// saxophone

26 05 11

Recording session with Wertmüller at AdK

This session initiates a radio play after a text of Alain Robbe-Grillet. I will come back to this project later. Michael Wertmüller plays the drums, we record at the electroacoustic studio of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin.
Here you find an extract of the session.

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25 04 11

Full blossom

This is one of the first takes of a series of outdoor recordings. Camera: Ma Raab. Saxophone: me. I can imagine loads of times and places and collaborations for a continuation of this series.

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10 11 10

Duo with Kalle Kalima

I make another duo recording session. This time my counterpart is Kalle Kalima on guitar. The aim is to explore the means of communication and organisation. We don’t fix the structures but agree on roles for each instrumentalist.
Here is a short extract from the session.

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22 09 09

3 colours

I am in Africa for the first time. Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Coucil, provides a residency in southern Africa. For the first two weeks I play the saxophone in the band for the multimedia show 3 colours. The piece has been commissioned for the opening of the 4th World Summit on Arts and Culture in Johannesburg. Brett Bailey is the director, Mapumba Cilombo the musical director – he turns out to be the best band leader I have ever worked with. The saxophone is quite a strange ingredience in the traditional african music that builds the acoustic surroundings for the piece.

3 colours reveals the usual difficulties of theatre. The music has to be adapted for the choreographies, the piece looses its tempo. And more problematic: there is a realistic raping scene that stays the only scene where the public (so called cultural specialists from all over the world) laughs.
The refrain goes like this: If you show unbroken violence on stage the piece of art turns into a piece of violence.

Nevertheless, it was a splendid experience to share stage and time with excellent musicians from all over Africa. Some days after the show I travel to Maputo where the 2nd part of the residency will take place. Read on here.

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11 08 08

Otan Utan

Picture © Gabriela Löffel

I play several sessions with Peter Horisberger. He was already the drummer of my band louCHe. I love playing with him but the duo will not survive. Our attitudes towards music and how it should be organized really differ – Peter usually plays with standard jazz combos, amazing, if I think of his level of freedom.
Listen what we will miss.




Picture © Gabriela Löffel
Pictures © Gabriela Löffel

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12 02 08

The Lump200 Band

The Lump200 Band play their very first shows. Voilà some extracts from the show at Progr/bee-flat in Bern.

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23 11 06

Haengt disc tilge

In several steps Michael Stauffer and me produce the radio play Haengt disc tilge. We got some money from Stadt and Kanton Bern. I start with a recording in which I squeeze the speaker Karin Eckes according to my chart while she is reading a non-semantic text of Michael. I think it is a (de)constructed phonetic transcription of a Robbie Williams text.
We use mateial of a x-mas session in Worpswede for the music. We record further material. The actors Christine Groß and Christian Ahlers join us for a session. Michael and me finish the 50 minutes piece ping-pong-wise.

It will take 8 years for Haengt disc tilge to find it’s first radio broadcasting performance. I had some interesting discussions with programme directors about the piece.
Here is an excerpt from the play:

Desalmand/Stauffer: excerpt from Haengt disc tilge

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23 11 06

With Klima Kalima

I play some gigs with Klima Kalima in Berlin.

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30 06 95

Bye-bye academy

I have been studying saxophone and jazz at the Musikhochschule Luzern formarly known as JSL for two years. Due to several reasons I quit the studies. I am searching and I feel that I will better find outside the academic frame. I have been teaching kids for one year and I feel that this is not how I want to make my living. I will work in callcenters and restaurants for several years and try to develop my way of playing music. After about 5 years I will be able to make a living on it on a low but happy level. But I don’t know that yet, of course..

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11 11 94

New Jazz Festival Tour with Peter Schärli

I play in the combo of Peter Schärli. We play a weird and slow kind of free gospel. Kind of 6 shows, I think.
The outstanding and disorienting kind of playin the trumpet will make me ask Peter to join my band louCHe.

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