Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Peter A. Schmid & Félix Stüssi - Transatlantic Conversations (UNIT RECORDS 2017)

Stussi and Schmid have known each other for decades, playing together both as a duo and in a quartet throughout the 1990s. When Felix Stussi and his family emigrated to Canad, contact continued even across the Atlantic, with CDs exchanged and musical development followed closely. Stussi became a fixture of the Montreal jazz scene, playing with many renowned musicians (including Ray Anderson) and composing for his own combo, with which he released multiple CDs on Unit Records.

The low woodwind player Peter A. Schmid has been active for decades, moving between the musical poles of jazz, improvised music and contemporary sound. Alongside many years of collaborative work in duos, woodwind ensembles and musical projects set in extraordinary spaces have played an important in his career (for example „September Winds“ with Evan Parker). Stussi and Schmid resumed their musical collaboration this summer, reworking new and older original pieces, developing concepts for spontaneous compositions, playing concerts and now releasing their first studio CD, recorded at Hardstudio in Winterthur: „Transatlantic Conversations.“

The cover design features underwater photography derived from the picture series „Underwater Surfaces“ (with close up images of underwater lifeforms captured by Peter A. Schmid in tropical waters across the globe).

01. Kangoo 4:26
02. Blue Horizon #1 2:53
03. Ursina 4:38
04. Silvio 3:20
05. New Waves 2:07
06. Blue Horizon #2 2:54
07. Buster 4:18
08. Vampir 2:08
09. Green Horizon #1-3 4:16
10. Garissa 4:36
11. Miniatour D'Horizon #1 3:37
12. Miniatour D'Horizon #2 1:34
13. Smoke On The Horizon #1-3 3:57
14. One And Only Bass Clarinet Blues 4:19

All compositions by Peter A.Schmid und Felix Stüssi except where indicated.

Peter A.Schmid - bass clarinet, tenor & baritone saxophone
Félix Stüssi - piano

Recorded june 25, 2016 at Hardstudio Winterthur by Moritz Wetter
Mix & Mastering: Klaus Grimmer, Winterthur
Underwater photographs: Peter A.Schmid
Graphic design: Margaret Thorne, Zürich