February 1, 2019
Born 1986 in Lucerne, Switzerland
In addition to perfoming solo, Troller composes music for and plays guitar with the trio Schnellertollermeier (Cuneiform Records), and with the writer Michael Fehr. Troller plays freely improvised music with the band Tree Ear Trio (with Gerry Hemingway and Sebastian Strinning on Clean Feed Records), and as a duo with percussionist Julian Sartorius and bass clarinetist Hans Koch.
He has also collaborated with Sophie Hunger, Gerry Hemingway, Julian Sartorius, Hans Koch, Frantz Loriot, Stephan Eicher, Merz, Michael Fehr, Christian Weber, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Christoph Erb, Philipp Gropper, Keefe Jackson, among many other musicians.
Troller has toured Europe, the USA, Canada, China, Russia, Sibiria and Japan.
He has also performed in different constellations at the Montreux Jazz Festival (CH), Glastonbury Festival (UK), Olympia Paris (FR), FIMAV Festival International de Musique Actuelle Victoriaville (CA), Café OTO (UK), Haldern Pop Festival (DE), Pohoda Festival (SK), Bad Bonn Kilbi (CH), Jazzfestival Saalfelden (AT), North Sea Jazz Festival (NL), Jazzfestival Willisau (CH), London EFG Jazzfestival (UK), Cheltenham Jazz Festival (UK), Jazzfestival Moers (D), Enjoy Jazz Festival Mannheim (DE), Zemlika Festival (LV), Leipziger Jazztage (DE), 12 Points Festival (IRL/SE), Match & Fuse (UK), Jazzfestival Skopje (MK), and other festivals.
He has taken part in one-off, double-bill concerts with Marc Ribot, Lee Ranaldo, Tetuzi Akiyama, Alan Licht, and others.
Annelies Monseré has been playing music solo since 2000. Initially the music was piano-based and mostly instrumental. Once she ‘discovered’ her voice, vocals became a main focus. The early songs had very simple structures and melodies, and the words were sparse and introvert. Musically, she experimented with different instruments such as cello, guitar, xylophone and melodica.
Her debut album ‘Helder’ (released by BlueSanct) was described as “a delicate album, complete with beautiful cracks and loads of tape-hiss. […] an intensely intimate album”.
Other musicians, such as Wim Lecluyse (Circle Bros.) , Ellen Evers (The Puddle Parade), Jessica Bailiff, Michael Anderson (dREKKa, Turn Pale), Nathan Amundson (rivulets), Justin Vollmar (Vollmar)and Nathan Vollmar (Vollmar) supported her on stage and contributed to her second album ‘Marit’ (release by Auetic). This gave the album a significantly warmer sound and a less solitary feel than her previous material.
After that came a string of eps. ‘somewhere someone’ on Morc Records featured a Hammond organ for the first time. This instrument led to new approaches in songwriting. This release deviates clearly from previous releases, with a darker and harsher sound. A split 10″ with Richard Youngs on Three-four showed how Annelies interpreted a single song in five different versions. After that came a split 7″ with Circle bros and the 10″ Nest, both on morc. these tracks show a strong focus on moody, folk-oriented material. most recent was the onesided 12″ verjaardag, in which drekka radically reworks some of the recordings from the Marit-album
2016 brough the release of the next full length album – Debris. This is in a way a step back and a move forward from her releases of the past couple of years. Backward, because it’s a lot more sparse, like her debut album Helder. And forward, because this album is more folk, doom and drone-infused than her previous work; Most tracks are focused on vocals and just a few instruments, but yet Monseré manages to produce a very full sound.
Besides her solo work she is also collaborating with Jessica Bailiff. An EP has been released by Morc Records, more is coming up. Her full band Luster has released it’s first 10″ (a split with Hellvete), and is also working on a full length.