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Von Wyl, Luzia Ensemble: Frost (Hatology)

Swiss pianist/composer Luzia von Wyl and her Ensemble of jazz and classical performers presents von Wyl's compositions that borrow from modern and early jazz, chamber music and world sources, in works that draw on her experiences traveling and performing through the world.

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Luzia Von Wyl-piano

Amin Mokdad-flute

Nicola Katz-clarinet

Lukas Roos-bass clarinet

Maurus Conte-bassoon

Simon Heggendorn-violin

Jonas Iten-violincello

Andre Pousaz-bass

Raphael Christen-marimba

Rico Baumann-drums

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UPC: 752156072720

Label: Hatology
Catalog ID: Hatology727
Squidco Product Code: 19767

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded at Harstudios Winterthur and Radio Studio 1 in Zurich, Switzerland on May 31st, June 6th and 7th, and November 14th 2013 by Andy Neresheimer.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Luzia von Wyl's music takes on the precision and the complexity of experience itself. Each piece is precisely crafted for a specific use of her musical resources, employing one to ten instruments. "Spark" has such driving energy and sonic variety that you might not notice Luzia is playing solo, while "Jingle," a lighter episode with great detail, is written for the four contrasting woodwinds. This is a music that seems to engage all the senses in the richness of the moment, whether it's the layered, overlapping rhythms of "Kalimba" or the vivid shifts of "Quints," a wild confluence of sounds and voices from the airplane take-off glissandi and wild vocalics of the bass clarinet to the distorted hoe-down of the violin, all crisscrossing the strange groove of cello, bass and drums. It's a playful, wholly engaging musical world in which individual pieces are like interlocking parts of a single vision."-Stuart Broomer

Artist Biographies

"The Swiss pianist and composer Luzia von Wyl is one of those musicians who is eager to bring their projects to the stage themselves, and she leads her own ensemble, the Luzia von Wyl Ensemble, all of whose compositions she writes herself. Along with jazz, her passion is contemporary music - and all the realms in between. Besides her own projects she regularly writes music for other musicians and ensembles as well. Luzia regularly gets invited to festivals in Switzerland and abroad: To the Swiss Days Dubai, the Lucerne Festival, the Schaffhauser Jazzfestival, the BeJazz Winterfestival and the Jazzwerkstatt Bern, just to name a few. Born in 1985, Luzia earned her baccalaureate degree in 2004 in Lucerne. She then went on to study piano and composition at the Bern University of the Arts, the Zurich University of the Arts, and the University of Music in Lucerne, completing her studies in 2011 with master's degrees in both piano and composition."

-Hat Hut 2/16/2024

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"Born in 1984 in Biel, Amin currently lives there. He enjoys an active concert career both in the realm of jazz and in the field of free improvisation, performing with such ensembles as the Good Blend 4tet, the Christoph Walter Orchestra, the Swiss Army Concert Band, and many others. He is known not just for his extremely virtuosic solos but also for his impressive dance style. Occasionally he also dabbles in playing bass and trumpet."

-Luzia Von Wyl Ensemble Website (

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"Born in 1985 in Zurich, Nicola Katz lives in Lucerne. He is a great lover of refined cuisine and a trendsetter with respect to buzzwords. His concert activity involves collaborating as a chamber and orchestral musician with such ensembles as the Nexus Reed Quintet, the Ensemble PentaTon, the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra (in 2011, under the direction of Pierre Boulez), and the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra."

- (Luzia von Wyl Ensemble Website)

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"Lukas Roos was born in 1972 in Schüpfheim, Lukas lives in Bern. If he is not running his fingers across the clarinet keys in a frenzy of virtuosity, he is busy crossing them for Roger Federer. He concertizes with such ensembles as his bands Pommelhorse and Bash and has played at numerous festivals in Switzerland and abroad. He has also taken part on several recordings for such labels as Unit Records and HatHut Records."

- (Luzia von Wyl Ensemble Website)

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"Maurus Conte was born in 1982 in Lucerne, Maurus is a resident of that city as well. His life is devoted to research and discovery, not only in the realm of music but just as avidly in the domain of whiskey. His concert activity involves playing as a chamber and orchestral musician with such ensembles as the Nexus Reed Quintet, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, and the Zug Sinfonietta. He has won several national and international competitions."

-Luzia von Wyl Ensemble Website (

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"Jonas Iten has a busy schedule in Switzerland as well as in the near and far abroad. He has been a solo cellist with the Camerata Zürich since 1995 and with the Festival Strings Lucerne since 2001. Chamber music activity u.a. as a member of the Swiss octet.

As a soloist, Jonas Iten has performed with orchestras such as the Musikkollegium Winterthur, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the Camerata Zürich, the Zuger Sinfonietta and the Festival Strings Lucerne; with the latter in 2007 several times on a South American tour and as part of the Lucerne Festival in the KKL Lucerne. In 2009 he made his debut with Sony Music / Deutsche Harmonia Mundi with the CD "Concert Spirituel" with sonatas by J. B. Barrière. She has received numerous top marks in the international trade press and hymnic reviews such as: "Baroque Urenergy - Jonas Iten plays music by Jean Baptiste Barrière. He plays them amazingly well, with style and a passion beyond compare. "Neue Zürcher Zeitung, April 16, 2009, Alfred Zimmerlin.

In 2013 he joined Solist u.a. with the Lucerne Festival Strings at the Lucerne Festival in the KKL Lucerne, as well as with the Camerata Zurich in the Tonhalle Zurich and abroad. Et al For 2014 many performances are planned as a soloist, some of them in the Casino Zug, but also a concert series in Germany and abroad with all six suites for Cello Solo.

Jonas Iten was born into a family of musicians in Zug. First cello lessons at the age of seven with his uncle Luciano Pezzani, solo cellist at the Zurich Opera. 1991 Matura. Teaching diploma and concert certificate with honors at the conservatory Winterthur with Markus Stocker. 1997 Soloist diploma with Stanislav Apolin and Marek Jerie in Lucerne. Masterclasses with Arto Noras, Markus Nyikos and Antonio Meneses, as well as with William Pleeth, who also gave him private lessons from 1994 to 1998 in London. Further education with Aida Stucki-Piraccini and Johann Sonnleitner, where he received valuable suggestions for Johann Sebastian Bach's music, as well as with Rainer Zipperlin, baroque cello. Winner of the Rahn Competition in Zurich, winner of two awards from the canton of Zug, winner of multiple awards from the Migros Cooperative Alliance and the Ernst Göhner Foundation, as well as the Kiefer-Hablitzel Foundation.

Jonas Iten's playing is equally distinguished by his stylistic diversity: he regularly performs as a solo cellist in film music productions of the 21st Century Orchestra, or Zuger Sinfonietta's music plus productions, moving as a member of the Luzia von Wyl ensemble to jazzy classical music. avangardistic border area. Jonas Iten plays on a violonello built by Giiovanni Pistucci, Naples 1900.

Jonas Iten is a lecturer for violoncello of the music school Zug. A film by Swiss television, radio, CD and DVD recordings document his path."

-Jonas Iten Website (Translated by Google) (

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"André Pousaz was born on 14 July 1983 in Visp (VS). Since the age of nine, he is dedicated to the double bass playing. After 10 years teaching in the field of classical music with solo double bass player Christian Geiser followed the Matura diploma with a focus on music. Afterwards he started his studies at the Lucerne School of Music Lucerne, where he graduated with honors 4 years later. His teachers were Heiri Känzig, Wolfgang Zwiauer and Herbie Kopf."

-Andre Pousaz Website (Translated by Google) (

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"Raphael Christen is not a" beating "drummer: when he touches his marimba, it begins to sing and immediately musicalize his surroundings. Although his outstanding virtuosity always permeates, the music is always at the highest level. He is a great instrumentalist and touching artist! "

Thüring Bräm, composer and conductor, former Rector of the Lucerne School of Music

Raphael Christen (* 1969 in Lucerne, CH) is celebrated as one of the most versatile Marimbists. His musicality and his stupendous technique allow him to cross borders - also in his collaboration with different castes and formations."

-Raphael Christen Website (Translated by Google) (

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Track Listing:

1. Tick-Tock 7:06

2. Frost 5:17

3. Joke 2:29

4. Wind 3:35

5. Jingle 4:29

6. Spark 3:56

7. Rush 3:34

8. Overlap 2:35

9. Kalimba 5:00

10. Quints 9:01

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Improvised Music
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Large Ensembles

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