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Michel Wintsch

p, *1964 CH
Musician / Composer of Jazz

Swiss pianist and composer, born 1964. Pianist and composer Michel Wintsch’s unflagging inspiration springs from a rich and varied musical background. Linking jazz tradition with the raw power of “progressive” rock, freewheeling improvisation with the rigors of orchestral composition, virtuoso playing with digital editing and mixing techniques, he takes an approach that is both syncretic and poetic. A way of composing that leaves plenty of creative space to fellow musicians, yet establishes a style that is his alone. Music that is truly here and now, unclassifiable and migratory. Music that speaks to our senses as much as to our imagination, brand new but familiar. Music that sweeps along but never ceases to surprise us. Musical career Born in Switzerland in 1964, Michel Wintsch succumbed to music as a child. Even then he refused the limits of what the schools teach. As time went by, the piano became a daily delight, a form of asceticism essential to his well-being. Creativity became a way of life. He has worked for the cinema (notably for the Swiss director Alain Tanner), for radio, television and the theatre. He put the writings of Marguerite Yourcenar to music and composed the opera “Ma Barker”. His first live appearances were with the rock group “Monkey’s Touch”, which toured the circuit regularly in the 80s. He now plays numerous gigs and concerts with musicians who experiment with improvised music, including Fred Frith, Martin Schütz, Michel Doneda, Ray Anderson, etc, and his regular trio he co-founded with American percussionist and composer Gerry Hemingway, and Swiss bassist Bänz Oester. These myriad encounters, exchanges and tours have given the music of Michel Wintsch a highly personal, unmistakable note.

  • Piano
  • Synthesizer
  • Accordion
  • Electric piano
  • Keyboards
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Classical
  • Rock
Popular Tracks   
Je sais que je ne sais pas ce que je ne sais pas on Minimum Wital by Michel Wintsch
Offret on Open Songs by Wintsch, Hemingway & Oester Trio
Near Mint on Www by Michel Wintsch, Christian Weber & Christian Wolfarth
Fragile Paths - Live on Willisau by Michel Wintsch, Christian Weber & Christian Wolfarth
Driving Home on Identity by Michel Wintsch, Gerry Hemingway & Bänz Oester
Jeux D'Intervalles on Identity by Michel Wintsch, Gerry Hemingway & Bänz Oester
Les Mots Lisses II on Metapiano by Michel Wintsch
Choucas on Identity by Michel Wintsch, Gerry Hemingway & Bänz Oester
Looking For Rest on Identity by Michel Wintsch, Gerry Hemingway & Bänz Oester
Et Maintenant on Open Songs by Wintsch, Hemingway & Oester Trio

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Thieves Left That BehindChristian Wolfarth, Michel Wintsch, Christian Weber2015Album
Roof FoolMichel Wintsch2015Album
WillisauMichel Wintsch, Christian Weber, Christian Wolfarth2013Album
The Holistic Worlds OfMichel Wintsch, Christian Weber, Christian Wolfarth2012Album
MetapianoMichel Wintsch2011Album
WWWMichel Wintsch / Christian Weber / Christian Wolfarth : WWW2006Album
WhisperingsMichel Wintsch, Franziska Baumann, Fred Frith & Bernard Trontin : Whisperings2002Album
Open SongsMichel Wintsch, Gerry Hemingway, Bänz Oester2002Album
Sharing The ThirstMichel Wintsch2000Album
Stalker BlueMichel Wintsch, Nathalie Saudan1999Album
Minimum WitalMichel Wintsch1996Album
Michel Wintsch · Martin Schütz · Gerry HemingwayMichel Wintsch · Martin Schütz · Gerry Hemingway1994Album
WaamatMichel Wintsch1994Album
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