Christian Muthspiel, trombone, piano, electric piano, flutes
Steve Swallow, bass guitar
The writer Christoph Ransmayr says about duo Muthspiel & Swallow’s music that ‘anyone who manages to take the simple as what it is, namely one of the foundation stones of our world and reality, has to be a virtuoso’.
The Austrian composer, conductor, trombonist, pianist and painter Christian Muthspiel has won international recognition in the area of jazz and improvised music as well as in a new music context. He dropped out of University of Music and Performing Arts Graz ‘just in time and voluntarily’, as he says, to continue his training in Canada. Since then, the extensive scope of his work has spanned everything from a small jazz band to a symphonic orchestra, from solo to multimedia music performances, and he has employed all kinds of sound sources and artists for the interpretation of his musical inventions.
‘Two wonderful musicians reduce their musical communication skills down to the simple, quiet and reflective essentials of their art,’ Concerto wrote about Muthspiel’s collaboration with the legendary bassist Steve Swallow. The American has been active on the international jazz scene since 1960; there’s hardly a well-known name that doesn’t feature in his back catalogue. In the late 1960s, he was one of the first jazz musicians to use a double bass, rather than an electric bass, and in his hands, this instrument developed a unique sound that makes him instantly recognisable in any band. The programme’s title, Simple Songs, is a promise that is kept yet also exceeded. In terms of their structure, they are simple songs yet they are also an intelligent conversation between two jazz individualists who have a lot to say to each other and who can draw on an infinite reservoir of creativity and enthusiasm for their music.
Price group I: € 22 /concessions € 18
Price group II: € 18 /concessions € 14
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