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Alain Brenzikofer

Alain Brenzikofer discovered jazz at the International Music Camp in Canada in 1997 after having played the saxophone since the age of 10, mostly in a wind orchestra. Illinois Jacquet and Eddie Harris opend the door to jazz for him. In 1999 he studied at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Zurich but then chose to do a masters degree in electrical engineering at ETH Zurich. During 13 years he was member of the ETH Big Band and had the chance to go on tour in eastern Europe, China, India and Brazil. Apart from that he played for the Big Band of the Zurich Jazz School and in Horn Sections for Elijah, Lakeside, Royal Hangmen, Mike Sanchez or Stan or Itchy. A bandleader of various formations since 1999 (currently: Footprints), Alain had the chance to grow as an improvisor and composer. His musical language is characterized by body-moving, ethnical, often odd-metric rhythms and strong sounds. Alain’s formation continued with summer schools like Siena Jazz (3° livello with Paolino dalla Porta, Stefano Battaglia), Generations Frauenfeld (Lewis Nash, Adrian Mears, Peter Bernstein), Berklee Summer School (Dino Govoni, Oscar Stagnaro), Trinity College London (Julian Siegel, Simon Purcell, Gareth Lockrane)