I am currently working on my solo piano project and composing intensely. More to come soon!
14.9.2016 Menuhin Forum Bern: Zisman/Beck with special Guest Daniel Zisman!
Dec.2.-11.2016 Touring Switzerland with the “Aphorism”-Trio! w/ Domenic Landolf and Jorge Rossy
Confirmed dates so far: (more TBA)
2.12. Esse Bar
5.12. Isebähnli Baden
8.12. BeJazz Bern
2017: April 4,, 5. Bird’s Eye Basel
Michael Beck grew up in a musical household and has played the piano from age 7. As a teenager he played in various bands and quickly discovered his passion for Jazz. After some studies at University, studying physics and mathematics he changed for studying music at Swiss Jazz School in Bern. In 1994 went to Berklee on a scholarship, where he got degrees in piano and Jazz composition. Thereafter he spent two years in New York’s vibrant jazz scene. Since his return he has had an active career as a performer in Switzerland and neighbouring countries and has played with many internationally renowned musicians like Anat Cohen, Nat Su, Bänz Oester, Antonio Sanchez or Mark Turner. Besides his activity as a Jazz pianist and teacher he has dealt intensively with contemporary classical composition and electronic music and produced many soundtracks and stage-compositions for modern dance companies. Among his recordings, his trio albums have gained particularly high acclaim. Michael also teaches piano and various other subject at Jazzcampus Basel.
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Michael Beck piano
Domenic Landolf tenor saxophone und bass clarinet
Jorge Rossy vibraphone and marimba
The collectively led trio has formed in 2013 and has performed some concerts in Switzerland as well as in Barcelona. In march 2014 the first album has been recorded in Begues, Spain and has appeared in 2015 with Unit records.
Beck, Landolf und Rossy are playing a distinct, undogmatic yet melodically and emotionally authentic variety of modern Jazz, always looking for the core of the melody and following the intuition of the moment.
The uncommon and also challenging ensemble lends itself to a large variety of colours and structures from a chamber-music-like transparency to almost orchestral density while leaving space for spontaneous interplay. All three players assume the role of the soloist, accompanist and rhythm section, drawing on their vast experience as instrumentalists, band-leaders and composers.
The repertory consists mainly of original compositions with the addition of selected compositions by Monk, Mingus, Weill and others.
„An exhilarating album…“– Tom Gsteiger/Landbote
„I feel that there is a deep aesthetic affinity going on in this trio. Otherwise would be hard to explain how comfortable we feel playing each others tunes. Also the instrumentation is unconventional, which helps freeing our minds and ears…We are looking forward to exploring the sound of this unit, letting it develop naturally with each performance.“
– Jorge Rossy
„A great formation..“ – Georg Modestin/Der Bund
with Michael Zisman bandoneon
Matthias Kohler alto saxophone
Domenic Landolf tenor saxophone
Michael Beck piano
Lorenz Beyeler bass
Tobias Friedli drums