Zwitschermaschine: rarely does a band’s name so accurately construe the sort of music that a group plays. In 1922 German painter Paul Klee conceived the eponymous painting – four birds sit on a wire (or is it a sine-wave branch?) connected to a hand-crank. With drawn necks, wide-open beaks and jagged and rounded objects flowing from their mouths, they peer in different directions. The freedom of song converges with the discipline of mechanics. Known as the "Twittering Machine", in English, it fits to alto saxophonist Mark Weschenfelder’s play as he conjoins the four wind instruments, which in turn are cranked-up by the rhythm section. The music is as original as the painting. With its beautifully unorthodox style, the band’s sound is defined by two flutes that flicker, glitter, twitter, in front of, beside, or with saxophone, trombone, guitar, bass and drums. Weschenfelder's compositions offer immense flexibility and range. He doesn’t copy American musical styles, just as he stays away from writing material that might encourage improvisational grandstanding. He loves to keep the music compact, colorful, and dynamic. For Weschenfelder the principle of improvisation is vital, but you’re not going to find him repeating a new musical riff just because it’s convenient.

Release

Zwitschermaschine »System for Us«

System for Us
Zwitschermaschine

2019 WhyPlayJazz (WPJ047)
CD + MP3 Album Download

Track listing

  1. Miniatur  6:24
  2. Zustände  7:12
  3. Unisono I, II, III  10:21
  4. Kein Unisono (Intro)  1:57
  5. Kein Unisono  8:12
  6. The Dax  7:04
  7. Hocket  5:00

Concerts

2019

  • Nov 07, 2019 - Berlin, DE @ Donau 115
  • Nov 08, 2019 - Leipzig, DE @ LeipJAZZig Festival/Theaterhaus Schille
  • Nov 09, 2019 - Stralsund, DE @ Spielkartenfabrik

2020

  • Feb 27, 2020 - Leipzig, DE @ naTo
  • Feb 28, 2020 - Pohrsdorf, DE @ Saxstall
  • Feb 29, 2020 - Neukirchen-Vluyn, DE @ Biobäckerei Schomaker
  • Mar 01, 2020 - Moers-Meerbeck, DE @ Barbara Kirche
  • Mar 02, 2020 - Duisburg, DE @ Lokal Harmonie
  • Mar 03, 2020 - Weeze, DE @ Atelier Hachmann

Sie sind Veranstalter und möchten Verfügbarkeit: November 2019 oder auf Anfrage.

Audio/Photos/Videos

Reviews

L’assise de l’ensemble repose sur une solide section rythmique qui positionne cette musique de création sur la belle planète du jazz d’aujourd’hui (celui qui invente et se régénère, pas l’autre !). [...] Pour autant, Zwitschermaschine affirme son identité, sa singularité.

Thierry Giard, Culture Jazz

[...] diese Zwitschemaschine macht gläserdominierten Hardcorejazz mit Progrock-Einflüssen, der sich am ehesten noch als aufnotierte Improvisation umschreiben lässt, ambitioniert, doch immer, wenn er aufgrund der Freude an der größtmöglichen Dissonanz allzu anstrengend zu werden droht, auch wieder von nachgerade magischer Suggestivkraft [...].

Victoriah Szirmai, Szirmais Fermaten/Jazzthetik

Systems for Us is compositionally rich with edge, but still swings mightily.

Joseph Neff, The Vinyl District