Peter Schärli Trio featuring Glenn Ferris




Glenn Ferris (*1950)

Born in Los Angeles, Glenn Ferris has been playing the trombone since the age of eight. He started Classical Music Trombone studies at eigth years old in Los Angeles. From 1964, in addition to his classical studies, he studied the Theory of Jazz Improvisation with the well known Trumpeter-Composer-Band-Leader-Innovater Don Ellis. At this age he was now performing with the prestigious Don Ellis Big Band as well as with other musical formations. The group "Revival" was co-founded with Glenn Ferris and trumpeter-composer Jack Walrath. And then Glenn Ferris put together the "Celebration Orchestra", which featured some of the most creative musicians in Los Angeles. Besides creating his own groups, he was in demand by major artists to perform and be featured soloist in their groups. He made more than a hundred recordings. This enabled him to invent his own way of playing the trombone. From 2000 to 2015 Glenn Ferris was a Professor in the Jazz Department at the prestigious "Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse" (CNSMD) of Paris.
Frank Zappa, Stevie Wonder, Don Ellis, Dave Frishberg, Billy Cobham, George Duke,
Harry James, Average White Band, Tim Buckley, John Scofield, Randy and Mike Brecker, Bobby Bradford, James Taylor, James Newton, Art Pepper, Quincy Jones, Archie Shepp, Philly Joe Jones, Martial Solal, Michel Petrucciani, Tony Scott, Urs Blöchlinger, Jack Walrath, Sal Nistico, Woody Shaw, Benny Bailey, Johny Griffin, Kenny Drew, Buddy Tate, Mal Waldron, Steve Lacy, Paolo Fresu, Francois Theberge,  Daniel Humair, Louis Sclavis, Franco D'Andrea, Enrico Rava, Michel Portal, Joachim Kuhn, Aldo Romano, Henri Texier, Stephane & Lionel Belmondo, Milcho Leviev, Riccardo Del Fra, Thierry Lang etc. Azur Quartet (Quintet), Palatino Quartet, Bex-Ferris-Goubert  (BFG), Vein Trio featuring Glenn Ferris Peter Schärli Groups featuring Glenn Ferris, Glenn Ferris Trio, Glenn Ferris "Chrominance" Trio, Glenn Ferris "Pentessence" Quintet and the Glenn Ferris "Wheel" Trio.

Glenn Ferris has got to be the best trombone player in the USA.
Billy Cobham, Different Drummer Magazine, 1974

One of the most complete, prolific underrated trombonists of the day.
Mike Zwerin, International Herald Tribune, 1988

The greatest active trombonist on the two sides of the Atlantic, the american Glenn Ferris.
Michel Contat, Telerama, 2008

Peter Schärli (*1955)

He began to play the trumpet at the age of ten. He studied at the Swiss Jazz School in Berne and closed his studies in 1981. Since 1978 he has been working as a professional musician and has played with many different artists and bands, nationally and internationally, in various contexts and styles: Stella Rambisai Chiweshe, Irène Schweizer, Sandy Patton, Dom Um Romão, Burhan Oeçal, Fredy Studer, Tony Marsh, Pierre Favre, Lucas Niggli, Gerry Hemingway, Peter Kowald, Christian Weber, Vince Benedetti, Uli Scherer, Christy Doran, Rick Margitza, Hans Koch, Macanda McIntyre, Joe McPhee, Johannes Bauer, Paul Rutherford...
"Jerry Dental Kollekdoof" (Musiktheater), "Cameleon" (Salsa), "Steel Pulse" (Reggae), "Conelli" und "Roncalli" (Zirkus), "Federlos" (Zirkustheater), "Legfek Orchester" von Urs Blöchlinger, "Le Phils Ocean Park" von Roland Philipp, "European Chaos String Quintet", Michel Wintsch und "Road Movie featuring Gerry Hemingway", "Donat Fisch Quartett", soloist in projects by Daniel Ott, "erb_gut featuring Peter Schärli", "Orkester Ben Jeger", "Root Down" von Tommy Meyer...
Peter Schärli has played at music and theater festivals in Europe, India, the former USSR, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Burkina Faso, Bolivia, Brazil and Colombia.
In addition to the "Peter Schärli Trio featuring Glenn Ferris" he leads his other projects: "Feigenwinter-Moreira-Schärli", "Sound Experience" (Lauren Newton, Sylwia Zytynska, Jean-Jacques Pedretti, Peter Schärli) and "Peter Schärli: Don’t change your hair form me" (Sandy Patton, Antonia Giordano, Thomas Dürst, Peter Schärli).
As a sideman he presently plays with "Roberto Domeniconi >>Vierklang", "Der Grosse Bär", the "Federlosband" by Co Streiff, "Jazzinteam" by Gitte Deubelbeiss etc.
He has also cooperated as a composer and/or trumpet player in several theaters, circusses, films and radio plays. Peter Schärli teaches music at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts where he began instructing in 1981.

Just as Peter Schärli’s appearance and character seem not to age, his music, too, has something timeless and indisputable about it. "It’s simple and natural, like all great art," as Peter Rüedi aptly put it.?
Pirmin Bossart, May 29 2015, Willisauer Bote

Schärli, who has long been judged on the wrong level and misunderstood as a Miles Davis imitator, is more like a steadfast melancholic (if there is such a thing), a real dreamer, a kind of (let’s risk the unspeakable) Robert Walser of Swiss Jazz. ?
Peter Rüedi, May 22 1997, Die Weltwoche No. 21

Hans-Peter Pfammatter (*1974)

Hans-Peter Pfammatter, swiss pianist, is working with latest technologies, samplings and sound­programming. He is trying to open up the field of sound in respect of a fine arts performance. With his own Group, he connects the abstract with the romantic and "action painting" with fix structures. But the piano stays his main focus. Hans-Peter Pfammatter is a highly talented pianist who combines lyrical movements with free improvisation to build up a genuine acoustic experience. He had tours and concerts with Christy Doran’s NEW BAG, Ray Anderson, Tony Overwater, Fee Claasen, Fred Lohnberg-Holm, Peter Schärli, Corin Curschellas, Urs Leimgruber, Fredy Studer, Fritz Hauser, Gilbert Paeffgen, Baenz Oester Group, Alexander Sipiagin etc.

Thomas Dürst (*1957)

Thomas Dürst started to play the double bass when he was fifteen. Now he is one of the most sought-after freelance bass players in Switzerland. Innumerable concerts with various bands of different musical styles bear witness to his skills. Since 1983 he teaches at the "Bern University of the Arts" (HKB). Thomas Dürst plays/has played and recorded, among others, with John Tchicai, Al Grey, Hal Singer, Sandy Patton, Rick Margitza, Vince Benedetti, Joe Haider, Urs Blöchlinger, Nadja Stoller, Donat Fisch, Peter Schärli, Victoria Mozalevskaya.