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Swiss Improvisers Orchestra: Zwitzerland (Creative Sources)

Since 1998 the SIO have performed their witty and fun-loving style that tickles and dares its audience with subtle surprises, giving improvised music a new name.

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UPC: 5609063401578

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs157
Squidco Product Code: 11495

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded November 9-11, 2007 at Radio Zurich, Studio 2 by Martin Pearson.


Ursula Maehr-recorder

Carles Peris-saxophone, flute

Francis Petter-saxophone, bass clarinet

Valentin Vecellio-baqsset horn

Marco von Orelli-trumpet

Sabine von Werra-voice

Christoph Baumann-piano

Markus Fischer-doublebass

Jacques Widmer-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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"Christoph Baumann: Piano / co-leader. Born in 1954. Lives in Wettingen (Aargau)

Is a jazz musician, pianist, composer and music educator. With his own groups or as a sideman he appeared at festivals such as: Montreux, Willisau, Zurich, Schaffhausen, San Sebastian, Vilnius, Tallinn, Kaunas, Nimes, Santjago de Cuba, Havana, Bangalore, Sofia, Cluny, Moscow etc. For various groups he wrote music, such as a composition for classical orchestra and Latin percussion, for various theater projects: Jerry Dental Kollekdoof, Danuser, Kolin & Co, Conellis Circustraum, Zurich Schauspielhaus, various free theater groups (InSitu, MARIA, Vaudeville, Suriel, CH- Dance Theater, il Soggetto, Nelly Büttikofer, Alpodrom). Wrote three operas: "Attinghausen", "Ds Gräis", "Behind the seven mountains". Composes music for movies.

Lead the latin experimental formation Mentalities, the Baumann-Hämmerli-Sextett, and with Urs Blöchlinger the big formation Cadavre exquis. and the recession orchestra. With Jacques Siron he leads the groups Afro Garage, Nuit Balte and the Septet Rouge, Frisé & Acide 7. Play (s) with: Joe Malinga, Benny Wallace, Tom Scott, Dave Taylor, Tom Varner, Petras Vyshniauskas, Letieres Leite, Urs Blöchlinger, Martin Schlumpf, Marco Käppeli, Dieter Ulrich, Runo Eriksson, Didier Levallet, Ramon Lopez, Laurent Dehors, Les Passeurs d'Instants, Omnibus, Nuevo Sabor, Picason, Swiss-Fusion, Bermuda Quadrangle, Orchester National de Jazz de La France , La Marmite Infernale, Swiss percussion ensemble, Kleinzeit."

-Christoph Baumann Website (Translated by Google) (

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track listing:

1. Grooves And Cuts 13:23

2. Disturbed Tune 3:57

3. Sax Conduction And Free 12:35

4. Marsala And Impro 2:40

5. Tales 8:47

6. Powerloops And Ballad 4:42

7. March Impro 2:22
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"The Swiss Improvisers Orchestra (SIO) was founded in the "Künstlerhaus Boswil" in the Fall of 1998. Their witty and fun-loving style tickles and dares its audience with a constant supply of subtle surprises, giving improvised music a new name.

Multimedial works such as "Prova d'Orchestra", Tingding" "Exercices de Style" "Das fremde Kind" "Conduccions Conspiratives" "Rohe Hand im Wortgestern" and "Revue Macabre," have seen the SIO co-producing with guest artists such as Daniel Mouthon, Doro Schürch, Christoph Baumann, Daniel Fueter, Joseph Maria Balanyà, and Mischa Käser.

Employing methods such as procedural steps, conductions, cuts, and free improvisation, the ensemble specializes in developing musical strategies for the large, orchestral sounding body, examples of which can be heard on their various recordings."-Creative Sources

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