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Heiri Känzig

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Biography of Heiri Känzig

Born in New York living now in Switzerland he is among the few European Jazz musician who has recorded for Major Labels like Blue Note(Thierry Lang Trio),Verve(Vienna Art Orchestra w.Betty Carter ,Helen Merill a.o.),RCA-BMG and CBS(with Pop Singer NENA) .He worked as well with classical musicians like ; Benjamin Schmid , Gerard Wyss, Orchestra Sinfonique hautrhin, Collegium novum , Chamber Orchestra of Zuerich a.o. He performed at all majors festivals like North Sea, Vienna, Toronto , Manly, Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, Molde, Pori, Sevillia, Rom, Milano, Warschau, Paris, Vienne...............

77-78
Musical studies for double bass in Vienna and Graz. Bass player of the Vienna Art Orchestra

79-80
Residence in Munich. Member of the group mirrors with Ack van Royen and Tood Candey. Concerts and Radio recordings with Wolfgang Dauner, Bob Degen, Leszek Zadlo, Christof Lauer, Art Farmer, Johnny Griffin ...Tours throughout Europe, e.g. for the Goethe-Institut.

80-84
Break in musical career.

85-89
Residence in Paris. Forming of the the very successful Trio Depart with Jojo Mayer and Harry Sokal.; tours with Daniel Humair, Franco Ambrosetti, Georg Gruntz, Francois Janneau, Dominique Pifarely, Yves Robert, Art Lande, Gary Thomas 7th Quadrant and Vienna Art Orchestra. Touring troughout Europe, USA, Asia, Africa and Israel.

90-92
Concert, tours and recordings with a.o. Dado Maroni, The swiss Leaders (G.Gruntz/F.Ambrostti/D.Humair), Pierre Favre, Depart, Andreas Vollenweider, Jerry Bergonzi, John Scofield, Orchestre National de Jazz (France), Jack Bruce , VAO, Michael Gibbs.....

93
Tour and recording w. Kenny Wheeler, Art Lande. USA/Europe- Tour with the Vienna Art Orchestra Release of the CD The original Charts live at the Five Spot in New-York. Concert w. Depart, Wolfgang Puschnig.......

94
Tour through Europe w. the Vienna Art Orchestra.Performing with Betty Carter, Helene Merille a.o. at the Montreux Jazz Festival.Concerts with Wolfgang Muthspiel, Antonio Farao, David Sanchez, Franco Ambrosetti. ....own projects with Charlie Mariano, Andy Scherer, Alfredo Golino and Enrico Rava.

95-98
Touring through Japan and Europe with the VAO and with Alpine Experience in Australia. Concerts in Europe with the Thierry Lang Trio. Daniel Humair 4-tet, Richard Galliano. Crossover-Projects with Günter Schuller, Collegium Novum, Zürcher Kammerorchester. Forming own band ETHNO NETTO. Working in Italy with Claudio Angeleri, Bob Mintzer, Bob Malach, Charlie Mariano, Franco Ambrosetti , Antonio Farao...........

99-01
"Bass player of the year" readers poll: magazine "Jazz and More".
Concerts and tours and festival in europe with: Bob Mintzer, Charlie Mariano, Bob malach, Claudio Pontiggia, Andy Scherer Hugo Read, Steve Copeland, Matthieu Michel, Thierry Rypdal,Pierre Favre, John Voirol,and playing together with Miles and Coltrane at home with the CD player.
Perorming with the Heiri Kaenzig 4-tet(Paul Mccandless, Art Lande, Marcel Papaux) in Italy, Austria, Switzerland.
Working in Italy with the Claudio Angerleri 5-tet.
Performing at the Tonhalle Zuerich with georg gruntz, Thierry Lang, Franco Ambrosetti and burhan Oceal.

02-04
Commission from the SDC(dep. for foreign affaires) to create a 20 piece band (Tien Shan Switzerland Express) with musicians from Asia, Austria, Mongolia and Switzerland for the "UNO year of thr mountains".Tours through Asia and Europa.Recording a live Cd at the" Paleo Festival" in nyon for the label " Virgin".
Recordings for France Music with the "Ensemble Tourbillon".
Performing with Franco Ambrosetti and Claudio Angeleri in Italy (Jazzfestival Bergamo a.o.)
Concert with the Heiri Kaenzig 4-tet(Paul Mccandless, Marcel Papaux) in Switzerland-
Concerts with Thierry Lang, Peter Schmidlin, Paolo Fresu, Dider Lockwood , Andy Scherer a.o.
Bass player of the Jean Christoph Cholet Trio(chokapa). Expanded tours in France and Switzerland.
Concerts and tours with the Trio/Quartet "Acoustic Strings" with Dominique Pifarely/Mark Feldman , Christy Doran and Fabian Kuratli in Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Croatia, Finnland, Estland and Litauen.
Professor at the Musikhochschule Luzern.
Performing at the Jazz Festival Willisau with the Heiri Kaenzig Group feat. Mark Feldman.

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