* Matthias Lindermayr, Paul Brändle, Martin Brugger, Simon Popp, Sebastin wolfgruber
MARA is the debutalbum of Munich-based jazz group FAZER. The young musicians combine African and Latin rhythms with dubby basslines and melancholic melodies. The unusual lineup with two drummers, bass , guitar and trumpet leaves an open space for unfettered improvisation. Through the concept of repetition and finely measured dynamics, Fazer create a drawing energy that can be felt directly at their live shows and has been captured perfecty on this record.
Fazer is the project of bassist Martin Brugger, trumpeter Matthias Lindermayr, guitarist Paul Brändle as well as Simon Popp and Sebastian Wolfgruber (both drums) who all met while studying at the Academy for Music and Performing Arts in Munich.
Their unique sound is cut from a miscellaneous range of influences from west-african polyrhythm and classical indian music to dub-techno and post-rock.
Hailing from Munich, a city rich with influential jazz labels like ECM, ACT or enja, the young musicians want to take their own path by defying genre boundaries while maintaining the tension and the immediacy of improvised music.
The unusual instrumentation is by no means arbitrary.
Two drummers allow for complex rhythmic patterns while the absence of a pianist / keyboardist leaves a lot of room, both rhythmic and harmonic, for the musicians to fill. Lindermayr and Brändle bend with virtuosity between soloing and comping, backed by Brugger who plays modestly with only the most essential harmonic determination.