Michael Arbenz piano
Florian Arbenz drums
Thomas Lahns bass
A rare opportunity to hear this Swiss trio perform their fantastic take on ‘Classics meets Jazz’
“One of Europe’s most exciting ensembles” John Fordham
Formed in Basel more than a decade ago, Vein has released an album nearly every year since then, including two albums of collaboration with superstar saxophonist Dave Liebman, and a version of Porgy and Bess. Most recently, VEIN has begun to explore the musicians’ classical training more explicitly, with „The Chamber Music Effect“ and „Vein Plays Ravel“, which displayed, according to All About Jazz, “multi-horn interplay as subtle… and as inspired, arrangement-wise, as you’ll hear, from Ellington through Gil Evans”.
VEIN’s music blends the traditions of European classical chamber music with a dedication to jazz improvisation at its most sophisticated. All three players have an extensive classical education. When the Arbenz brothers met bass player Thomas Lähns, who also studied at the conservatory in Basel, the trio was born. With orchestral-standard sight-reading and ability to and play with the bow, he gives VEIN an unusual degree of balance and musical equality, in which all three players play a full musical part. “As a player with a full orchestral technique, Thomas has a more important role than some bassists. He’s crucial in holding me and Michael together,” says Florian Arbenz.