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Andi Schaerer - voc (CH)
Oli Steidle - dr, compositions (GER)
Dan Nicholls - key (GB)
Frank Möbus - guit (GER)
Philipp Gropper - ts (GER)
Phil Donkin - ba (GB)

Andreas Schaerer
Composer and performer, Andreas Schaerer, was born in Switzerland in 1976.Portrait2_byRetoAndreoli 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, Libanon, Southcorea, Mexico, 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 2016 he receives the Music-price of the district of Berne. 2018 he’s awarded with two ECHO Jazz Awards as „Ensemble International“ of the year aswell as „Large Ensemble“

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.

Since 2010 Schaerer has taught vocal jazz, improvisation and ensemble-playing as part of a lectureship at the University of Arts in Bern.

Killing Popes is a new band lead by mastermind Oliver Steidle on drums. Steidle is highly profiled on the international Jazzscene - he won the Neuer Deutscher Jazzpreis twice in 2006 and 2008, he’s touring consantly around the globe and has been known for his work with Der Rote Bereich, Aki Takase, Peter Brötzmann, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Globe Unity Orchestra, Soko Steidle, Louis Sclavis, Trevor Dunn, PHILM, Klima Kalima, any many othersThis band is mostly about his passion for rhythmically orientated Music: Hip Hop, Grind Core, Punk and Jazz are styles, Oliver was influenced since his younger age. Music styles with a great socially critical character and ambition, like Jazz in its best days.

Based on this, his music offers everything what Jazz is in our days: complex rhythms, with unexpected hooklines and space for improvisation.
The music itself also presents a statement against hierarchic structures as apparent in the bandname.

Oli Steidle & the killing Popes will release their debut in February 2019 on Shhpuma/ Cleanfeed

Frank Möbus is one of the most important guitar players amongst Europe. His band Der Rote Bereich had a big influence on a lot of musicians of the younger generation and was the most important, german avantgarde band for about a decade. His activities with Carlos Bica’s Azul,Daniel Erdmann and many others brought him to countless festivals around the world. He is also teaching as a professor in Lucerne and Weimar.

Dan Nicholls from London is the most interesting keyboard/piano player in Europe. His band The Strobes had a big impact on the Jazz scene and shows his great sense for sound, rhythm and melodies. Next to that he’s well known for his work with Squarepusher, his phenomenal producer skills and creating great Dance and Techno music.

Philipp Gropper is one of the most wanted young tenor players from Berlin. His work with his band PHILM or projects like Hyper active kid (with Ronny Graupe & Christian Lillinger) or TAU (with Petter Eldh) shows his musical skills and talents with internationl dimensions. Gropper’s compositions are unique, emotional and connect tradition and modern Jazz on a new level.

Phil Donkin is one of the most wanted bass players in Europe. He lived in New York for a long time, which made him to one of the most sought after bassits for American and European musicians. He worked with greats like Joey Baron, Nils Wogram, Johannes Enders, Marc Copland, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Chris Speed and many others. He also composing and leading his own groups.

Together they are the Killing Popes and the media regards them as one of the most important new acts of the international avantgarde Scene: „ Like almost no other band they create great moments in their compositions and improvisations. Everything is played „in your face“ with unison melodies that lash out at you and a rhythmical presence that speaks for itself.

(Thomas Milz / The Wire)


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