving force of musical creativity. Time and again, the urge to express some specific musical ideas has inspired him to develop new and very personal ways of using the bass-guitar.

Meyer's unmistakable musical handwriting draws largely from a curiosity towards anything from music-styles, playing techniques, electronics, the construction of the actual instruments all the way to the inner composition of a string. In addition, Meyer also considers the interaction between acoustic space and the electronic properties of the bass guitar an important part of the musical experience. As a result, he continues to expand his range of sounds and technical solutions enabling him to shape his sonic world even more carefully.

Meyer has integrated his distinct voice in the most diverse contexts, in- and outside the natural habitat of his instrument. More often than not, he has found himself in settings challenging traditional distinctions such as acoustic or electric, composed or improvised, ancient or contemporary. He has worked alongside Persian harpist and singer Asita Hamidi and is a long term collaborator with Tunisian oud master Anouar Brahem. He has spent more than twenty years with Swedish nyckelharpa player Johan Hedin and percussionist Fredrik Gille in Bazar Blå, co-defining the sound of contemporary Swedish folk music. For more than a decade he was a member of the minimalistic groove-collective Nik Bärtsch's Ronin and thus helped to shape what has become known as "Zen-funk".

Recent years have seen the birth of NEN, featuring Mats Eser, Chrigel Bosshard and Ania Losinger with her unique instrument Xala, as well as AMIIRA - an improvising trio with Samuel Rohrer on drums and the bassclarinet, soprano sax of Klaus Gesing. Meyer is also a frequent collaborator in the musical structures of Swiss composer / reed player Don Li and teaches occasionally at the conservatories in Stockholm, Zurich, Bern, Lausanne and Lucerne.

In the autumn of 2017 - thirty years after his first encounter with the electric bass-guitar - ECM released his first solo-album "Provenance"."

-Bjorn Meyer Website (

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track listing:


1. Shine On Me 08:36

2. Minne 03:44

3. Fulminate 03:27

4. Flimmer 02:27

5. After You Left 04:55


1. Source One 05:21

2. Clouds Below 04:14

3. Refraction 01:57

4. Sirenes Sacrees 05:52

5. What We Leave 05:18
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"The trio of Swiss drummer & percussionist Samuel Rohrer, Swedish bass guitarist Björn Meyer and German reedsman Klaus Gesing first came together in 2013 when they released their only previous recording, open_source_music. Before they joined forces, each of the three had had years of experience on the road playing various styles of music. On coming together, their stated intention was to dissolve the borders between improvisation and composition, with the music on that debut recording demonstrating that they lived up to that intention.

Now comes Amiira, released on Rohner's own Arjuna Music label. With the exception of one live recording from March 2013-"Source One" (also featured on the debut release)-it was all recorded and mixed in Bern between March and December 2015; the album consists of ten tracks, totalling forty-six minutes, their lengths ranging from under two minutes to over eight-and-a-half minutes. Apart from "Sirenes Sacrées," by the late Armenian composer Khachatur Avetisyan, all the tracks were composed and arranged by the trio, with Gesing getting sole credit for the first two. The wonder is that anyone gets credit for composing and arranging this music, given the trio's intention to dissolve the borders...

On Gesing's home page there are some insights to how this trio operates: " There are meeting points: Some of these are transcriptions of former improvisations which were marked by their concrete form and stringency. Others can be compositions of group members or pieces taken from the vast heritage of folk music from all over the world." Despite such clues, throughout the album it would not be possible to definitively say which music was composed and which improvised. All the music has a regular pulse, often maintained by Rohner's drumming but owing just as much to his two bandmates. No one player obviously leads the other two, but the three of them collectively create the soundscape together, as if by instinct, without any glaringly obvious pre-planning or communication.

While the three musicians are equal partners in the music, Gesing's instrument-bass clarinet or soprano saxophone-inevitably plays a melodic line and so tends to attract rather more attention than the bass or drums. This is particularly true on the long opening track, his own "Shine On Me," where the bass clarinet is particularly mellifluous and sensuous. (Incidentally, the Arjuna Music label has three series, Acoustic, Electronic and Extended; it is entirely fitting that this trio release is in the Acoustic series, where it is a perfect fit.) Despite Gesing attracting such attention, Meyer and Rohrer are no stooges and are deserving equal attention; the end results unquestionably depend equally on the contribution of each of them and on their interactions.

Amiira is one of those albums that unexpectedly comes out of left field and instantly commands attention. We should not be surprised to see it cropping up regularly on end-of-the-year-best-album lists. Already, I am looking forward to this trio's next outing."-John Eyles, All About Jazz

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