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Upon leaving Berklee College of Music, Markus, a Yamaha Saxophone endorser and award winner from several cultural institutions went on to work with jazz greats like Clark Terry, Billy Cobham, Adam Nussbaum, Mark Soskin, Harie Swartz, Terry Lynn Carrington, Seven and many more. Markus Hauser remains one of the few Swiss musicians that indeed make a living out of music without relying on a teaching position. This native of Glarus is also a specialist is building extraordinary quality saxophone mouthpieces. Together with his brother, he had developed their latest model – the Kenny Garret Mouthpiece, which is renowned to be the world’s best Saxophone mouthpiece to date.
is a founder of Jazzaar and the driving force behind its music educational programme – “Bands Across The Sea”TM (BATS). In 1984, the 24 year old Renold received the Quincy Jones Full Scholarship Award at Berklee College of Music, Boston, where he received his B.A in Jazz Performance in 1987 and was voted into the college’s faculty immediately. Since 1997, ‘Fritz Renold and the Bostonian Friends’ have been signed to the label SONY – BMG Music – Columbia Records in New York. With ca. 500 compositions, premiers and several Grammy pre-nomination recordings to his name, the composer, saxophonist and arranger from Aargau belongs to one of the few music entrepreneurs in Switzerland. As the director of the Swiss and Aargau Youth Jazz Orchestras, Renold always had a habit of integrating the activities of his personal musical career with his employment as Music teacher at both the Aargau Gymnasiums. The concept – Bands Across The Seas – is a youth development project that resulted to the benefit of the contemporary Swiss Jazz Scene. This concept will be integrated for the first time with the Malaysia Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (MPYO) in June 2010. His Quintet – Fritz Renold & the Bostonian Friends consisting of Randy Brecker, Christian Jacob, Reggie Hamilton and Danny Gottlieb will perform together with the 120 piece MPYO, some of Duke Ellington’s Symphonic works. His latest composition, the 45-minute ‘Nusantara Suite’ for large orchestra will be premiered during this occasion in Kuala Lumpur by his Quintet and MPYO led by conductor Kevin Field.
moved to New York in 1976 where he worked with Sam Rivers, Cecil McBee and other representatives of the Loft-Jazz-Szene. He toured Europe with the Elvin Jones Band in 1977. He frequented large festivals in the USA and Europe with his own groups as well as with Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition and McCoy Tyner. He formed the all-star formation, ‘The Leaders’ in 1984 together with Famoudou Don Moye, Arthur Blythe, Lester Bowie, Kirk Lightsey, Cecil McBee, Don Cherry and Don Pullen.
After studying clarinet, electronic music and composition at the Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart, he became both a composer for radio and television, played with Herbert Joos, Hans Koller, occasionally even with Warne Marsh and Lee Konitz, and later with Benny Golson, Hannes Zerbe and the Sam Rivers Big Band. With Perry Robinson, Theo Jörgensmann, Hans Kumpf, Michel Pilz and the Rhythm Section Players Günter Lenz and Peter Giger he founded the group Clarinet Contrast between 1975 and 1977. His group SüdPool has been the main artistic collaboration for the past 15 years.
In 1983 he wrote for Erwin Lehn and his orchestra “Südfunk” the Third Stream composition “The Whale”. In 1986, the work was premiered with the singer Lauren Newton and Marilyn Lake Constance Symphony Orchestra and his own jazz ensemble. In 1981 he founded the Youth Jazz Orchestra of Baden-Wuerttemberg, which he still heads today.
Since 1986 he has held the Music professor of popular music and jazz at the Stuttgart Academy.
Conrad received the 1981 The “Jazzpreis” Award of the Jazz Orchestra and in 1983 he received the “Musician of the Year” award by the Jazz Magazine “Jazz Podium”. In 2001 he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit. Among the Admirers of his work is Woody Allen.
was born in 1953 in Switzerland. He studied Afrocuban percussion at the ‘Instituto Superior de Arte’ in Havanna, Cuba. He continued to study further in Cuba and in Africa (Guinee and Burkina Faso). Besides being active in many musical projects, Willy played with Nina Corti for six years and has been a member of the Stefan Kurmann Strings since 1991. Presently, he is in the faculty of ‘Perkussion und Körper & Rhythmik’ at the University of Luzern, Switzerland.
Alfie (Burt Bacarach)
Sonata Latino (Fritz Renold)
Inconspicous (Fritz Renold)
Almost Cried (Duke Ellington)
In Memory Of Duke (Fritz Renold)
Caravan (Juan Tizol)
Belteshazzar’s Prophesy (Fritz Renold)
Life Goes On After September 11th (Fritz Renold)
Servare Modum Finemque Tenare (Fritz Renold)
Tamara (Fritz Renold)
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