Dave Gisler travels through New York with a big suitcase full of guitar pedals. The 29 year-old jazzman from Zurich is currently in the United States for a tour with his band, No Reduce. Swissvibes caught up with him on rainy Monday afternoon, 2 hours before his first show in Brooklyn.
Dave, tell us about Jaywalkin’, your band’s first record.
Dave Gisler We recorderd it in New York last year. I got a residency from Switzerland and I stayed here for 4 months. Nasheet Waits is one of my favorite drummers. I called him up and asked him if he would like to play with us (Nasheet Waits is based in New York and drums for Jason Moran & the Bandwagon among others). My friend Christoph Imiger, who plays saxophone, was in New York at the time as well. And Raffaele Bosshard (Bass) flew in from Switzerland to record the album. Christoph, Raffaele and I had written the songs in Switzerland. We rehearsed them for one and a half days here and recorded the record at Nasheet’s studio. It all worked out well. It is really impressive how Nasheet made the songs come alive.
Why did you call your band No reduce as it sounds grammatically incorrect?
Dave GislerIt is always hard to find a band’s name. The “n”, the “r”, the “d” and the “c” are the first letters of our first names. We put them together and then looked for a way to fill up the blanks. We came up with “No reduce” and liked that. We know it’s not grammatically correct as it should be “No reduction”, but we thought this would be a name people would not forget. And it also sums up the music we do. We really go for it. There is a lot of energy coming from our band.
What are your influences?
Dave Gisler I listen to old jazzmen like Coltrane. But I am mostly influenced by the people I play with and by places like New York. It’s always very inspiring to be here. In the last six years I have come to New York every year and I somehow always end up at the 4 a.m. live session at the Fat Cat. I also love going to the Stone, John Zorn’s club. I have alwas loved both classical jazz and free jazz.
You only have played a couple of gigs before doing this US tour. How important is it for you to play at several venues in New York and Pittsburgh?
No Reduce on stage at Douglass Street Music Collective in Brooklyn on Septembre 18, 2012.
No reduce’s US tour
18.9. Douglass Street Music Collective, Brooklyn/NY
19.9. Seeds, Brooklyn, Brooklyn/NY
20.9. The Shrine, New York City
21.9. Ibeam, Brooklyn/NY
22.9. Dance Alloy Theater, Pittsburgh/PA
Jaywalkin’ was released on NWOG Records.
For more information: www.noreduce.com