Primary Instrument: Guitar
Samuel Mösching is a multi-talented professional guitarist, composer and bandleader who has headlined performances internationally, including in Switzerland, Germany, Ireland, England and Argentina, being accompanied by illustrious artists like John Stowell, Mars Williams, Gerry Hemingway, Jonas Tauber and Lola Regenthal and Cormac McCarthy.
As a composer, he has written hundreds of pieces mostly in jazz and modern classical context. His rich theoretical background and extraordinary improvisation skills render him a leader in the modern jazz idiom and an influential, emulated musician. Samuel’s talent has been recognized by his peers all over the world.
After hearing Mr. Mösching, John Hollenbeck, who is one of the most influential composers and drummers of our time once said : “Samuel's time feel is as strong as a tree.” Chicago jazz veteran Vincent Davis described Samuel’s overall musicianship: ”Samuel just sounds like himself. His energy, phrasing and his technical ability make him to a outstanding guitarist. I know he will change the whole music”. Irish composer and pianist Cormac McCarthy has added that Samuel Mösching’s “… extraordinary ability makes him one of the idols of today’s upcoming young musicians who have the wonderful passion to create their own unique styles, but invariably start out by emulating the greats.“
Samuel Mösching started playing the guitar at the age of ten. His talent got recognized during his first lessons. The teacher was able to see, past the young student's hyperactive and unfocused energy, a remarkable ability capable of picking up instrumental skills. Samuel's first compositions arose at the age of 12. As of today, he has written hundreds of pieces for different groups and instruments. Also while he was 12, his new instrumental teacher, Anton Brüschweiler, decided to immediately confront his new, highly talented student with jazz harmonics, scales and ear training. Instead of just learning the motion of the scales, the young guitarist decided to sing the material the same time he played it. This explains why most of the time Mr. Mösching still sings the notes he's improvising. Following his intuition, Samuel created his own style because he was not listening to other music improvisers at that point. This early start and relative isolation in his jazz education turned into a boon for Mr. Mösching and can partially be credited for his highly evolved style that has been described as both highly original and modern.
At the age of 13, Samuel Mösching started to play electric bass and drums. He is still an active player of those instruments in bands. As a listener, he got more and more into jazz. His favorite influences where musicians like Eric Dolphy, John Coltrane, Brad Mehldau, Wayne Shorter and the pianist Bill Evans.
Samuel Mösching attended high school in Thun, where he started to deal intensely with classical music such as J.S. Bach and more modern composers like Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert and Claude Debussy. This inspired him to compose fugues and pieces with chamber music instrumentations. Samuel also attended summer school at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London at the age of 18.
After high school, he studied at the Music University of Lucerne (Hochschule Luzern Musik). Samuel Mösching completed a Masters of Performance and Composition in 2011, during which time he was awarded the Frield-Wald Scholarship. During that time Samuel became an active member of the jazz scene in Europe. He made connections with Irish, English and German musicians and played shows in those countries and of course in Switzerland. Samuel made several CD recordings during that time in studio and live contexts. Three albums were recorded with the band Sonic Fusion and a production with Mr. Mösching’s original material played by the Aido trio was made in this period.
Mr. Mösching has traveled to Chicago several times to network with other musicians; there, he has been a frequent guest on jam sessions and invited as special guest (not paid) in concerts with important musicians like Grammy nominee Mars Williams, former AACM-President Ed Wilkerson, jazz veteran Vincent Davis and guitarist John Stowell.
In near future Samuel Mösching is going to have a collaboration with the Vincent Davis Group and John Stowell including CD-Recordings and tours.