Steamboat Switzerland at Ruhrtriennale Essen
In the great venue "Zeche Carl" in Essen (D) STEAMBOAT SWITZERLAND ( Blum - Niggli - Pliakas) will premier on September 25th the new porgram ( at Ruhrtriennale 2019). Stay Tuned.
IMPROVISE: Summer School in Singapure
I am happy to be part of the Shared Campus Team (of four partner universities of ZHdK) which is leading a one week intensive course on IMPROVISATION at the La Salle Universitiy in Singapore , End of August 2019.
STEAMBOAT SWITZERLAND at Theater Basel in the Opera
Michael Wertmüller composed a new Opera for Theater Basel: "DIODATI.UNENDLICH". STEAMBOAT SWITZERLAND and the Basel Symphonie Orchestra will play together...Premiere: 21st of February 2019.
New CD with Keïta Brönnimann Niggli
In May 2019 the Trio with Aly Keïta (Balafon) , Jan Galega Brönnimann ( Clarinets) und Lucas Niggli will record their second CD for INTAKT Records, after their highly acclaimed CD KALO YELE.
New CD from the Duo Charlotte Hug and Lucas Niggli
The improvising Duo of Charlotte Hug ( Voice and Viola) and Lucas Niggli releases the album FULGURATIO on the polish Label Ad Libitum.
ALCHEMIA GARDEN / Lucas Niggli SOLO
The first Solo CD from Lucas Niggli is relased on INTAKT RECORDS. "Alchemia Garden". You can order it here.
CHORTROMMEL at Lucerne Festival 2018
Lucas Niggli composed a piece for Drum Trio and 8 Singers for the Project CHORTROMMEL by Fritz Hauser. It will be premiered on August 18th at KKL Lucerne.
Trio with Matana Roberts and Alexander Hawkins
During the TAKTLOS Festival in March, Lucas will play a Premiere with US Saxofonist Matana Roberts and British pianist Alexander Hawkins.
Lucas Niggli will be touring in Canada with the Quartet A NOVEL OF ANOMALY with Andreas Schaerer, Luciano Biondini, Kalle Kalima, and Lucas.
KALO YELE with a showcase at the JAZZAHEAD
The trio with Aly Keïta , Jan Galega Brönnimann and Lucas Niggli will perform a Showcase during the European Jazz Nights at the JAZZAHEAD in Bremen on April 20th2018.
SOLO RECORDING for INTAKT Records / ALCHEMIA GARDEN
Lucas Niggli recorded his first Solo Recording. It will be released on INTAKT Records in March 2018: Alchemia Garden
A Novel Of Anomaly - CD Production on ACT
The Quartet with Andreas Schaerer - Kalle Kalima - Luciano Biondini - Lucas Niggli recorded his first Album for the German Label ACT records. The Band is on tour in January, April and November 2018. More Infos:
TAKTLOS FESTIVAL 2018
I am very happy to be the first curator of the new TAKTLOS Zurich Festival Aera. "My" festival will take place from March 15th to March 17th 2018. The Program will be published in autumn.
VALENTIN - a Theater Production at Schauspielhaus Hamburg
Lucas Niggli will appear with STEAMBOAT SWITZERLAND at Schauspielhaus Hamburg in the production VALENTIN by Herbert Fritsch (Direction) and Michael Werthmüller (Music) auftreten.
RITUALS / Project with Students at Opera-House Zurich
In July 2017 the Music-Dance-Production RITUALS with 45 young Students initiated by the Opera Zurich and lead by Lucas Niggli together with 2 Choreographs will be premiered.
Crowdfunding for PAM Festival
From November 18th to 20 we have a great Festival for Contemporary Music in Uster :
New Quartet with SCHAERER BIONDINI KALIMA NIGGLI
A Novel Of Anomaly is the name of the New international Quartet with Andreas Schaerer (Voice) , Luciano Biondini (Accordeon) ,
Kalle Kalima ( guitar) and Lucas Niggli ( drums) . This Summer to hear at Festivals in Saalfelden , Bingen and Chamonix. Or allready a Short Impression here.
pullup!pullup! on CD
The great Composition for BigBand with SoloDrums by M. Wertmüller for the HKBern Ensemble under the conduction by Django Bates will soon be released on NEOS Records.
BEYOND is the name of the new trio with Jürg Wickihalder ( soprano - and tenorsax) , Barry Guy ( bass) and Lucas Niggli.
Kalo-Yele is the name of the brandnew CD of the Trio with Aly Keïta ( Balafon), Jan Galega Brönnimann (clarinets, ss) and Lucas Niggli.
Barry Guys Blue Shroud in Warsaw and Zürich / unerhört Festival
Lucas plays the drums in the great composition BLUE SHROUD by Barry Guy witha 14 piece band. Don't Miss it.
Tripped Tychon: Schaerer Niggli feat Biondini & Kalima
In December Andreas Schaerer and Lucas Niggli invite the two guest Luciano Biondini on accordeon and guitarist Kalle Kalima for a short tour with new material.
Pierre Favre Aneesh Pradhan Lucas Niggli
The new formed Trio with the three Percussionst just played a premier in Delhi - and recorded some great material!
New Trio with Aly Keïta
The two old friends Jan Galega Brönnimann and Lucas Niggli will be on tour in March with the great Balafon Player from Côte d'Ivoire , Aly Keïta. See the Demo-Live-Film
STEAMBOAT SWITZERLAND celebrates 20 years.
2015 Steamboat Switzerland will celebrate his 20iest Anniversary. With some appearences on Festivals like EAR WE ARE and Jazzfestival Schaffhausen. In september they will be part of a new music theater project at Opera Stabile in Hamburg. Dominik Blum, Marino Pliakas and Lucas Niggli from STEAMBOAT SWITZERLAND are looking forward!
Pez Zumthor and Lucas will travell in December to Kairo for a research-week for a possible Project with Aegyptian Artists.
pull up! pull up! terrain! terrain! HKB Large Ensemble plays Wertmüller / Lucas plays the Solo Drum Part.
In February 2015 will be the first performances of a Composition for Large Ensemble and Solo-Drums. for the BigBand of The Hochschule der Künste Bern, by Michael Wertmüller, Solo-Drums: Lucas Niggli, Conduction Django Bates.
ARCANUM : The CD of the Duo Schaerer Niggli reciecves 2 prizes:
First the CHOC by French magasine: JazzMan, and also the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis: we are prowd and happy.
Lucas Niggli recieves the Art-prize of his hometown Uster
Here is the documentation of this great event and wonderfull party - with the laudatio by Patrik Landolt / Intakt Records Editor
Barry Guy New Ensemble with THE BLUE SHROUD
The world première of Barry Guy’s new composition “The Blue Shroud” will take place in Krakow, Poland on 21. November.
STEAMBOAT SWITZERLAND is ONLINE!
After nearly 20 years of existence, the Trio has his own webside: Under www.steamboatswitzerland.ch you get all infos.
Steamboat Switzerland plays in a new Musictheater-Production «das Allmachtsrohr» from Swiss Composer Helena Winkelman and Director Meret Matter about the Art-Brut Artist Adolf Wölfi. A.o with Joke Lanz. Premiere is on 3rd of Oct. @ Dampfzentrale Bern.
Lucas Niggli recieves the Art-prize of his hometown Uster
The prize is given to Lucas for his international career and outstanding playing and the emanzipation of the drums, as it is written in a media-info.
NEW CD by Schaerer-Niggli - Duo:
ARCANUM ,the new CD of the Duo of Andreas Schaerer ( voice) and Lucas Niggli ( drums) will be released on INTAKT Records in September 2014.
The Hurdy Gurdy Man: LOIBNER - NIGGLI - DUO
The 50iest Edition of a PAM Concert will take place on teh 17th of April in Uster with the DUo of Matthias Loibner and Lucas Niggli - welcome!!
Schaerer - Niggli - Duo at European Jazz Meeting in Bremen
Andreas Schaerer and Lucas Niggli will play a Showcase Concert at the European Jazz Meeting at Jazzahead Bremen
Andreas Schaerer - Lucas Niggli - Duo
The Live-Cd of our Concert at Jazzwerkstatt Bern Festival is now available. you may order TYR-GLY-GLY-PHE-MET here.
VOICE and DRUMS: A new Duo with Andreas Schaerer and Lucas Niggli.
The New Duo of Andreas Schaerer and Lucas Niggli ( Voice &Percussion) will record at Loft Cologne, and concerts are planned for 2014.
STEAMBOAT SWITZERLAND has a new label and a NEW CD: Zeitschrei
Biondini Godard Niggli : New CD: "Mavì" on Intakt Records
The second CD of the Trio is now released: Mavì. You may order it here.
HINTERHALT FESTIVAL 2013 USTER
End of June 2013 in my hometown: The 3. Hinterhalt -Festival. Come and See, Feel, Hear, Eat, Watch, Hang, Talk...
The Fellowship OF The Drums: Concerts and Screenings
In June Lucas will be touring in Mozambique and South Africa, together with Rolando Lamussene, one of the members of BEAT BAG BOHEMIA, the Drum Quartet the documentary film is about. The Tour.
SHARP - GIBBS - NIGGLI with NEW CD on Tour, May 2013
From May 1st to 7th 2013 the Trio with Elliot Sharp, Melvin Gibbs and Lucas Niggli will be on CD Release Tour: "Crossing The Waters" ( Intakt Records).
SwissVibes: Interview with Lucas über about the Piano Pam Festival 2012
on the online platform Swiss Vibes you find this interview about PAM, platz für andere musik,uster
New Percussion Ensemble: TRIO KLICK! with Fritz Hauser, Peter Conradin Zumthor, Lucas Niggli
In February 2013 the new percussion trio TRIO KLICK ( Hauser - Niggli - Zumthor) will start performing. After the first promising rehearsels: it will be an unique music for eyes and ears!
Lorenz Raab Expanded : NEW CD on UNIT Records
The Lorenz Raab Expanded Quartet with the Line-Up of Lorenz Raab (A, trp) , Michel Godard (F, tuba), Eirik Hegdal ( N, sax ) and LN has produced a CD for UNIT Records, which is released in Summer 2012.
2. International PIANO PAM FESTIVAL
In November 2012 there will be the second edition of the Piano PAM festival in Uster, curated by Lucas Niggli. His guests are
Sharp - Gibbs - Niggli @ Jazzfstival Willisau
The New Trio with Elliot Sharp / Melvin Gibbs / Lucas Niggli will have its European Premier during the Jazzfestival Willisau, 25th August 2012
Konus Quartet Plays "One For Evan"
Hexen Trio ( Plimley Guy Niggli ) : CD Release @ Jazzfestival Vancouver
The New Release on Intakt Records from the Hexentrio will be released on July 1st at the International Jazzfestival in Vancouver
STEAMBOAT SWITZERLAND: The Concert-Series @ Walcheturm /Zürich
The AvantCore Trio STEAMBOAT SWITZERLAND will perform monthly at the Walcheturm in Zürich, 12 x , from April 12 to March 13. Come and hear!
New CD of the Drum-Duo NIGGLI ZUMTHOR - SPIEGEL for and in the Therme Vals
The second recording of the Duo includes also two compositions by Barry Guy and Fritz Hauser. With great art work and high-end production something very special to have. Order here.
The Fellowship of The Drums @ The Solothurner Filmtage
The Documentary / Road Movie by Martin Fuchs about my Drum Quartet BEAT BAG BOHEMIA will be shown at the Solothurner Filmtage in January 2012.
STEAMBOAT SWITZERLAND EXTENDED: Sederunt Principes
hits the Road again with a great Programm, compiled by Marc Kilchenmann,
INTAKT Records @ The Stone in NYC
From March 1. to 15. in 2012 the Label INTAKT RECORDS is presenting a great programm in New York, at the Club "The Stone" - Patrik Landolt curated two weeks of improvised music with many musicians from New York and Zürich. Lucas will perform 3times: a Duo with Fred Frith, a Trio with Elliot Sharp and Melvin Gibbs and a Trio with Angelica Sanchez and Tim Berne. Check the Programm here.
Paul Plimley - Barry Guy - Lucas Niggli on Tour
From January 19th to 26th 2012 the Trio with the GREAT Canadian Pianist Paul Plimley and Barry Guy with Lucas Niggli will be on Tour in Europe and Record a CD for INTAKT.
STEAMBOAT SWITZERLAND @ KKL Luzern, Lucerne Festival Am Piano
STEAMBOAT SWITZERLAND will perform a Late Night Show at The Lucerne Festival Am Piano, with a premier of a New Piece by Wertmüller. November 26th 2011
Biondini Godard Niggli @ Music Meeting Neijmegen
From the Trio Biondini Godard Niggli are new TV-Cuts on you tube. Maybe this for example:
Hinterhalt Festival 2011
The Second Hinterhalt Festival in Uster was a wonderfull blast!!!... check out the fotogallery - and see you next time!
The Fellowship of The Drums on TV - 1.may on SF1
The wonderfull documentary about the Lucas Niggli Drum Quartet BEAT BAG BOHEMIA by Martin Fuchs will be shown again on Swiss-TV (SF1) on Sat. 7th May, 12.25.
The DVD of the Film will be relreased on Intakt Records, Mid May. You may order it here.
BEAT BAG BOHEMIA - The Fellowship Of The Drums TOUR
From May 10th to 23rd 2011 the Lucas Niggli Drum Quartet will be on Tour again, in Europe. With Kesivan Naidoo ( Capetown) , Rolando Lamussene (Maputo), Pez Zumthor ( Haldenstein) , LN.
New CD by the Drum Duo Zumthor Niggli for the Therme in Vals.
During the Summer 2011 the Drum Duo of Peter Conradin Zumthor and Lucas Niggli will record a New CD for the Therme Vals. Incl two commissioned compositions for the two Drummers by Barry Guy and Fritz Hauser.
2. Hinterhalt Festival in Uster: Programm Infos Online now
After the big success of the Hinterhalt-Festival in 2009, some friends of mine, artists and cultural-players are organising a second issue: from July 1 to 3 , 2011, in the middle of Uster, where I have my Atelier. More Infos about the transmedial programm NOW on www.hinterhalt.ch
You may hear many tunes and samples from different bands with Lucas under -> Radio-Niggli, or press directly the Radio Button on the website. Enjoy!
Festival Bludenz March 2011: Lucas Niggli : A Portrait in Music
From 11th to 13. march 2011 Lucas Niggli is invited to curate the Jazz Days Bludenz ( A) where he presents his actual works. A Portrait in Music: he will perform with STEAMBOAT SWITZERLAND, BLACK LOTOS, Biondini-Godard-Niggli, Zumthor-Niggli Drum Duo as well with a special project called AFRICALLS with Musicians from Berne and Vorarlberg. See you there!
New BIG ZOOM Quintett
The Quinett Lucas Niggli BIG ZOOM is back on stage with a new Line Up. The Trio ZOOM with Wogram,Schaufelberger, LN is now with flutist Anne La Berge ( USA/NL) and bassist Barry Guy ( UK,/CH); they form the new quintett BIG ZOOM. A longer Tour with the CD Release of "polisation" on INTAKT is scheduled for January 2011.
The Fellowship Of The Drums - DVD Available NOW
The Documentary about my Drum Quartet BEAT BAG BOHEMIA is now available on DVD. you may order it here.
Biondini Godard Niggli
The New Tro with Luciano Biondini ( acc) , Michel Godard ( tb , serp) and LN on drums, will record a NEW CD for INTAKT Records. The CD will be released for the Tour the Trio will play in March 2011. For Booking: Ralph Guch Productions
FORCELMAJEUR - a new Septett by Felix Profos
Fixed, Fluid and Fragmented
Lucas will be part of a larger project called "Fixed, Fragmented &Fluid" which will be a collaboration between the great Animationfilm-Artist Michel Gagné and Barry Guy. It will be a live show with an international seven-piece ensemble, and a giant screen that will combine abstract animation and jazz music. The performance will take place on June 25th, 2010 as the opening night performance of the Innovation Series at the Roundhouse Performance Centre, in Vancouver, on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival.
Beat Bag Bohemia plays again: Berlin
The Lucas Niggli Drum Quartet will play at The Sound No Walls Festival in Berlin @ the Philharmonie. Rolando and Kesivan will exclusivly arrive from SouthAfrica.
In November 2010 ( 19th and 20th) I will organise a Piano Festival in my concert series PAM ( Platz für Andere Musik, Uster) @ qbus. We will hear the MONDRIAN Quartet, Irene Schweizer Solo, Dominik Blum Solo, and a Duo with Aki Takase and Lucas Niggli.
Tour in CHINA with Xu Fengxia
In September I will be touring in China with BLACK LOTOS , the Duo I have with Xu fengxia.
Tours with New Projects
In March I will be on tour with 2 new Bands: FORCEMAJEUR by Felix Profos with Vera Kappeler (p, harmonium), Raphael Camenisch & Sebastian Pottmeier (sax), Christian Weber & John Eckhardt (b), Lucas Niggli (dr), Felix Profos (comp, key) and
New Recordings with the Drum Duo Niggli - Zumthor
In January 09 the Drum Duo Niggli Zumthor did record with Master Engeneer Willy Strehler a Studio-production for the polish label "Not Two Records". Including the two tracks "First and Second Dance"composed for the Duo by Felix Profos. Release December 2009.
This summer me and my family have moved to a new house: Annette, Emilia, Gaudenz, Felix and Lucas life now at Fohlenweidstr. 63b, in CH- 8615 Wermatswil/Uster.
Award for BLACK LOTOS
The CD " BLACK LOTOS" with Xu Fengxia and Lucas just won the Award for Best Recording from the German Records Critics Pool.
March 2010 there is a tour planned with the new trio of Luciano Biondini - Michel Godard - Lucas Niggli. Infos on gluch.ch
New Recording with Barry Guys London Jazz Composers Orchestra
The CD "Radio Rondo/ SchaffhausenConcert" on Intakt Records features the London Jazz Composers Orchestra with Irene Schweizer.
Pics from the HINTERHALT festival 2009
Hinterhalt Festival @ the Surroundings of my Studio in Uster
At the Qbus and arround my Studio in Uster we organised a two days festival named HINTERHALT, with all kind of music, theater, performances, art..here are all infos and the programm: www.hinterhalt.ch, BE WELCOME!!
New CD on INTAKT Records: The Big Picture by Fred Frith
Fred Frith and ARTE Quartet released a New CD on INTAKT Records, where Lucas Niggli appears as Guest-soloist together with Katharina Weber (p) on the Composition "The Big Picture".
New CD: Xu Fengxia / Lucas Niggli, BLACK LOTOS
During Spring 2009 the new recording of the Duo Xu Fengxia (China) and Lucas Niggli will be released on INTAKT RECORDS. Followed by a Tour in Sept. 2009.
New Recordings of STEAMBOAT SWITZERLAND
STEAMBOAT SWITZERLAND ( feat. Dominik Blum, Marino Pliakas, Lucas Niggli ) just finished teh Recording of the Composition "Get Out Of My Room" form Composer Felix Profos , combined with some Improvs. Released is planned for early 2009 on GROB.
Lucas Niggli ZOOM in INDIA
The Trio ZOOM ( feat. Nils Wogram and Philipp Schaufelberger will be on Tour in India form Nov. 25th to Dec. 8th. After some Trio Concerts ( ao Jazzfesti Delhi) , they will work on a new programm with Karthik Mani ( Percussion / Bangalore) and the young Swiss Singer Sarah Büchi).
Road Movie about BEAT BAG BOHEMIA - the Fellowship of the Drums
We just returned from the long and very successfull tour with the Lucas Niggli Drum Quartet BEAT BAG BOHEMIA. When the band returns on stage is not yet decided - but during 2009 the Documentary about BBB " FEllowship of teh drums" by Martin Fuchs will be released.
BEAT BAG BOHEMIA - NEW CD is OUT NOW
My Drum Quartet will celebrate the CD Launch atthe Jazzfestival Capetown, and a CD Release Tour in Europe will follow, from September 10th to 28th, with Concerts in Switzerland,Germany, Poland.
STEAMBOAT SWITZERLAND on Tour in the US und CAN.
From June 17th to July 1st , Steamboat Switzerland will be touring in the US and Canada. Incl. festival Appearences in Vancouver, Victoria, Montreal.
The Barry Guy London Jazz Composers Orchestra with Irene Schweizer
At the Jazzfestival Schaffhausen, on May 21st the London Jazz Composers Orchestra will perform with Irene Schweizer the new Piece "Radio Rondo" by Barry Guy. Lucas is invited to play the second drum in the mostly original lineup.
Crash Cruise on TOUR again in March 2008
Lucas Niggli ZOOM meets ARTE Quartet with the Programm "CRASH CRUISE" will be touring again from March 5th to 16th. More Infos and Dates soon here.
Steamboat Switzerland on stage again. January 2008
Steamboat Switzerland will perform again some concerts live: Graz, Bielefeld, Schorndorf, Bratislava , Paris, See you there!
Pro Helvetia Support for ZOOM for another three years
The Swiss Art Council Pro Helvetia supports Lucas Niggli ZOOM and the extended Ensembles for another three years turn. That makes the planing for Tours and Recordings easier. Thanks!
Andrew Cyrille - Lucas Niggli
Andrew and Lucas will perform in November two concerts as a drum-duo ( Zürich and Munich. The unerhört Festival of Zurich made this premier happening.
Duo Xu Fengxia/ Lucas Niggli
In December 08 Xu Fengxia ( Guzheng) and Lucas Niggli will be on tour in germany. Right after the concert a Recording Session at the Loft in Cologne is scheduled.
CRASH CRUISE : CD Release-Tour, Autumn 2007
The new record from Lucas Niggli ZOOM meets ARTE Quartet is OUT NOW. on the Swiss label INTAKT Records. CRASH CRUISE can then also be heard live: the CD-Release Tour starts on 27th sept until oct.5th. You can get the CD here.
New STEAMBOAT SWITZERLAND CD: ZONE 2
NOW AVAILABLE: our newest CD is out now, on the german label GROB, STEAMBOAT SWITZERLAND, ZONE 2. and features our alternative, "acoustic" setup with piano, guitar and drums. you can get it here.
ZOOM meets ARTE Quartet
ZOOM and the ARTE Quartet will be on tour again in March 08. Still performing the programm of CRASH CRUISE.
Steamboat Switzerland at the Maerz Musik Festival in Berlin
Steamboat Switzerland will perform a New Piece byMichael Werthmüller at the Maerz Musik Festival in Berlin
Beat Bag Bohemia
My new International Drum-Quartet BEAT BAG BOHEMIA will be on tour in February.
ZOOM and the ARTE Quartet are on tour again in December 06 and will record then also the new record for Intakt Records, which will be released in autum 07.