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Lucas Nigglis BIG ZOOM

Lucas Nigglis BIG ZOOM
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Claudio Puntin - clarinet, bass clarinet
Nils Wogram - trombone
Philipp Schaufelberger - guitar
Peter Herbert - bass
Lucas Niggli - drums, percussion

"BIG ZOOM" remains a jazz-combo, a chamber music-ensemble, and a rock-band even as a quintet. True to this the music races along the heights and pitfalls of contemporary music. The group makes a bow to tradition here and jumps into the unknown there. .
"Ein Höhepunkt am Jazzfestival Willisau 2002" (LNN)

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Lucas Nigglis BIG ZOOM

With his trio "ZOOM” (with Nils Wogram (tb) and Philipp Schaufelberger (guit)) Lucas Niggli has played numerous concerts and at jazz festivals in all of Europe. The trio’s first CD entitled "Spawn of Speed” was praised as a masterpiece by the international jazz press. Now Lucas Niggli has expanded his trio with two equally unique soloists to form a promising new European quintet. A the Jazz Festival Willisau 2002 the group gave its flamboyant debut concert.

ZOOM remains a jazz combo, chamber music ensemble and a rock band even as a quintet. True to this, the music races through the heights and pitfalls of contemporary music, bows to tradition here and jumps into the unknown there.

Niggli’s compositions are one of a kind and they are specifically crafted for its "performers”, while simultaneously granting them a lot of freedom as "improvisators”. Passages written out on the page are overthrown by unexpected improvised interventions. Fixed forms are broken up, dynamically expanded and played at full risk. Niggli juxtaposes intensity and elegy, density and quietness; the essential is emptied out by exultation, and complexity combines with powerful interplay. ZOOM thus becomes one of the most exciting bands in the realm of contemporary jazz.

The musicians are familiar with a remarkably broad range of styles and have a great musical curiosity. This is a necessary precondition for a band which doesn’t fall into routine and conventional patterns. Instead, ZOOM constantly seeks to expand the limits of contemporary music, while incorporating echoes of great musics and simultaneously focussing on its own voice.

Lucas Niggli was born in Cameroon in 1968. He now lives in Uster near Zurich, Switzerland. He is a member of "Steamboat Switzerland” (an avant-core trio with Dominik Blum (hammond) and Marino Pliakas (e-bass) and he plays in various groups with Pierre Favre ("Singing Drums”, "European Chamber Ensemble”, and the octet "The Drummers”, consisting only of drummers). In 1999 he started composing for his own band: Lucas Niggli’s ZOOM, with Nils Wolgram (tb) and Philipp Schaufelberger (guit), which played at different festivals (such as Moers, Mulhouse, Schaffhausen, Salzburg). Tours with various bands brought him to Russia, America, Egypt, Sudan, and Europe. He participated in a number of Jazz festival (such as Berlin, Willisau, Rome, Nurnberg, Talos, Zurich, Moers, Vancouver, Ulrichsberg, SKIF/St. Petersburg and others). Simultaneously he was able to perform works by contemporary composers, among whom were Sam Hayden, David Dramm, M. Kagel, Larry Polansky, Cage, Rzewski, Gunther Schuller. As a composer he has most recently received a couple of composition orders, for instance for a youth orchestra, a double-choir, and an ensemble for New Music. His work in projects which go beyond conventional musical borders led to co-operations with musicians and ensembles such as Butch Morris, Trevor Watts, Fred Frith, Hans Koch, Peter Kowald, Irene Schweizer, Stephan Wittwer, Peter Herbert, Claudio Puntin, Jacques Demierre, Peter Waters, Samul Nori, Erika Stucky, Sylvie Courvoisier, Fredy Studer, Tom Cora, Ikue Mori, Teno, Michel Doneda, Michel Wintsch, Collegium Novum, Urs Leimgruber, Arkadij Sihlklopper, Jean-Luis Matinier, and others.

Peter Herbert comes from the Vorarlberg in Austria and has lived in New York for more than 12 years. 100 concerts a year and 100'000 miles of travelling give this artist’s life a certain kind of "movement”. He has won the Hans Keller-Price 2001 (Musician of the Year). He not only gives solo-concerts (CD: "Bassooka” –music for basses AZM 1003/azizamusic), but in fact prefers to play in duos with Peter Madsen (CD’s: "Puppet’s Dance” and "Darkness Pursues Butterfly”, both PAO) or with David Tronzo (CD: "Segmente” AZM 1001/aziza music). As a sideman well in demand he plays in a number of different jazz bands such as the Marc Copland/John Abercrombie Quartet, Bobby Previte’s "The Horse”. More than 70 CD recordings testify to his extensive work in this field. Moreover, Peter Herbert works as a composer for a variety of orchestras and chamber music ensembles (Cascabel/NYC, Vorarlberger Symphonieorchester,, and others), but also for film and theatre music (Aktionstheater ensemble/Vienna, K.L.A.S. Kärnten, La Voz Festival of the Americas/Santa Fe/New Mexico and others). In 1999 he established his own internet record label "Aziza Music” (

Nils Wolgram was born in Braunschweig in 1972, and without a doubt belongs to the most recognised soloists of the European jazz scene. His seven CD recordings as a band leader for renowned labels such as Enja Records were praised euphorically by the press and his bands were celebrated on world-wide tours. The variety of band line-ups ranging from duos to octets mirrors his multi-faceted interests and show his improvisational skills as well as his talent as a composer. Nils Wolgram received a number of prices such as the SWR Jazzpreis, the Frank Rosolino Scholarship and others. He is a much sought-after soloist for a variety of radio, TV, or CD productions. He also receives regular orders as a composer for jazz- and contemporary music ensembles. He worked with well-known musicians such as Kenny Wheeler, Kenny Werner, Tomasz Stanko, Nils Landgren, Phil Minton and others.

Philipp Schaufelberger was born in Göttingen (Germany) in 1970. He played in diverse groups in the fields of jazz and related forms of music. He was a member of Giancarlo’s Guitar-Orchestra, "ZAP” (with Hans Feigenwinter, Bänz Oester, and Kaspar Rast), "Boxer” (with Mich Gerber and Fab Kuratli), Banff Jazz Orchestra with Kenny Wheeler, playing concerts in Canada. Moreover, he has been a member of the Harald Haerter Quartet. He played Europe and US tours with Dewey Redman, a festival tour in 1996 (North Sea, Leverkusen, Montreux, Lugano), and in 1997 a tour with Michael Brecker, Jazz in Willisau, plus concerts with Jim Black, Bill Stewart, Joey Baron, Klaus Dickbauer, Hans Koch and others. Since 1994 he has worked with Daniel Mouthon "Sängers Flug” and "Air à l’enverre”, a multimedia opera together with the Ensemble fur Neue Musik Zurich. "Old & New Dreams 2000”, Swiss tour with Paul Motians Trio 2000. Presently he is also a member of Pierre Favre’s "Singing Drums”.

Claudio Puntin studies music in Cologne (jazz, clarinet) and in Rotterdam (bass clarinet, contemporary music). He was trained as a gold smith at the Schule für Schmuckgestaltung Luzern. He received the Prix Golay Buchel for jewellery and design. He attended lectures by Prof. Sergiu Celibidache, which provided him with musical and general schooling. Further prices: Goldener Amadeus 1993, 1. Price of the Musik-Kreativ Wettbewerb Frankfurt (Schorn-Puntin Duo), Support price of Nord-Rhein-Westfalen (Schorn-Puntin Duo), "Southern Comfort’s Jazzmusician of the Year 1994” (Schorn-Puntin Duo). He teaches the clarinet at the Musikhochschule Köln (Cologne), he leads the SWF Int. New Jazz Meetings (with Steffen Schorn). Compositions and productions for a number of films, theatres and audio plays, for instance "Jenseits der Stille” (Oscar nomination), "Sunset in Venice” (German short film price in gold), "TeaTattoo”, composition order for Tage neuer Musik Donaueschingen 2000 with "clap you”. Regular concerts in four continents with his own ensembles. Recordings of more than 50 CDs. Co-work with Ensemble Modern, Fred Fritzh, Orchester d. Bayrischen Rundfunks, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, WDR Rundfunk Orchester, WDR Big Band, NDR Big Band, HR Big Band, Schauspielhaus Köln, King of Swing Orchestra (Benny Goodman), Klaus König Orchestra, National Ballet Tallin.

Lucas Nigglis BIG ZOOM