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Snail Charmers

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Snail Charmers

[fr]

Imaginez un club de jazz à l’ancienne, sombre et enfumé. Un chanteur inspiré, 5 musiciens de haut vol, des improvisations à couper le souffle. Maintenant imaginez cette même scène en 3147 ! SKNAIL, compositeur et producteur suisse, l’a fait. Il propose pour son 2ème album un jazz visionnaire, organique, une sorte de roman d’anticipation sonore où les « plus tout à fait humains » jouent la musique de leurs ancêtres, enfouie au fond de leur mémoire. La chaleur des instruments acoustiques côtoyant la froideur de l’électronique suggèrent à l’auditeur une idée d’un jazz d’après-demain, fin et épuré. Depuis un monde futuriste, ultra-technologique et bien éloigné du nôtre, imaginé et mis en scène par SKNAIL, les « Snail Charmers », par la voix de Nya, ont un message important à faire passer.

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Imagine an old-fashioned jazz club, dark and filled with smoke. A singer, five top notch musicians, breathtaking improvisations. Now transpose the same scene into the year 3147! SKNAIL, a Swiss composer and producer, has done just that and presents a 2nd album of visionary, organic jazz, some sort of a musical sci-fi novel, in which the « not-quite-humans-anymore » play the music of their ancestors, digging it up from some faraway place in their memory. The warmth of the acoustic instruments confronts cold electronics and takes the listener on a journey into the jazz of the distant future, delicate and pure. From their futuristic and ultra-technological world the Snail Charmers are transmitting an important message with the help of Nya’s voice.

[de]

Stellen Sie sich einen klassischen Jazzklub vor, dunkel, verraucht. Ein inspirierter Sänger, 5 Topmusiker, atemberaubende Improvisationen. Versetzen Sie jetzt die gleiche Szene ins Jahr 3147! SKNAIL, ein Schweizer Komponist und Produzent, hat genau das getan und unterbreitet auf seinem zweiten Album einen visionären, organischen Jazz, eine Art musikalischer Zukunftsroman, in welchem die « Nicht-mehr-ganz-Menschen » die tief in ihrem Gedächtnis verborgene Musik ihrer Vorfahren spielen. Die Wärme der akustischen Instrumente prallt auf kalte Elektronik und nimmt den Hörer mit auf eine Reise in den Jazz von Übermorgen, elegant und schlicht. Von ihrer futuristischen, ultra-technologischen Welt aus übermitteln die Snail Charmers mithilfe der Stimme von Nya eine wichtige Botschaft.

The charmers

Design / Artwork : Efrain Becerra
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Nya

A classically trained clarinet player, Nya turned to jazz, dub, electronica and rock very early and started focusing on writing and developing his own vocal style blending jazz, rap and reggae influences.

Based in Lausanne since 1990 to study political science, Nya co-founded Silent Majority with the sampling wizard Pierre Audétat, a band that was a precursor of jazz fusion and hip hop at the international level, experimenting with sampling, instrumentalists and multilingual rappers. The group enjoyed international critical success, played concerts in Europe and the United States and released two albums and an EP on the memorable Unik Records.

Nya moved on to join Erik Truffaz and his Quartet as a guest and actively collaborated on the highly successful albums "The Dawn" and "Bending New Corners", released on the legendary Blue Note label. Simultaneously, he performed regularly at London’s Blue Note Club with the Swiss collective Galaktic Sound Lab and collaborated with the French musician and movie director Siegfried for the soundtracks of his two feature films "Sansa" and "Louise Take 2" (select "Certain Regard" at Cannes 1998) and the soundtrack of Roschy Zem’s movie “Bodybuilder” (2014).

Nya presented his own music for the first time in 2002 together with Pierre Audétat at the Jazz Onze Festival in Lausanne as well as a commissioned composition at the Jazz Festival Willisau 2004 featuring Pierre Audétat, Julien Charlet and the oud player Jean-Pierre Smadja.

While working on his own solo album Rootz Teknowledgy released in 2010, his voice continued to be featured on albums by Erik Truffaz, Stade, Mobile in Motion, Art Bleek as well as the avant-garde electro-jazz band Brink Man Ship.

Nya has been collaborating with Sknail since 2013 and keeps on exploring borderline territories: between the organic and the digital, between trance and improvisation, between the freedom of jazz and the tightness of hypnotic rhythms, between down-to-earth poetry and outer space mysticism.

Discography:

  • Nya: Rootz Teknowledgy (2010)
  • Silent Majority: La Majorité Silencieuse (1993), Curfew (1995), Nightbloomers (1998)
  • Erik Truffaz: The Dawn (1998), Bending New Corners (1999), Saloua (2005), Face-à-face (2006), Arkhangelsk (2007)
  • Siegfried: Louise Take 2 (1999), Sansa (2004), Freespeed Sonata (2010)
  • Le Gooster aka DJ Goo: Zig Zag Zen (1997), Deeper Shades of Soul (2003)
  • Mobile in Motion: Far beyond my thought control (2002), Shadows of Danger (2008)
  • Stade: Tactile (2005)
  • Brink Man Ship: The Right Place To Be Lost (2005), Willisau ft. Nils Petter Molvaer (2008), Instant Replay (2011)
  • Art Bleek: Art Supplies (2010)
  • Chlorine Free: Le fish (2014)
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Patrice Moret

Né en 1972. Il découvre d'abord la guitare basse puis se dirige vers la contrebasse à 21 ans. On le retrouve au sein de formations funk, classiques et jazz dès son adolescence. Ses diverses expériences l'ont fait voyager dans de multiples pays tels que l'Algérie, la Russie et de nombreux pays d'Europe. En 2001 Patrice Moret a été engagé par Erik Truffaz pour diverses tournées en France, aux Etats-Unis, au Canada et au Japon. Joue actuellement avec le pianiste de jazz suisse Colin Vallon (ECM) et la chanteuse de jazz helvético-albanaise Elina Duni (ECM).

Charm me

Snail Charmers

Lyrics : Nya
Recording / Mixing : Sknail
Mastering : Conor Dalton / CALYX

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Produced by Uğur Engin DENİZ
https://vimeo.com/engindeniz

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Label

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CLICK HERE TO BUY THE ALBUM (CD + DOWNLOAD): UNIT RECORDS

Press

Album cover (2.7 Mb)
Bio (pdf)

Collaborations

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Contact

Blaise Caillet

Avenue d’Echallens 62
1004 Lausanne
Switzerland
Tel. +41 (0)79 357 80 49

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Glitch Jazz (2013)