Sarah Chaksad Orchestra
Friday, 25 January 2018
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Jazz at the Museum Tinguely
Julie Fahrer: vocals
Jonas Winterhalter, Octave Moritz, Charles Wagner, Hildegunn Oiseth: trumpet
Lukas Wyss, Lukas Briggen: trombone
Lucas Wirz: bass trombone
Paco Andreo: valve trombone
Pepe Auer: alto sax/clarinet/bass clarinet
Andreas Böhlen: alto/soprano saxes/clarinet
Sarah Chaksad: alto/soprano saxes/flute/compositions
Cédric Gschwind: tenor sax/flute
Fabian Willmann: baritone/tenor saxes/bass clarinet/clarinet
Valentin Hebel: guitar
Sebastian Gieck: bass
Thomas Lüscher: piano
Eva Klesse: drums
Sarah Chaksad is a powerful talent and a brilliant saxophonist, composer and arranger. And she has a soft spot for big ensembles.
The combination of these qualities is a fortunate coincidence which sparked the creation, in 2012, of one of the most remarkable jazz orchestras of our time. Wherever Chaksad and her impressive band play, they give it their all. With their spirited, accentuated and stylistically confident sound, they were able to win over a wide audience and earn glowing praise from exacting critics right from the outset. Straying from the beaten track, Sarah Chaksad brings to life her own exciting, creative ideas of how a big band should sound. The result is stupendous, uncomplicated and refreshing with a dazzling variety of facets and tone colours, satisfying audiences with flawless quality and aesthetics.
Her compositions, created especially for the ensemble, are simultaneously intelligent and loaded with emotion. They offer sufficient scope to show off the combined strength of the finely attuned, seasoned and exceptionally talented musicians, while also providing ample freedom for improvisation. Sarah Chaksad discovered her fondness for ensembles during her studies at the Basel jazz school, where she played in the big band.