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Bean Bag 09:10
Big Bertha 08:29
Yasmine 07:33
Hit Hat 02:32
Bondage 05:52


Intakt CD 139

Beat Bag Bohemia is half African, half European. The ensemble consists exclusively of drummers – two Swiss and two African. At Beat Bag Bohemia each musician assumes a multitude of tasks. The parts are constantly reassigned. The members alternate in being accompanist, soloist, groove-master, noise- and melody-maker – and in each function the individual style of every musician is to shine through.

The djembe player Rolando Lamussene is an intuitive musician. For this percussionist coming from an oral tradition the memory is his treasure: He is able to keep in mind huge dramaturgical processes and to memorize the most complex sequences in the shortest time possible – an ability brought to perfection during his time as a member of the National Song & Dance Company of Mozambique.

Kesivan Naidoo, in contrast, is a flawless jazz drummer, only he plays jazz the South-African way – a danceable jive style. His timing is precise, his swing marvelously vibrant and his sound impressive.
Peter Conradin Zumthor comes from a family of artists and his drumming is vigorous, colourful and open-minded. He takes special interest in the new varieties of rock drumming: new metal, grindcore, noise.

Niggli, who is the composer, links it all together. He makes sure the music comes together, controls and directs. He accentuates where necessary and arranges decisive shifts in direction.

In the fifties it was Art Blakey’s Afro-Drum Ensemble that established the tradition of pure percussion groups in jazz. Max Roach followed in the sixties with the M’Boom Re:Percussion group. Pierre Favre came up with a heavyweight ensemble called Singing Drums in the eighties. «Beat Bag Bohemia now opens a new chapter in the book of drumming,» writes Christoph Wagner in the liner notes.


released January 1, 2008

Rolando Lamussene: Djembe · Mbira · Voice · Percussion
Kesivan Naidoo: Drums · Cymbals · Gongs · Percussion
Peter Conradin Zumthor: Drums · Cymbals · Gongs · Percussion
Lucas Niggli: Drums: Cymbals · Gongs · Percussion

All compositions by Lucas Niggli (SUISA), except Big Bertha by Lamussene/Niggli (SUISA). Recorded February 2007, mixed and mastered January/February 2008 by Willy Strehler at Studio Klangdach Guntershausen, Switzerland. Cover art: Martin Fuchs. Graphic design: Jonas Schoder. Liner notes: Christoph Wagner. Photos: Francesca Pfeffer. Produced by Lucas Niggli and Intakt Records, published and copyright by Intakt. Records. Executive production: Patrik Landolt


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Lucas Niggli Uster, Switzerland

Born 1968, lives in Zürich.

As one of the most demanded European drummer and improviser, he plays in various working-bands in the field of Jazz, Rock, New Music, Noise, World and Improvisation.

He is playing on more than 60 CDs, most of them on INTAKT Records, teaches at the University of Arts in Zurich (ZHdK) and is promoter of a concertserie for contemporary music.
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