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Gowanus Canal

by Christoph Irniger Trio

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Brand new CD in jewel case. Comes with a booklet with original liner notes by Peter Haffner.


    Please note that you will receive only the CD, for downloading and streaming please go to my personal Intakt Record's bandcamp page at: christophirniger.bandcamp.com

    Includes unlimited streaming of Gowanus Canal via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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      $27 USD




Track listing:

1. Gowanus Canal 02:23
2. Airplane Mode 04:45
3. Schattenspiel 06:48
4. Hello Africa (for Luca) 02:48
5. Black Pearl 07:48
6. Kanon 04:00
7. Burnout 05:40
8. The Slope (Part 1) 02:49
9. M 06:00

Intakt CD 223

The pieces on this album celebrate melody without once degenerating into the trivial. They are tone poems which demonstrate that accessible melodies and complex tonal worlds need not be mutually exclusive and can in fact make sense of each other. This is achieved because the rhythm section push the sonorous potential of their instruments way further than most classical trios. Using tones of every shade and colour, the drums and bass succeed in expanding the three-piece ensemble into a veritable orchestra. It is the tone which makes this music, and the virtue of restraint which gives it its power.

The bandleader und tenor saxophonist Christoph Irniger, born 1979 in Zürich, works with musicians including the drummer Nasheet Waits and the saxophonist Ohad Talmor. Irniger founded the Christoph Irniger Quartett / Trio, the bands Pilgrim and Cowboys from Hell, and was sideman und co-leader of NoReduce, R.I.S.S. and the Lucerne Jazz Orchestra.

The double bassist Raffaele Bossard, born 1982 in Los Angeles, studied with renowned bassists such as Heiri Känzig and is leader of his own band, Junction Box.

The drummer Ziv Ravitz, born 1976 in Be'er Sheva in Israel, is a member of the Lee Konitz New Quartet, the Shai Maestro Trio and the Yaron Herman Group. An important figure in the Israeli jazz scene, Ravitz is currently one of the most sought-after percussionists in New York, where he lives.


released July 15, 2013

Christoph Irniger: Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet
Raffaele Bossard: Bass
Ziv Ravitz: Drums

Recorded on June 25 & 26, 2012, at Playground Studios, Zürich, by Andy Neresheimer. Mixed and mastered by Ziv Ravitz. Radio Producer: Peter Bürli for Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen. Liner notes: Peter Haffner. Cover art: Dieter Schoop. Graphic design: Jonas Schoder. Photos: Francesca Pfeffer, Marcel Meier. Produced by Irniger, Bossard, Ravitz and Intakt Records


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Christoph Irniger Zürich, Switzerland

Swiss saxophonist, composer and bandleader. In recent years Irniger has made a name for himself in a range of line-ups, playing jazz, improvised music, rock and related musical styles.

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