Christoph Irniger Pilgrim

Switzerland’s best band right now.

Switzerland, for many, is synonymous with quality, but also with something a little mechanical. We see precision clockwork, impenetrable bank vaults and unmoveable correctness. Alp jazz, on the other hand, is often something completely different, and more like fondue: gooey, organic and delicious.

Christoph Irniger is one of the most exciting young musicians to come from Switzerland in recent years. After sharpening his claws among the Berlin and New York jazz scene, including time as a a student of Dave Liebman, Irniger is back in Zurich, where he directs the quartet Pilgrim. Musically it ranges from reflective to expansive energy blasts, and with good, airy rooms where band members can unfold freely. Check it out! We highly recommend their latest recording Big Wheel Live.

There is far too little attention given to European jazz in this country. Time to do something about it!

Christoph Irniger – saxophone, Stefan Aeby – piano, Dave Gisler – guitar, Raffaele Bossard – bass, Michi Stulz – drums