Wednesday 16 March 2016

Gig Preview: Schnellertollermeier & Motherese at Fusebox

Friday March 18th 
Fusebox at The Fox and Newt, Leeds 
Doors 8pm, music from 8.30pm

Fusebox continues its strong tradition of supporting both homegrown and international talent with another double bill this Friday, featuring 'brutal-jazz power trio' Schnellertollermeier and a new group brought together for Jazz North East's Women Make Music programme, Motherese.


...Schnellertollermeier doesn't screw around. Their uncompromising attitude is even apparent before you hear a note of their music -- it's right there in that deliberate tongue-twister of a name. Their fresh and uncompromising mix of jazz, punk, rock, sound and free improvised music, combined with great musicianship, interplay and a lot of energy, immediately hits the bullseye!

The three men behind the music, guitarist Manuel Troller, bassist Andi Schnellmann, and drummer David Meier, are all eclectic musicians. Schnellmann earned a degree from the Jazz School of Lucerne; Troller studied with British guitar legend Fred Frith and has collaborated with famed U.S. jazz drummer/composer Gerry Hemingway, among others; Meier's ability to bring his own voice into many different musical contexts has made him one of the most sought-after drummers of his generation and he has toured in most parts of Europe, as well as Russia, China and Japan. 

 The trio's newest album, X, is out now on Cuneiform Records. For more information, visit their bandcamp page.


Motherese is a band of mothers brought together especially for this year’s Women In Music Festival in Newcastle run by Jazz North East. The collaboration involves a core trio of composers and improvisors, using an exciting combination of pre-composed music, structured improvisation and free improvisation, loosely exploring the theme of parenthood. The core trio have several dates booked in various cities, and in each place, they will be joined by local musician mothers, whose impromptu contributions will be incorporated with flexibility, sensitivity and creativity; all necessary attributes for parents adapting and responding to their families’ ever-changing needs. The organic and spontaneous nature of the whole process, in terms of writing, developing and performing the work, reflects our experience of motherhood; we’ve felt very inspired and excited and energised, as well as a little lost and overwhelmed at times. We’re confident that the music will be interesting and challenging and exciting and beautiful and moving at times, and we hope folk will want to come and experience it.

Aby Vulliamy
Maria Jardardottir
Laura Cole
Kari Bleivik
Stephanie Hladowski

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