Jürg Solothurnmann

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Jürg Solothurnmann (born April 22, 1943 in Zuchwil ) is a Swiss jazz saxophonist and journalist.

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In addition to the piano, Solothurnmann also learned various folk musical instruments . He then studied modern history, ethnomusicology and historical musicology at the University of Bern and at Indiana University in Bloomington (Indiana) . In addition, he pursued musical and journalistic projects. As a saxophonist he studied at the Swiss Jazz School . From 1969 he worked as a freelancer for the Swiss radio station DRS , where he became editor in 1978 .

First he played in Mani Planzer's big band . From 1977 to 1984 he led the new jazz quartet "Uepsilon". From 1982 to 1994 there was the "Alpine Jazz Herd" directed with Hans Kennel , which tried to combine elements of contemporary jazz with those of traditional Swiss folk music, performed with great success at the Willisau Jazz Festival and at international festivals and released two albums . The “ Alpine Experience ” emerges from it . After his “First Aid Band” he founded the “Agasul Orchestra” with Urs Blöchlinger , with which he also performed in Italy and Romania. Together with Ellen Christi , Roger Girod and Thomas Hirt, he set poetry by EE Cummings to music ; with Evan Parker and "September Winds" he has toured internationally several times. He also worked with John Tchicai , Hermann Keller , Günter Baby Sommer , Joe Sachse , Tony Scott , Bernd Konrad , Alex Schlippenbach , Dieter Glawischnig , Vinko Globokar , Pauline Oliveros , John Fischer , Harry Tavitian and above all with younger musicians from the Swiss scene and carried out multidisciplinary projects with painters, actors and performance artists . In the late 2000s he worked with his formation In Transit ( Shifting Moods , Konnex Records , 2011), which included Michael Jefry Stevens (piano), Daniel Studer (bass) and Dieter Ulrich (drums).

He was also one of the founders of the musician's own label “ Unit Records ” and was involved in its management from 1983 to 1991.


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