Barrow River Arts Festival - BEYOND TRIO
Jürg Wickihalder - saxophone
Barry Guy - bass
Lucas Niggli - percussion
A meeting of three European musicians from different generations each with his own musical background : three sound artists, three virtuosic instrumentalists, three breath taking improvisers.
Barry Guy is a pioneer of the European free music scene, equally at home in new and old music as well as improvisation. In earlier days he worked with baroque specialists such as John Eliot Gardiner, Christopher Hogwood and Roger Norrington. In the seventies he founded the “London Jazz Composers Orchestra” followed later by the “Barry Guy New Orchestra” and most recently by the “Blue Shroud Band”. In many small formations a.o. with Evan Parker, Marilyn Crispell, Agustí Fernández and Ken Vandermark he is widely regarded as one of the most innovative and outstanding bass players in Europe.
Lucas Niggli is THE rhythmic magician of the younger European generation between Jazz, Sounds, Noise and Ethno. His percussion playing is impulsive, sensitive, full of amazing colours and drive.
The youngest member of the trio, the saxophonist Jürg Wickihalder, partner (a. o.) of Irène Schweizer, Chris Wiesendanger and Ulrich Gumpert, comes from the musical language of Thelonius Monk and Steve Lacy. Wickihalder takes the “lead” in this trio and has written most of the compositions. He is, according to a British journalist, a “master of melody”. His compositions - colourful, soulful and edgy at the same time, are the basis for musical discourses, for adventurous trips into the exciting language of today’s Jazz.
Published on 31 March 2017