Trio Heinz Herbert

Dominic Landolt e-git, fx
Ramon Landolt, synth, piano, live-sampling
Mario Hänni, drums, fx
In September 2019, Trio Heinz Herbert from Zürich were selected as the winners of the the first Europe Jazz Network Zenith Award.

The trio's captivating aesthetic is thanks to a symbiotic intensity of expression. It contains traces of '70s free jazz psychedelics and particles of contemporary club culture and aspires to a broad fusion of free jazz and electronic music, energetically driven by a collective improvisation which outflanks solo gymnastics.

After their celebrated 2017 recording, The Willisau Concert, with the album YES the trio have added fire to a highly original, unconventional musical art, swaggering again through electronic landscapes:

"YES: welcome to transgressive zones of sound, multifaceted sonic structures, diverse aggregate states, moods and colliding rhythms. YES: enter the cabinet of mirrors, reflecting influences, material, colours and double (dance) floors. More closely intertwined, and loosely interlocked, the Trio Heinz Herbert sound comes apart in the sum of the threefold individuals and in an interplay based on blind trust, on YES they celebrate music which is always in motion, constantly building new forms, reminiscent of the shifting, morphing multiple body of a flock of birds"

Appearances at jazz festivals such as Jazzfest Berlin (2018) or unlimited 31 (2017) in Wels, Austria – at the invitation of curator Mary Halvorson – along with unconventional concert locations and forms such as the multidisciplinary performance weeks in Lucerne and Zurich, established their reputation as hip, risk-taking sound researchers. 

" I saw Trio Heinz Herbert perform live at the Unerhort Festival in Zurich, and it was one of the best concerts I saw all year. Intense, mesmerizing, captivating... the entire audience was entranced. The trio is so synched in; it really sounds like a singular mind, and their communication and ideas are spectacular."  - Mary Halvorson

"The Willisau Concert" live recording was ranked as one of the Top 10 Albums of 2017 by Village Voice.