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A Novel Of Anomaly

A Novel Of Anomaly

Andreas Schaerer

Label: ACT music
Format: CD
Barcode: 0614427985323
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Catalog number: ACT 98532
Releasedate: 09-03-18
- “A Novel Of Anomaly” presents eleven short stories
- Vocals by Andreas Schaerer

Sometimes you meet complete strangers, but what you experience with them is an almost inexplicable feeling of familiarity and connection. I still remember the first duo concert with Lucas Niggli in 2013. We went on stage without having had any rehearsal beforehand, or even a discussion about what we would play, and yet it felt as if we had known each other for ages. Everything happened in a natural and unforced way. And there was a very similar feeling when we played for the first time as a quartet with Luciano and Kalle at the end of 2015: In our voice/drums duo we covered a wide range of different energy levels, going all the way from the quietest acoustic dialogues to feeling the powerful pull of the archaic, the unconstrained, and occasionally the downright aggressive. Keeping these opposite polarities in mind, the desire grew to work with them and extend them.

We decided to expand the duo for a tour, and to have two different trios. With Luciano we would concentrate on the lyrical, the poetic and what felt good; with Kalle we would enjoy power, amplified sounds and electronics. Rehearsals were planned so that we could work with Luciano in the morning and with Kalle in the afternoon, but a flight delay brought all four of us to the rehearsal room at the same time. Our sound-check simply morphed into a wild two-hour session of collective improvisation. And when we all woke up from the frenzy, we knew that we had witnessed the birth of a new and powerful collective.

Right from the start we saw ourselves as equal co-conspirators in the quartet. Each member brought compositions from his own personal musical hinterland. In pieces such as “Aritmia” or “Stagione”, Luciano's 'Italianità' is wonderfully palpable. In “Planet Zumo” what jumps into the foreground is Kalle's work with Nigerian drummer Tony Allen. In “Getalateria” I was keen to bring an Alpine mountain echo to meet Kalle's wild Finnish guitar. We honour Lucas Niggli's childhood in Cameroun in the track “Flood”, inspired by the African writer Chenjerai Hove. For me it was important to accommodate the mother tongue of each of the musicians in this album. So “Fiore Salino” is in Italian, and “Laulu Jatkuu” is in Finnish. In “Swie Embri” I sing in my first language, the dialect of the German part of Valais.

I am delighted to be able to share this very personal music with you. Please dive in – and enjoy total immersion in the sonic cosmos of “A Novel Of Anomaly.''

Andreas Schaerer, Autumn 2017

Composer and performer, Andreas Schaerer, was born in Switzerland in 1976. He spent his childhood in the Valais region of the Alps mingling with the sheep, later moving to Bern and the picturesque region of the Emmental. He left to complete the acclaimed teacher-training course at Hofwil.

Schaerer’s musical career began when he was young, using early tape decks to produce compositions such as, ’Duo for Sewing Machine and Harmonica’, before gaining his first stage experience as a teenage guitarist for the renowned punk band of the time, Hector Lives.

In 2000, after two extended trips to South and Central America, Schaerer attended the University of Arts in Bern. For six years he studied singing with Sandy Patton and Denise Bregnard, improvisation with Andy Scherrer and composition with Klaus König, Christian Henking and Frank Sikora.

After graduating he began performing professionally and founded the Bern Jazz Workshop (Jazzwerkstatt Bern) in 2007 with Marc Stucki and Benedikt Reising. This ongoing collective acts as a communication point and promotes artistic exchange.

As a vocalist Schaerer explores a wide range of techniques including raw sprechgesang (an expressionist style between singing and speaking), sound imitation, beat-boxing and scatting right through to operatic coloratura. Today he performs with his own projects: the sextet, Hildegard Learns to Fly (Hildegard Lernt Fliegen) and duos with bassist Bänz Oester, and drummer, Lucas Niggli. He’s part of the quartett „Out Of Land“ with Emile Parisien, Vincent Peirani and Michael Wollny and works with the band „A Novel Of Anomaly“ together with Kalle Kalima, Luciano Biondini and Lucas Niggli.
Schaerer also collaborates with the classical saxophone quartet ARTE and is in a trio with the Viennese musicians Martin Eberle and Peter Rom, as well as playing with The Beet. In 2015 his first symphonic piece „the Big Wig“ was premiered at the LUCERNE FESTIVAL.

Schaerer is a sought-after studio musician and composer, working in diverse genres from jazz and freestyle music through to hip-hop and soundtracks. His concerts and tours take him across Europe, Russia, China, Japan, Egypt, Southcorea, Canada, Argentine and South Africa.

In 2008, Hildegard Learns to Fly won the prestigious Jazz ZKB prize and became one of the priority jazz acts for the Swiss Arts Council, Pro Helvetia. In 2014 they won the BMW World-Jazz Award aswell as the BMW-audience prize. In 2015 Andreas Schaerer was awarded the title of International Vocalist of the Year at the 2015 ECHO Jazz Awards (in the year immediately following Gregory Porter).

In 2009/10 Schaerer was invited by Bobby McFerrin to contribute to the improvised, wordless opera, ‘Bobble’. As well as performing with Bobby McFerrin, Schaerer has performed with Soweto Kinch, Bänz Oester, Luciano Biondini, Lucas Niggli, Kalle Kalima, Emile Parisien, Vincent Peirani, Michael Wollny, Anton Goudsmit, Barry Guy, Mars Williams, Peter Rom, Martin Eberle, Lucerne Festival Academy, Christy Doran’s New Bag, The Ploctones, Kaspar Ewald’s Exorbitantes Kabinett, Colin Vallon, Elina Duni amongst others.