FÉLIX ZURSTRASSEN

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Album: Nova
Label: IGLOO Records
Vertrieb: Broken Silence
VÖ: 5. März 2021
 

Der belgische Bassist Félix Zurstrassen ist nun nach zahlreichen Projekten als Sideman bereit, ein internationales Quartett zu leiten und sein erstes Album als Bandleader zu präsentieren. „Nova“ ist ein rein akustisches Album geworden mit dem Brasilianer Nelson Veras (Acoustic Guitar), Ben van Gelder aus den Niederlanden (Alto Sax) und Antoine Pierre (Drums).

 

In neun eigenen Kompositionen und einer Cover-Version von „April in Paris“ entwickelt Zurstrassen seine eigene, raffinierte Variante von zeitgenössischem Jazz, der seine melodische Inspiration von einem Brad Mehldau oder einem Pat Metheny bezieht, während das polyrhythmische Universum mehr von der konzeptuellen Musik von Steve Coleman und Aka Moon beeinflusst wird.

 

„Nova“ bietet Musik, die melodiös, innovativ und in vielerlei Hinsicht anspruchsvoll und ehrgeizig ist. Dank der exzellenten Aufnahme erklingen die Instrumente in einer ungeheuren Wärme und lassen Platz für die luftigen Arrangements.

Bassist Félix Zurstrassen hat sich in den letzten zehn Jahren als Schlüsselfigur der belgischen Jazzszene etabliert. Er erhielt 2017 einen Sabam Jazz Award für seine «Rolle als Mittelpunkt und Sammelpunkt für die junge belgische Jazzszene, indem er zu einigen ihrer wichtigsten Projekte beitrug». Als Sideman in vielen Projekten (Antoine Pierre Urbex, Fabrizio Cassol, Stéphane Galland, LG Jazz Collective, Muzicazur, Typh Barrow) offenbart er nun zum ersten Mal seine Talente als Komponist und Bandleader.

 

Nelson Veras (Acoustic Guitar)

Félix Zurstrassen (Guitar Bass)

Ben van Gelder (Alto Sax)

Antoine Pierre (Drums)

 

1. Aka Star / 2. Catabaucalise / 3. Aurora / 4. Songe d’Or / 5. Nova / 6. Praha / Claire 7. Nocturne / 8. April in Paris / 9. Ymakre / 10. oMoioMo

 

Félix Zurstrassen – electric bass

Born into a family of musicians, Félix Zurstrassen has been surrounded by music since his childhood. He discovered the electric bass when he was 14 years old and since then, has never stopped loving and playing the instrument. Jazz music and improvisation quickly took an important place in his instrumental practice.

Félix Zurstrassen is a versatile musician and has the ability to easily adapt to many specificities, genres and musical styles. He has quickly become integrated on the Belgian jazz scene as a side-man on many varying and different projects. That’s how he has become one of the most appreciated bass players of his generation. As proof of this, Félix Zurstrassen was awarded Sabam’s “Young Talent” Jazz Award in 2017 „because he serves as a convergence and rallying point for the young Belgian jazz scene by contributing to the principal projects that define it.”

Félix Zurstrassen launched his first solo project working closely with the celebrated Brazilian guitarist Nelson Veras and his loyal accomplice, the talented Antoine Pierre on drums. The repertoire carefully composed by Félix Zurstrassen is at the crossroads of modern jazz and contemporary jazz. While the melodic and harmonic universe of Félix Zurstrassen’s compositions is inspired by musicians such as Brad Mehldau and Pat Metheny, the (poly-) rhythmic universe is influenced by the conceptual music of Steve Coleman and Aka Moon.

 

Nelson Veras – acoustic guitar

Born in Brazil in 1977, Nelson Veras developed a unique style based on a mix of classical guitar, contemporary jazz and his Brazilian roots. Nelson Veras gave countless workshops all over the world and has been a teacher at the ‘Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris’ (CNSM).! He performed on numerous records as a sideman and has been touring all over the planet.!

“In my life there’s been a ‘before Nelson Veras’ and an ‘after Nelson Veras’: a unity of measure towards music, a singularity that confirms that in music, there will always be something that transcends us.” - Malik Mezzadri.

 

Antoine Pierre – drums

Brussels-based drummer and composer Antoine Pierre (1992) has become a key figure on the Belgian jazz scene. Back from New York in 2015 where he studied for a year after graduating from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, Pierre receives the Sabam Jazz Award Young Talent. Later that year, he goes into the studio to record his first album as a leader, „Urbex“. Released in 2016, the band tours for two years in Belgium and around then goes back into studio to record their second album, « Sketches Of Nowhere » (2018, Igloo Records). Critically acclaimed (Choc Jazzman, Indispensable Jazz News, Octave de la Musique 2019, …), they embark on their first international tour with different line-ups and guests such as Ben Van Gelder, Reinier Baas or Magic Malik.

 

Ben van Gelder – alto sax

Ben van Gelder (1988) is regarded internationally as an authority on the alto saxophone. Peers and critics alike praise him for his unique sound, lyricism and personal approach to composition. His music is firmly rooted in jazz tradition but embraces many other musical genres and disciplines. Visual art in particular

plays a prominent role in his musical practice, and often serves as a framework for his writing. Van Gelder moved to New York when he was seventeen and spent a decade collaborating and studying with some of the most progressive artists in the world. They recently released SMASH HITS, a live registration of their performance with the Metropole Orchestra. The duo is scheduled to release Mokum In Hi-Fi in the September of 2019. Ben currently resides in The Netherlands and is on faculty at the Conservatory of Amsterdam.

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