Christoph Grab

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Christoph Grab at the concert with Escape Argot in the Stadtkirche Darmstadt on September 19, 2019

Christoph Grab (born September 5, 1967 in Bern ) is a Swiss jazz musician ( tenor , alto , soprano saxophone and live electronics ), composer and university teacher .

Live and act

Grab studied saxophone, composition and arrangement at the Swiss Jazz School Bern ; his teachers and mentors were u. a. Andy Scherrer , Sal Nistico , Jerry Bergonzi , Joe Lovano and Dave Liebman . In 1992 he received the first prize in the national competition for young soloists from the Freidel-Wald-Stiftung in Basel. He initially performed with musicians as diverse as Ray Anderson , Wolfgang Muthspiel , Irène Schweizer , Kurt Weil , Joe Beck , Mark Egan , Danny Gottlieb and Harald Haerter . With his own jazz quartet he recorded albums such as Personal and Cryptic Blues . In his band project Raw Vision he is currently (2019) working with Ronny Graupe , Thomas Lüscher, Raphael Walser and Maxime Paratte. He is also internationally active in the Reflections project (with Lukas Traxel and Pius Baschnagel) and the pulp troupe Science Fiction Theater .

In his work as a freelance musician in the Swiss jazz scene, he belongs to many permanent formations, such as Baumann / Grab / Haemmerli / Renold , the Zurich Jazz Orchestra , Ellingtonality, Axel Fischbacher Octet, Raphael Jost & Lots of Horns, Spittin 'Horns, Christoph Steiner 's Escape Argot, Elmar Frey Sextet. Earlier formations were, for example, Neuromodulator, KOJ / Nadelöhr, ContempArabic Jazz Ensemble, Marion Denzler Group, The Blindside, Lukas Bitterlin Quartet, Blastic, Grab / Kopf Quartet etc. His intensive preoccupation with live electronics and his performances with hacked toys that have been transformed into sound machines provide him z. Currently also attention in the electronics and DJ scene.

In addition to his active music career, Grab has been professor for saxophone and improvisation at the jazz faculty of the Zurich University of the Arts since 1998 . He is also a member of the board of the Moods jazz club .

Discographic notes

  • Reflections: Live at Haberhaus (2020, Lamento Records; with Lukas Thoeni, Andreas Tschopp , Lukas Traxel, Pius Baschnagel. Best list of the German Record Critics' list )
  • Raw Vision Fool's Dance (2018, QFTF, with Ronny Graupe, Thomas Lüscher, Raphael Walser, Maxime Paratte)
  • Reflections (2017, Lamento Records)
  • Raw Vision: Code Talker (2015, Unit Records )
  • Science Fiction Theater: Pimp Town (2010, Traumton Records )
  • Cryptic Blues (Unit, 2006)
  • Nuromodulator: N (2008, everest records)
  • Christoph Grab's Reality Scan: The Soul of the City (2000, EV)

Lexical entries

  • Bruno Spoerri (Hrsg.): Biographical Lexicon of Swiss Jazz CD supplement to: Spoerri, Bruno (Hrsg.): Jazz in Switzerland. History and stories . Chronos-Verlag, Zurich 2005, ISBN 3-0340-0739-6

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Hans-Jürgen Schaal Review (jazzthetik)