Jeb Bishop - Matthias Müller - Matthias Muche
This trio of trombonists Jeb Bishop, Matthias Müller und Matthias Muche plays music that ranges from sound-sculpture noise drones to walls-of-Jericho-collapsing blasts to delicate webs of air and tone, resonating overtones with layered articulations. Pushing the acoustic properties of the instrument and the physicality of the players to their limits and beyond, the musicians put their archaic contraption through the bone mill, pulverizing it, sublimating it, and breathing new life into it.
In a trio with the American trombonist Jeb Bishop, they released the CD Konzert für Hannes (Not Two). This had originally been planned as a quartet, also including the unforgettable Johannes Bauer – who, tragically, passed away on 6 May 2016, the day of the performance that was issued as the CD.
In his review of Konzert für Hannes at Improv.hu, Juhász László writes:
"Those who know Johannes Bauer's work over the last 40-plus years know that his playing was deeply rooted in jazz – no matter what he played, the swing and drive of jazz was always there. Bishop, Müller and Muche bring this to their playing, taking the instrument itself as a main source of inspiration, turning it around and reflecting Bauer's playing, but at a respectful distance. The legend isn't there with them on the stage, and yet in fact he very much is.Konzert für Hannes is a first-class, fascinating, intense work; even without knowing the story behind it, it is heart-rending. An exceptional album containing 45 minutes of exceptional music."
Bishop, Müller and Muche create a wide spectrum of sound, from intimate simplicity to expansive soundscapes, with an enormous variety of harmony, melody, rhythm, noise, and color.
September-Tour 2022: 8th Free Essen Festival Essen / 10th Jazzwerkstatt Peitz Festival Nr. 59 / 13th Klankhaven Antwerp / 16th BCMF Brda Contemporary Festival Ljubljana / 17th Musique en Mouvement - Jeandelize (54), Fragment / 18th Ort Wuppertal
The new CD, Bishop/Mueller/Muche - From A to B (Jazzwerkstadt), was recorded during their 2019 European tour, which included performances at: Antwerp, Summer Bummer Festival; Mulhouse, Meteo Festival; Groningen, Zomer Jazz Fiets Tour; Amsterdam, De Roze Tanker; Cologne, Kunsthaus Troisdorf; Trondheim, Fri Form; Ljubljana, Klub Gromka; Gothenburg, Broetz; Halmstad, Stadsbibliotek; Berlin, Jazzkeller 69/Aufsturz; Bochum, Kunstmuseum.
Jeb Bishop is considered one of the preeminent trombonists in improvisational music and creative jazz. He has played in Peter Broetzmann's Chicago Tentet, Ken Vandermark's Territory Band, and the Globe Unity Orchestra. The Chicago Sun-Times has called him "one of the best-kept secrets in American jazz." Originally from North Carolina, he lived and worked in Chicago for over twenty years.
Matthias Mueller has lived in Berlin since 2004 and has since performed with a variety of outstanding international improvisers. He is a member of the "Splitter Orchester," a 24-piece ensemble of the Berlin echtzeit music scene, and played for many years in the "German-French Jazz Ensemble" under the direction of Albert Mangelsdorff. Concert tours and festivals have taken him to Africa, Asia, Australia, North America, and various European countries. With his own projects, he has released more than 50 CDs, among others on his own label "MaMue Music".
Matthias Muche lives in Cologne. He received the WDR Jazz Award 2021 in the category IMPROVISATION. Muche's large ensemble BONECRUSHER 10 Trombones & Percussion, which also includes Mueller, was nominated for the short list of the German Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik [German Record Critics' Award] for 2022. In his solo projects and Trio T.ON, he uses a wide variety of playing setups: feeds of speech and soundscapes into and on the trombone, spatial expansion using external bells, interactive computer graphics as synaesthetic perception, or simply the pure, naked trombone.