JOURNEYS are six Swiss professional musicians who have delighted a wide range of concert and radio audiences with their funky Smooth-Jazz-Fusion compositions across Europe and North America for more than 15 years. Their current, third studio album “Transit”, was released in March 2017. The founding of the band JOURNEYS in the year 2000.The six professional musicians of the band have known each other for years from various projects and collaborations. On stage, they give each other a great deal of creative freedom because they no longer have to prove who they are. With great enthusiasm and a spirit of discovery, they can do what they do best: taking their audience on musical journeys across North America, South America, and the Caribbean.
Musical styles: Jazz, Funk, Fusion JOURNEYS MEMBERS ARE Angelo Signore (piano/keyboards) He is active in the roles of musician, arranger, composer, and musical director and served as the musical director for various musicals and gospel tours. Angelo Signore is a music expert at the Swiss Academy of Music and Music Education (Schweizer Akademie für Musik und Musikpädagogik (SAMP)) and works as a producer in his own sound studio. Willy Kotoun (percussion) He works as a professional musician and music teacher throughout Europe, and is dedicated to promoting Percussion music in Switzerland. In 1996, he developed the training course Body & Rhythm with the aim of imparting a deeper understanding for music influenced by Africa. Zürich (MKZ). Robert Mark (drums/percussion) He is a member of the Andy Harder Quartet and is involved in special projects such as Soundscapes (with the church organist Zrinka Durut); Sun da l’Engiadina (Music of the Lower Engadine/Switzerland), and Hochformat (performances in huge, highly-acoustic rooms).
Luciano Maranta (e-bass) He worked as a bass player in the studio as well as live in various bands. He played with artists such as Suzanne Klee and Frank Tender, and performed on Swiss TV with Joe Cocker, Sarah Connor, Phil Collins, Kylie Minogue, Laura Pausini, Carmen Fenk, and Helen Schneider. Ueli Gasser (guitars) He works as a studio musician and has performed with such artists as Polo Hofer, Hardy Hepp, Toni Vescoli, Bo Katzmann, Max Lässer, Rolf Raggenbass, Helmut Zerlett, Christy Doran, Fredy Studer, Roul Walton, Glenn Ferris, Vladyslav Sendecky, Keiser Twins, Franco Ambrosetti, Toots Thielemans, Jiggs Wigham, Othella Dallas, Craig Russell, Lenny Pickett, Pierre Favre, Joan Orleans as well as the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich under the direction of David Zinman. Philippe Mall (sax) He led several of his own bands (including Head To Toe, The Insects, Ph.Mall Quartet) and cut several albums with them. He toured East Germany with the Acoustic Art Trio from East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. He worked as a guest musician with artists such as Harald Haerter, JoJo Mayer, Dave Doran, Minus 8, El Zorro, and Stephan Rigert, and gave concerts with his big band Paradigma Orchester (minimal jazz with string quartet). At present, he is recording an album with his current jazz band Hydra. Philippe Mall is a lecturer at the Zurich University of the Arts (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK)).