Neither for her orchestra nor for the septet Songlines or the International Female Musicians Collective - Sarah Chaksad surprises with compositions for a new, 13-piece band: the saxophonist and composer, born in Wohlen in 1983, has carefully assembled her wide-awake Large Ensemble with selected German, French and Swiss musicians, a Norwegian and a Brazilian. It is a mixture of friends with whom she already works successfully in her other bands and new ones whom she has chosen as consciously as intuitively cleverly - and for whom writing, that is easy to hear in the music, great desire and a lot of imagination were ideal prerequisites.
Both in the line-up and in the composing process, the idea of how the ensemble as a whole should sound and what music could be realized with the instrumental possibilities was certainly central. However, Sarah wrote the pieces exactly for the excellent musicians of her Large Ensemble and with flute, tuba and basset horn - the "tenor clarinet" - additionally for instruments that had never belonged to her bands.
The result is again astonishing and, although the composer's signature remains clearly audible, differs from earlier projects. The music is more open and - not only on "Lost" - also more risky, without ever losing flow, drive or intensity.
Sarah creates with her large ensemble a richness of colors and moods like never before. She cleverly builds sound spaces within her pieces for individual instruments and combinations, for dialogues and wonderful solos. She makes sophisticated use of the variety and flexibility that the new band offers her. On her musical journey, the bandleader is, figuratively speaking, sometimes travelling by bus, sometimes by tandem - and always with shining musicians who, for all their enjoyable, thrilling art, take us together on an adventurous and in the best way entertaining journey.
Yumi Ito (voc), Sarah Chaksad (as/ss), Fabian Willmann ts/bcl), Catherine Delaunay (cl/ bsthn), Christoph Bösch (fl), Hildegunn Øiseth (tp/goat hn), Lukas Wyss (tb), Paco Andreo (vtb), Sophia Nidecker (tub), Fábio Gouvêa (g), Julia Hülsmann (p), Dominique Girod (b), Eva Klesse (dr)
Age restriction: none
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