After two years waiting the tis jazz fest 2022 could finally take place at Atlantis club in Basel, and with it the long awaited premiere of the TIS JAZZ ORCHESTRA. I have created this new big band for two reasons: For one, to perform my own compositions for big band that have been starting to collect dust in my closet. This music is entirely original, but it also shows my gratitude and admiration for the genre’s giants, like Sammy Nestico, Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, Gil Evans, Maria Schneider and Jim McNeely, and not to forget the Swiss concert band legend, George Gruntz.
And two, to gather the artistic quality of the Basel scene’s jazz musicians. I hope that in a long term, I can contribute a new element to the scene. We are looking for a like-minded sponsor and promoter who might share this vision.