The Eve of Peeni Waali - Production Info
back to Track Info
First and last CD of the turn of the century (CD 1 was
released on december 31st 1999 and the second volume on january 1st 2000)...
After the release of "The
Dawn" (1991) and "The Return" (1997) I was
still left with plenty unfinished tunes and many new ideas. Hence I decided to kick-off
yet another 'sequel' of Peeni Waali (jamais deux sans trois!...), figuring I'd complete
the round of this 12 year composition cycle as a kind of trylogy.
I realised there was too much music for one single CD.
The culminating point is a double CD now!
Always learning from the past experiences (and/or critics), I shaped one CD more
song-oriented and the other instrumental like most of the previous material was.
While I was reworking an old rythm (from 1981!), I
wanted to adapt a poem of Swiss troubadour Mani Matter. The idea to do it in the four
national languages of our country brought in
Linard Bardill. for the Romansch part.
The italian part of the poem was
Marco Zappa, also a musician/poet in his own right
of the southern part of Switzerland, the canton of Tessin.
Never mind the french part.
The tune was ideal to set some
wicked instrumental part on top of the poem. And the occasion presented itself with the
Sebastian Piekarek who'd come here to do baritone and alto sax on
Daniel Spahni's solo album.
Obviously new musicians were to cross my path. Again
Face Music, I met more people from Mongolia and the
MongolSka was born.
I've always wanted to meet a trumpeter who played with
Eddie 'TanTan' Thornton , so I took advantage of a stay in London (early
1999) to arrange a recording session that would also include violonist
Johnny T. (from the Dennis Bovell Dub Band). At the same time, it was
nice to meet Rico and Steve Gregory again and record some more with them. That session
also brought in a new hornsman: trombonist
Naturally, I'd include my pal
Heinz Vetsch (one of the jodlers on Nice Time) to be featured as
lead-vocalist this time. Heinz, a very knowledgeable melomane - running the great
recordshop "Bajazzo" in Buchs/SG - introduced me to
Raphael Zweifel. Getting to know Raphael better, it was a pleasure to
introduce him to
Roland Schiltknecht for his
"Tunsch" album. A teamwork that became a real friendship in that 10
years later, a tight and creative teamwork resultet which we labelled as "Peeni
Waali vs. Schildpatt (or Schildpatt vs. Peeni Waali... ;-)" : - (the album "SHA").
Drawing the 'casting-net' closer, and as it happened so often, there
were also 'last minute' ideas to finish a tune. That brought in bassplayer
Walter Nigg and his son
Maurice Nigg. Walter had made the great sleeve for the "Kulu"
CD and Maurice already played turntables on the previous project.
And just before mixing the last tune, there was jet another player joining the club:
Jack Frei, a fine pedal steel guitar
And last but not least - the internet being a great old finder - I relocated an old acquaintance,
Jürgen Stark, who triggered many a connection (in his younger,
more productive days), proposed to have his chum
Petra Stark make the design for the sleve of the Eve (tu piges?)...