FRIZZON
Frizzon
(Morpheus Records)

 

The band Frizzon come from the country of Switzerland and they play mostly instrumental acoustic guitar based jazz. The band also manages to fit in a vocal side, but it’s the acoustic instrumental style that makes them unique. At the core of the Frizzon sound are the guitars and vocal of Jakob Hampel, Ueli Kempter (piano), Lisa Hoppe (double bass) with drums by Manuel Pasquenelli who also plays in the Swiss-based band Sonar. Speaking about the Frizzon sound, Jakob tells mwe3.com, “For me, it is important that music is authentic, no matter which style or genre. In music, one single note played with the right sound can be far more touching than music that only reveals the technical and acrobatic abilities of the musician playing it.” On the instrumental side, one could cite influences here like Tommy Emmanuel as Frizzon are smooth 21st century jazz players that sometimes sound like they came out of Nashville. When he’s not picking out instrumentals, Hampel’s vocals are subdued in a funny kind of Leo Kottke way, but, by way of Zurich, the overall sound is very Americana. The CD is creatively packaged and as such will appeal—in Switzerland and beyondto fans of instrumental jazz and Americana pop. www.JakobHampel.com

 




mwe3.com presents an interview with
Jakob Hampel of FRIZZON

mwe3
: How would you describe the music of your band and how did you arrive with the band name FRIZZON?

Jakob Hampel: FRIZZON comes from the French term 'frisson' meaning 'shiver'—a term which describes my idea of music best. The most beautiful and important aspect of art to me is that it is able to touch the audience. Music is very personal and individual, but also a special universal language that connects people like no other. The listener can find his personal experiences and memories in music.

For me, it is important that music is authentic, no matter which style or genre. In music, one single note played with the right sound can be far more touching than music that only reveals the technical and acrobatic abilities of the musician playing it. For me, the sound, what and how to say something is much more important than technical precision or speed. Musical sound is the charismatic voice that tells the story and is, in the end able to leave the listener with a shiver.

mwe3: Where do you get you musical inspiration?

Jakob Hampel: Music is capable to capture feelings that are of short duration, and can help to remember and perhaps even revive them. Many ideas for my pieces come from stories that have touched me, moments that I cannot forget and things that are special to me. Like a poem. That home is people, not a place. Or starting the day with coffee and a kiss.

mwe3: What's next for you and your band this year?

Jakob Hampel: Looks like 2016 will be an eventful year for me. In October 2016, we are planning to have a tour in Germany with FRIZZON. At the end of 2016 the new CD of the electro-pop band FLAKE will be released. We're also publishing an audio book by Stephan Mathys
and in 2017 I want to record my first solo album.




 

 
   
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