The Faraway Nearby

The Faraway Nearby

Tomas Sauter | Domenic Landolf | Luzius Schuler | Daniel Schläppi | Kevin Chesham

Label: Catwalk
Format: CD
Barcode: 4260085534630
Catalog number: CW 180017
Releasedate: 02-11-18
- „The Faraway Nearby" is the second release of Tomas Sauters highly acclaimed contemporary jazz working band
- Domenic Landolf on sax, Daniel Schläppi on bass and Tomas Sauter on guitar are among Europes most interesting artists

- Recorded and mixed by the highly acclaimed sound ingeneer Gérard de Haro in the Studios la Buissonne in the South of France
With his new album – “The Faraway Nearby” – Tomas Sauter confirms his reputation as a skilled and surefooted leader once again. As an experienced producer he has been amazing audiences for years with his unerring sense of the perfect lineup to realize his compositional intentions.
 Sauter’s dense textures of sound reveal themselves to be a finely structured labyrinthine mosaic in which the audience can get lost. The music seduces the listener into letting the imagination run wild and getting lost in thought. One floats around and plunges into remote worlds to discover familiar sounds in new surroundings. It’s no coincidence that wanderlust and homesickness can be very similar. This sense of floating between the near and the far can be clearly felt on “The Faraway Nearby”. Full of energy, elegance and emotions, the music evokes strong images and fiery desire while capturing the listener from the very first note.

 The magic of such soulful and fleeting art seems simple and obvious. As if in a trance, the highly creative band lustfully yet casually plays the eclectic repertory of its inspiring leader. With such a lively and joyful playing style, one could easily forget Sauter’s high artistic demands, his preference for complex forms and tricky beats, the rhapsodic suite character and the sophisticated harmonic architecture of his compositions.

 The music of this extraordinary quintet is full of life: “The Faraway Nearby” goes straight to the heart of the listener. Completely light and organic, complex compositions like “Cat’s Cradle” and “Smalk” touch the soul. Simply put, its contemporary jazz at its best!


started playing the guitar at the age of ten years
studied at the music college of lucerne from 1994-98
from 1998 teacher at the "pop rock jazz" departement of the music conservatory of biel
from 1999 lectureship for improvisation at the music college of biel
2002-03 master of music studies at purchase college, new york, usa
studies with John Abercrombie, Hal Galper
from 2004 professor for guitar at the HKB Jazz, Hochschule der Künste Bern

award at the international meeting of jazz in frauenfeld "generations 98"
diploma with honor at music college lucerne
dr. medicus scholarship

Collaborations with the following musicians :
Tony Malaby, Chris Cheek, Matt Pavolka, Peter Schärli, Thomas Dürst, Christoph Baumann, John Voirol, Reimund Gerstner, Samuel Rohrer, Christoph Staudenmann, Urban Lienert, Samuel Joss, Lukas Bitterlin, Daniel Schläppi, Jan Brönnimann, Martin Streule, Marcel Papaux, Wolfgang Zwiauer, Fabian Kuratli, Domenic Landolf, Bänz Oester, Norbert Pfammatter, Patrice Moret, Reto Weber, Markus Stockhausen, European Broadcast Union Orchestra 2004and many more...

Tomas Sauter performed in many clubs in Europe and North America. among them are:
Jazzfestival Schaffhausen, Jazzfestival Frauenfeld, Jazzfestival Cully, Stanser Musiktage, Festival de Jazz Acoustic Contemporain, Neuchâtel, Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern, Salle Blanche, Lucerne, Kongresshaus, Zürich, Blue Note, La Laguna, Tenerife, El Buho, Tenerife, Volkshaus, Biel, Blue Note, Biel, Moods, Zürich, AMR, Genf, Crescent Lounge, New York, Ritmo & Compas, Madrid, Café Central, Madrid