Michel Wintsch

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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.
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UTR 4073 CD Michel Wintsch - Waamat album art Michel Wintsch Waamat(CD, Album) Unit Records (2) UTR 4073 CD Switzerland 1994 Sell This Version
UTR 4071 CD Michel Wintsch - Michel Wintsch · Martin Schütz · Gerry Hemingway album art Michel Wintsch · Martin Schütz · Gerry Hemingway Michel Wintsch · Martin Schütz · Gerry Hemingway - Michel Wintsch · Martin Schütz · Gerry Hemingway(CD, Album) Unit Records (2), Espace 2 UTR 4071 CD Switzerland 1994 Sell This Version
UTR 4097 CD Michel Wintsch - Minimum Wital album art Michel Wintsch Minimum Wital(CD, Album) Unit Records (2) UTR 4097 CD Switzerland 1996 Sell This Version
UTR 4115 CD Michel Wintsch - Stalker Blue album art Michel Wintsch, Nathalie Saudan Michel Wintsch, Nathalie Saudan - Stalker Blue(CD, Album) Unit Records (2) UTR 4115 CD Switzerland 1999 Sell This Version
CD LR 300 Michel Wintsch - Sharing The Thirst album art Michel Wintsch Sharing The Thirst(CD, Album) Leo Records CD LR 300 UK 2000 Sell This Version
AS 108 Michel Wintsch - Open Songs album art Michel Wintsch, Gerry Hemingway, Bänz Oester Michel Wintsch, Gerry Hemingway, Bänz Oester - Open Songs(CD, Album) Altrisuoni AS 108 Switzerland 2002 Sell This Version
RECDEC 75, EFA 05179-2 Michel Wintsch - Whisperings album art Michel Wintsch, Franziska Baumann, Fred Frith & Bernard Trontin : Whisperings (2) Michel Wintsch, Franziska Baumann, Fred Frith & Bernard Trontin : Whisperings (2) - Whisperings(CD, Album) RecRec Music, RecRec Music RECDEC 75, EFA 05179-2 Switzerland 2002 Sell This Version
CD LR 467 Michel Wintsch - WWW album art Wintsch* / Weber* / Wolfarth* : WWW (6) Wintsch* / Weber* / Wolfarth* : WWW (6) - WWW(CD, Album) Leo Records CD LR 467 UK 2006 Sell This Version
CD LR 596 Michel Wintsch - Metapiano album art Michel Wintsch Metapiano(CD, Album) Leo Records CD LR 596 UK 2011 Sell This Version
monoLP010 Michel Wintsch - The Holistic Worlds Of album art Wintsch*, Weber*, Wolfarth* Wintsch*, Weber*, Wolfarth* - The Holistic Worlds Of(LP, Album) Monotype Records monoLP010 Poland 2012 Sell This Version
hatOLOGY 725 Michel Wintsch - Willisau album art Michel Wintsch, Christian Weber (2), Christian Wolfarth Michel Wintsch, Christian Weber (2), Christian Wolfarth - Willisau(CD, Album) hatOLOGY hatOLOGY 725 Switzerland 2013 Sell This Version
VETO-EXCHANGE 012 Michel Wintsch - Thieves Left That Behind album art Wolfarth*, Wintsch*, Weber* Wolfarth*, Wintsch*, Weber* - Thieves Left That Behind(CD, Album, Ltd) Veto Records (3) VETO-EXCHANGE 012 Switzerland 2015 Sell This Version
hatOLOGY 730 Michel Wintsch - Roof Fool album art Michel Wintsch Roof Fool(CD, Album) hatOLOGY hatOLOGY 730 Switzerland 2015 Sell This Version