Orkester Ben Jeger

Orkester Ben Jeger
"Idraulica" LUS004

The five members of this group are not only notable composers but well known
performing artists as well. The group can make complex music sound deceptively simple.
Their style of "central-european music" combines the circus with mystical glass harp interludes and adds a touch of 60's Farfisa organ - partly a direct reflection of their
common passion for the music of Nino Rota. Indeed Idraulica includes some refreshed versions of Rota compositions and a multitude of original compositions by the members themselves.

CD LUS009 "Aria !"
including for the first time the mezzosopran
Teresa Larraga Burgos...

>>> listen to "Blumen in Phasen " (mp3 : 467 Ko)

Bereits mit dem letzten Programm IDRAULICA! haben die Mitglieder des Orkester Ben Jeger bewiesen, dass sie darin Meister sind, Höhen und Tiefen auszuloten, im Melodram das Komische aufzudecken und grotesken Momenten etwas Anrührendes abzugewinnen.
Für das neue Programm ARIA! ist nun die Mezzosopranistin Teresa Larraga Burgos zum Ensemble hinzugekommen.

Die Opernstimme fügt der Klangwelt des Orkesters neue Dimensionen hinzu. Wie im Zirkus sind auch in der Oper das Erhabene und das Profane, das Pompöse wie das Ordinäre immer nahe beieinander, ja ineinander enthalten.

Die Diva ist ein leuchtendes Wesen von einem anderen Stern - aber sie ist auch grotesk, anachronistisch und manchmal fast lächerlich. Und doch vermag sie uns im nächsten Moment wiederum zu Tränen zu rühren.

CD LUS004 "Idraulica !"
>>> listen to "Gelsominas Variete" (mp3 : 471 Ko)

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The musicians:

Ben Jeger - glass harp, accordion, farfisa organ , honer clavinet
- Ben Jeger is one of the most renowned film music composers in Switzerland and his
latest work will be premiering at this year's Berlin Film Festival. He is also a member
of the group Kadash, famous for their project with "the Nile Troup" Les Musiciens
du Nil and their groundbreaking CD "Kadash am Berg" -(Unit Records)

Peter Schärli - trumpet, flügelhorn
- Enja recording artist known for his unique jazz style in collaboration with Stella Rambisai Chiweshe on the CD "April Works" (Unit Records) and with his various sextett formations including ex - Zappa trombonist Glenn Ferris and jazz french hornist Tom Varner, Olivier Clerc and the late Urs Blöchlinger.

Shirley Hofmann - euphonium, valve trombone, accordion, voice
- Folk-avant-garde soloist, she has performed in many of the major festivals throughout Europe such as the "WeltBlech"festival in Vienna, Austria. She has also performed as a circus musician, toured with the avant-garde clowns "Die Lufthunde" and is an
ex-member of the German avant-garde group "The Blech" and "Ensemble Rayé" from Neuchâtel.

Freddy Flukiger - Drums and percussion
- Drummer with Amy Denio's avant-pop band "The Pale Nudes" as well as for the project "Kadash and the Nile Troup", "Radio Osaka" and many other Rec Rec projects. A veteran
of the Swiss avant-garde music scene, Flukinger has collected a vast pallet of musical experinece as a member of the Federlos Circus Band who worked over three months
with local musicians and artists in Nigeria, Benin, Ghana, Zimbabwe and Namibia.

Michael Frey - Tuba
- Although he studied jazz guitar at the Berkley School of Music in Boston, Frey has also mastered the Tuba and performs with this instrument in various formations such as The Swiss group "Interkantonale Blasabfuhr" (Unit Records) - a six man brass conglomeration,
" 3 voices and a Tuba" , and countless free improvising and music/theater projects.

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