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"The heart of Streule's music is the homogeneous overall sound of the ensemble - an extraordinary magic of color that is nevertheless of great transparency, airiness and lightness."
ZÜRCHER TAGESANZEIGER
Christoph Merki

MARTIN STREULE JAZZ ORCHESTRA

"A stroke of luck", "a fresh breeze blows through the European Big Band scene", "a brilliant sound painter", quotes from various major Swiss newspapers that impressively show how the MARTIN STREULE JAZZ ORCHESTRA enriches the jazz scene of its home country.

Since its foundation in 1997, the musical material of the MSJO consists exclusively of compositions and arrangements of its leader. Through several years of concert activity, the orchestra has developed its own distinctive sound. Among the band members are some well-known names of the Swiss jazz scene. Many of them have successfully run theire own projects for many years.

A major project is the concert cycle "THE FOUR ELEMENTS", in which each of the four elements is set to music in a full-length composition and recorded on CD. Three elements have already appeared (Water, Earth, Fire).

The orchestra played, among others, at the Jazzfestival Schaffhausen, the BeJazz Winterfestival, as well as several concerts in Moods (Zurich), the Bird's Eye (Basel), the Dampfzentrale (Bern) and other well-known Swiss jazz clubs.

The MSJO was also heard in various radio broadcasts and recorded four CD's. In 2003, the band won the Jazz Prize of the Zürcher Kantonalbank.

Pictures: Milad Ahmadvand

"Streule uses his ensemble cleverly, subtly and differentiated as a timbre palette and evokes wonderful, ever changing atmospheres, so every little nuance is wanted and essential for the development of the musical flow."
NEUE ZÜRCHER ZEITUNG
Nick Liebmann

CHAMBER SONGS (2019)

After a longer break, the Martin Streule Jazz Orchestra returns 2017 to its premiere tour with the new program "Chamber Songs". The Berlin-based Israeli singer Efrat Alony will be featered.

The "Chamber Songs" are a collection of songs about the everyday ups and downs, about desires and dreams, grief and hope.

The music is very chamber-music-like and follows the idea of ​​an "acoustic sound design" inspired by the "music concrete instrumental" in which the colors of the soft, instrumental sounds and noises on the edge to nothingness are primarily used.

Thus, despite the large cast, there are subtle and fragile sound sculptures in which the drums are primarily sound-painterly, forming the finest sound collages around the ensemble.

The "Chamber Songs" are the most personal music Martin Streule has ever written for his orchestra and they're set around one of the most fascinating and colorful voices of modern European jazz.

Reeds:
Reto Suhner (as,picc,fl,afl,cacl)
Adi Pflugshaupt (as,picc,fl,afl)
Jürg Bucher (ts,cl,bcl)
Jochen Baldes (ts,bcl)
Thomi Geiger (ts,cl,bcl)

Trumpets & Fluegelhorns:
Sandro Häsler (picc.tp)
Lukas Thöni (picc.tp)
Daniel Schenker
Daniel Woodtli (picc.tp)

Trombones:
René Mosele
Bernhard Bamert
Lukas Wyss
Beat Felder

Rhythm:
Franz Hellmüller (git)
Philip Henzi (p)
André Pousaz (b)
Lukas Rutzen (d,perc)

Vocals: Efrat Alony , Composer & Conductor: Martin Streule

The following videos show excerpts of the CHAMBER SONGS program.

Recording: Tobias Stritt

Mobile Cams: Milad Ahmadvand, Joel Schoch

Mix & Videoediting: Martin Streule

The Matterhorn, a bright blue sky, single white clouds and total peace were the inspiration for this piece. The passing, fleeting sculptures make us think about life.

Soli: Daniel Schenker (tp), Lukas Wyss (tb), Daniel Woodtli (tp)

The piece plays with the idea of ​​how life in a timeless space could be like. Time is often hinted, but in the end, clock-less watches and floating hours that shift into levitating days contribute to the supposed freedom not to adhere to time, leading to a trance-like state of disorientation. And it's difficult or impossible to get out of this ...

Solo: Efrat Alony (voc)

A little girl is dancing in a tutu on a frozen lake. It is illuminated by northern lights and it moves in a way you have never seen, but you should not see ...

Soli: Adrian Pflugshaupt (as), Philip Henzi (p),

A man wakes up in the morning next to his girlfriend and commits a "crime", that consists in allowing his head to make a song about how he leaves his great love ... A song about the uncontrollability of our thoughts, or the unpredictable human power of association, or just what can happen if we let our thoughts run wild ...

Solos: Franz Hellmüller (g), Thomi Geiger (ts),

"A constantly expanding sound cosmos"
DER LANDBOTE
Tom Gsteiger

FIRE (2007)

On its jubilee tour, the MSJO continues with"FIRE" the concert cycle "The Four Elements", which began in 2003.

After the big, symphonic sound images of "WATER" and the groove-oriented sound sculptures of "EARTH", "FIRE" is all about flamboyant melodies and polyphonic, broad sound textures: warming, but also destructive like flames and unpredictable like the course of a fire ,

Reeds:
Thomi Geiger (as,ss,cl)
Reto Suhner (as,ss,fl)
Jürg Bucher (ts,ss,cl)
Jochen Baldes (ts,bcl)
Lukas Heuss (bs,bcl,)

Trumpets & Fluegelhorns:
Sandro Häsler
Lukas Thöni
Daniel Schenker
Daniel Woodtli

Trombones:
René Mosele
Andreas Tschopp
Bernhard Bamert
Beat Felder

Rhythm:
Franz Hellmüller (git)
Adrian Frey (p)
André Pousaz (b)
Dominik Burkhalter (d)

Composer & Conductor: Martin Streule

"Streule is a sensitive sound sculptor, he forms and shapes the sounds of his ensemble stricter than usual in jazz."

ZÜRCHER TAGESANZEIGER
Beat Blaser

EARTH (2005)

The MARTIN STREULE JAZZ ORCHESTRA continues with "EARTH" the concert cycle "The Four Elements" which began in 2003. After the big, symphonic sound images of "WATER", "EARTH" is dominated by small soundscapes with an associative character that interact in six scenes.

The first part of the program revolves around the physical properties of the blue planet. After the musical big bang at the beginning of the earth rotation sounds like a heavy groove with bizarre blues covers.

In the further course, landscapes float as recitative and aria across the stage, and unpredictable forces of nature collide as swiftly moving subject rags in brute force and create space for new things.

The second part of the work is devoted to the many life forms that emerge from the earth. Life in its very own form appears in pulsating, groovy-percussive melodies with surprising twists. A ballad, played by a quintet of deep, warm instruments and supported by the soft sound of the orchestra, dedicates the quietest moments of the evening to the "mother among the elements". Then, a wild, ecstatic dance music in a raw groove patchwork on the theme "Gods and rituals" decides the program and releases the EARTH-lings again into everyday life on earth.

Reeds:
Thomi Geiger (as,ss,cl)
Reto Suhner (as,ss,fl)
Jürg Bucher (ts,ss,bcl)
Jochen Baldes (ts,fl,bcl)
Lukas Heuss (bs,bcl,)

Trumpets & Fluegelhorns:
Sandro Häsler
Lukas Thöni
Daniel Schenker
Daniel Woodtli

Trombones:
Bernhard Bamert
Christophe Schweizer
René Mosele
Andreas Tschopp
Beat Felder

Rhythm:
Tomas Sauter (git)
Adrian Frey (p)
Patrice Morêt (b)
Tobias Friedli (d)

Composer & Conductor: Martin Streule

"The music that Martin Streule writes for his own jazz orchestra is among the most interesting things that are currently heard in Europe."
JAZZ'N'MORE
Peewee Windmüller

WATER (2003)

"WATER" is a gracious homage to an element that, in its innumerable manifestations, contributes much to our standard of living, or when it is lacking, makes life impossible. As important as it is to the existence of any living thing, it has influenced our thinking and actions so complexly.

Reeds:
Thomi Geiger (as,ss,cl)
Rolf Häsler (as,ss,cl,bcl,fl)
Jürg Bucher (ts,ss,acl)
Jochen Baldes (ts,fl)
Lukas Heuss (bs,bcl,)

Trumpets & Fluegelhorns:
Sandro Häsler
Daniel Schenker
Andrea Piccand
Frenchhorn:
Jennifer Clark

Trombones:
Adrian Weber
Bernhard Bamert
Niki Wüthrich
Beat Felder

Rhythm:
Nick Perrin (git)
Stewy von Wattenwyl (p)
Daniel Schläppi (b)
Peter Horisberger (d)

Composer & Conductor: Martin Streule

"A fresh wind blows through the European Bigband landscape and again it is a Swiss that makes a splash."

TELE RADIO

 

THE ISLAND OF THE FALLEN SOULS (1997/98)

The 1st Suite for Jazz Orchestra "THE ISLAND OF THE FALLS SOULS" was first performed on Martin Streule's final exam at the Swiss Jazz School (today's HKB) in Bern in the summer of 1997.

George Gruntz was an expert and had a lot of fun with the project ("That was my best birthday present").

At that time the MSJO was called "Martin Streule's Concert Jazz Band Project". First came "In A Graceless Century" as a center set and "Prologue" as an opener. Above all, the interludes are platforms for soloists and chord sketches rather than finished songs.

Reeds:
Wege Wüthrich (as,ss,cl)
Rolf Häsler (as,bcl)
Jürg Bucher (ts,ss)
Jochen Baldes (ts,fl)
Manuel Jaggi (fl)
Ruedi Wettstein (bs,bcl)

Trumpets & Fluegelhorns:
Stephan Geiser
Bernhard Schoch
Daniel Schenker
Andrea Piccand
Frenchhorn:
Jennifer Clark

Trombones:
Adrian Weber
Bernhard Bamert
Reto Zumstein
Tuba:
Marc Unternährer

Rhythm:
Dominik Alig (vib/mar)
Stewy von Wattenwyl (p)
Peter Horisberger (d)

Composer, Conductor & Electric Bass: Martin Streule

© 2018 by Martin Streule

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