Biographical information on Christophe Schweizer

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  • Full Circle Rainbow
    Organ quartet with Billy Hart, drums; Jason Moran or George Colligan or Dan Wall, Hammond B-3 organ; Ohad Talmor or Sylvain Beuf or Fabrizio Cassol, saxophone; Ralph Alessi or Franco Ambrosetti, trumpet
    • European tours 1997-2000
    • Concerts in France, Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Greece
    • Broadcasts on national radio in Germany, Czech Republic, and Switzerland
    • TV appearance on 3Sat cable TV show Eurocity
    • Recording: Dual Orbit
  • Normal Garden
    Septet with Billy Hart, drums;  Alex Sipiagin, trumpet;  Donny McCaslin, tenor saxophone;  Eric Rasmussen, alto saxophone;  Ethan Iverson, piano;  Johannes Weidenmueller, bass
    • Other musicians: John Stetch, piano;  Seamus Blake, tenor saxophone;  Oscar Noriega, alto saxophone, Dave Binney, alto saxophone;  Andrew Rathbun, tenor saxophone;  Chris Kase,  Matt Shulman, trumpet;  Tom Rainey, drums
    • Album Physique on OmniTone
    • Concerts in Germany, France, Belgium, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, and the US
    • Live broacasts on national radio in Czech Republic and Switzerland
    • TV feature on French cable TV show Muzzik
  • 5Six7
    Quintet with Eric Rasmussen, alto saxophone;  Jacob Sacks, piano;  David Ambrosio, bass;  Peter Retzlaff, drums
    • European tours 2000-2001, March 2001, and May 2002
    • Album Portas on Music Scene released 2001
    • Regular appearances in New York City
  • Matrix
    Quintet with Dave Binney, alto saxophone;  Jacob Sacks, piano;  Hans Glawischnig, bass;  Dan Weiss, drums
    • Also: George Colligan, pianoJohn Hebert or Thomas Morgan, bass;  Rudresh Mahanthappa or Miguel Zenon, alto saxophone
    • Regular appearances in New York
    • Recording Pure Reason 2001
  • Quartet
    With Loren Stillman, alto saxophone;  Mark Dresser, bass;  Dan Weiss or Gerry Hemingway, drums
    • Live recording 2001


  • Mingus Big Band
  • Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra
  • George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band
  • NDR Big Band
  • Christophe Schweizer has performed with Joe Lovano, Dave Holland, Dave Douglas, Abdullah Ibrahim, Dave Binney Group, the Teo Macero Big Band, Kenny Wheeler, Joviñho, Paulo Moura, Anthony Braxton, Lee Konitz, Steve Swallow, and Oscar Brown Jr.
  • He has toured in the US, Canada, Austria, Italy, Germany, France, Portugal, Poland, the Czech Republic, Russia, Egypt, Greece, Belgium, The Netherlands, and appeared several times at the Montreux Jazz Festival and at festivals in Canada and the US and in Paris, Zurich, Berne, Geneva, Burghausen, Lausanne, and Guimaraes.


  • Finalist, European Jazz Competiton Leverkusen 1991
  • Finalist, ASCAP Morton Gould Award for Young Composers, 1998
  • Trombone studies with Branimir Slokar, Guy-Noel Conus, Conrad Herwig, David Taylor, and Malte Burba
  • Private studies in theory and composition
  • Mannes College of Music, New York, 1992-3
  • Banff School of Fine Arts - Long-term Resident Artist 1993
  • Schweitzer Institute of Music (Gunther Schuller), 1994-5
  • Christophe Schweizer taught at the Banff Jazz Workshop, Canada, in 1999 and 2000

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