Saturday, February 20, 2016

Yves Reichmuth 13 Questions

Yves Reichmuth, guitarist born in Zürich, Switzerland. Studied at Jazzschule Lucerne with Christy Doran and Roberto Bosshard, degree in performance, arranging and education. Started playing guitar at age 9, played classical, rock and improvised music ever since.

Played clubs and festivals in Switzerland (Unerhört, Stanser Musiktage, BeJazz Festival...) and Europe (Germany, Russia, Baltic States). Worked for theater and dance productions (Schauspielhaus Zürich, Theater St. Gallen, freelance productions).

He has worked with  Lucien Dubuis, Lionel Friedli, Jonas Tauber, Dieter Ulrich, Christian Weber, Herbert Kramis, Nick Gutersohn, Jan Schlegel, Gabriela Friedli, Marco Käppeli, Jürg Wickihalder, Omri Ziegele, Joke Lanz, Christoph Grab, Reto Suhner, Michael Gassmann, Sina, Christoph Gallio, Markus Schönholzer, Julian Sartorius,  Christoph Erb, Andrea Oswald, Achim Escher, Vincent Membrez, Lukas Mantel among many others.
Has taken part on Albums released on Unit Records, Altri Suoni, Veto records, Intakt Records

What do you remember about your first approach to sound? Can you describe a sound experience that you believe contributed to your becoming a musician?

That is probably too remote, something that must have happened before I was even born... so let's change it to my first approach to the guitar.
I alwas liked the sound of guitars on the radio, but it really happened when I heard a real guitar for the first time. It was a classical guitar. My first guitar teacher used to play classical pieces - for practice, as he was still studying -  in the lessons we had. It was stunning, moving and it changed my world. I wanted to play like that, to make music happen, to feel all the beauty and truth and love and peace that was there. It felt like home in a way and a the same time it was a thing that was totally new, a place I longed to get to.

Which was the first and the last record you bought with your own money?

The first one was a Bob Marley record called Reggae Rebel. I still like to listen to it. It's soulful and raw. I didnt understand it for quite some time as a child, but somehow it intrigued me and I listened to it from time to time. I still have a pronounced liking for reggea and african music.

The last one was Rickie Lee Jones' Pirates. Wonderful songs.

How's your musical routine practice?

I really try not to get into a routine these days. Maybe I had too much of it for too long.... all the technical stuff. These days I try playing something for some time; it may be free lines, ethnically inspired things, noises, sounds or even jazz related stuff etc.... I start from those things and see where it leads me to.

Which work of your own are you most surprised by, and why?

I will understand "work" here as playing live, which is more important to me than recorded music.The element of surprise is key if you're playing freely improvised music, so you might say the more surprised I get by myself in a given situation the more inspired I probably am.... Unfortunately, I am unable to say when I had the most surprise as I tend to forget the details when I am in a very intense musical situation, but surprise is definitely something I am striving for.

For any of my records, I'd say "Fingertongue" is the best so far.

What's the relevance of technique in music, in your opinion?

As much as it is needed for the kind of music you are trying to create... it sounds simple but especially as a trained musician you can easily overdo it. That's why I like to listen to music made by people who have have strong extramusical influences or even come from totally different art forms.

Why do you need music? Can we live without music?  What is your relationship with other art disciplines?

Music for me is one of the basic channels of communication. It comes before spoken language; it's the key to an unaltered kind of interaction between people.... you could call it spiritual, even... Good music is always about love and peace, truth and beauty. Of course this is true for all  art forms. I think it is important to be open to beauty in every form.

 Which living or dead artist would you like to collaborate with?

I would have loved to play guitar in David Bowie's band!

What are the challenges and benefits of today's digital music scene?

The challenge is to cut through all the huge amount of stuff that is so readily available and get to the music that really matters. the benefit is that you have to be really sure of what you like.

Depict the sound you're still looking for, or the sound you'd like to hear.

 As a child, I wanted to imagine colors, sounds or notes that didn't exist yet. I think I still do. I still like to find new sounds on the guitar and I am still amazed at what some people do with a string. I am not looking for a sound, I want many sounds.

How do you feel listening to your own music?

I do that when I am mixing a record, but I do not like it too much in general.

What special or extrange techniques do you use?

There is of course still stuff that comes up...I don't use very far out techniques. I am still wondering at the pioneering work by Frith, Bailey, Yoshihide and so on... today these techniques are more or less known and used by the inquisitive guitarist.It is more how weird sounds are used in an architectural, constructive sense that interests me how they make the music move forward. My latest find was to whistle on the strings with a fuzz-pedal on... you get some strange resonances. I haven't found a way yet to put that one into use though.

Which is the main pleasure of the strings? What are their main limitation?

Acoustically, it's pure magic. With an amp and effects it can boost you to outer space. I don't think there's a limitation.

What’s your craziest project about?

I hope it is still to come !

Selected Discography

Yves Reichmuth 
Yves Reichmut g comp
Lucien Dubuis bcl cbcl
Jonas Tauber b
Lionel Friedli dr
UNIT-Records UTR 4181, 2006

Yves Reichmuth 
Airs Libres
Yves Reichmuth g comp Michael Gassmann tp flgh 
Roman Glaser fl Thomas Schenkel b Rafael Woll dr  
Altri Suoni AS 087, 2001

Yves Reichmuth 
Yves Reichmuth g, comp
Jonas Tauber b
Dieter Ulrich drums
UNIT-Records UTR 4217, 2008

BIG VETO: 100 Valli
Christoph Erb reeds, comp
Achim Echer as
Vincent Membrez pro-one
Yves Reichmuth g
Christian Weber b
Julian Sartorius dr
Veto Records 006, 2009

Yves Reichmuth Quartet
Yves Reichmuth g,comp
Lucien Dubuis bcl
Silvan Jeger b
Lionel Friedli dr
Veto Records 012, 2013

L‘ombre de ton chien
Jolanda Brunner voc, Yves Reichmuth g, Robert Bosshardt p
Peter Gossweiler b, Julian Dillier dr
Elite Special 2003

Omri Ziegele Billiger Bauer
So viel schon hin - 15 Herbstlieder
Omri Ziegele. as, voc, Isa Wiss: voc, Jürg Wickihalder: ss,as, ts
Nick Gutersohn, tb, Yves Reichmuth g, Gabriela Friedli, p
Jan Schlegel, eb, Herbert Kramis, b, Marco Käppeli, dr
Dieter Ulrich, dr, bugle
Intakt CD 247/2015