Christian Kobi soprano saxophone
John Butcher soprano saxophone
Urs Leimgruber soprano saxophone
Hans Koch soprano saxophone
S4 Elastic Voices (2019) World Premiere
Building on the legacy of jazz soprano improviser Sidney Bechet, S4 attempt to pry open the possibilities of the smallest, most underrated member of the saxophone family. With all four members playing soprano, they create an array of ambient textures and noisy caterwauling, calling on a range of extended techniques. Their improvisations reveal the secrets of their curious instrument, continuing the experimental groundwork laid down by players such as John Coltrane, Steve Lacy, Evan Parker and La Monte Young.
Elastic Voices is a suite of quartet pieces, with two duo interludes (Butcher/Kobi and Koch/Leimgruber), improvised/composed in-situ for this evening in the special acoustic of St. Paul’s Hall.
Produced by hcmf// supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia