Tobias Meier alto saxophone & composition
Matthias Spillmann trumpet
Frantz Loriot viola
Nicola Romanò cello
Raffaele Bossard bass
Im Wald's experimental chamber music pieces use transitions and spaces so as to simultaneously create transparency and concealment. The music fosters different soundscapes in which sounds are treated the same way as chord and interval structures. The linear development of a melody is thus replaced by the multidirectional expansion of an idea
Im Wald is a project of the Zurich saxophonist and composer Tobias Meier (born 1984) and brings together some of the most active musicians of the Swiss and the French improvisation and contemporary music as well as the jazz scene. Although the five musicians have different sources of inspiration, a new unity has arisen which is greater than the sum of its individual parts. It seems as if Im Wald moves in different orbits around an invisible core holding everything together.
The compositions do not aim at perfect interpretations but have deliberately been kept very open. In various pieces, different approaches are thus being experimented with. Im Wald opts for graphic notations here, text inserts there, or even uses material specifications which the musicians assemble either differently, also using parallelisms of fixed as well as totally free voices. The cast of five "roles", each with very different acoustic options, leaves a lot of room for all of that, providing the band a seemingly inexhaustible pool of sounds.
As Tobias Meier's projects always relate to each other or emerge from them, they sometimes illuminate an idea from different sides. With the Im Wald group, he also uses as starting material musical fragments already developed in other projects (such as with the "Philippe & Paul" Duo, in his composition "Interesting" and in his piece for solo saxophone). This approach reflects the basic idea that the music - also that of Im Wald - should never be a fully closed or finished product when presented to the public. On the contrary, it should rather give the musicians and the audience enough room for own interpretations. Im Wald does just this in creating contemporary and complex chamber music which always comes across in new interpretations.