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Buechi / Hellmuller / Jerjen: Moon Trail (Intakt)

Swiss vocalist Sarah Buechi leads a new trio with Franz Hellmüller on guitar and Rafael Jerjen on bass, putting a uniquely expressive touch to a mix of original Buechi songs, standards including "I Thought About You" and "Moon River", and traditional song, the intimate and adept playing of Hellmüller and Jerjen enveloping the trio with a warm glow.

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UPC: 7640120193904

Label: Intakt
Catalog ID: ITK390.2
Squidco Product Code: 32734

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded at the Zoo Studio, Bern, Switzerland, on August 9, 2021, by Felix Wolf.


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Franz Hellmuller-guitar

Rafael Jerjen-bass

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Artist Biographies:

"Sarah Buechi was raised in a musically active family and started playing the violin and piano at the age of five. After an award for a self-written musical theater she decided to take music as a profession. After graduating from Lucerne's prestigious Musikhochschule with two distinctions, she took a lengthy sabbatical in Bangalore immersing herself in South Indian Classical Music and Rhythm with concerts on festivals, radio and television. The results are apparent in her use of its demanding rhythmic and vocal techniques in a Jazz context. Out of her own projects THALi (Unit Records, 2010) is the first one that brought Sarah Buechi to the attention of the Swiss Jazz Scene and intern to international musical collaborations with outstanding personalities like Steve Coleman, Dave Liebman, Lucas Niggli, Nils Wogram, Ronan Guilfoyle, Christy Doran, Christoph Haberer and Christoph Stiefel. This brought her onto concerts, workshops and tours within Europe, South Amercia, USA, Canada, China and India. Sarah has been head of the Jazz vocal department at Newpark Music Centre, Dublin for four years (2008-2012), lived after that in London (2013-2015) and studied at the Complete Vocal Institute, Copenhagen (2012-2015). In Switzerland in 2005 she was awarded the Friedl-Wald-Foundation prize and three times she was awarded the Irish Travel and Training award for musical researches in Ghana, Paris, New York and Copenhagen.

Back in Switzerland, she taught at the MKZ, Zurich (2015-2018). Currently she is working at the Jazz vocal department of the WIAM, Winterthur (since 2016) and will start teaching at the vocal department of the Musikhochschule, Lucerne (HSLU) in September 2018.

In 2018 she is releasing her fourth album as a band leader on Intakt Records and collaborates with established musicians in various other projects."

-Sarah Buechi Website (

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Franz Hellmüller:

"1996-1997 He studied at the American School of Modern Music, Paris.

1999-2003 He attended the Musikhochschule in Lucerne, where he graduated summa cum laude.

2002 International Scholarship Award: Together with 50 other students from all over the world, he took part in the IASJ meeting (International Association of Schools of Jazz) in Helsinki, under the direction of Dave Liebman.

He studied and attended workshops and masterclasses with Jamey Haddad, Frank Möbus, Peter O'Mara, Mark Turner, Glenn Ferris, Pedro Moreira, Simon Nabatov, Rick Margitza, Mark Soskin, Jeff Richman, Pandit Suresh Talwalker, Maria Schneider, Christy Doran, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Vinz Vonlanthen, John Abercrombie, Nat Su.

He was named the recipient of the Axelle and Max Koch's Recognition Prize.

He was named the recipient of Pfeiffer Foundation Prize.

2014 Hellmüller Sisera Renold, Roots nominated for Deutscher Schallplattenpreis Jazz International

2015 Nominated for BMW Jazz Welt Award

2016 Werkpreis Kuratorium Aargau

He performed in concerts and at festivals in Switzerland, Germany, France, Poland, Lithuania, Finland, Austria, Montenegro, Russia, Italy, Armenia, Ukraina, USA, Belgium."

-Franz Hellmuller Website (

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"With a burgeoning international career, Rafael Jerjen is a bass player, composer and educator. Currently based in Lucerne, he was educated in Australia (Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance (Honours) at the Australian National University under bassist Eric Ajaye), the USA (New York with John Patitucci), Berlin, and Switzerland (Master of Arts in Jazz Performance at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Lucerne with bassist, Heiri Kaenzig). Rafael also studied composition with renowned composer and big band leader, Ed Partyka."

-Rafael Jerjen Website (

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track listing:

1. Here Goes Nothing 5:18

2. I Thought about You 5:29

3. Mama Tree 5:24

4. Some Other Time 5:17

5. Ukunda 5:17

6. Le Vieux Chalet 5:16

7. Snowtrail 6:54

8. Moon River 4:44

9. Schoenster Abendstern 4:17
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"She makes the music of the future", headlines Zurich jazz critic Manfred Papst in an extensive portrait of singer Sarah Buechi.

The singer has studied a wide variety of music in America, Ireland, Ghana and India to further develop songwriting, world and jazz in a highly personal way, whereby the balance of composition and improvisation is central. With Moon Trail she presents her new trio."-Intakt

"A strong shared feeling and freedom in dealing with the musical material; these are the essences the trio draws from jazz and folk music, as well as other global musical traditions. Virtuosity is never showcased for it's own sake. Rather, it is the underlying pulsating energy that allows a freer play of links and references; a musical web characterised by lightness and variability. In this, the trio shows the potential to set a new standpoint in jazz music: a musical golden ratio"-Luise Wolf, from the liner notes.

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