Fire Museum Presents :
Urs Leimgruber/Jacques Demierre duo
MADE POSSIBLE BY GRANTS FROM PRO HELVETIA & FONDATION-SUISA
Urs Leimgruber/Jacques Demierre/ (Switzerland) :
Urs has been working for many years in the field of Contemporary Improvisation, Jazz and New Music. He has enriched and expanded for decades the saxophone sound with new playing techniques in solo concerts and many different acclaimed groups he was touring in Europe, Canada, U.S.A. and Cuba. Among his many concerts and recordings are those with Joelle Leandre, Marilyn Crispell, Fritz Hauser, Evan Parker, Fred Frith, Steve Lacy, Dorothea Schurch, Roger Turner, Thomas Lehn, Gunter Muller. Together with Jacques Demierre he is leading the group 6ix. In the seventies, he was cofounder of the Electricjazz-Freemusic group OM. His music is to be found on CD on HatArt, Unit, FOR 4 EARS Victo and LEO.
Jacques is a pianist, performer and composer, his musical and sound work develops itself in various directions : improvised music, contemporary music, sound poetry, sound installation. His compositions and sound realizations are concerned with the activity of listening and with sound space. On the piano, Jacques Demierre has developed a unique operating style, never ceasing to redraw new sound topographies, making us forget the physical weight of the instrument. He collaborates with many improvising musicians - Okkyung Lee, Thomas Lehn, Martial Solal, Radu Malfatti, Joelle Leandre, Axel Dorner, Fritz Hauser, Sainkho Namtchylak, Urs Blochlinger, Irene Schweizer, Hans Koch, Isabelle Duthoit, Brandon Labelle, Jason Kahn, Butch Morris, Carlos Zingaro, Gunter Muller, Jaap Blonk, Barry Guy, Lucas Niggli, Sylvie Courvoisier, Hann Bennink, Rhodri Davis, Martin Schutz, Paul Lovens, Dorothea Schurch, Phil Minton, regularly plays solo piano concerts, and works with Vincent Barras in the field of performance and language art.
Matt Weston (Upstate NY) :
A native of Chicago, and currently residing in upstate New York, Weston has collaborated with: Arthur Brooks, Century Plants, Bill Dixon, Kevin Drumm, Paul Flaherty, Charles Gayle, Milford Graves, Mary Halvorson, Le Quan Ninh, Bob Marsh, Ben Miller (ex-Destroy All Monsters), Roger Miller (Mission of Burma), Jim O'Rourke, William Parker, Ken Vandermark, Jack Wright, and many others. His live performances have set a new standard for solo percussion. He has performed at venues as varied as the 3000-seat Riviera Theater in Chicago, the School For New Dance Development in Amsterdam, and the Vision Festival in New York. He is a member of Barn Owl with Chris Cooper (Fat Worm Of Error) and Andy Crespo, and is also a member of the Arthur Brooks Ensemble V. Of Weston's 2014 single "Kidnapping Denials" b/w "Put On a Good Face," critic Clifford Allen wrote, "A good single should leave one wanting a hell of a lot more and that's just what Weston has done here."
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