Two women and two men form this quartet – all distinctive individualists, ranking among the most distinguished musicians on the Swiss scene. Gabriela Friedli is the top-class pianist who penned all these compositions. Her playing shows a mastery of ingenious twists and turns, journeying from delicate, dreamy elegies to powerful rolling thunder. Saxophonist Co Streiff plays with panache, warmth and spirit. In her strongly melodic solos one note evolves from another with an almost logical consistency. Percussionist Dieter Ulrich moves with elegance and agility through a kaleidoscope of sound spaces. Jan Schlegel provides a solid foundation with his eloquence on the six string bass guitar, but he also imports into the otherwise purely acoustic proceedings an entirely different world of electronic sounds. Whether he's attaching clips or springs to strings, or foot-stamping on his collection of distortion boxes, Schlegel's electronics repeatedly paint different colours on the music, making it sizzle with electric energy.
Founded in 1999, the group has been refining its concept continuously over the years. Fresh Juice is the third CD of Objets Trouvés.
Gabriela Friedli: Piano
Co Streiff: Alt- & Soprano Saxophone
Jan Schlegel: E-Bass
Dieter Ulrich: Drums
All compositions by Gabriela Friedli. Recorded live at Maiers Theater Zürich by Jeroen Visser, November 4, 5, 2011. Mixed and mastered by Jeroen Visser, F.ishing B.akery L.abs Zürich, 2012. Cover art by Franz Rindlisbacher & Gerry Amstutz. Graphic design by Jonas Schoder. Photo by Manuel Wagner. Liner notes by Christoph Wagner. Produced and published by Intakt Records
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