Artist Vein Trio
Release The Chamber Music Effect
Date 21st April 2017
Tour Dates UK Tour, March 16th – June 6th 2017
Swiss trio Vein burst onto the UK jazz scene in 2014 with Vote for Vein, a collection of unconventional compositions played with passion, drive, superb interplay and improvisational finesse. What followed was a raft of shows across the UK and further releases with special edition quartets featuring great American saxophonists; Greg Osby or Dave Liebman. While these exciting collaborations demonstrated their desire for musical exploration and indeed, their pulling power, there is never any doubt of the talent and compositional prowess of the trio – twin brothers, drummer, Florian Arbenz and pianist Michael Arbenz with bassist Thomas Lähns.
Now, ten years since their formation and after playing hundreds of concerts across four continents, Vein return to the trio format to take a closer look at where they came from. Returning to their classical chamber music roots, Vein presents The Chamber Music Effect, an entire program of self-penned compositions that combine their strength of innovative play as a trio, and their major influence; classical music.
All three Vein members have studied classical music and are well versed in working with various configurations, from solos to symphonies. Here, they take chamber music as their inspiration – a style where musicians generally play without a conductor, freely interpret a piece and where communication amongst band members is of key importance. The Chamber Music Effect consists of eight compositions that focus on the structures used in classical music. Take Michael Arbenz’s Prelude, for example. It starts off as a unisonous melody that develops into a polyphonic construction. Thomas Lähns’ Pastorale uses a choral movement while Florian Arbenz’s Boarding the Beat plays with the rhythmic variations of a bass line. Together they interweave the language of jazz and classical; each piece inspired by chamber music in a totally different way, yet still interconnected to form a whole. “This influence makes our interplay even more varied, compact and innovative and sharpens our musical profile” says Florian, “it complements and extends the very heart and soul of Vein’s playing philosophy: interplay and the greatest possible equality for all members”.
March 16th Edinburgh, The Jazz Bar
1a Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1HR / 0131 220 4298 / www.thejazzbar.co.uk
March 17th Glasgow, Swing
183a Hope Street, Glasgow G2 2UL / 0141 332 2147 / www.swingltd.co.uk
March 18th Aberdeen Jazz Festival, The Blue Lamp feat. Rick Margitza
121 Gallowgate, Aberdeen, AB25 1BU / 0845 111 0302 / www.aberdeenjazzfestival.com
April 28th Wakefield Jazz
Wakefield (College Grove) Sports Club, Eastmoor Road, Wakefield, WF1 3RR / 01977 680542
April 29th Huddersfield Jazz
Heritage Quay, Huddersfield University, Huddersfield, HD1 3DH /www.huddersfield-jazz.co.uk
May 18th Colchester Jazz Club
Old London Road, Marks Tey, Colchester. CO6 1EJ
May 22nd London, PizzaExpress Jazz Club feat. Greg Osby
10 Dean Street, London, W1D 3RW / 020 7439 4962
June 6th Watermill Jazz, Betchworth Park Golf Club, Reigate Road, Dorking RH4 1NZ
Visit www.vein.ch for biogs, music and video clips.