Franziska Kraft bass cello
Ben Aschenbach guitar, loops, percussion
Helmut Mittermaier soprano and tenor saxophone
“Taschenhymnen” are Tsching‘s most personal album so far. In their current program and 3rd CD, Tsching thinking out of every stylistic box and are devoting themselves entirely to their own creative roots and influences. At the same time, the three musicians are going all out with a new instrumentation of the pieces.
Instead of looking for the most beautiful sounds and inspirations around the world, Tsching recalls their individual artistic background with “Taschenhymnen”. The ensemble, with exclusively own compositions, is tracking down the microcosm and musical dreams and experiences that have contributed to the development of the band since the beginning.
All pieces are very personal, with sometimes quite intimate moods, which make the path of the three musicians resonate together.
Franziska Kraft plays on a five-string bassoon specially designed for her. Multi-instrumentalist Helmut Mittermaier gives the brass section a rich palette of timbres. Guitarist Ben Aschenbach is contributing the foundation of harmony and groove with his virtuoso, accentuated and sensitive style. Tsching always wants to leave it to the audience If they would like to favor the term “jazz”, “world music” or “neo-classical music”.
With vibrancy and severity, in an intense, moody atmosphere and with subtle tones, this for the first time in the band’s history live recorded album, tells stories about dusk and dawn, about the magic of the daily grind between yesterday and tomorrow and about the antitheses of life between exuberant, turbulent dance and melancholic or meditative chants.
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