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Artistic career

In 2014 Florian Weiss brings the quartet „Woodoism” to life, involving Linus Amstad on saxophone, Valentin von Fischer on double bass and Philipp Leibundgut on drums. The playful and chamber musical compositions he writes for this project are inspired by various film documentaries. In 2015 the band tours Switzerland being part of the «DKSJ Best of Swiss Jazz Bachelors» festival. Shortly after that the first tour abroad takes place in Hungary. In spring 2017 Woodoism introduces its first album on a extensive release tour in Switzerland and Germany.

Alongside with the clarinetist Philipp Hillebrand and drummer Clemens Kuratle, Florian Weiss founds the trio „La Môme” in 2015, which repertoire is devoted to Édith Piaf’s artistic work. The collective redesigns the chansons of „Paris’ sparrow” with its own colors. In 2016 the band was selected for the ZHdK Master’s degree concerts series „Highlights”. „La Môme” releases its first album in January 2017 and presents it touring across Switzerland and Germany.

Besides with his own projects, Florian Weiss can also be seen on stage in Switzerland and the neighboring countries with a variety of different bands. He has worked with the following formations and musicians (selection): Julian Sartorius, Andreas Tschopp, John Voirol, Lucas Niggli, Opernhaus Zürich („Die Soldaten”), Freda Goodlett, Mario Batkovic, VEIN, Lucerne Jazz Orchestra.

Education

Born in 1991 in Zurich, Florian Weiss starts playing trombone at the age of nine. He visits high school in Zurich, graduating in 2010 with music as main emphasis. In 2012 Florian Weiss enters the Jazz faculty of Bern’s „Hochschule der Künste”, studying with (selection) Bernhard Bamert, Bert Joris and Frank Sikora. For his Master’s degree he moves to the University of Lucerne attending lessons of Nils Wogram and Markus Wüest. During his studies he attends master classes led by (selection) Ray Anderson, Robin Eubanks, Ilja Reijngoud, Mark Turner, Alex Sipiagin and Lage Lund. Florian graduates with honors in 2017 and spends three months in New York City for further education. He is currently based in Bern and Zurich, Switzerland.

Awards

- 2018: Winner ZKB Jazzpreis und audience award with "Woodoism"
- 2017: Represented HSLU at the IASJ Jazz Meeting 2017 in Siena (IT)
- 2016: "Friedl Wald Stiftung" scholarship
- 2015: "Hirschmann Stiftung" scholarship
- 2015: «DKSJ Best of Swiss Jazz Bachelors»-Tour with „Woodoism“
- 2014: DKSJ All Star Project with Thomas K. J. Mejer

Press voices

Portrait in the „Jazztime Magazin“ (January 2017)

© 2015 Florian Weiss

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