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 Pianist and composer Michel Wintsch's unflagging inspiration springs from a rich and varied musical background. Linking jazz tradition with the raw power of "progressive" rock, freewheeling improvisation with the rigors of orchestral composition, virtuoso playing with digital editing and mixing techniques, he takes an approach that is both syncretic and poetic. A way of composing that leaves plenty of creative space to fellow musicians, yet establishes a style that is his alone. He has been touring regularly with the WHO trio, among others, for the past 10 years on a worldwide scale. He has published many records and played with many musicians (Fred Firth, Han Bennink, Michel Doneda etc). He has worked as a composer for cinema (Alain Tanner), theatre and ballet as well as many other musical projects. 

www.michelwintsch.com


Gerry Hemingway has been making a living as a composer and performer solo and ensemble music since 1974. He has led numerous groups, including (since 1997) his quartet with Ellery Eskelin, Herb Robertson and Mark Helias as well collaborative groups with Mark Helias & Ray Anderson (BassDrumBone) which celebrated its 30th year anniversary in 2007, Reggie Workman & Miya Masaoka (Brew), Georg Graewe & Ernst Reijseger (GRH trio), his duo w/Thomas Lehn, and also w/John Butcher. Mr. Hemingway is a Guggenheim fellow and has received numerous commissions for chamber and orchestral work including "Terrains", a concerto for percussionist and orchestra commissioned by the Kansas City Symphony. He also completed a production of “Songs”, two year recording project for the the German label, between the lines. He is well known for his eleven years in the Anthony Braxton Quartet, and his many collaborations with some of the world’s most outstanding improvisers and composers including Evan Parker, Cecil Taylor, Mark Dresser, Anthony Davis, George Lewis, Derek Bailey, Leo Smith, Oliver Lake, Kenny Wheeler, Frank Gratkowski, John Cale, Marilyn Crispell, Michael Moore and many others. 

www.gerryhemingway.com


Bänz Oester is one of the most sought-after bass-players on the European jazz scene. The list of his "employers"/"partners in crime" is almost endless and gives a good impression of his broad horizon, he plays i.e. with such diverse pianists like Malcolm Braff ("High-energy-Afro-jazz"), Michel Wintsch (complex compositions, adventouros free-playing and open interpretations of french pop-songs) and Hans Feigenwinter (Standards, Bop and originals). Besides being a very busy sidemen – he played with international luminaries like Michael Brecker, Dewey Redman, Joe Lovano, Pierre Favre, Bill Stewart, Vienna Art Orchestra etc. _, Oester leads his own bands from time to time and is involved in many cooperative projects. Oester is highly praised for his warm, soulful gut-string sound and the unpretentious cleverness of his singing lines. Bänz Oester is one of the great romantic rebels of contemporary jazz: He has an unflagging admiration for the tradition, but also likes to explore the unknown. 

www.baenzoester.com  

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