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Clemens Kuratle

Born in 1991 in Bern, Switzerland, Clemens started playing the drums at the early age of 6 and by the age of 10 he made his first experiences as a drummer in the band of the reformed church in Meikirch/Berne were his father still preaches. He started taking piano lessons two years later. It was in highschool where he discovered his love for jazz and improvised music.

After High School he studied at the Hochschule Luzern - Musik Jazz Departement. His teachers and mentors included Pierre Favre, Gerry Hemingway, Norbert Pfammatter, Lauren Newton, Christoph Baumann, Ed Partyka, Roberto Domeniconi, Hans Feigenwinter and others. His studies with Gerry Hemingway led to an increasing interest in the music of the world, which led to a growing collection and knowledge of so called world-music, a development that cannot be underestimated.

Clemens had the privilege to play with greats like Vijay Iyer, Pierre Favre, Flavio Ambrosetti, Samuel Blaser, Nat Su, Hans Feigenwinter, Nils Wogram, Alex Sipiagin, Heiri Känzig and many more.

In 2014 he founded his quintet „Murmullo“ with John Voirol on tenor saxophone, Flo Weiss on trombone, Franz Hellmüller on guitar and Rafael Jerjen on Bass. The band released its debut, featuring 6 of Clemens' original compositions on QFTF in 2016 and started touring Switzerland.

The Collaboration in the quartet of outstanding harpist Julie Campiche woke his interest in electronics and ecouraged him to extend his musical research in that field.

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«With his quintet „Murmullo“, the drummer Clemens Kuratle is adding an exciting facet to swiss independent jazz(…) no top-head conceptual art, but eclectic, progressive jazz (..)» - Tom Gsteiger (Der Bund/CH)

«Kuratle astonished the audience with his huge spectrum of sounds, from waggish bell tinkling, to the roar of canons» - Andrea Baumann (Züriseezeitung/CH)

«„Murmullo“ is a very direct thing. Hands-on, yet sensitive.» - Mirko Schwab (kulturblog.derbund.ch)

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