musician - improviser - composer




ABOUT
Born in 1991 in Bern, Switzerland, Clemens started playing the drums at the early age of 6 and by the age of 10 he  made his  first experiences as a drummer in the band of the reformed church in Meikirch/Berne were his father still preaches. He started taking piano lessons two years later.

After High School he studied at the Hochschule Luzern - Musik Jazz Departement.
His teachers and mentors included Pierre Favre, Gerry Hemingway, Norbert Pfammatter, Lauren Newton, Christoph Baumann, Ed Partyka, Roberto Domeniconi, Hans Feigenwinter and others.

The Hochschule Luzern provided the opportunity to tour with a Student All-Star Ensemble of the  five Jazzschools of Switzerland. The Ensemble performed pieces by the late swiss composer Mani Planzer. Leader and conductor was swiss composer Thomas Mejer.
In the last year of his studies in Lucerne, he played the drums in the Hochschul-Bigband. The Band led by Ed Partyka worked with Vijay Iyer, Nils Wogram and Oliver Leicht and performed at unerhört Festival Zürich and KKL Lucerne. A collaboration with Felix Gruntz, son of the late George Gruntz led to a „Tribute to George Gruntz“ - tour through switzerland.

Clemens had the privilege to play with greats like Vijay Iyer, Pierre Favre, Flavio Ambrosetti, Samuel Blaser, Nat Su, Hans Feigenwinter, Nils Wogram, Alex Sipiagin, Heiri Känzig and many more.

In 2014 he founded his quintet „Murmullo“ with John Voirol on tenor saxophone, Flo Weiss on trombone, Franz Hellmüller on guitar and Rafael Jerjen on Bass. The band released its debut, featuring 6 of Clemens' original compositions on QFTF in 2016 and started touring Switzerland.

His studies with Gerry Hemingway led to an increasing interest in the music of the world, which led to a growing collection and knowledge of so called world-music, a development that cannot be underestimated.

The Collaboration in the quartet of outstanding harpist Julie Campiche woke his interest in electronics and ecouraged him to extend his musical research in that field.

Collaborative projects include Steve! ODD DOG, La Môme and the improvising duo with spoken word artist, author and longtime friend Emanuel Bundi.

In April 2016 he joined the Band Moes Anthill and toured Switzerland extensively. The Band will release a new Album in Fall 2018 meanwhile an EP with strings will be released on which he participated in arranging one tune
He is a sought after sideman, also working with Nicole Johänntgen, The Swiss Jazz Orchestra, Corinne Hubers Nojakîn and others and enjoys improvising freely in various contexts.  His versatility led to several engagements in the popular music scene (Moes Anthill, Guy Mandon, Skinny Jim Tennessee, Pamela Mendez, Martina Linn, Atlanticat. ).

He tours Europe extensively. Highlights include:
Hafensommer Würzburg/DE, Jazz & Klassiktage Tübingen/DE, End of the Road Festival, UK, Cecijazz Bordeaux/FR, Blue Balls Lucerne/CH, Langnau Jazznights/CH, BeJazz Winterfestival /CH, BeJazz Sommer/CH, Lausanne Estival/CH, Jazz Contreband/CH, unerhört - Festival Zürich/CH, KKL Lucerne/CH, the „Jazz in Europe“ Symposium in Lucerne/CH, Zermatt Unplugged/CH , Openair St. Gallen/CH, Openair Waldstock/CH,   and other locations. Radio Appearences in Espace Jazz RTS/CH, Magnetique RTS/CH, DRS 3 Musik punkt CH and others.

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