Félix Stüssi
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SIDEMAN
BIOGRAPHY

Be it on a bicycle or behind the keys, Félix Stüssi loves adventure and fresh wind. Since his move from Switzerland to Canada, Stüssi has turned his back on journalism, jazz piano and composition are now his main focus. In 2007, his quintet wins the prestigious Grand Prix of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. A year later US-trombonist Ray Anderson joins the project and the band becomes a sextet. The first three albums of  the group are very well received on both sides of the Atlantic, they are nominated for several prices. The band tours through Canada (2009) and Europe (2005, 2011). The brand-new album of the sextet is called ARRABBIATA (Effendi Records, FND 133) and is being distributed internationally by the label NAXOS. Félix Stüssi returns regularly to Europe, where he has played among others with Bruno Spoerri, Nils Wogram, Jürg Wickihalder and Christoph Grab. Wickihalder and Stüssi are members of the octet Sam Trümpy Memorial Jazz Coalition who has released a CD of the same name on the label Altrisuoni (AS 282) in 2009. In Canada, Stüssi has formed LES MALCOMMODES, a very dynamic trio with Daniel Lessard on bass and Pierre Tanguay on drums. LES MALCOMMDOES have presented their eponymous album (Effendi Records, 2012, FND 123) in Europe during a tour in spring 2014.

Stüssi’s projects are being supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and Musicaction.

Félix Stüssi is married and father of two children.

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