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Christoph Irniger, born 1979, is a Swiss saxophonist, composer and bandleader. According to the Sunday edition of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung he is “undoubtedly one of the greatest talents of his generation.” In recent years, Irniger has made a name for himself in a range of line-ups, playing jazz, rock and related musical styles. As a musician from a generation which likes to work on multiple projects in eclectic styles, he leads a range of outfits, all distinct and surprising musically. The Swiss magazine Jazz ’N‘ More writes: “He comes up with something new each time by leaving the beaten tracks of sound. He doesn’t just look briefly left and right; he fights his way into the thicket.” An instrumentalist with a firm education, and a composer with an artistic vision, he consistently generates new ideas, realised thanks to a passion for music. German magazine Jazzthetik says: “People who know about jazz will confirm that he is one of the most promising musicians in contemporary Swiss jazz.”

Irniger is leader of the band Pilgrim (with Dave Gisler, Stefan Aeby, Raffaele Bossard and Michael Stulz) and the Christoph Irniger Trio (with Raffaele Bossard and Ziv Ravitz), which between them have released four albums so far: two by the Trio, Gowanus Canal (Intakt Records 2013) and Octopus (Intakt Records, 2015) and two from Pilgrim, Mt. Tongariro (Between The Lines, 2011) and Italian Circus Story (Intakt Records, 2014). The latter featured in three best album lists of 2014, including Cadence Magazine (USA). Jazzwise (UK) described them as “a homegrown rising young sax star’s quintet!“ Irniger’s debut recording Chat Noir was released in 2008 on Brambus Records.

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”Young Swiss saxophonist, composer Christoph Irniger is one to watch. His blossoming stature on the European jazz scene is partly due to his invigorating and meticulous compositional approach. Pilgrim is a high-achieving unit, as the end results prove to be immensely satisfying.” All About Jazz

“People who know about jazz will confirm that he is one of the most promising musicians in contemporary Swiss jazz.” Jazzthetik (DE)

“A homegrown rising young sax star’s quintet!“ Jazzwise (UK) on Pilgrim

“This music was recorded in the winter of last year and has something of a lacerating quality of a masterpiece

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone, tenor



Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced



Album Crosswinds by Christoph Irniger


Intakt Records

Album Big Wheel Live by Christoph Irniger

Big Wheel Live

Intakt Records

Album Octopus by Christoph Irniger


Intakt Records

Album Italian Circus Story by Christoph Irniger

Italian Circus Story

Intakt Records

Album Gowanus Canal by Christoph Irniger

Gowanus Canal

Intakt Records

Album Mt. Tongariro by Christoph Irniger

Mt. Tongariro

Between the Lines

Chasing Dreams of Mt. Tongariro

Chasing Dreams of Mt. Tongariro

Christoph Irniger
Mt. Tongariro



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