(photo l-r) Gaya Feldheim Schorr - voice, Laura Schuler - violin, Julia Rüffert - trombone, Lisa Hoppe - composition, bass, Danielle Friedman - piano / (photo by Iveta Rysava)
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A B O U T - Lisa Hoppe's YSOP:
Lisa Hoppe is a double bassist, composer and improvisor, based in Berlin. Her musical works contain a variety of genres and non-genres: Ranging between free improvisation, jazz in all shapes and modern chamber music, she is always striving to put the melodic qualities of the double bass into contemporary context.
Danielle Friedman is an Israeli pianist and composer and improviser based in Berlin. Her music flows between Jazz, Classical, and lyrical as well as rhythmic free improvisation, riddled with imagination. She studied at The Center For Jazz Studies in Tel Aviv, and received a full scholarship to finish her Bachelor's in Fine Arts at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary music in New York.
Julia Rüffert was born in Germany and started playing trombone at the age of 14. She later relocated to Switzerland where she studied jazz trombone, pedagogy and composition. Today she is living in Bern and divides her time between playing music, teaching and composing. She performs regularly with jazz orchestras, and is as well member of several smaller groups.
Gaya Feldheim-Schorr is a vocalist, improviser and composer originally from Tel-Aviv, later based in New York and currently living in Marseille, France. In the endeavor to seek and share human stories, her musical work fluctuates from jazz and free improvisation, to alternative-folk and modern chamber music, always inevitably spiced with an equal dose of warmth and melancholy.
Laura Schuler is a freelance violinist, vocalist and producer based in Bern. Since 2020 she produces and performs live under the name Kate Birch alongside drummer and multi instrumentalist Clemens Kuratle. Laura leads her quartet with Tony Malaby, Hanspeter Pfammatter and Lionel Friedli. As a Co-leader she is active in the trio Esche (with Luzius Schuler and Lisa Hoppe) and involved in various ad hoc free improvising ensembles in Europe.
A W A R D - March 2022:
In March 2022, YSOP received the BeJazz TransNational Award and impressed the jury „with depth, charm und great skill“. An excerpt from the jury decision:
„At times tender, at times snappy. Lisa Hoppe’s YSOP transforms feelings and experiences into delicate song jottings. The music reflects the broad spectrum of human emotions with great lightness and a hopeful sense of humor. The connection between the five musicians transcends the music itself and creates a space for their nimble and highly aesthetic interpretation of the compositions.“