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Meta Marie Louise

Biel/Bienne, Bern, Switzerland | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | INDIE

Biel/Bienne, Bern, Switzerland | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2010
Band Electronic Avant-garde




"Meta Marie Louise featuring Julie Dassaud"

If you think that Performance Art and Happenings are, well not happening anymore and they are only in the pages of some catalogue from the 60’s, you simply are not looking around. “Kulter” defines itself as a proeflokaal, literally a tasting space. An experimental outlet right in the middle of Bos en Lommer in Amsterdam, an area densely populated yet often out of the cultural radar. You are still on time though, so hop on your bike and face a bit of the chilling fall and the reward will be an intimate and hypnotizing impromptu performance from a trio of swiss jazz musicians and the Lady of Kulter herself: Julie. The combo is comprised of the most daring post-modern musicians you could be hearing at the Bimhuis; Marc Stucki on saxophone, mixing spoken words with voice loops ranging from crumbles of noises to heavy coughing yet profoundly poetic and entrancing. Kevin Chesham and his playful, free flowing, mature drumming style. Manuel Engel, a chameleonic keyboard and synth player, capable to recreate the sweetest melodies a moment before getting wild and uncontrolled.

And to top this all, you will not be able to take your eyes off Julie and her slow, thoughtful, pure action painting. At times it feels like she’s following the music, every line a note. In other moments she will appear lost in a black glass of indian Ink, but look closer: the lines are geometric, dancing with the space around. A series of ideograms, letters to form sentences you might be able to read only by closing your eyes. Tasting is after all, a slow and continuous flow of our senses. - The C

"Vilinus Jazzfestival Review I"

Meta Marie Louise left an indelible impression.. I dare to say that this concert was one of the most interesting of recent performances. - Kulturpolis

"Sunny Spots Review I"

Improv, psychedelic rock, hip hop, new music, all on one CD, not always the same, but close together. What usually happens in separate worlds, stands here side by side even if it goes against all habits. This is (still?) no new music in itself, because of the methods used in the development of the music, but that makes it even more exciting. Especially since this act is “not academic”, but the joy of crossing borders dominates. Outstanding album! - Trust

"Sunny Spots Review II"

Congratulations - basically, at least in modern times, this is the most radical avant-garde work. Meta Marie Louise associate groovy free jazz and avant-garde games (it sounds harsh and shrill at the first listening), but there is a spark and a subtle dash of hip-hop and pop-ironic themes. Suddenly, the genre-specific corridors open and acoustic fresh air comes in. Enormous power and we immediately want more. Finally Meta Marie Louise brings the avant-garde back to pop! "Sunny Spots," is a first appetizer on the way there, a sparkling, wild, beautiful enterprising talent test. There is still more potential behind it, because more needs to come! Just do not suddenly think of "target groups" and "genre"! Just keep going! - Skug


Meta Marie Louise

2022 Meta Marie Louise featuring Max + Sirup (vinyl 1) + Dominik B. (vinyl 2) / Metonic Records

2015 Overdrive featuring Ana Igluka / Metonic Records

2013 Cultural Free Zone featuring Marc Stucki - Compilation / Landbouwbelang

2012 Sunny Spots featuring Max & Momo / Metonic Records

2011 Pestalozzi's Favorite Chair featuring Hans Koch - Compilation / Metonic Records



Meta Marie Louise creates a varied and dense universe, which is influenced by flower pots and rainbows harsh noise at times and ambient sounds at others, which lead into groove driven psychedelic beats and melodies. A fusion between Snoop Dog and John Cage.

Meta Marie Louise - Manuel Engel, fender rhodes / synths and Kevin Chesham, drums has been founded in 2010 and works as a vessel to advance improvised music. The group draws in pop and rock elements into their improvisations which lead to collaborations with different singers, instrumentalists  and poets such as Ana Igluka (Nantes, FR), Hans Koch (Bienne, CH), David Binney (New York, USA), Rea Dubach (Bienne, CH), Nativ (Bern, CH), Fork Burke (New York, USA), Marc Stucki (Bern, CH), among others. 

Meta Marie Louise has performed in The Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Germany and Lithuania including Festivals such as Jazzwerkstatt Festival (CH) WEfestival (NL) Vilnius Jazzfestival (LT) Pod Ring Festival (CH) and more.


Manuel Engel aka Henry Strongbox, keys

Studied at the Swiss Jazz School, Switzerland and NSU in New York City, USA. He is a Chrysler Jazz Award Winner, Billboard World Song Contest Winner - he has worked for nearly 10 years in NYC as a freelance pianist / composer / producer / educator. Performed in Europe / North America and collaborated with Chico Freeman, Doug Weiss, Karsh Kale, Pepe Lienhard, StudeYeah, Puts Marie, Hamid Drake, William Parker, Richie Beirach, David Binney...

Kevin Chesham aka Henri Popcorn, drums

Studied at the Swiss Jazz School in Bern, Switzerland. He is one of the young, wild, up and coming jazz/rock drummers in Switzerland. He has performed in Europe and USA - collaborated with Tom Harrell, Eric Alexander, Reggie Johnson, David Binney, Death by Chocolate, Domi Chansorn, Zueri West...

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