Manuel Troller @ bee-flat, Bern, 18/03/2015

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Wenn das Jahr so weitergeht, dann wird 2015 das Jahr von Manuel Troller. Denn der Luzerner Gitarrist hat eben mit seinem Powertrio Schnellertollermeier das monströse Album «X» veröffentlicht, das toll die Barrikaden zwischen Rock und Jazz niederreisst (und zurecht mit Superlativen bedacht wird).

Seit kurzem spielt Troller auch Solokonzerte. So teilte er Anfangs März in Luzern die Bühne mit dem ehemaligen Sonic-Youth-Gitarristen Lee Ranaldo, und nun, in der Berner Turnhalle, eröffnete er den Abend der bee-flat-Konzertreihe «Stage For Two», an dem nach Troller mit Marc Ribot ein anderer grenzüberschreitender Gitarrist zu erleben war.

Zu Beginn seines gut vierzigminütigen Soloauftritts strich Manuel Troller mit einem Geigenbogen über die Saiten seiner elektrischen Gitarre, der in einem rasenden Arpeggio-Teil mündete, ehe Troller entschleunigte und leisere Töne in den Raum schickte. Das Leise, es führte über in eine Noise-Passage, in der er mit seinen Pedalen und Loop-Geräten einen zerhackten Störfunk-Beat arrangierte – einer, der an Werke von Laptop-Manipulationskünstler erinnerte. Trollers Neugier nach neuen Klängen, in der die Gitarre das «gitarristische» verliert, war in allen diesen verschiedenen Aggregatszuständen seines Spiels zu spüren und hören. Sein Set beschloss Troller mit einem akustischen Stück, das die Americana von Saitenkünstlern wie John Fahey zitierte.

Der Abend blieb in der Folge akustisch, denn Marc Ribot entschied sich für sein Set für die unverstärkte Gitarre. Ganz zum Schluss des Abends holte Ribot seinen 28-jährigen Kollegen für ein spontanes Duo auf die Bühne – ein würdiger Abschluss eines überaus tollen Abends.

Solokonzert: 11.6., B-Sides Festival, Kriens

Konzerte mit Schnellertollermeier: Zürich, Walcheturm, 10.4. Schaffhausen, Jazzfestival, 9.5. Luzern, Südpol, 13.5. St. Imier, Toxoplasmose Festival, 6.6. Kriens, B-Sides Festival, 13.6. Danach Tournee in England.

Schnellertollermeier: «X» (Cuniform Records)

 

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Welcome to New York Bonaparte!

A gig on a Tuesday night can be a lonely experience in New York City for a punk rocker, who made a name for himself with his large multi-ethnic band across the Atlantic. But Bonaparte aka Tobias Jundt took on that challenge this month at Pianos in the Lower East Side of Manahattan and there already are some signs that Big Apple will enjoy the eccentric and energetic Swiss artist’s solo act and residency there in the coming weeks. The lead singer of the quiet folk band St.Claire opening for him on February 19, told the crowd that it would get loud after her show, because “it’s what happens after 10.00 pm in Manhattan”. And loud it got. Bonaparte, who recently moved to New York to write his 4th album, showed his crowd how to make  punk music with just a guitar, pedals and a computer.

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Sporting his usual black eye and half-cow half-horse hat, he quickly brought the crowd to its feet with his powerful guitar riffs and his clever lyrics. He opened his show with”Wrygdwylife” aka “What are you gonna do with your life” and filled the room with his energy. One could feel that the crowd did not know what to think of this wild troubadour throwing lines at her such as “No I’m not drunk, I’m just dancing” and “No I’m not dead, I’m just sleeping”. But one guy started dancing crazily in the packed room and he helped Bonaparte break the ice. The slightly drunk dude, who had never heard of Bonaparte before and kept screaming “that’s right motherf…..r”, got his reward at the end of the gig. The rocker invited  him to his next show at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn the following night.

Bonaparte played several songs from “Sorry we are open”, his band’s latest record that will be released in France in April. He also played tracks from his previous record, “My Horse likes you” (2010). Among them was the energetic “Boycott Everything”. “I boycott everything that’s not made by my hands”, he sung. During his 45-minute show, he rolled on the floor, sweat, drank from somebody’s drink, jumped into the crowd, unleashed his guitar, ran with it around the place and ultimately got the crowd to convince the deejay to grant him an encore. He closed his show with the electro-punk track “Computer Love”.

Bonaparte has another solo gig at Pianos on February  26 before being joined by his “divas” at Pianos on March 5 and then moving on to Austin for the cool South by Southwest festival. The whole band will be with Tobias Jundt for 5 shows in Texas and two more shows in New York at Union Hall and Pianos.

Bonaparte’s upcoming shows

BONAPARTE SOLO – “PIANOS RESIDENCY”
26.02 | USA – NYC, Pianos (upstairs) – solo set | 10pm
05.03 | USA – NYC, Pianos (downstairs) – solo w/divas | 10pm
26.03 | USA – NYC, Pianos (downstairs) – solo w/divas | 10pm

BONAPARTE – “MAÑANA FOREVER TOUR” (full band)
13.03 | USA – Austin, SXSW – The Belmont
14.03 | USA – Austin, SXSW – Javelina
15.03 | USA – Austin, SXSW – Iron Bear
16.03 | USA – Austin – Marching Down 6th Street
17.03 | USA – Austin – Gay Bi Gay Gay
18.03 | USA – Brooklyn, NY – Union Hall
19.03 | USA – NYC – Pianos

09.04. | CH – Stans – Musiktage Stans

10.04. | F – Tourcoing – Festival Paradis Artificiels
11.04. | F – Lyon – Marché Gare
12.04. | F – Blois – Chatodo
13.04. | F – Paris – Festival Chorus
14.04. | LUX – Luxembourg – Rockhal
15.04. | D – Münster – Skaters Palace
18.04. | IT – Torino – Lapsus
19.04. | IT – Roma – Traffic
20.04. | IT – Vicenza – E20
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