What's the Catch? (2013)

With its second recording, "What's The Catch?" - released in February 2013 on Unit Records - Klangquadrat successfully continues on its way. Far from the mainstream of today's radio, the quartet makes no compromises.CD What's The Catch? This is music refined for those listeners who take their time to savour all of its subtle nuances. Sound and groove are central, you can hear the pure joy of simply playing from these four strong musicians. Rooted in Jazz but not afraid to take it in new directions, they create diverse and lively music with many influences. The quartet, full of adventurous curiosity, stretches boundaries, coming together at times to form one single voice and at others supporting each other to the height of meaningful soloistic improvisation. The foundation for the musical exploration on the latest recording comes from compositions by bandleader Cédric Gschwind, these pieces stemming from his personal experience and insight. The titel piece for example urges the listener to read between the lines, whereas “Wintermood“ is reminiscent of a cold and cumbersome winter scene. In its 5th year of existence and after more than 60 concerts, Klangquadrat is boiling over with creativity and life .

That's how it sounds:
(all compositions by Cédric Gschwind)

A clip from the recording studio:

Roaming (2010)

The music on this first Klangquadrat album is a kind of musical diary. Collected emotions and thoughts that some would seek to capture in words have inspired the leader Roaming_frontof the band, Cédric Gschwind, to write the pieces. Each composition has its own character and feel. Nevertheless, all the pieces are strongly connected as each tells its own part of the same tale: gathering new experiences – desired or not, meeting different people, moving into unknown directions – roaming.
The band had their first concerts in spring 2008. Ever since then they worked constantly on developing a unique band sound and a colourful repertoire. Describing the sound that has grown out of this in one or two words is hard, but the style is probably best called contemporary jazz. The spectrum of the tunes goes from balladesque to groovy, from straight 4/4 swing to odd meters all spiced up with fresh improvised parts. That offers plenty of things to listen to and to discover for everyone - the jazz lover and the newbie as well as all other open-minded listeners.

“On my first listening to Klangquadrat I was overwhelmed by the commitment these four young musicians have at creating a band sound. It is the elements of creative interplay and engineered complexity that develop a foundation here, one that you would usually associate with more mature players. Whether in the supportive role or in the limelight, each individual forge their own musical identity and integrate this in a communal sound (aptly suggested in the band name: “Klang” meaning “sound” in German and “Quadrat” indicating 4 points of reference).
I look forward to the development and further exploration of this group, roaming jazz horizons with a burning example for the young generations to come.” – Adrian Mears

Studio Clip: