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their new CD "INSIDE OUT" Thomas Wallisch & Oli Bott combine guitar,
vibraphone, loops and voicepercussion into surprising soundscapes:
melodic, groovy and sometimes even funky!
nine original compositions between jazz, groove and art-pop base
on very personal stories, which are documented in the booklet.
Bott: "We recorded this CD in December 2004 in Vienna. We spent
a lot of time arranging and producing each piece but the nicest
thing about this recording is that almost all the solos you hear
are first takes. For a jazz musician, this is the most beautiful
thing. If the first takes are good, then they are impossible to
top. Those are the takes where you just play from your heart - the
music comes out of you without too much thinking in between. This
is why this CD is called INSIDE OUT."
Wallisch: Guitar & Loops
Oli Bott: Vibraphone & Voice Percussion
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.
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. www.olibott.com