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No Nation 18:15
Sweet Sweat 06:45
Fever 11:17
Fluidum 11:32
Run & Rush 09:28


Intakt CD 093

"Appropriate to a collaboration with a new music ensemble, many of Niggli's pieces are suites. The lead-off track, for instance, is an anthemic anti-nationalist suite (based on rhythmic relations between 3 and 7, if you're counting) that's perfectly designed for Minton, who is something of a specialist in Anti-Anthems, having sung wondrous versions of the anarchist anthem in the past. On "Sweet Sweat" Niggli's rock roots are showing – after Minton's alternately strangulated, surreal and serene intro, the ghost of Zappa lurks somewhere nearby, in the rock and jazz-rock outbursts. The drummer explains that the sweatiness of the project was both positive - sweat of a good performance ("I love intensity and energy, to create music under the biggest physical and mental presence") – and also more troubling ("writing this whole program was like having a disease, fever"). The sweats. Trying to come up with something compelling, something right, something not trite. Sweat it out. Niggli worked from the kit, creating material, singing parts over the rhythms, then slowly developing it into arrangements and finally these suites. "I like to write complex parts, but always give enough freedom that all the musicians, especially the improvisors, can interpret my music. Then it becomes a collective work! "


released January 1, 2004

Lucas Niggli: Drums, Percussion, Compositions
Claudio Puntin: Clarinets
Phil Minton: Voice
Nils Wogram: Trombone
Philipp Schaufelberger: Guitar

Ensemble Neue Musik Zürich:
Hans Peter Frehner: Flutes
Urs Bumbbacher: Violin
Stefan Tuth: Cello
Viktor Müller: Piano
Lorenz Haas: Vibraphone, Perc
Leo Bachmann: Tuba

All compositions by Lucas Niggli (SUISA). Recorded 27.- 29. October 2003 at SWR-Studio Baden-Baden by Alfred Habelitz for Radio SWR2 Neue Musik/Jazz. Mixed by Alfred Habelitz and Lucas Niggli at SWR-Studio Baden-Baden, Januar 2004. Mastered by Walter Schmid at Oakland Studios Winterthur, March 2004. Liner notes by John Corbett. Fotos by Francesca Pfeffer. Cover art by Eliane Binggeli & Pino Esposito. Recording produced by Reinhard Kager/SWR and Intakt Records. CD produced by Intakt Records. Executive production: Patrik Landolt. Published and copright by Intakt Records.


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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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