“It feels like that most elusive of all Jazz animals; a band” - Jazz Ireland
Led by Irish-based German guitarist, Matthias Winkler, ÄTSCH fuse contemporary jazz improvisation with the sound aesthetics of modern-day post-rock. ÄTSCH create a soundworld rich in lyrical melodies with ample space for each of the soloists to shine. Taking their cues in equal measure from post-rock giants like “Sigur Rós” or “Explosions in the Sky” as well as contemporary Jazz artists such as “Gilad Hekselman” or “Julian Lage” ÄTSCH have certainly got the attention of the European Jazz Scene, being the first Irish artists to perform in Jazzahead’s Club night series which runs concurrent to the main showcases in Germany.
This is promising music that mixes jazz improv with a post-rock sensibility.
Guitarist Winkler is joined by drummer Hugh Denman, bassist Eoin O ’Hallaran and pianist Graeme Bourke.
- Improvised Music Company
Mathias Winkler’s äTSCH quartet may have started life as a graduation project for the guitarist’s degree in jazz performance from Newpark, but the band – with pianist Graeme Bourke, drummer Hugh Denman and bassist Eoin O’Halloran – has stuck together, mining that rich seam first opened by Pat Metheny’s groups, but drawing inspiration too from younger guitarists like Gilad Hekselman and post-rockers like Sigur Rós. Part of the artist-run Dublin Jazz Co-op series in the intimate, listener-friendly Vintage Room, upstairs at the Workman’s Club.
- Irish Times Oct 06 2018