The music played by the BamesreiterSchwartzOrchestra is complex Programme Music, situated in a fantasy world designed exclusively for the ensemble. It ranges seamlessly from impressions and adaptations of the factual world to fictional constructs with their own distinct aesthetics and logic, with different pieces intertwining at some points. The latter structures may resound as absolute music from the listener’s perspective where their musical associations transform the abstract instants into their very own unique experience. This subtle alternation between subjective comprehension and instinctive emotions benefits vastly from the intense characters and stage mentality of the musicians, as well as the obvious influence from the fascinating history of the Jazz Orchestra. Not only were basic configurations and some sound ideals bequeathed by the Big Band Era, but first and foremost the affection for passionate improvisation and the breathtaking power of tutti playing. All works on the album are written by Richard Schwartz and Lukas Bamesreiter and were created especially for the BamesreiterSchwartzOrchestra.

The lineup of the BamesreiterSchwartzOrchestra is a portrayal of a young generation of professional jazz musicians from all over Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This is where acclaimed artists of the current decade come together with aspiring graduates of the renowned and international music university scene. Furthermore the musicians share a history of playing together in a diverse range of different ensembles and big bands, including Germany’s Bundesjazzorchester and several of the country’s Landesjugendjazzorchester. The collective sum of references spans internationally from broadcast productions across the scene’s hippest clubs and festivals on to symphony orchestras, philharmonics and opera houses.

 

The band features some enlargement compared to the traditional lineup of a jazz orchestra. The reed section is situated lower than usual and moreover it spots an additional clarinet as a sixth voice. This often functions as a top voice and/or colouring voice but can also operate outside of the section. The french horn acts as a supplement to either the trumpet or the trombone section, or as a link between both. The most noticeable extension is a four-part vocal section, consisting of four female voices between mezzo-soprano and contra-alto. In addition to varying constellations of the voices they do of course also perform as soloists. All this happens in different languages, sometimes as Vocalise, sometimes textually improvised.

 

Patricia Römer . 1st Mezzo-soprano

Antonia Dering . 2nd Mezzo-soprano

Lydia Schiller . Alto

Svenja Hartwig . Contra-alto & French Horn

 

Johannes Schneider . 1st Trumpet

Matthias Schwengler . 2nd Trumpet

Julian Hesse . 3rd Trumpet

Andreas Schnell . 4th Trumpet

 

Lukas Jochner . 1st Trombone

Christian Landsiedel . 2nd Trombone

Paul Kunzmann . 3rd Trombone

Jakob Grimm . Bass Trombone

Bettina Maier . Clarinet

Michael Binder . Alto Saxophone

Moritz Stahl . 1st Tenor Saxophone

Konstantin Herleinsberger . 2nd Tenor Saxophone

Jonas Brinckmann . 1st Baritone Saxophone

Florian Leuschner . 2nd Baritone Saxophone

 

Stephan Plecher . Piano

Richard Schwartz . Guitar

Anselm Legl . Bass

Marco Dufner . Drums

 

Lukas Bamesreiter . Conductor