Nina Reiter MetaLogue

Album Release «evolving»

85th birthday of an almost forgotten composer

Nina Reiter Vocals, ArrangementSonja Ott Flugelhorn, TrumpetNino Wenger Clarinet, Flute, SaxophonTobias Pfister Clarinet, SaxophonElio Amberg SaxophonFlorian Weiss TromboneMareille Merck GuitarMarc Mezgolits BassClemens Kuratle Drum Kit
The newly formed 10-piece ensemble MetaLogue, led by singer Nina Reiter, is reviving the music of Lucerne composer Mani Planzer, who died in 1997 and was almost forgotten. As a musician, composer, organist, teacher, choirmaster and big band leader, Planzer had a decisive influence on the cultural landscape of Central Switzerland. He was awarded the Lucerne City Prize for Art and Culture in 1981 and the Lucerne Living Space Prize posthumously in 1998.

The band name "MetaLogue" refers to Planzer's penchant for wordplay and symbolises the symbiosis of the various elements that come together in this project. On the one hand, it is the young musicians who bring Planzer's music into the light of the present and allow the audience to participate in a musical dialogue that takes place far away from the mainstream. On the other hand, it is the lyrics of singer Nina Reiter, who picks up on Planzer's pioneering spirit in the synthesis of jazz and poetry, thus creating a meta-level to the previously instrumental compositions.

On the occasion of the upcoming anniversary – Planzer would have celebrated his 85th birthday in 2024 – the Mani Planzer Big Band and the MorschAchBlasorCHester will pay tribute to the musical bridge-builder, trailblazer and pioneer with works arranged by Nina Reiter.

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