Potage du jour
"A good cook knows as many soup recipes as the year has days" (Romanian saying)
Christoph Baumann, piano
Franziska Baumann, voice
Jürg Solothurnmann, ts, as, ss
A spontaneously composed dish has now gained a fixed position on the menu card. In late 1999, informal sessions were so exciting that a new band was founded on the spot, the Swiss improvisational trio Potage du Jour with the singer/vocal performer Franziska Baumann, the saxophonist Jürg Solothurnmann and the pianist Christoph Baumann. As composers, sound performers, live-electronicians and concept-oriented improvisers the members are active with several ensembles and projects. 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 listening, quick reaction and a broad pallette of sound. The ways the sounds are fused, strung together, are 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 sounds. However, having been educated in an extensive variety of musical forms, the member strive for coherent statements as often as possible – as in a spontaneous speech. Call it instant composition.