Urs Leimgruber | Switzerland









STATEMENT OF AN ANTIRIDER solo, 1988 HatArt 6013
UNGLEICH solo and duos with Adelhard Roidinger, 1990 HatArt 6049
L’ENIGMATIQUE with Fritz Hauser, 1991 HatArt 6091
GOLETTER solo, 1992 Unit 4050
DUHO with Fritz Hauser, 1993 Unit 4062
LINES with Adelhard Roidinger, Fritz Hauser, 1994 HatArt 6149
BEHIND THE NIGHT with Marilyn Crispell, Elvira Plenar, Hildegard Kleeb, Fritz Hauser 1994 B&W049
NO TRY NO FAIL with Joëlle Léandre, Fritz Hauser, 1996 hatOLOGY 509
QUARTET NOIR with Marilyn Crispell, Joëlle Léandre, Fritz Hauser, 1999 victo 067
XYLEM with the ARTE saxophone Quartet, 1999 STV/ASM 003
BLUE LOG solo, ten pieces for saxophone, 2000 FOR4 EARS 1137
NACH DER STIMME music & poetry with Felix-Philipp Ingold, 2000 cod 006
SCREEN with Dorothea Schürch, Lauren Newton, Zeena Parkins, Alexander Frangenheim, Roger Turner, Otomo Yoshihide, 2000 cod 005
WING VANE with Jacques Demierre, Barre Phillips, 2001 victo 079
OUT OF SOUND with Lauren Newton, Joëlle Léandre, 2002 Leo Records lr 337
THE DIFFERNCE BETWEEN A FISH with Michel Doneda, Keith Rowe, 2003 Potlatch P302
E_A.SONATA.02 with Günter Müller and the ARTE Saxophone Quartet, 2003 FOR 4 EARS 1447
LA FOURMI with Christy Doran, Fritz Hauser, Hans-Peter Pfammatter, 2005 CW 1044
LDP – COLOGNE with Jacques Demierre, Barre Phillips, 2005 PSI 05.03
LUGANO with Marilyn Crispell, Joëlle Léandre, Fritz Hauser, 2005 victo 096
OM A RETROSPECTIVE with Christy Doran, Bobby Burri, Fredy Studer, 2006 ECM 1642
SCHWEIZER HOLZ TRIO with Hans Koch, Omri Ziegele, 2009 Intakt-Records CD 154
LAUSANNE with Thomas Lehn, 2009 FOR4EARS 2072
ALBEIT with Jacques Demierre, Barre Phillips, 2009 jazzwerkstatt-berlin-brandenburg

Urs Leimgruber (saxophones), born in Lucerne, Switzerland, is a key member of the European scene of contemporary improvised music.  He specializes in solo concerts and performs regularly with the Urs Leimgruber/Jacques Demierre/Barre Phillips Trio and with Quartet Noir (with Marilyn Crispell, Joëlle Léandre, Fritz Hauser) in Europe, Canada, USA, Japan, and Cuba.  His countless collaborations have resulted in successful concerts and recordings with Fred Frith, Steve Lacy, Lauren Newton, Evan Parker, Keith Rowe, Günter Christmann, Sunny Murray, Thomas Lehn, Günter Müller and many others.  He has also been engaged for New Music projects with Ensemble SIX, the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet and the ARTE Saxophone Quartet. During the 1970s, he was the co-founder of the Electric jazz and free-music group, OM.
„His emancipation of the saxophone has something to do with an archaic approach to the instrument with a spiritual approach to his material prerequisites.“ Peter Rüedi, Weltwoche Zurich
„Urs Leimgruber dit: Si je pense „saxophone“, je pense „musique“, pas „instrument“. Ce qui m’intéresse, c’est l’espace et le son.“ P.-L. Renou, Jazz Magazine Paris
„Urs Leimgruber’s mastery of the saxophone is so protean you could easily be fooled into thinking you are listening to a whole range of other instruments. He produces drum beats, the sound of guitars or the echoing resonnance of gongs at will. His playing seems almost de-instrumentalized, free of any implicit meaning and, despite its complexity, almost unexpectedly stark. Sound in its purest state. The ten pieces here sound like a manifesto set to music, an audible thumprint, a soundcard with a unique code that only responds to the personal breath of the artist.“

Bert Noglik, CD Blue Log Leipzig


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