Meta Marie Louise (Switzerland):
Manuel Engel - rhodes, piano, nord synth, Moog
Manuel Engel founded the trio at the end of 2009. Its creative and broad-minded members evoke particular artefacts weaving in and out from past popular cultures. Minimalist structures manifest in mysterious soundscapes and playful polyrhythmic grooves.
Already in his childhood Manuel Engel new that he will become a musician. Keyboardist, composer and producer studied jazz in Switzerland and the USA gaining international recognition before long. Engel is a recipient of a Chrysler Jazz Award, a winner of the 14th Annual BILLBOARD World Song Contest and seven-times finalist of the Independent Music Awards. OurStage.com voted him the Best Experimental Musician of the Month.
Engel appeared in leading jazz festivals in Switzerland and on major stages in the USA from Knitting Factory to Kennedy Center. He collaborated with Chico Freeman, George Garzone, Karsh Kale and David Binney among other jazz experts.
In addition to the originality of his music the critics praise his minimalist and exotic sound. Among his inspirers Engel lists Miles Davis, Steve Reich, Sun Ra and John Cage. He believes that his music contributes to the development of contemporary jazz.
From the outset of his career Marc Stucki has been treading the path of radical experiments, and creating his very own vocabulary and sound. He has earned the reputation of a sympathetic maverick determinedly defying conventions in jazz.
Stucki started to play saxophone at the age 12 and got fascinated with jazz while playing in a school group. He studied musicology, saxophone and composition at the University of Bern and Lucerne School of Music, later continuing with Ellery Eskelin and Tim Berne in New York.
The saxophonist is a leader of Le Rex and Topflapp, works with diverse music projects. He has collaborated with Kenny Wheeler, Maria Schneider, Django Bates, Sylvie Courvoisier, Norbert Pfammatter, Fabian Kuratli, Mihael Stauffer, Funky Brotherhood, Swiss Jazz Orchestra and other celebrated musicians and groups.
Stucki is one of the initiators of Bern Jazz Workshop, and organiser of experimental music concert series.
Kevin Chesham’s self-expression spectre spans from jazz to punk, from duo projects to collaboration with symphony orchestra. The musician started drumming at the age 11, soon joining a group. In 2008, Chesham graduated from the Swiss Jazz School.
He has formed Henry Popcorn, which performs his compositions. The drummer has collaborated with Tom Harrell, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Eric Alexander, Reggie Johnson, Bert Joris, Stewy von Wattenwyl, Thierry Lang Trio, Malcolm Braff and many other jazz masters.