Primary Instrument: Guitar
Based upon a jam session in 2007, influenced by all currents of modern music, avant-garde and jazz, the trio consisting of Jan Roth, Keisuke Matsuno and Alexander Binder plays innovative instrumental music which, in spite of the progressive fragments, tend to non-conformism. Technically whole, evenly played songs that tell compelling stories without words. Tracks that have found their own language, music that sounds like flying. The current self-titled album and the concerts are marked by an incredible wealth of facets. Elegiac compositions played in unison alternate with free-floating improvisation parts. Elegantly played melody lines are confronted by sudden rhythmic patterns.
In spite of the classic jazz trio style with bass, guitar and drums there is music created outside the classic jazz structures. There are so many sound scapes, the drums occasionally play melodies, the guitar is sometimes only an abstraction, acting as a sound surface and sometimes as metronome. Often, the bass guitar abandons its original role, plays melody snippets, sings. This is no longer jazz, this is pop music without pop, this is progressive rock without rock, this is film music without film. It is timeless music that takes time.
ALEXANDER BINDER (bass/composition)
2005-2008 studies of bass at the school of music “Franz Liszt” Weimar
since 2008 Hochschule Luzern/CH
played and worked with Clueso, Bates, Max Herre, lilabungalow, Rainer Thempel, Jean-Paul Brodbeck, Andy Herrman, Nils Wogram, Joe Gallardo and others.
KEISUKE MATSUNO (guitar & electronics / composition)
since 2010: NYU, New York/USA M.A., Lucerne University/SUI
played and worked with Nils Wogram, David Liebman, Michael Gibbs, Till Brönner, Nils Landgren, Ronan Guilfoyle, Frank Möbus, Ed Partyka, Berlin Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra; Tours/Gigs in Germany, Switzerland, Czech Rep., Ireland, Slovenia, Macedonia, South Korea, USA
JAN ROTH (drums/composition)
degree at the University of music and theater “Felix-Mendelssohn-Bartholdy” in Leipzig
2003 - 2005 Manhattan School of Music New York/USA
played and worked with Carly Bley, Steve Swallow, Joachim Kühn, Richie Beirach, Peter Evans, Dietmer Fuhr, Charles Evans, Matthias Bätzel, Moppa Elliott, Jelena Kuljic, Celine Dion, Tours/gigs in Hungary, Spain, England, France, Poland and the USA