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Nadja Stoller voc, loops, accordeon

Jan Galega Brönnimann bass clarinet, electronics

Ronan Skillen tabla, percussion, digderidoo, hybrid drum kit

The Swiss-South African trio A.Spell is one of the most exciting discoveries of the recent music scene. Urban, yet exotic, fragile and bombastic in the same breath; A.Spell put a spell on their audiences from Cape Town to Hamburg, from Maputo to Moscow.

‚A. Spell’ have found a trio where each musician complements the other perfectly. The band comprises of Vocalist and Accordeon player, Nadja Stoller, Bass Clarinet player and elctro wizard Jan Galega Brönnimann and the Percussionist, Tabla and Didgeridoo player Ronan Skillen from Cape Town, South Africa.

With the release of their debut album „Where The Strange Creatures Live“, A.Spell bring music where lyrically and structurally the songs are given special contexts within which they unfold in their own spacial feeling. Unfamiliar combinations of instruments and rich variety are specialities that are endlessly intriguing. Bass Clarinet and Tabla combined with playful electronics and a provocative Accordeon are the foundation for an otherworldly Voice soaring high above, reminding us of mystical beings, secrets behind mountains of snow and a forgotten pair of shoes.

‚Where The Strange Creature Live’ is a journey through surreal dreamworlds.



A. Spell’s line-up is intriguing:

Nadja Stoller’s recent solo project ‚Alchemy’ was exceptionally well recieved with sensational reviews. Nadja belongs to a new generation of singers – confident, independent and never lost for ideas.

Jan Galega Brönnimann has been on the scene for years and known for his innovative and cutting edge collaborations. As a composer and instrumentalist he has worked with the likes of: Nils Petter Molvaer, Sidsel Endresen, Pierre Favre, Saadet Türköz, Eddie Floyd, Round Table Knights and Kenny Werner. He is best known as a frontman with his own band, Brink Man Ship.

Ronan Skillen has been exploring a fusion of tabla, percussion and didgeridoo by means of a hybrid percussion kit which he designed. This demonstrates a rich textural variety and a unique versatility which he uses in musical genres across the board. Recent collaborations include Babu, Tonik, Johnny Clegg, Freshlyground, Hot Water and Rodriguez.

Three strong musical personalities with a common thread come together and manifest in an unmistakeable sound landscape. At times soft, then loud and disorientating yet never without focus and rather, mindaltering.

Pressreviews

A Bernese-South African band that will turn heads all over the planet.
Der Bund, Ane Hebeisen

A.Spell do exactly as their name suggest: they put a spe on you.
Bewegungsmelder

Possibly the collaboration of the year!
Kulturagenda

A.Spell is original and absolutely unmistakable within their music as well as with the individual band members. They deliver their repertoire convincingly, ranging from trip-hop, folk and techno.
Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Ueli Bernays

A hybrid of pop and electro jazz with a potent and extremely successful album that sways between songs and sounds.
Berner Zeitung, David Loher

People that live on a wider musical horizon will prick their ears with this band. The band open new doors to vast exciting plains.
Tracks, April 2013

This trio enters the stage and enraptures the audience! Energetic and original.

A refreshing, big sound that entertains the crowd for a solid hour with an intrigue. Not necessarily a household name yet, but certainly well on their way to becoming so, possibly because of the very fact that their genre defying presence is so mysterious.
Music-on-net, Gerald Langer, Juli 2013

Crunchy electronic beats and percussion combined with bass clarinet and a fragile yet warm voice belonging to Nadja Stoller are all part of a surprising soundscape tapestry. 'Golden sunlight sneaking into my mouth', a definite reflection of her sound as well as in her own lyrics.
Der Bund

At last it was A.Spell's turn. The trio blended mysterious sounds and was balanced perfectly between the old pillars in the park, Nadja Stoller in the very centre. Soft blue light complimented the sounds of didgeridoo, accordion and bass clarinet. Even the rain that briefly graced the open air setting added it's luster and didn't seem to phase the +-4000 people listening.
Berner Zeitung

A.Spell create music that seems to originate in the jungle and translate best in the forests of the big city, blending a diversity of cultures. Archaic sounds are urbanized and enhanced by organic sounding electronics which all combined, mange to transport listeners to spherical far away places.
Kulturagenda, Basil Weingartner

"The trio A.Spell manifests music in dreamworlds. Next time at BeJazz Sommer, Rathausplatz Bern."
Kulturtipp, Frank von Niederhäusern


2024

 

nov 23 Wendelstein Casa de la Trova JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
nov 22 Wetzikon Kulturfabrik JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
nov 17 Neuss JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
nov 16 Lauenau JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
nov 15 Marburg JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
nov 14 Bergneustadt Schauspielhaus JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
nov 13 Worms Blue Night JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
nov 10 Kehrsatz Jan Galega Brönnimann Michael Zisman
nov 9 Wohlen BE JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
nov 1 Riga Porta Festival JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
oct 31 Riga Porta Festival JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
oct 30 Riga Porta Festival JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
oct 20 Jena  Aly Keïta Jan Galega Brönnimann Lucas Niggli
oct 16 Prague Aly Keïta Jan Galega Brönnimann Lucas Niggli
oct 10 Fürth Maja Taube Jan Galega Brönnimann 
oct 1 Spiekeroog JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
sept 27 Kärnten JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
sept 25 Maribor Divadlo JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
sept 20 Vinelz Bärelochkultur JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
sept 7 Aesch Tschäpperli Weine JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
sept 6 Schwäbisch Gmünd JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
August 25 Nürnberg Kohlenhof Maja Taube Jan Galega Brönnimann 
August 24 Nürnberg Kohlenhof Maja Taube Jan Galega Brönnimann 
August 23 Nürnberg Kohlenhof Maja Taube Jan Galega Brönnimann 
August 22 Nürnberg Kohlenhof Maja Taube Jan Galega Brönnimann 
August 21 Nürnberg Kohlenhof Maja Taube Jan Galega Brönnimann 
August 20 Nürnberg Kohlenhof Maja Taube Jan Galega Brönnimann 
August 19 Nürnberg Kohlenhof Maja Taube Jan Galega Brönnimann 
August 9 Lichtensteig Jazztage JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
july 20 Feldatal-Kestrich alte Synagoge JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
july 19 Weilburg Lindencult JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
july 7 Ermereuth Synagoge JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
july 6 Forchheim Afrika Festival JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
july 4 Faulensee Blue Turtle Festival  JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
june 27 Lärz Fusion Festival JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
june 26 Berlin Klunker Kranich JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
june 1 Interlaken Schlosskeller JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
may 19 Burg Liesberg Afrika Festival JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
may 17 Nürnberg Egidien Maja Taube Jan Galega Brönnimann 
april 20 Wuppertal alte Färberei JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
april 19 Friedberg altes Hallenbad JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
april 15-18 Bern Zoo Recording Session JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
april 13 Breda Sound of Europe Festival  JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
april 11 Amsterdam Mezrab JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
april 10 Köln King George Jazz Club JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
march15 Bern Botanischer Garten JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
march 9 Sursee Somehuus Aly Keïta Jan Galega Brönnimann Lucas Niggli
march 8 Thalwil Kulturraum Aly Keïta Jan Galega Brönnimann Lucas Niggli
march 7 Bussigny Au Raisin Aly Keïta Jan Galega Brönnimann Lucas Niggli
march 3 Heidenrod Barockhaus JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
march 2 Darmstadt Knabenschule JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
february 24 Zürich Rank JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
february 23 Zürich Rank JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
february 22 Zürich Rank JMO: Jan Galega Brönnimann Moussa Cissokho Omri Hason
february 17 Brelingen Winter Jazz Festival Aly Keïta Jan Galega Brönnimann Lucas Niggli
 january 7 nürnberg klarakirche  maja taube jan galega brönnimann