Beauty' is the debut CD of Thomas Wallisch and Oli Bott, with it
they have created a surprising sound world of elegant clarity. Their
compositions combine guitar, vibraphone, loops and voicepercussion
into a music between Jazz, Groove and Art-Pop.
melodically and with impressive virtuosity the prize-winning Berklee-graduates
create musical pictures of peculiar attraction. Intimate and forceful,
intelligent and relaxed. In full flow and rich of emotions the musicians
present chamber jazz changing between groove, gentle warmth and
thrilling, communicative improvisation.
guitar, excellently played and accentuated with creatively used
effects by Thomas Wallisch meets a vibraphone on which Oli Bott
finds sounds from soft to excessive. The combination of technical
brilliance guarantees that this duo offers an impressive sound experience.
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