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Here We Go: Paris > Bern > Zurich
YYYES! Getting excited for my fifth trip out of the USA to play music!! This time I’m heading to Bern, Switzerland to premier 50 minutes of new music I’ve written for the Jazzwerkstatt Festival. The set will include 3 new string quintets, and 4 new large ensemble pieces. The string quintets are a first for me and Im looking forward to hearing it all come together! The full-band compositions are reminiscent of the Race Riot Suite, though I’ve changed and evolved a lot as a musician and composer since I wrote the Suite.
JFJO bassist Jeff Harshbarger will be traveling with me. Together we’ll be joined by 11 Swiss musicians to complete The Chris Combs Large Ensemble. The set will be recorded and if all goes well there will be a release to follow later this year!
Jeff and I are flying in to Paris we’ll spend a few days exploring and soaking up one of the greatest cities in the world. This will be my first time in Paris…so I’m insanely excited and a little nervous. I’m hoping to have some extra time to sit down and write some music while we’re there.
We then head to Bern, Switzerland by train for the Jazzwerkstatt Festival. Bern looks amazing. Here’s a picture:
Yes. 5 days in Bern will be spent exploring the city and enjoying the jazz festival. We then head to Zurich for a few days. We’ll be staying and playing some music with our friend Simon Berz, who we met through our mutual friend and cello-genius Helen Gillet.
I’ll be posting lots of pictures and stories of our travels while we’re gone so keep checking back.