Jasper Van’t Hof:
As a non-initiate in jazz, it is difficult, if not impossible, to understand the true value of the music Jasper makes and writes. To this end, I would like to refer to the many publications that have appeared in authoritative jazz journals about his work. I have limited myself to the person Jasper and the world in which he lives and works. I deepened my knowledge by spending many hours talking with him about his life as a musician, his enthusiasm and his struggle against authority. But also about his colleagues, his creative urge and his travel adventures. We also laughed a lot about the many anecdotes that come from his colourful career and we philosophised about inspiration, improvisation and composition. His talent and curiosity grantedhim the status he acquired as a pianist and composer in Europe. His ability to work with colleagues in ever-changing combinations of musicians and concepts strengthened his art. Even the alleged lack of appreciation at home, was completely unimportant seeing his successful reach abroad. The musical adventure for him was outside the country’s borders. There are topics that are sometimes more, sometimes less discussed in this biography. Of course we are talking about the creation of electronic music and his instruments, Computers and / or synthesizers. His abilities as a “bandleader” in sometimes impossible situations. I have paid a lot of attention to the different bands he created and the bands he played in as a guest, from duos to big bands. His successes as a soloist, where the romantic van’t Hof distinguishes himself best, are also beautiful.
Experience it for yourself, his biography gives you an exclusive insight into his musical life.
A Master percussionist with a musical vision, sensitivity and humour. His riveting solo performance has some trappings of a mime show, the visual elements complementing the musical sounds.
Weber moves within a world of percussion, including conventional traps, rows of cymbals, gongs, bells, Steel Drum and senegalese balaphones.
Born in Switzerland l953, he joined his first band at l5. In his formative years he experimented, eventually doing solo concerts usig larger a drum-set-up. He has played extensively in the whole world! Concerts and Festivals in Bombay, Dehli, New York,Montreux, Berlin, London, Paris, Montreal, Khartoum, Dakar, Accra, Ougadougou, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Sydney,Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Milano, Hanoi, Madras, LaPaz, Lima, Caracas, Buenos Aires, Sao Paolo, Abidjan, Tunis, Vienna etc. He enjoys working with jazz musicians, notably Albert Mangelsdorff, Chico Freeman, Charlie Mariano, Franco Ambrosetti, Dave Holland, Lee Konitz, Trevor Watts, Henri Texier, Eberhard Weber, Paul Mc Candless and others…. or actually, for 25 years now, with his famous Percussion Orchestra and the the Percussionists: Djamchid Chemirani, Muthuswamy Balasubramoniam,and the Soloists Eberhard Weber, Albert Mangelsdorff, Charlie Mariano Chico Freeman, Franco Ambrosetti or Christy Doran. Since 2004 with his own Band: Reto Weber’s Squeezeband with young swiss fellows. www.squeezeband.ch
2009 the Squeezeband changed back to an international Group with Chico Freeman-Franco Ambrosetti-Nino G-Michel Alibo-Dany Martinez.
Current CD’s: Live at Montreux The Percussion Orchestra (Double Moon) l999 The Wake Keeping Percussion Orchestra Chico Freeman (Amori) 96 Lanaya Percussion Orchestra (PL) 2001 Shake shuttle and blow (Enja Records) l999 Live at Jazzfest Berlin 99 (DoubleMoon) 2000 Percussion Orchestra meets Phong Lan Orchestra Hanoi Distr. Plainisphare 2003 2004 new Summer Reto Weber’s Squeezeband Unit Records.