Koj & Louis Sclavis


Price: € 13.95
Format: CD
Label: Between The Lines
UPC: 0608917122022
Catnr: BTLCHR 71220
Release date: 24 April 2009
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Between The Lines
Catalogue number
BTLCHR 71220
Release date
24 April 2009

About the album

Louis Sclavis, bass clarinet, clarinet | Christoph Grab, saxophones, melodica | Christian Strässle, violin | Mathias Gloor, piano | Leo Bachmann , tuba

In 2004, the musicians from KOJ set this treasure of a silent movie, “The Wildcat”, to music, having been contracted to do so by the Moods jazz club and the Filmpodium of the city of Zurich. A bittersweet and at times ribald and ironic composition resulted; Lubitsch’s language of images inspires one to conduct character and milieu studies. The musical themes and motifs are intertwined with improvisation and set against one another. Composition and improvisation interlink smoothly and ingeniously. In this, the imaginary city “Piffkaneiro” (Lubitsch placed his film “not far from Piffkaneiro”) serves as stage. It is a bizarre mountain town full of stories and colorful districts with its strange, audacious inhabitants of questionable character, even including some extremely beautiful creatures. For the music, this means that the motifs and themes from the movie appear in a different environment and with new arrangements.
Louis Sclavis, bass clarinet, clarinet | Christoph Grab, saxophones, melodica | Christian Strässle, violin | Mathias Gloor, piano | Leo Bachmann , tuba

"Door het vermengen van klassieke stijlelementen, jazz en theatermuziek kon de band in één adem diverse invloeden met elkaar integreren en toch trouw blijven aan de bouwstenen van traditionelere soundtracks." JV, Gonzo
2004 haben die Musiker von KOJ im Auftrag des Jazzclubs Moods und dem Filmpodium der Stadt Z�rich eine Perle des Stummfilms - "Die Bergkatze" - vertont. Entstanden ist eine zart-bittere, zuweilen auch deftig-ironische Musik: Lubitschs Bildsprache inspiriert zu Charakter- und Milieustudien. Die musikalischen Themen und Motive werden improvisierend verflochten und einander entgegengesetzt. Komposition und Improvisation verzahnen sich ebenso unmerklich wie raffiniert. Dabei dient die imagin�re Stadt "Piffkaneiro" (Lubitsch siedelt seinen Film "unweit von Piffkaneiro" an) als B�hne. Sie ist eine skurrile Bergstadt voller Geschichten, die farbigen Viertel sind bev�lkert von kauzigen, dubiosen, verwegenen, mitunter auch bildh�bschen Gesch�pfen. Musikalisch gesprochen bedeutet das: die Motive und Themen aus dem Film erscheinen in anderer Umgebung und neuen Arrangements.


KOJ was able to win over the French clarinetist Louis Sclavis forthe CD recording in 2007, and he will also play with the band infuture concerts. Sclavis has been one of the most activecrystallization points of the French jazz scene since the 80s, isone of the fathers of “Folklore Imaginaire” and has played withnumerous renowned musicians in addition to recording a few of his own remarkable CDs at ECM. Christoph Grab is a professor atZurich Art College and conducts other ensembles, which play jazz but also electronic music and world music. Christian Strässle is involved in numerous projects in connection with theater as well as classical music ensembles. Mathias Gloor has been working many years with experimental jazz/rock bands, but has also made a name for himself as a composer of modern chamber music. Leo Bachmann (he has studied under Bob Stewart, among others) is one of the tuba players most in demand in Switzerland and has been a member of various groups. They all have the fact in common that they are very active in the theater scene in Switzerland and consequently harmonize optimally in this project with their music.



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