Reto Anneler - alto/ soprano saxophone, flute
Rafael Schilt - tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
Rafael Baier - baritone saxophone, bass clarinet
Linus Hunkeler - trumpet, flugelhorn
Yannick Barman - trumpet, flugelhorn
Bernhard Bamert - trombone
Fabian Beck - bass trombone, tuba
Peter Zihlmann - piano, rhodes
Peter Gossweiler - double bass
Marius Peyer - drums
Beat Keller - composer, conductor
Keller's 10 is a 10-strong band based in Switzerland, which was formed by composer and conductor Beat Keller in 2006.
Since then the band has released two albums and played in countless clubs and at numerous festivals.
Their music can be classed as Jazz, Avant-Garde, Experimental, Rock, New Orleans, Ambient and Manic Polka.
The press, radio stations and TV channels all over the world have reported on Keller's 10 or played their music.
Liner Notes for the current album "TWO"
Contrasts – a small shape placed beside a large one; scattered pieces complementing objects expanding in space; fragmentary snippets meeting closed, self-contained systems: Beat Keller generates tension arching over opposites. In his laboratory of sounds, Keller’s 10 is the basic setup of an experiment whose results – due to numerous variables – remain inconclusive. Ten strong musical characters bring their experiences and preferences to the band, while at the same time bending to the creative will of their director. Seven wind players work with colours and textures, which are continuously being relativised and reinterpreted before they’re fully developed. Elements of new music with a tendency towards structural abstraction are confronted with Monk, the epitome of quirkily jazzy liveliness. Mechanistic structures with the charming precision of a clockwork are dissolved by organic sounds; and vaudevillian elements seem to be breaking into the world of seriousness. Beat Keller plays a game with his audience, luring them with red herrings, which initially prompt certain sound expectations but end up pointing in different directions altogether. In the arc of suspense they form, the pieces align themselves as precisely as they took shape spontaneously in recording. And herein lies the art of the networker, who brings together and pools diverging impulses, so that at the end the diverse pieces are presented as an entirety without losing any of their fundamental freedom. Those who hear it will wonder what the secret of Keller’s 10 is – until it reveals itself to them, this tantalising world of contrasts. - Ralf Dombrowski
Fünf Jahre hat sich Keller Zeit gelassen für den Zweitling. Gut so, denn «Two» ist ausgeklügelt und packt erfrischende Musik in ein wohldurchdachtes Konzept. Das lange Warten hat sich gelohnt.
kulturtipp - Frank von Niederhäusern
«Best Debut Release 2008»
AllAboutJazz, New York
An excellent debut from an ambitious writer.
AllAboutJazz, New York
He puts strict canon and fugal forms in contrast with exuberant free blowing, while flirting with both circus tunes and rock elements: a highly enjoyable and refreshing disc that deserves top marks!
Always astonishing, always unpredictable, always bewildering: we're waiting for the next message from Keller's galaxy.
He's convened a well-drilled and competent ensemble that handles everything he gives it with elegance, aplomb and evident pleasure. Keller's ‹10› is a promising debut.