Samuel Blaser Trio: Taktlos

Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

Samuel Blaser – Trombone
Marc Ducret – Guitar
Peter Bruun – Drums

Samuel Blaser and his trio will give a rare New York performance at the Roulette. Blaser’s grounding in jazz and classical music produces tunes which develop seamlessly through wonderful interaction between the trio members. French guitarist Marc Ducret (known  for his work with Tim Berne) and Danish drummer Peter Bruun (also a member of Django Bates Beloved band) complete the international line-up. The trio released a new album on legendary Swiss label HatArt to coincide with the performance.

The Samuel Blaser Trio was founded after a downtime poolside dialogue between Samuel Blaser and Marc Ducret in Cabo Frio, Brazil. Danish drummer Peter Bruun seemed like a felicitous fit, and beginning with an inaugural gig in May of 2013 at the Jazzdor Festival in Berlin, the three players began extensive tours of Europe, Asia and South America. Blaser estimates roughly 120 concerts over the ensuing years, no meager feat considering the band had yet to cut a commercial recording.

At a time when more musicians are trying to be heard than ever before, rare gems like Samuel Blaser seem, paradoxically, rise above it all. Since his 2007 debut as a leader, 7th Heaven (Between the Lines), Blaser has grown at an almost incomprehensible rate, from a straight-ahead hard bopper in his mid-twenties to an innovative free player and ever-searching composer and bandleader in his early thirties – one whose improvisational strength has received high praise from media the world over. Born and raised in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, Blaser lived in New York City for many years before relocating to Berlin, where he currently resides. He began trombone lessons at the age of 9, and his early interests ranged from Swiss folk music to American R&B and jazz. He entered the local conservatory at 14 and graduated in 2002 after being awards prizes in both the jazz and classical spheres, including the 2000 Benny Golson Prize. Participation in the heralded Vienna Art Orchestra and European Radio Big Band eventually led to a Fullbright Scholarship, facilitating studies in the United States at the Purchase College Conservatory of Music. In his relatively short career, Blaser has worked with Swiss percussion legend Pierre Favre, pianist Hal Galper, drummer John Hollenbeck and saxophonist Michael Blake, and has worked with Grammy Award-winning producer Robert Sadin, and more recently with Daniel Humair and Michel Portal. 2018 will see Blaser touring with his trio featuring French guitarist Marc Ducret and Danish drummer Peter Bruun. Blaser is also back on the road with his original quartet to promote Early in the Morning, an homage to the Blues with Russ Lossing on piano, Masa Kamaguchi on bass, drummer Gerry Hemingway, Wallace Roney on trumpet and Oliver Lake on alto saxophone. Samuel Blaser is a XO Sophisticated Brass Artist.

Guitarist Marc Ducret was born in Paris in 1957. A self-taught musician, he began working in various groups (dance and folk included), and in the studio, before reaching the age of 20. In 1986, he became a member of the first French National Jazz Orchestra. Also in the late ’80s, Ducret led his own trio and toured Europe, Africa, and Asia. In 1991, he began working with Tim Berne and went on to play with Berne in Caos Totale, Bloodcount, and Big Satan. Ducret has several solo recordings to his credit, released on Berne’s Screwgun label and the Winter & Winter label. In the late ’90s, Ducret formed a tentet, Seven Songs, to explore music of the ’60s.

Peter Bruun started playing drums at the Rythmic Childrens School in Vesterbro in Copenhagen at the age of three. This became a life-long immersion into drums, music and composition. He was admitted to the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen, at the age of eighteen. After 3 years he discontinued his formal education to travel in India and Brasil and continue his study on his own. Peter is an active member of ILK (Independent Label of København) and a founding member of the band Eggs Laid By Tigers who released their first Album “Under The Mile Off Moon” in 2012. Peter’s most resent release is called Unintended Consequences and explores the borders between composition, instant composing and improvisation.

This performance is supported by Pro Helvetia.