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Christy Doran's New Bag

Elsewhere

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Format: CD
Label: Double Moon Records
UPC: 0608917116021
Catnr: DMCHR 71160
Release date: 23 October 2015
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Double Moon Records
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0608917116021
Catalogue number
DMCHR 71160
Release date
23 October 2015

""Another masterpiece in Christy Doran's oeuvre""

Jazz'n'More, 01-1-2016
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Of course, "New Bag" is Christy Doran's baby. He created and presented it to the world in 1997. The Swiss guitarist and electric tinkerer has proudly presented his offspring with ever-increasing success at home and abroad since that time. Precisely because Doran has never stood still and rested on his laurels, but instead has constantly searched for new ways of expression, the band is one of the most interesting and fascinating developments in the borderland biotope between jazz, rock, ethnic and styles with African roots as well as contemporary improvised and electronic music after more than 18 years. However, since the singer Sarah Buechi, Vincent Membrez on the Moog synthesizer and Rhodes piano as well as Lionel Friedl on drums have joined him to care for the development of the lively offspring, "New Bag" has taken on an even more varied character. Something like a maturity profile, but still snotty, rebellious and nonconformist. But no unpredictable magic box anymore in contrast to earlier times, because the four know exactly what they are doing.
"It's definitely an evolution," Christy Doran said, and you can hear how proud he is in every word. The new "New Bag" first appeared with "Mesmerized" (DMCHR 71119), a recording critically acclaimed by critics and audiences alike; it put many skeptics into raptures, who had feared the end of the innovative adventure ensemble after the departure of the former New Bag trademark Bruno Amstad. Since then, the quartet has taken advantage of every chance to create their own collective style on tours in China or South America, which contrasted with that of the previous group. "I think that especially Sarah has grown into the music," Christy Doran recapped satisfied. "She is much stronger on the new album than she was on 'Mesmerized'." In fact, the voice acrobat Buechi with a varied background (including training in India) even mutates to become a part of the songs. She composes the lyrics tailor-made for her, and she assimilates them holistically. It seems that Sarah Buechi sings for her life. However, New Bag only gets its spicy touch from the clattering Moog sounds and the funky Rhodes groove of Vincent Membrez, the either subtly or directly driving drumming of Lionel Friedl and Christy Doran's guitar, floating unprecedented through all styles.
This CD has the meaningful name "Elsewhere". This generally means "somewhere" or "somewhere else". Doran: "Many of my compositions are composed during time off. 'Koh Kood' is an island in Thailand where I spent a few days with my wife, for example. As we walked through the tropical forest, I heard a bird. It must have been a funny bird, but I didn't see it. But I wrote down his singsong as well as I could in my notebook. As a result, this rather upbeat piece was created."
The "Bag leader" emphasized that he prefers to interpret the term "Elsewhere" with "Outsider", because his "New Bag" was always that. A quirky range of sounds: Christy Doran finds that sounds and rhythms like this only fit into customary terms such as jazz, free improvisation, rock, and their scenes to a limited extent. Consequently, the eternal attempts at pigeonholing really get on his nerves in the meantime. You should place him in jazz for his sake, because he at least also penetrates its adjacent areas. "I am really only interested in the music; whether it is jazz or progressive blues – who cares?" The main thing is that it still manages to link high aspirations and virtuosity easily with unbridled playing pleasure.
Über 18 Jahre Bandgeschichte – wo gibt es das noch? Zugegeben: Im Laufe der Jahre hat sich die Besetzung der ‚New Bag‘ etwas geändert. Aber immer nur sehr behutsam und immer im Sinne des Konzepts. Die letzte Änderung betraf den Sängerpart: Auf Bruno Amstad, der einst eines der Markenzeichen der New Bag war, folgte 2013 Sarah Buechi. Was viele nicht für möglich hielten: die Rakete, auf der New Bag durch den musikalischen Kosmos rauscht, hat die Richtung beibehalten, aber Farbe und Sound haben sich geändert – und wahrlich nicht zum Nachteil. Die großartige Stimmakrobatin mit vielfältigem Background (u.a. Ausbildung in Indien) bringt sich mit Haut und Haaren ein und singt um ihr Leben. Da kommt bei den anderen Bandmitgliedern die pure Freude auf (und erst recht bei den Konzertbesuchern!). Gründer und Ziehvater der ‚New Bag‘, Christy Doran, komponiert noch ausgefuchster, seine gitarristischen Künste sind ohnehin über alle Zweifel erhaben. Dazu die Bauchfell-erschütternden Sounds des Moog-Synthesizers und der Rhodes-Tasten, bedient von Vincent Membrez und schließlich der unwiderstehliche Groove von Lionel Friedli an der Schießbude.
Auch die neue Produktion von Christy Dorans New Bag kultiviert ihren individuellen Sound, den man mit Fug und Recht als weltweit einmalig bezeichnen darf: Eine Verschmelzung von ethnologischen Elementen mit der Urkraft des Jazz, eine ausgeprägte Rock-Attitüde mit wunderbaren Melodien, treibende Grooves mit zahlreichen rhythmischen Brüchen. Das ist DIE aktuelle moderne Musik, die ganz locker Lust mit Anspruch verbindet!

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Christy Doran (guitar)

Christy Doran was born in Dublin, Ireland and has lived in Lucerne, Switzerland since his childhood. His father was an Irish ballad singer, providing Christy with his first exposure to music.  In the 1970´s he was a founding member (along with Fredy Studer, Urs Leimgruber and Bobby Burri) of the seminal Swiss band 'OM'. Tours throughout Europe, radio/TV - appearances, workshops, music for ballet, theatre and film. Over the years, his career has included countless solo concerts, in which he regularly pushes to the limits the capabilities of a single guitar. He has played in duos with Marty Ehrlich, Harry Pepl, Fritz Hauser, Dave Doran, Dom Um Romao, John Wolf-Brennan, Robert Dick, Ray Anderson, among others. After playing in a trio...
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Christy Doran was born in Dublin, Ireland and has lived in Lucerne, Switzerland since his childhood. His father was an Irish ballad singer, providing Christy with his first exposure to music. In the 1970´s he was a founding member (along with Fredy Studer, Urs Leimgruber and Bobby Burri) of the seminal Swiss band "OM". Tours throughout Europe, radio/TV - appearances, workshops, music for ballet, theatre and film. Over the years, his career has included countless solo concerts, in which he regularly pushes to the limits the capabilities of a single guitar. He has played in duos with Marty Ehrlich, Harry Pepl, Fritz Hauser, Dave Doran, Dom Um Romao, John Wolf-Brennan, Robert Dick, Ray Anderson, among others. After playing in a trio with Jasper van´t Hof, he went on to form the "Christy Doran´s May 84" septet with Norma Winstone, Trilok Gurtu, Urs Leimgruber, Rosko Gee, Dom Um Romao and Dave Doran. He has been a member of the "Peter Warren Quartet" with Victor Lewis and John Surman, and "RED TWIST & TUNED ARROW" with Stephan Wittwer and Fredy Studer (1985 - 1987). Christy Doran was also a co-founder of "Doran/Studer/Burri/Magnenat," (later "Doran/Studer/Gerber/Magnenat") and member of a quartet with Bobby Previte, Mark Helias and Gary Thomas. He played in a trio with Marilyn Mazur and Kim Clarke, as well as with Sibylle Pomorin´s "Augeries of Speed" meeting Terry Jenour, Annie Whitehead, Kim Clarke, Herb Robertson, Kamal Sabir. As a member of Urs Leimgruber´s "Ensemble Bleu" he also played with Francoise Kubler, Louis Sclavis, Hans Koch. Other performances have included work with Carla Bley, Albert Mangelsdorff, Bob Stewart, Edvard Vesala, Charlie Mariano, Manfred Schoof, Iréne Schweizer, Aldo Romano, Piérre Favre, Peter Schärli, Glenn Ferris, Wolfgang Dauner, Fernando Sounders, Heiri Känzig, Julio Barreto, Sonny Sharrock, Jim Meneses, Keven Bruce Harris, Martin Schütz, Daniel Mouton, Ronan Guilfoyle, Marc Peterson, Burhan Oecal, Werner Lüdi, Christoph Baumann, Lars Lindvall, Mark Halbheer, Urs Blöchlinger, Günter Müller, Lauren Newton, Tim Berne, Jim Black, Gunther Schuller, Airto Moreira a.o. He has toured in Europe, North-Africa, India, the Caribic, Mexico, Bolivia, the U.S. and Canada. 1989 began a collaboration with trombonist Ray Anderson, which lead to the trio ANDERSON/BENNINK/DORAN (including drummer Han Bennink), which disbanded 1997. 1993 Christy Doran, together with Fredy Studer started the project "DORAN/STUDER/MINTON/BATES & ALI" play the music of JIMI HENDRIX". 1994 Django Bates was replaced by cellist Tom Cora. 1995/96 the band played in quartet with Phil Minton, Amin Ali, Fredy Studer and Christy Doran. Tours with this band throughout Europe, Scandinavia, the US and Canada. Since 1993 Christy Doran is working with American flutist Robert Dick and English drummer Steve Argüelles as the A.D.D. - Trio. 1994 Fredy Studer and Christy Doran refounded the double-bass - quartet with Jean-François Jenny-Clark (acoustic bass/Paris) and Jamaaladeen Tacuma (electric bass/Philadelphia). 1994 Swedish saxofonist Thomas Jàderlund invited Doran to play in the "Amazing Orchestra" (with Guy Klucevsek, Stein-Erik Tafjord, Svante Henryson, Tomasz Stanko, and Jonny Axelsson). A new collaboration with Albert Mangelsdorff, Bruno Spoerri and Reto Weber started 1997.
Recordings have included those with Hank Roberts, Joe McPhee, Corin Curschellas, Hardy Hepp, Helmut Zerlett, Iréne Lorenz, Boris Salchak, besides several recordings with musicians mentioned above. Christy Doran´s current groups include "Christy Doran´s New Bag" (founded Dec. 97) with vocalist Bruno Amstad, Wolfgang Zwiauer on electric bass, and Fabian Kurattli on drums. the A.D.D. trio, and "Spöerri-Doran-Weber" with Albert Mangelsdorff. Christy Doran also teaches at the "Musikhochschule" of Lucerne/Switzerland.

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Sarah Buechi (vocals)

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"Another masterpiece in Christy Doran's oeuvre"
Jazz'n'More, 01-1-2016

"Especially through the unsettling non-uniformity, the branched arrangements unfold an infectious pull"
Jazzpodium, 01-12-2015

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