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von Orelli, Marco / Tommy Meier / Luca Sisera / Sheldon Suter: Lotus Crash (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

Trumpeter Marco von Orelli's piano-less quartet with Tommy Meier on tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, Luca Sisera on double bass, and Sheldon Suter on drums is caught live at Theater am Gleis, in Winterthur, Switzerland in 2018, and at Boudoir au Revoir, the same year, performing von Orelli's compellingly clever compositions, plus one each from Adam lane and Tommy Meier.

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UPC: 752156100225

Label: ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd
Catalog ID: ezz-thetics 1002
Squidco Product Code: 28045

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded live at Theater am Gleis, in Winterthur, Switzerland, on July 13th, 2018, by Florian Wetter, except Wittgenstein, recorded live at Boudoir au Revoir, in Basel, Switzerland, on February 23rd, 2018, by Hannes Kumk.


Marco von Orelli-trumpet

Tommy Meier-tenor saxophone, bass clarinet

Luca Sisera-double bass

Sheldon Suter-drums

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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 (

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"Luca Sisera (b. 27/08/1975, Chur)

For a good 15 years, Luca Sisera has been a sought-after bassist in the Swiss jazz and improvisation scene. Musically, he likes to operate in the charged environment between composition and improvisation. He is frequently seen on stage at various festivals and jazz clubs across Europe in well over 100 concerts each year, whereby some tours and concerts have already taken him to Egypt, China and America. To date, he has been involved in over 30 audio releases, often produced in cooperation with Swiss Radio SRF 2. Most recently, Luca Sisera has also started working as a composer for his own quintet "ROOFER". As interdisciplinary projects have always interested him, Luca Sisera has also worked with authors, cabaret artists, dancers and visual artists, among others, as well as on theatre and film productions.


Plays and played with: Michael Jaeger, Yves Theiler, Silvio Cadotsch, Michi Stulz, VincentMembrez, Norbert Pfammatter, Urs Leimgruber, Sheldon Suter, Dario Sisera, Franz Hellmüller, Tony Renold, Isa Wiss, Carles Peris, Axel Dörner, Tommy Meier, IrèneSchweizer, Co Streiff, Peter Landis, Greg Osby, Chris Jaeger Brown, Valentin Kessler,Manuel Mengis, Tobi Schramm, Lisette Spinnler, Alex Hendriksen, Nadja Stoller, Oli Kuster,Marco von Orelli, Russ Johnson, Philipp Schaufelberger, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Reto Senn,Dave Gisler, Marc Halbheer, Christoph Irniger, Stefan Rusconi, Christoph Baumann, Valeria Zangger, Christoph Gallio, Alex Huber, Flurin Caviezel, Patricia Draeger, Albin Brun,Georges Kazazian, Bahur Ghazi, Sheila Runa, Jacinta Candinas, Andri Perl, Lukas Mantel, Guy Bettini, Fabio Martini, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Gerry Hemingway and many more"

-Luca Sisera Website (

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Drummer Sheldon Suter, born on 22/2/1971 in Locarno, TI, Switzerland, is a member of Musique Brute, Big Bold Back Bone, Marco von Orelli 6, Jurg Wickihalder Orchestra.

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track listing:

1. Lotus 7:54

2. Part Of A Light 7:11

3. Spin With The EARth 7:26

4. Forbidden Fruits 6:52

5. Maiduguri 4:57

6. Triptychon 4:50

7. Wittgenstein 7:08

8. Five Dark Days 5:38

9. AKA 4:07
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"We are creatures of habit and custom. Our minds like to run along familiartracks. A wise Russian folklorist tells us that there are really only five, oris it seven? basic stories and we learn to look for them. When we see a stringquartet come on stage, we think we know what we're going to hear, except thatdoesn't prepare us for one by Luigi Nono, which is mostly silence, or one byJohn Cage, where the players sit far apart and don't seem to communicate.Likewise, for a certain generation of jazz fans, a lineup consisting of trumpet,saxophone, bass and drums, with no obvious harmony instrument, invariablymakes us think about the great Don Cherry/Ornette Coleman quartets of the1950s.

Marco von Orelli and Tommy Meier very quickly overturn that expectation. Ifwe have heard their work before, we will be prepared for something different,but it's a delightful surprise nonetheless. When the saxophone utters a bluesyphrase on "Five Dark Days" late on in the album, we might think that thelanguage is at last returning to some assumed norm, but for the most part thehorns are used as much texturally as they are for clear declamatory notes or forquick linear ideas. In the same way, even though we know that Coleman and Cherrywere largely constrained by the studio techniques and instrumental hierarchiesof their day, we recognise that even they would have wanted the bass and drumsmixed up higher and more prominently. In the group of von Orelli and Meierbassist Luca Sisera (who like all modern bassists owes a subtle debt to CharlieHaden) and drummer Sheldon Suter (who is the heir to a century of live researchinto the subdivisions of metre) are very much components of a collective, ratherthan supporting agents.

The music here is often darkly thoughtful, which is not to say that it isunexciting or "head" music rather than "heart" music. Anyone who hears vonOrelli's signature compositions, "Lotus", "Part of a Light", "Forbidden Fruits"(perhaps the most sensuous number) and "Triptychon" will come away smiling anduplifted. He knows and his colleagues know that jazz - if we're stillcomfortable with the term - is about joy and danger, grief and anger, that itconsists of serious consideration as well as spontaneous gesture. It is, inshort, a music that sets out from the beginning to confound rather than fulfilour expectations.

And yet, it has to rely on a language. Real aficionados always appreciateimaginative choices of repertoire and the presence here of lines by Americanmaster bassist Adam Lane and by the gifted Swiss saxophonist and composer CoStreiff is testimony to how thoroughly absorbed in new music this quartet is.And those same enthusiasts will perhaps look smilingly at the inclusion of atrack by Streiff's colleague and fellow-saxophonist Tommy Meier, a stillunderrated writer. It's called "Wittgenstein", a name and title that reminds usthat the limits of our language are the limits of our world, but also, as LudwigWittgenstein came to believe later in his life, that our language-world getsbigger and richer the more often we visit it and test its boundaries. Thatremains the abiding impression of this beautiful record. It matters very littlewhat preconceptions we bring to it. The music itself tells us where we aregoing. In tells us quietly but insistently, in breathy, almost toneless shapesfrom the trumpet, resonant frictions from the tenor saxophone and bass clarinet,low drones and rhythmic pulses from the contrabass, and a whole orchestra ofsounds - not just "time" - from the percussion. Lotus Crash is a marvellous newrecord from a new jazz imprint, which also has a great deal of history behindit, as well as a desire to move ever forward into the music's future."-BrianMorton, from the liner notes

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