Daniel Studer




Markus Eichenberger (cl, clb)
Daniel Studer (b)

part 1, live mit M. Vorfeld perc, 2020, 5:06
part 2, live mit M. Vorfeld perc, 2020, 48:33
walking harshly, 2018, 4:17
glancing loudly, 2018, 5:15

The collaboration with Markus Eichenberger began in 1998 in Markus Eichenberger's Domino Septet, which was continued in 2001 in the Domino Orchestra. The result can be heard on the CD Concept for Orchestra, released on the EMANEM label in 2003. In 2010, the duo started as a "working band" and released the CD "Suspended" on HatOLOGY in 2018. The duo then expanded twice in individual projects to form a trio with Michael Vorfeld with Axel Dörner and a quartet with Tiziana Bertoncini and Magda Mayas. Since 2024 with Marlies Debacker (see below).

Eichenberger-Studer with Marlies Debacker

Marlies Debacker is a Belgian pianist and performer of free improvised music and contemporary classical music, based in Cologne. She does extensive research on the sound possibilities of her instrument with a focus on resonance, pedal work, inside piano playing and the use of various preparations, thus allowing her to move between the conventional sound of a piano and various percussive and pseudo-electronic sounds. Apart from playing the piano she often performs on vintage keyboards – such as Hohner Clavinet D6 – allowing her to add an electronic and microtonal layer to her music.

part 1, 2024, 4:48
part 2, 2024, 7:02
part 3, 2024, 7:43


Eichenberger-Studer with guests:
with Tiziana Bertoncini (vl) and Magda Mayas (p)
23.09.2022, 20:00, Werkstatt Marius Buck, Großherzog-Friedrich-Straße 95, 66111 Saarbrücken
24.09.2022, 20:00, Cuba, Münster (www.blackbocx-muenster.de)
25.09.2022, 15:30, Alte Kita, Hasselwerderstr. 22a, 12439 Berlin
26.09.2022, 20:00, Galerie Schneider, Wilhelmstraße 17A, Freiburg im Breisgau
with Harald Kimmig (vl)

12.12.2021, 20:00, Mullbau, Luzern (www.mullbau.ch)
13.12.2021, 20:00, Kunstraum Walchetrum, Kanonengasse 20, Zürich (www.walcheturm.ch)

with Axel Dörner (tp)
25.02.2020, 20:00, FIM Basel, Gerbergasse 30, Basel (www.fimbasel.ch)
27.02.2020, 20:00, ŠKUC Gallery, Stari trg, Ljubljana (FriForma/KUD Mreža)
28.02.2020, 20:00, Offene Ohren, München (D), (www.offeneohren.org)
29.02.2020, 18:00, Schlosserei Nenniger, Grubenstrasse 29, Zürich

with Michael Vorfeld (perc)
02.02.2020, 17:00, Schlosserei Nenniger, Grubenstrasse 29, Zürich

Different concerts since 1998, also with the Markus Eichenbergers Domino Orchestra.



see CD Suspended, hatOLOGY 748, 2018.

liner notes:
Improvisation assumes a fresh experience, an unfamiliarity with what is to come, a disruption of expectations. How much more intense and disorienting the experience becomes in the music of Markus Eichenberger and Daniel Studer. Each one has an impressive résumé of musical adventures, but as a duo their music expresses special qualities and asks challenging questions. Suspended offers no customary structures, no consistent prototypes; the titles are not instruc- tions, illustrations, or explanations. Manipulating an abstract dialect of sounds, many of them in the grey area between recognizable pitch and expressive noise, they initiate a system of relationships that allows – requires – the listener to participate in the spontaneous search for meaning.(excerpt)
Art Lange
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cd reviews:

…Eichenberger and Studer intend every gesture — from surgically firm to next-to-angry — as if they wished to show us that a musician's humanity must necessarily result from the correspondence of accuracy and intuitiveness. Inside the interaction — even when it's just whispered — there is always something that sings.
Massimo Ricci, The Squid's Ear, 2018

…Overall, it's an endeavor linked with bursts of firepower and ever-so-subtle musings to instill a variety of unlikely contrasts and highly experimental discourses.
Glenn Astarita, AllAboutJazz 2018

Les Suisses Markus Eichenberger (clarinette en si, clarinette basse) et Daniel Studer (contrebasse) forment depuis huit ans un duo dont l'exigence musicale est servie par une maîtrise instrumentale parfaite, doublée d'une écoute mutuelle à la qualité rare. Musique de chambre exigeante, les sept titres dont est composé Suspended (qui forment, de facto, une suite) voient, au souffle du clarinettiste, répondre le geste parfait de la main ou à l'archet, du bassiste. On avance ici dans un espace vaste, mais traversé sur la pointe des pieds et à la merci du moindre défaut d'attention de l'un ou l'autre. Capté en studio, Suspended porte bien son titre: la musique, dans son surgissement, semble y tenir miraculeusement en équilibre.
LeVif 2018

…Suspended est un modèle qui refuse de suivre un itinéraire balisé et détermine son esthétique et ses ambitions au fil des secondes. Vive l’improvisation libre !
Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg, Orynx 2018

Familiarity and its inverse foreign intrigue are concepts integral to Suspended, a timely aural document of the musical partnership between Swiss clarinetist Markus Eichenberger and his countryman/colleague bassist Daniel Studer.…"
Derek Taylor, Dusted Magazine 2018

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