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BTR01-01 Thomas Wallisch & Oli Bott Duo: "Unknown Beauty"

thomas wallisch & oli bott duo: unknown beauty

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Grooving Soundscapes

'Unknown Beauty' is the debut CD of Thomas Wallisch and Oli Bott, with it they have created a surprising sound world of elegant clarity. Their compositions combine guitar, vibraphone, loops and voicepercussion into a music between Jazz, Groove and Art-Pop.

Very melodically and with impressive virtuosity the prize-winning Berklee-graduates create musical pictures of peculiar attraction. Intimate and forceful, intelligent and relaxed. In full flow and rich of emotions the musicians present chamber jazz changing between groove, gentle warmth and thrilling, communicative improvisation.

A guitar, excellently played and accentuated with creatively used effects by Thomas Wallisch meets a vibraphone on which Oli Bott finds sounds from soft to excessive. The combination of technical brilliance guarantees that this duo offers an impressive sound experience.

Thomas Wallisch: Guitar & Loops
Oli Bott: Vibraphone & Voice Percussion

Thomas Wallisch, born 1973 in Klagenfurt/Austria into a family of musicians, began playing the guitar at the age of six. He studied jazz and classical guitar at the state conservatory in Klagenfurt, received scholarships for Berklee College of Music in Boston where he graduated 'summa cum laude'.
Since then he gave concerts world-wide, produced four own CDs, composed for classical ensembles and won several prizes such as Promotion Prize of the State of Kärnten and the Jimi Hendrix Award, USA.Since December 2003 he teaches jazzguitar at the State Conservatory Kärnten.

Oli Bott studied vibraphone and composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston with teachers such as Gary Burton and Bob Brookmeyer and graduated 'summa cum laude'.
Since then he works as freelancing vibraphonist and composer in Berlin. He received several scholarships by the city of Berlin and composition commissions for his own jazz orchestra. Many of his concerts throughout Europe were recorded by TV and radio. He received prizes at various international competitions such as NDR-Musicprize for bigband-conductors, 1st prize Improvisation-Competition Leipzig, Europ Jazz Contest and Wayne Shorter Award, USA.