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SteDaJoDa (Studer / Scheib / Weber / Schmitz): Schwebend (Creative Sources)

A live recording of free improvisation recorded at Theater im Viertel, in Saarbrucken, Germany in 2021 from the SteDaJoDa quartet of Daniel Studer on double bass, Stefan Scheib on double bass, Daniel Weber on drums and Johannes Schmitz on guitar, the dark double bass foundation and floating ("Schwebend") percussion work balanced by Schmitz' blues oriented electric.
 

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Daniel Studer-double bass

Stefan Scheib-double bass

Daniel Weber-drums

Johannes Schmitz-guitar


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UPC: 5609063407303

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs730
Squidco Product Code: 31728

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Theater im Viertel, in Saarbrucken, Germany, on March 30th and 31st, 2021, by Stefan Scheib.

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"Schwebend ("floating"), recorded in Germany in March 2021, is one of the latest releases from Creative Sources, a part of getting things rolling again with performances & conceptions here from 2021/2022. (As many labels continue to scour 2019 for performances worth releasing....) And I was attracted by the lineup featuring Swiss bassist Daniel Studer, in a quartet paired with Stefan Scheib, also on double bass (paralleling, perhaps, the Studer-Frey duo, as mentioned here originally in May 2019... - & Schwebend was recorded by Scheib as well), plus Johannes Schmitz (guitar) & Daniel Weber (drums) to form SteDaJoDa.

The six tracks, recorded over two consecutive dates, involve various bent tones & slides, a wide range of string "deconstruction" & starkness characteristic of the Swiss scene, but also an occasional flash of electric rock guitar, seeming at first to come out of nowhere.... I wasn't familiar with the other three musicians (although the Weber name appears with some frequency...), but the effect here is of exotic & twisting shapes, a bit of noise as ingredient perhaps, but more inclined to pointillism, even ringing metal (but also wood or membranes...), all somewhat distended (pace an occasionally concrete idiom appearing) - or, as some might say, presented as a little night music.... I could suggest, then, that feelings of anticipation are "answered" by (rock) guitar, only to float away... perhaps into a "distant radio" vibe, fluttering, then spinning, groaning, bending again....

Schwebend ends up feeling both figural & virtuosic: Actually, its opening sequence is already strikingly so, while later passages elaborate new timbral combos & figures as well. And this isn't the first quartet around Studer & crunchy strings to release an album on Creative Sources (with the sometimes quiet & breezy album by Anemochore having been reviewed here in July 2019...), again with considerable dynamic range & sometimes intricate extended counterpoint. To that foundation, SteDaJoDa adds an ominous quality, a sliding & crackling unease, a spicing of blues it comes to seem, always creeping up on us.... And even some shredding to close."-Todd McComb's Jazz Thoughts


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Artist Biographies

"Daniel Studer was born in Zürich in 1961, lived and worked in Rome from 1981 to 1995, is now living with his family in Zurich.Master of arts in Music Pedagogy, guest composer at the Elektronisches Studio in Basel, studied composition with Johannes Schöllhorn.2010 award from the city of Zurich.

His focus lies on improvisation and mixed forms of improvisation and composition. He participated in various projects involving space - and projects with live electronics; further fields of interest are music and language, music and dance, music and video poetry. The constant exploration of his instrument has led to performances as a soloist, too.For years he has been working with Peter K Frey, Mischa Käser, Katharina Klement, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Dieter Ulrich and Alfred Zimmerlin.Presently he is part of the Kontrabassduo Studer-Frey, Kimmig-Studer-Zimmerlin, III-VII-XII (with Mischa Käser and Urs Haenggli) and the trio Gabriela Friedli Trio.

Concerts and radio recordings in Europe, Japan and USA. Among others he played with Lester Bowie, Jacques Demierre, Michel Doneda, Paolo Fresu, Gerry Hemingway, Steve Grossmann, Barney Kessel, Hans Koch, Riccardo Lay, Joëlle Léandre, Magda Mayas, Mike Melillo, Evan Parker, Antonello Salis, Irene Schweizer, Tony Scott, Co Streiff, Sebi Tramontana, Massimo Urbani, Urs Voerkel, Bobby Watson and many others.

Records with the Kontrabassduo Studer-Frey, Kimmig-Studer-Zimmerlin, Giancarlo Schiaffini Quintet, Gabriela Friedli Trio, Solo, In Transit, Eichenbergers Domino, Day & Taxi, Käppeli-Lüscher-Studer, Streichtrio Coen-Penazzi-Studer on labels as Intakt,Unit Records, EMANEM, Konnex, Percaso, Creative Sources, Edition RZ.

Festivals: Controindicazioni Roma, Le Mans Jazz Festival, Südtirol Jazz Festival Bozen, Clusone Jazz, Ulrichsberger Kaleidophon, Unerhört! Zürcher Jazzfestival, Willisau Jazz Festival, Zoom in Bern, Schaffhauser Jazzfestival, Limmitantiones, Romaeuropa, Zürcher Theaterspektakel, World New Music Days, Honmoku Jazz Festival Yokohama, Jazz and more München, Siena Jazz, Progetto Musica Roma

He has been teaching improvisation at different music schools so at the Bern University of the Arts since 2006."

-Daniel Studer Website (http://www.danielstuder.ch/biography.php)
5/28/2024

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"Stefan Scheib lives in Saarbrücken and has been working as an instrumentalist and composer since 1993 in various ensembles of improvised and composed music. Originally an electric bassist, he later switched to the double bass and extended his spectrum to electronic music.

He is also particularly interested in interdisciplinary work. In joint projects with authors, dancers, actors or visual artists, concert performances, installations and radio plays are created.His radio play work with the Liquid Penguin Ensemble has received several awards (among other things German radio play price of the ARD 2008, radio play price of the war blinds 2015)

Stefan Scheib teaches at the Academy of Music Saar contrabass, electric bass as well as dealing with electronic media.

Stefan Scheiblives in Saarbrücken and has been working as an instrumentalist and composer since 1993 in various ensembles of improvised and composed music. Originally an electric bassist, he later switched to the double bass and extended his spectrum to electronic music.

He is also particularly interested in interdisciplinary work. In joint projects with authors, dancers, actors or visual artists, concert performances, installations and radio plays are created.His radio play work with the Liquid Penguin Ensemble has received several awards (among other things German radio play price of the ARD 2008, radio play price of the war blinds 2015)

Stefan Scheib teaches at the Academy of Music Saar contrabass, electric bass as well as dealing with electronic media."

-Stefan Scheib Website (Translated by Google) (http://stefan-scheib.de/bio/)
5/28/2024

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Daniel Weber

"Sculpting Time since 1989 - Actually, I play drums and write/direct stuff.

Education

"Landes-Schüler Big Band" / "Landes-Jugend-Jazzorchester des Saarlandes" (2005-2010)

Master of Arts in Music Pedagogy (Drums) @ Hochschule der Künste, Bern (2010-2015)
Teachers: Dejan Terzic, Jan Fabricky, Norbert Pfammatter

Awards

"Jazzförderpreis der Stadt Sankt Ingbert" 2010 - Krassport

"Grand Prix" et "Prix de Public" de Tremplin Jazz Festival Avignon, France, 2010 - Krassport

"Jazzpreis der Stadt Biberach" 2014 - Síd

"Jazzförderpreis der Stadt Neunkirchen" 2018 - Daniel Weber

Collaborations

Daniel Studer, Chris Wiesendanger, Florian Favre, Franz Loriot, Bernd Lechtenfeld, Julian Arguelles, Django Bates, Christoph Thewes, Claas Willeke, Georg Ruby, Michel Pilz, Luxemburgisches Ministerium für Bildung und Erziehung

Lessons

Stephan Brandt, Oliver Strauch, Janusz Stefanski, Hardy Fischötter, Dejan Terzic, Jan Fabricky, Norbert Pfammatter, Jim Black

Venues

Jazzfestival Sankt Ingbert, Jazzfestival Avignon, Jazzfestival Bern, "BeJazz" Bern, "Chorus" Lausanne, "Jazz in den Ministergärten" Berlin, "Bird's Eye" Basel, "Jazzkantine" Luzern, "Moods" Zürich, "Stadtgarten" Köln, "b-flat" Berlin

Labels

JazzHausMusik Köln
Unit Records Bern
Morpheus Records Bern"

-Daniel Weber Website (https://www.dflatful.com/credits/)
5/28/2024

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Johannes Schmitz: guitar

1987: born

since 1993: listening to Hendrix, (late)Miles Davis, 60s british bands and shitty 90s Music

since 1994: playing Reinhard Mey on guitar

since 1998: Guitarist in various styles

A member of Hydropuls, Anthropophage, duo with Élodie Brochier, SteDaJoDa, Sizzle Club mit Rudi [Mahall], Scheib/Schmitz, UHL, Natto, BOTANIC MOB (SCHMITZ-FISCHER-SCHMITZ), NebenDaNeben

-Johannes Schmitz Website (https://www.schmitzjohannes.com/bio/)
5/28/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Eroffnung 7:55

2. Erstes Zwischenspiel 2:44

3. Tanz 5:38

4. Zweites Zwischenspiel 4:04

5. Ballade 3:54

6. Schweben Und Schluss 15:29

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