C L E M E N S K U R A T L E
«With his quintet „Murmullo“, drummer Clemens Kuratle is adding an exciting facet to swiss independent jazz(…) no top-head conceptual art, but eclectic, progressive jazz(..)»
Tom Gsteiger (Der Bund/CH)
«This band unites musical personalities, able to execute Kuratle’s diverse compositions with impressive dynamics, urgency and personal touch (..)»
Norbert Krampf (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung/DE)
B I O
Born in 1991 in Bern, Switzerland, Clemens started playing the drums at the early age of 6 and by the age of 10 he made his first experiences as a drummer in the band of the reformed church in Meikirch/Berne were his father still preaches. He started taking piano lessons two years later. It was in high school where he discovered his love for jazz and improvised music.
In 2014 he founded his quintet „Murmullo“ featuring Jonathan Maag on tenor saxophone, Flo Weiss on trombone, Franz Hellmüller on guitar and Rafael Jerjen on Bass. The band released its debut, featuring 6 of Clemens' original compositions on QFTF in 2016. Murmullo is touring ever since and is nominated for the ZKB Jazzpreis 2019.
Current projects include: Julie Campiche Quartet, La Môme, and the improvising duo with spoken word artist, author and longtime friend Emanuel Bundi. He is a key member of the folk band Moes Anthill and plays the drums for Guy Mandon.
He is also working with the mexican saxophone player Gerry Lopez, german saxophonist Nicole Johänntgen, The Swiss Jazz Orchestra and others and enjoys improvising freely in various contexts. He tours europe extensively. Highlights include: Montreux Jazz Festival, Cheltenham Jazz Festival,
12 Points Festival Dublin, Schaffhausen Jazz Festival, Hafensommer Würzburg, St. Gallen Openair,
unerhört Festival, Zurich, Blue Balls, Lucerne, Jazz in Church, Bucarest, Kozlov Club, Moscow, Bee-flat Berne, Moods, Zurich, and many more..