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ETH Big Band

[Switzerland] Zurich Zurich

The 20-member ETH Big Band is made up of students of the ETH Zurich, the University of Zurich, the Jazz-school Zurich and the Jazz-school Lucerne. The Band was founded in autumn 1993 by Christoph Eck, who is now the musical leader of the Big Band as well. The Repertoire of the Band is very diverse. The musicians enjoy playing Funk, Latin and Swing and supplement each arrangement with individual improvisiations. Since then the ETH Big Band has been solidly established in the course listings of the ETH Zurich, and concerts take place regularly in and around Zurich. As one of the few Swiss Big Bands, the ETH Big Band has already taken part for the sixth time in the Montreux Jazz-festival, while several concerts with the professional Cuban singer Paz Luaces have also been held. In July 2001 the ETH Big Band performed at the Zürifäscht. Further appearances were and are at the "Festival International de Musique Universitaire" in Belfort (France) 1996 - 2000, in the "Jazzhaus" Freiburg (Germany), at the University of Karlsruhe (Germany), at the Jazz Festival in Le Mans (France), etc. Along with a few recordings the Big Band organizes workshops with professional musicians and thereby prepares itself for future concerts and recordings. Spontaneity and the playful expression of lively arrangements are characteristic of the Band.