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Theiler, Yves Trio (w/ Luca Sisera / Lukas Mantel): WE (Intakt)

Swiss pianist and composer Yves Theiler's Trio with bassist Luca Sisear and Lukas Mantel in a lyrical and upbeat album of contemporary jazz, balancing free playing with optimistic melodic arrangements leaving himself and his players plenty of room for expression, their association since 2012 bringing a nearly telepathic rapport in their enthusiastic interaction.

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UPC: 7640120193249

Label: Intakt
Catalog ID: ITK324
Squidco Product Code: 27398

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at Hardstudios, in Winterthur, Switzerland, on July 5th and 6th, 2018, by Andy Neresheimer.


Yves Theiler-piano

Luca Sisera-bass

Lukas Mantel-drums

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Artist Biographies:

"Yves Theiler: piano & composition

Born in Zürich, Switzerland, on 23rd of December in 1987. After graduating from the K&S Art School for exceptionally talented instrumentalists, Yves Theiler obtained two Master diplomas of Arts in music at the music faculties of Zürich, Leipzig and Lucerne, where he studied under Richie BeirachandChris Wiesendanger among others. Yves Theiler made himself a big name in the Swiss jazz scene over the past few years as a young piano virtouso and as a highly respected composer. He was on tour with his band Yves Theiler Trio, Alexander von Schlippenbach Orchestra and MTQ, Castravez and Where's Africa to name a few. As a solo artist he performed at St. Moritz Festival da Jazz, at Winthertur Radio Festival and at the OHR Festival Zürich.

Yves has played with several international musicians like Omri Ziegele, Christoph Grab, Marcel Papeaux, Efrat Alony, Makaya Nsthoko, Raetus Flisch, Harald Haerter, Christian Wolfarth, Terrence McManus, Uli Kempendorff, Rudi Mahall, Yuri Goloubev, Rich Greenblatt, Dave Meier, Gerry Hemingway and others. He is theleader of "Yves Theiler Trio" with Yuri Goloubevand Lukas Mantel. As a co-member, he is part of the "DUO Omri Ziegele & Yves Theiler", the collective Trio "Things To Sounds", the duo The Zan and the duo Raetus Flisch & Yves Theiler. Frequently he's involved in projects with Uli Kempendorff from Berlin, Robert Lucaciu from Leipzig and Yuri Goloubev from Italy/Russia. As a sideman, Yves plays in the Matthias Tschopp Quartet, Luca Sisera's Roofer, Compo6 and Where's Africa. As a composer and arranger he works/worked for his piano trio, for the Zürich and Bern Jazz Werkstatt Collective, Zürich Ensemble MO-NO (new: "Space Garden"), the acoustic guitar duo Bohner & Piller and as an arranger he arranged Wagner pieces for Jazz Piano and Bass Duo for the Zürcher Festspiele 2013."

-Yves Theiler 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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"Lukas Mantel: drums/ composition

Personal information: Lukas Mantel,*10.10.1982 St.Gallen, Switzerland, based in Zürich.

Studies2009 MA in Music, Performance, Jazz2008 MA in Music, Pedagogy, JazzLucerne University of Applied Sciences and Art.Studies with Pierre Favre, Norbert Pfammatter, Fredy Studer, Fabian Kuratli. Master classes with Jamie Haddad, Gerry Hemingway, Billy Hart

Important stations-Scholarship of the Friedl-Wald foundation 2008-Artist in Residence at Moods Club 2015-Artist in Residence for Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia in Chennai, India 2017

Playing piano since his childhood, he made his first steps toward performing on drums at the age of sixteen. Playing a widerange of musical genres from jazz and free improvisation, to orchestral music and complexly arranged settings, he developedhis own brand of drumming. Aside from being a responsable timekeeper, his choice of sound and texture is always a maincontribution to the music he's involved in. With high sensibility and fast reaction he's able to bring energy and groove to anycontext, using unorthodox tools to widen the sound spectrum of his bands. Following his love for carnatic and ethnic music, translating traditional rhythms onto the drumset he's constantly expanding hisown musical vocabulary."

-Lukas Mantel Website (

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track listing:

1. Slush In Thaw 9:09

2. No Rank, No Hill 8:20

3. The Truth Is, I Was Born In Argentinia 6:40

4. WE 6:04

5. Beauty In Space 9:42

6. The Visit Of Mr. Lev 7:57

7. Every Year 12:40
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"31-year-old pianist Yves Theiler is one of the most significant voices in international contemporary jazz in Europe. Deeply rooted in the tradition of jazz and equipped with a daring desire to experiment, he distinguishes himself as a composer as well as a free improviser with a sovereign creative will. At the centre of his musical work is the Yves Theiler Trio, which reveres an urgent ensemble music in which improvisational furor and compositional rigour, calculation and freedom intertwine."-Intakt

"Yves Theiler is part of this long lineage of musicians able to move between comfort zone and danger area. We, his third album as the leader of a trio featuring drummer Lukas Mantel and double bassist Luca Sisera, is a collection of adventurously mapped pieces that are as liable to attract the listener through the jaunty, lively character of the themes as they are the cohesion of the group and strong solo statements by each member."-Kevin Le Gendre, liner notes.

Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
European Improvisation and Experimental Forms
Trio Recordings
Piano Trio (Piano Bass Drums)
Melodic and Lyrical Jazz

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