potage du jour

potage du jour

A spontaneously composed dish has now gained a fixed position on th menu card

LR 443
Leo Records
Newton Abbot (UK) 2005

Franziska Baumann, voice
Jürg Solothurnmann, soprano & alto saxophone
Christoph Baumann, piano

In late 1999, informal sessions were so exiting that a new band was founded on the spot: the improvisational Swiss trio Potage du Jour was founded after a first exciting session. Nobody ca predict exactly what will go into the next soup when they go to work. What seasonings will flovor it and how? Will it be hot or a gazpacho? Dealing with their various other "kitchens" such as modern classical music, jazz, salsa film & theatre music, live-electronics and music performance.

The three have found modes which focus on interactivity. Shapes and attitudes that upsurge within the musical process are registered, read and developed accordingly. It's a game featuring attentive listing, quick reaction and a broad pallette of sound. The ways the sounds are fused, strung together, juxtaposed or opposed surprise the musicians again and again and stimute them to widen the limits of playing and interacting.

The inventions breathe with vocal actions, chants, rhythm pulses, sound cascades, reverberations, melody clips and unothodox sound. However, having been educated in an extensive variety of musical forms, the members strive for coherent statements as often as possible - as in a spontaneous speech. Call it instant compsing. Potage du Jour has appeared in Switzerland, Germany and Romania.

Franziska Baumann has developed an extensive vocabulary of experimental and extended vocal techniques such as multiphonics and "glottal clicks" and variety of unique microtonal, timbre-modifying and percussive vocal techniques that have become her signature sounds.

Jürg Solothurnmann concerned with the development of an authentic contemporary expression, his music often evolves in the large transition zone between the various mentalities, cultures and esthetics. he integrates and transforms a variety of musical approaches, from "folklore imaginaire" to new jazz and speech-like pointilist sound events.

Christoph Baumann is deeply rooted in the percussive idioms of contemporary jazz and salsa music. His artistic work oscillates between the poles of dynamic improvisation and composing, and he likes to question the accepted positions through the use humor and absurdity.


Review Jazzmagazine December 2006 (italian)PDF, 206Kb

Franziska Baumann