Sebastian Strinning: tenor saxophone and bass clarinet
Natalie Peters: voice
Yara Li Mennel: violin and voice

Jacek Chmiel: zither and electronics

CD and Digital Download – 4 tracks – 47:38
Edition of 100 copies

Released in May 2024

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01. L’amore di una povera creatura 14:47
02. Laughing with a Poet 05:06
03. People like Me 09:45
04. Ashes of a Diva 17:50

Total time: 47:38


All music © by Sebastian Strinning, Natalie Peters,
Yara Li Mennel and Jacek Chmiel (SUISA)

Recorded by Jacek Chmiel at Spazio Panelle Locarno in summer 2022
Mixed and mastered by Jacek Chmiel in Locarno in Fall 2022

Graphics and layout by Davide Lorenzon

Produced by SYNC with the support of C. und A. Kupper- Stiftung, Repubblica e Cantone Ticino, Stadt Luzern Fuka Fonds, Luzern Plus Kulturforderung.
Published by Aut Records


The recording “Catacryptico” documents the inspiring encounter of four very different musicians. Sebastian Strinning is among the most interesting representatives of Switzerland’s current free jazz scene. Natalie Peters and Yara Li Mennel from Locarno have been working together for several years, relying entirely on a natural, spontaneous use of voice and instrument, finding new aesthetics through their communicative abilities. Jacek Chmiel, from Poland, studied in Basel with Fred Frith and moves in an exciting field of tension between deep listening and powerful sonic gestures.
To fully exploit the meeting of these different characters, the music develops entirely in the “here and now.” The resulting recording fascinates with the musicians merging into soundscapes that arise unpredictably, ultimately enchanting with their harmony and intensity.
The quartet moves with strength, confidence, and at the same time delicacy through the individual pieces. They are compositions of the moment, poetic ciphers emerging from the deep feelings of those involved.
The title, a play on words combining “catacombs” and “cryptic,” alludes to this.

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