21 Nov

WELCOME ABOARD, RICHARD!

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On the 29. November 2013 Philipp Fankhauser, Marco Jencarelli, Hendrix Ackle and Angus Thomas will premier their new program “Bringin’ It All Back Home” at the KKT Thun venue in Thun, Switzerland. It will be a premier for the band’s new drummer, Richard Spooner. The five will be supported by the “A-Team Horns”, Till Grünewald, Thomi Geiger and Lukas Thoeni.

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Richard «Doc Spoons» Spooner first picked up a pair of sticks at 14 and has yet to put them down. Spoons, as he is generally known, has a deep and basic love for all things drums. A seasoned session player, Spoons has worked for a raft of artists, producers and organisations. A truly versatile musician, he is as at home pounding out straight rock rhythms as he is riding laid–back hip-hop boom-bap or shufflin’ blues grooves. “Bringin’ It All Back Home” will spotlight a variety of songs that have never been performed by Fankhauser or not in a very long time. It also Markes the beginning of the work for the next album scheduled to be released in fall of 2014.

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31 Aug

PHILIPP AND TOSHO GO SEPARATE WAYS

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Dear Tosho
Many years ago, in late 1989, I asked a friend, a drummer himself, what drummer in Switzerland would know how to play a Blues shuffle. Without thinking about it too much he said that there’s Tosho Yakkatokuo in Zurich – probably the only one!  >>>

When I called you, you said that you’d never played the Blues but you’d sure try. And you did not only try but you literally blew me away and into new musical heights. How many show have we worked since then? Hard to say, and I don’t know the exact number, but my guess would be around two thousand. You have always been a great musical support for me, and on a personal level I don’t know where I’d be today without you. For your dedication as a friend, and for your support for well over two decades I can’t thank you enough. We lived through highs and lows, and for that long period of time, and your faith I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

In the past few years we both realized that musically we somewhat drifted apart from each other, and all the blind understanding and intuition we used to have that inspired us both so much started to fade. And we both started to miss that sorely. So we met just a few days ago, and as hard as it was for me, we talked about it, and drew the consequences. Our friendship is not coming to an end, but our musical partnership is. This separation is painful for both of us, and it will take a while to get over it. Like you said, it’s a chance for new opportunities for everybody involved. It is crucial to me, and I’m glad you also spoke of it, that my and our music remains authentic and true. I can’t and won’t bend you, nor are you ready to be bent. I admire you for that!

I am very happy to to still meet eye to eye with you as a dear and valued friend, and that the time we shared making music, which is so well documented, will remain very precious as a living memory.

Lovingly yours

Philipp

P.S. You remember that pic? Bob Stroger took it in front of Muddy’s house in Chicago in July 2004

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03 Aug

FOUR MONTHS BREAK

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Dear all
After ten years with almost 1000 shows and 6 CDs, I’m taking a couple of days off. Actually it’s a couple of weeks, and in all honesty a couple of months. I will enjoy the beautiful month of August in Switzerland and Spain, and on September 1st I’m off to the USA for two months. >>>

Without giving away too much already, my mind is set on letting you all know what’s going on while I travel across the USA, and will blog whenever I think it’s worth blogging. You will find it from September 1st on under the new tab HOME AWAY FROM HOME. On September 1st you will also find all new concert bookings for winter/spring.

Thank you all very much for your support during all these years, and I’m looking forward to see you again
Yours truly Philipp

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08 Mar

CONCERT ALBUM – PHILIPP FANKHAUSER PLAYS MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL

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WYHIWWP – What You Hear Is What We Played! Oui, c’est exactement la meilleure description de l’album “Plays Montreux Jazz Festival”. Après quatre albums studio très bien accueillis pendant ces neuf dernières années, Philipp Fankhauser sort enfin un album live, enregistré le soir de l’inauguration du 46e Montreux Jazz Festival, >>>

fin juin 2012. Pour Philipp, cet album – son treizième ! – est déjà son préféré : on découvre le côté impulsif de Fankhauser, que sa discographie nous avait caché jusque là. Il est d’autant plus heureux que l’album ait été enregistré à Montreux – réalisant ainsi un rêve de trente ans. C’est Claude Nobs qui a tenu à produire et à publier ce CD avec Philippe, et de l’accompagner d’un DVD. Les deux hommes se sont serré la main à l’automne 2012, scellant la naissance de l’album. Plays Montreux Jazz Festival est un enregistrement du « Try My Love-Tour », qui a enthousiasmé plus de 120 000 spectateurs suisses et étrangers de décembre 2010 à septembre 2012

“Nous devons absolument sortir ce concert ! Ce n’est pas un Suisse qui joue du blues, c’est un bluesman, et un bon !” Dans l’ambiance d’après-concert, ces paroles de Claude Nobs pouvaient sonner comme des compliments enthousiastes. Mais une fois le Festival passé, l’automne dernier, Claude a proposé à Philipp de co-produire un CD, doublé d’un bonus DVD. Les deux hommes se sont serrés la main en guise de contrat, et le projet était lancé. 

Non seulement aujourd’hui le CD / DVD est prêt, mais il est de plus fidèle à l’esprit originel : être au plus proche du public, retrouver l’énergie de ce soir-là, accepter la photographie sonore instantanée d’un moment. Pour aller au bout de la démarche, un LP en édition limitée sort en parallèle, clin-d’oeil amusé à un retour permanent aux sources, en blues encore plus qu’ailleurs.

Mathieu Jaton, CEO Montreux Jazz Festival

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07 Mar

SEULEMENT QUATRE PLACES – PHILIPP FANKHAUSER’S HARLEY BLUES CRUISE

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On May 31st 2013, for the 4th time after 2000, 2001, and 2009, Philipp Fankhauser hits the Bluestrail again, and will lead a bunch of bikin’ Blues fans from New Orleans all the way up to Chicago. Natchez, Mississippi Delta, Clarksdale, Tupelo, Memphis, Nashville, St. Louis, Route 66, are just a few impressive  waypoints. >>>

For more information visit  www.facebook.com/HarleyBluesCruise and www.harleybluescruise.com For Reservations visit www.cosmos-tours.ch

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