SIMON
SPIESS

SAXOPHONIST
COMPOSER


ABOUT

Simon Spiess is a composer, sound re/searcher, and sonic architect. Although mostly known for his warm, soulful, transcendent sound on woodwinds (alto & tenor sax mainly; bass clarinet & flute), the man is also a beast when it comes to sound design. He’s quick to admit that he crafts beauty from a deep addictive streak: vintage woodwinds, modular synths, tattoos, and sharp clothes for days. “You either have something to say or you don’t. The medium you choose to express yourself in is arbitrary. But you have to learn to get out of the way.” If he’s not practicing blowing or meticulously chiselling sound, you’ll probably find him indulging in some intense mindfulness exercise. His music covers a wide range of raw emotion, from the soothing to the unsettling. Presence, connection, and honouring the full spectrum of the human experience are a through line. That, and the stark, clashing contrasts (black and white, sometimes misty, metallic grey) punctuated by unexpected turns of screaming pink! In the last 12 years, Spiess dropped 15 releases! He played shows all over continental Europe, parts of Asia, Africa, and the US. He is one of the co-founders of the collective 50 Million Years. 


QUOTES


„With a beautiful set of original tunes, Simon Spiess, Bänz Oester and Jonas Ruther keep expanding the boundaries of the sax-, bass- & drums-trio. Imagination lyricism and beauty of sound are overflowing in each one of this gems. Get ready for a really fun and inspiring listening session!“
- Jorge Rossi

"Grösstes Hörvergnügen garantiert die neuste CD des Simon Spiess Trios: Die rundum gelungene Produktion besticht durch stimmungsvolle Kompositionen und eine bestens eingespielte Band. Die Drei grooven, was das Zeug hält, überzeugen aber zur Abwechslung auch als Klangmaler, so dass während der 50 Minuten Musik nie auch nur ein Hauch von Langeweile aufkommt."
- Domenic Landolf

“Simon’s personal sound pushes the music into an interesting place!”
- Óskar Guðjónsson


"Stardane is a well thought out eclectic CD; featuring sensitive group interplay, lyrical improvisations, and a vast array of styles and influences. Supported by a superb band, saxophonist Simon Spiess delivers a patient and commanding performance with a lush sound; whether on tenor or alto."
- Greg Tardy

"Stardance brings the listener an evocative and lyrical, rhythmically engaging collection of sound stories. The Simon Spiess trio are all players with nimble, skilled touch on their instruments who deliver a tasteful and convincing performance. The music here has an energetic often hypnotic atmosphere, quiet and graceful one moment, fiery and challenging the next. The improvisations are adventurous and the grooves are dynamic. A wide sonic palette, a nice mix of textures along with the great sound each person gets on the instrument makes Stardance a real pleasure to hear."
- Chris Cheek

"The Simon Spiess Trio invites the listener in with strong melodies, carefully attended by bandleader. One is met with a clear feeling of dedication and attention to every detail as the trio floats on a lively grid of the dusty sounding rythmsection. A beautiful broad sounding album that shows great promise for the future of this young Swiss/German trio."
- Mikkel Ploug

„Simon Spiess ist ein wahres Saxophonwunder. Er hat einen grossen Sound und eine absolut fesselnde erzählerische Gestaltungskraft, wie sie auch ein Dewey Redman besass. Dies ist heutzutage eine Seltenheit und damit wird er zu einer der wichtigen Figuren, welche die Essenz des Jazz in seiner ganzen Tiefe hörbar machen.“
- Harald Haerter

"Round 4! is a beautiful, lyrical recording from Simon Speiss Trio. Simon has an abundance of emotional depth in his playing and has presented a compelling collection of songs that highlight his lyricism and expression. A wonderful record."
- Donny McCaslin


CONCERTS



23.07.23 // Træ // Merian Gärten, Basel
11.08.23 // Theater Aarburg // Aarburg
12.08.23 // Theater Aarburg // Aarburg
16.08.23 // Theater Aarburg // Aarburg
17.08.23 // Theater Aarburg // Aarburg
23.08.23 // Theater Aarburg // Aarburg
24.08.23 // Theater Aarburg // Aarburg
25.08.23 // Quiet Tree // Bandstadt, Basel
26.08.23 // Late Bloøm // Takatuka, Däniken
30.08.23 // Theater Aarburg // Aarburg
31.08.23 // Theater Aarburg // Aarburg
01.09.23 // Theater Aarburg // Aarburg
02.09.23 // Theater Aarburg // Aarburg
07.09.23 // Theater Aarburg // Aarburg
08.09.23 // Theater Aarburg // Aarburg
09.09.23 // Theater Aarburg // Aarburg
06.09.23 // Buchvernissage Pedro Lenz // Knapp Verlag, Olten
09.09.23 // Prodanova/Spiess/Dühsler // Takatuka Däniken
13.09.23 // Pedro Lenz // St. Gallen
26.10.23 // Pedro Lenz // Signau
04.11.23 // Quiet Tree // Fee Fi Fo Fum, Wädenswil
14.11.23 // Quiet Tree // Tuesday Jazz, Solothurn
16.11.23 // Quiet Tree // Lebewohlfabrik, Zürich
18.11.23 // Quiet Tree // Oxil, Zofingen
19.11.23 // Quiet Tree // Renée, Basel
30.11.23 // Pedro Lenz // Säffa
29.12.23 // Late Bloøm // Die letzten Tage Festival, Bern
19.01.24 // Quiet Tree // Album Release
15.02.24 // Quiet Tree // Esse Bar Winterthur


VIDEOS

Simon Spiess Quiet Tree “bleu foncé”

Late Bloøm “farewell sessions”

Simon Spiess Quiet Tree “neu!”

Simon Spiess Quiet Tree “Eraser”
Late Bloøm - The Pipe by SOMA Laboratory

Late Bloøm - ambient live set
TRÆ "Holding It Together"

Kaos Protokoll "New Chapter"

Simon Spiess Trio "Adhan & Yggdrasil"
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CONTACT


Simon Spiess Booking Request
booking(at)simonspiess.com

Simon Spiess
info(at)simonspiess.com

Fon: +41(0)79 820 57 84

Quiet Tree

www.quiettree.band

Late Bloøm
www.latebloom.co


ENDORSED BY


INDERBINEN SAXOPHONES

AEA MICROPHONES
RADIAL ENGINEERING
SOMA LABORATORY