ETERNAL MOVEMENT | FIVE ON FIRE feat. Musikkollegium Winterthur

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Daniel Gubelmann’s trademark is his lyrical saxophone sound, around which his band “Five on Fire” is also centered. In 2013, the band fused with a string quartet. Now, their musical framework has been expanded even more: On their newest album Eternal Movement, “Five on Fire” perform with the renown Musikkollegium Winterthur’s large string section.

Daniel Gubelmann sax
Christian Rösli piano
Marc Jenny bass
Marius Peyer drums

Bridging the gap between jazz groups and “classical” ensembles has a long tradition, beginning in 1954, when Bebop pioneer Charlie Parker started incorporating the sound of string instruments. For Daniel Gubelmann, the opportunity to have his own band interact and engage with a great string orchestra is a dream come true. This cooperation is indebted to the broadcast station SRF 2 Kultur, which helped make the recording in the Stadthalle Winterthur (Civic Hall Winterthur) possible.

In his compositions, Daniel Gubelmann refers back to the so-called “Third Stream” of jazz artists from the 1950s, represented by musicians like Gunter Schuller, who began to develop formal concepts aiming to break down the randomly drawn boundaries between jazz and classical music. The symphonic suites with jazz improvisiations, consisting of several movements, that are featured on Eternal Movement are also inspired by musicians like Stand Getz and Eddie Sauter. On this CD, the string orchestra and jazz quartet are on equal footing, and all solistic exercises are shared evenly among them.

The title of this album is testament to the saxofonist from Winterthur’s desire to think big. This album is showcases a subjective view on life, realized in a sensual musical language which tells of the experiences of this Swiss musician. Especially impactful was the time he spent in Buenos Aires, where he studied with Daniel Hector Montes. The piece “Preludio de Buenos Aires” takes us into the incomparable atmosphere of Argentine’s capital city. 

“El Rio de las Estrellas” tells of night-time impressions under clear, star-studded skies over the Atacama

desert. And pieces like “La Flor del Amor” thematize great love and passion. There is no question about it: Gubelmann brought something of the “Piazzolla gene” with him from Argentina. He is also influenced by John Coltrane and Alexander Scriabin. All these inspirations intelligently come together on the album Eternal Movement and, according to Gubelmann, he hopes to get a little closer to the “essence of feel-ings.”

Daniel Gubelmann saxophone 

Daniel Gubelmann studied in Zurich with Christoph Grab and in Bern with Andy Scherrer. In addition, he completed master classes taught by Kenny Garret, Perico Sambeat, Art Lande and Enrico Rava, among others. In 2014, he began studying classical and modern composition with Daniel Hector Montes in Buenas Aires, Argentina. Beyond classical concerts for solo saxophone with the Orchestergesellschaft Winterthur and being the leading voice and soloist of the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra, he has performed with the Zurich Jazz Orchestra, the Pepe Lienhart Big Band, the Flamenco Big Band, and many other big names in jazz and show business.

Christian Rösli piano 

Christian Rösli studied in Winterthur with Hans Jürg Strub. He also studied composition with Johannes Schöllhorn. Already during his studies, he began working on a variety of projects in the realms of jazz and electronic music, for example with Peter Scherer.

Marc Jenny contrabass 

Marc Jenny is at home in a wide variety of musical contexts, reaching from contemporary music to jazz and even punk rock and electronica. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in classical music in Lucerne, he studied Music and Art Performance at the Institute for Contemporary Music Sutdies. Currently, Marc Jenny is touring with the Kimm Trio, is working on new concepts for live electronic dance music with THE ROBOTS, continues his solo performances, and performs concerts with many other formations.

Marius Peyer percussion 

Marius Preyer was shaped by the Swiss percussionist Pierre Favre as well as Lars Lindvall at the Musikhochschule Lucerne. He subsequently studied in New York with John Riley and Ron Miller. In Dheli and Kolkata, Marius Preyer picked up the tabla and studied classical Indian music with Shankar and Swapan Chaudhuri. Next to his own projects in the areas of jazz, improvisation, and electronica, he has collaborated with Roland Philippe, Ingrid Laubrock, Tom Rainey, Herbie Kopf, Fred Frith, Christy Doran and Esbjörn Svensson.

Musikkollegium Winterthur 

The Orchester Musikkollegium Winterthur is one of Europe’s oldest musical institutions. It was founded in 1629 by clergyman Hans Heinrich Meyer with the goal of promoting choral and church singing. The orchestra was brought into being as the Stadtorchester (city orchestra) Winterthur and reached Europe-wide acclaim during the 20th century directorship of Hermann Scherchen and others. In this time, more than 120 premieres by composers such as Paul Hindemith, Arthur Honegger, Arnold Schönberg, Richard Strauss, Igor Stravinsky and Anton Webern took place. In the year 2000, the Stadtorchester was renamed Musikkollegium Winterthur and now includes over fifty musicians from more than twenty different countries. Its unconventional concert formats continue to gain attention.