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 its 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 hes not picking out instrumentals, Hampels
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 appealin
Switzerland and beyondto
fans of instrumental jazz and Americana pop. www.JakobHampel.com
mwe3.com presents an interview with
Jakob Hampel of FRIZZON
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
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?
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 Mathysand
in 2017 I want to record my first solo album.