HAPPY AND EXCITING NEWS
New concert video
My new video of the second evening of a solo guitar two-concert series is ready and I just uploaded it on YouTube and you can see it on this site as well, of course. Go check out Lukas Brunner's wonderful Baritone guitars in action here, as well as some new photos of the B-Mighty here!
Probably the most exciting news is the fact that in deciding to make lemonade out of the lemons COVID brought, I was able to compose, revisit and arrange a number of new and old works. As a result of this process, there are now so many new compositions that it is likely that (almost) no compositions prior to 2013 will be included in the studio album recording. It is even possible that there are enough compositions for a two-album recording. The compositions have given rise to a particular instrumentation: 4-piece rhythm section plus Flügelhorn, Bass Clarinet, and Trombone. Aside from a warmer sound, this allows for an intriguing color palette while still maintaining the simplicity and space of a smaller ensemble. I’m super excited about it, and the personnel is beginning to take shape. I’m also blessed to have the excellent composer Jochen Neuffer providing advice.
I have been spending a lot of time on my gorgeous new Brunner baritone guitars. These instruments are amazing. Contact Lukas Brunner if you are interested.
Thanks to Reto Fürst at Fürst Guitars, I’ve been able to completely overhaul my effects board. I’m super happy with it. Next step is to sell superfluous equipment and upgrade my amplifier situation. Trying to not suffer from G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome), but it's difficult....
After over two years of no live performances in Switzerland, the government has finally lifted restrictions. The arts / cultural industry will probably take some time to rebuild, but we are all hopeful and positive and hope you will come and see us all as we present our new projects. Please see the concerts page for upcoming gigs.
I've uploaded a few more tracks of a duo concert in Germany with fine guitarist Boris Frenzl some time ago. Go and check them out on the LISTEN / DUOS page
The entire 2020 season of TCBB concerts was cancelled, as well as our yearly collaboration with international guests in November, plus all concerts since. Nevertheless, we did a short recording of Jochen Neuffer’s TCBB Intro composition and we may be able to resume performing in Fall 2021. At the end of 2021, TCBB did a Christmas concert with jazz arrangements of well-known Christmas songs and carols. It was a thoughtful and emotional reunion with our audience, and for me, I had the added blessing of being able to perform again after a brief bout in isolation with 'the bug'. Thankfully, my body coped fine.