Nils Wogram - trombone
Philipp Schaufelberger - guitar
Lucas Niggli - drums, percussion
Lucas Niggli’s ZOOM is the union of the improvisational core of Jazz with the esthetical sound-culture of contemporary music. This small and agile group with two tenor instruments and drums speeds through the highs and lows of today’s music. The group makes a bow to tradition here and jumps into the unknown there. The compositions are very delicately crafted, especially with regard to sound. A wide range of dramaturgies and energies come into play as their compositions are both relaxed and simultaneously highly powerful.
»Highly inspired flights of the imagination: ZOOM« (Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Switzerland)
»Three artists on a high wire« (Tages Anzeiger, Switzerland)
The trio of the Swiss drummer Lucas Niggli unifies three strong-willed musicians of the young generation who have been influenced by the most varied musics and who simultaneously blaze their own path through a new obscurity that the Postmodern and current tendencies have triggered.
With ZOOM, Lucas Niggli can unify his numerous likings for Jazz (the drive, the energy, and the idiomatic-improvisatory freedom) as well as that for new music (tonal and interpretational culture). With ultimate concentration, this small and agile group speeds through the heights and depths of today’s music: here a nod at tradition, there a jump into the unknown, always up to tricks, all of which guarantees that seriousness will never turn into solemnity.
The compositions of Lucas Niggli are tonally balanced, play with the most various dramatuguries and energies, are relaxed and simultaneously highly energetic. The joy of playing, embedded in a beautiful "group chemistry” allows the pieces to ring out freshly again and again.
Lightness is a central point in Lucas Niggli’s music. Via this "filigreed” grouping with two tenor instruments (trombone and guitar) and drums, as well as with the excellent musicians Schaufelberger (a great tonal aesthete) and Wogram (THE complete trombonist), complex, even abstract passages sound light as a feather.
Nils Wogram, trombone»
A New Trombone Light, the trombonist goes his own way, even when he is dealt with as a worthy successor to Albert Mangelsdorf« (Der Spiegel, Germany)
»And suddenly there is only this music…« (Die Zeit, Germany)
Nils Wogram was born in Brunswick in 1972, today lives in Cologne. Without a doubt, he belongs to one of the most watched newcomers of the German and European jazz scene. With its three CD releases and numerous tours, his own quartet (with Simon Nabatov, Henning Sievertsund and Jochen Rückert) has matured into a unmistakable ensemble. Next to his own quartet, he is one of the most sought after German solo trombonists and performs in groups such as Jazzkantine, Underkarl, Gunter Hampel’s Next Generation and others.
Nils Wogram has won numerous prizes, such as the Jazz Prize of Nuremberg and the Jazz Prize of the state of North-Rhine Westphalia. He has already played with well-known musicians such as Kenny Werner, Herman Forster, Nils Landgren, Tomas Stanko, Ed Schuller, Illinois Jaquet, Michael Formanek, Brad Shepik and George Garden.
Phililpp Schaufelberger, guitar
»Schaufelberger shines with his quirky, Frizzle-like voicing and phrasings on inventive reworkings of two Monk tunes« (Down Beat, U.S.A.)
«Schaufelberger’s exemplary fundament. A discreet highlight.« (Der Bund, Germany)
Philipp Schaufelberger was born in Gottingen, Germany in 1970.
He has played in various formations in jazz and in the collapsing borders of its related forms. Thus, in Giancarlo NicolaiŒ’s guitar orchestra, "ZAP” (with Hans Feigenwinter, Bänz Oester
and Kaspar Rast), in "Boxer” (with Mich Gerber and Fab Kuratli), Banff Jazz Orchestra with Kenny Wheeler, concerts in Canada
Since 1994 he has been a member of the Harald Haerter Quartet, toured with Dewey Redman in Europe and the USA, Festival tour ’96 (North Sea, Leverkusen, Montreux, Lugano Jazz festivals), tour in 1997 with Michael Brecker, Jazz in Willisau, and concerts with Jim Black, Bill Stewart, Joey Baron, Klaus Dickbauer, Hans Koch and many others.
Cooperation with Daniel Mouthon "Säugers Flug” and "Air à l1enverre,” a multi-medial Opera together with the Ensemble for New Music, Zurich. Currently also a member of "Chanteurs à Voix” (with Doro Schürch) and of Pierre Favre’s European Chamber Ensemble.