I was ignited with the passion for music and performance in New York, when I was 10 years old. Moving around the world with my family while growing up, music and the sax never left my side to this day.
Lagond Music, Elmsford (NY), USA
In New York, I was taught to play and love music by Charlie Lagond. After a year of private lessons, I got the opportunity to play in an ensemble with other motivated kids my age. Acccompanied by a grown-up band leader (Rusty Cloud) and choreographer, the "Excellerators" toured malls, restaurants, fundraisers and garden parties, playing jazz, rock and pop covers that we picked ourselves. Next to the Excellerators, I played in the school's big band.
This was also the point where I started training my hears, listening to my favorite songs for whole afternoons and jotting down all the notes to be able to play along to whatever I wanted.
Leaving New York heavy-heartedly, I moved to Dubai with my family. Finding a good teacher was harder than I thought at first and the cultural difference in music was also noticable.
At dinner one day, there was a saxophone player, whom I asked for lessons because I liked her sound. This is how I met Julia Ledesma - sadly, we moved back to Switzerland 2 months after that.
Back in Switzerland, I went to a high school specialized in music and arts. I took lessons with Raphael Camenisch, who understood my way of playing by ear very well, but also taught me to sight-read and due to his experimental style, also introduced me to special techniques.
During high school times, I played in different bands over break, in the cellars of our school. They ranged from pop to bossa nova and jazz. For some choir projects, I switched to soprano sax and played in churches, school festivals and events.
My Matura thesis "Sax in a Box" was experimental: I composed tracks solely from saxophone samples on ableton, some of them altered to sound like basedrums or synthesizers. Through the process I was supported by Alex Kordzaia (Akord), who honored the end of the work with a DJ set including my samples. Another highlight: On a school trip to Ireland, we met Mike Scala on europe tour, who invited me to join them for their upcoming gig at Nelson Bar in Zurich, which was great fun.
Apart from school, I jammed frequently in the mountain village, where I ski and also performed at live jams there, including my participation in the rapper Corona's first album "Farbig", including a small music video. The jam group, called "Bundi Rundi" also travelled to Zurich for Skater Movie Premieres in Kanzlei or Nangiala in Disentis.
During my exchange in Lausanne, I took lessons with Laurent Estoppey in Vevey and played small concerts with my host sister.
On exchange in a country where people speak a different language, it is always easy to connect by making music - that's why I went straight to jam sessions and partnered up with a danish rappers and producers. This led to my first studio recordings for a part in one of Mc Vad's tracks. To this day, I do not fully understand all his lyrics, but shooting a music video on Copenhagen's rooftops with a view over the København H was unforgettable :)
Also, this is the time I bought a Roland Aerophone to be able to practice in my apartment.
Back in Zurich, Switzerland
I joined the jazz/pop/synthesizer band FRANK in 2016, rehearsing in our bandroom next to Zurich's mainstation www.frankmusic.ch.
Next to that, I continued jamming with producer friends, playing at friends' weddings and other venues.