In May 2022 our fourth series concert RELOADED will take place shortly after the showcase at the Jazzahead in Bremen. Both events (20.05. Wuppertal at LOCH, 22.05. at Stadtgarten in Cologne) will feature a best-of-program of the pieces we will record in June 2022 as part of our first studio recording. This program is therefore about playing and intensifying existing compositions live in front of an audience.

The line-up at LOCH in Wuppertal on 20.5.22:

Caroline Thon, Christina Fuchs (composition, conduction, arrangement),
Roger Hanschel, Martin Gasser, Veit Lange, Jens Böckamp, Susanne Weidinger (saxophone, clarinets, flutes),
Christian Mehler, John-Denis Renken, Matthias Bergmann, Matthias Schwengler (trumpets),
Philipp Schittek, Lars Schuster, Matthias Muche (trombones),
Wolf Schenk (basstrombone, tuba),
Zuzana Leharovà (violin),
Barbara Barth (vocal),
Laia Genc (piano),
Andreas Wahl (guitar),
Alex Morsey (bass),
Jens Düppe (drums)

(Composition: Christina Fuchs)

Yves Klein, the French conceptual artist, is best known for his monochrome paintings, in which he primarily used a monochrome ultramarine blue, which he eventually patented under the name “International Klein Blue.”

The psychological color effect of this blue tone consists in the magnetic pull it causes on the viewer, who literally feels drawn into the picture… the music that was created along with it has the same effect.

A quotation from Yves Klein appears in the piece: He complains about the birds making holes in his best work of art as they fly around in the cloudless, blue sky.

Photo by C.Fuchs

(Composition: Caroline Thon)

“Kho Ba” ( properly spelled Khor Ba) is the Tibetan term for “samsara.” This composition is about transience and the perpetual cycle of birth, age, illness and death.
In a broader sense, it is also an analysis of the current situation caused by the pandemic.

(Composition: Christina Fuchs)

This composition is based on six abstract photographs depicting natural structures. Electronic sounds are associated with them and musical structures are composed.

In the spirit of a “Gesamtkunstwerk”, the sounds and associated compositions are arranged in the form of a suite consisting of several parts.

Photo by C.Fuchs

(Composition: Caroline Thon)

An appeal to prove the French existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre wrong with his negative views on mankind!

PART I „Closed Society“
Based on the stage drama “Closed Society”, the confrontation and threat of this negative view is set to music. You can hear quotations based on the stage drama of the main protagonist “Garcin”.

PART II „Naisser“
Further development of the 1st draft of the composition “Naisser”)
Increasing aggression is expressed by frantic brass sections and a rocking guitar solo. This resembles a description of how it could end, if Jean-Paul Sartre should be right with his pessimistic view on mankind.

PART III „Conclusion“
As the classical final movement of a three-movement suite, a slow movement concludes, and here the opposite position is presented:
what it might be like if we were to engage with the following words of the Buddhist master Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche:

„It is our mind that either chains us or liberates us“.

Photo: AdobeStock 355673361

(Composition: Christina Fuchs)

This is a re-arrangement of the composition ICELAND in the spirit of the Reloaded concept: with new sounds, altered emphasis and soloists, the piece appears in a different shape.


Christina Fuchs:

“Since I was traveling in Iceland myself in 2021, climbing around on some glaciers and making field recordings, I can’ t let go of the subject.”

(Composition: Caroline Thon)

Caroline Thon:

“THE BEAUTY is in fact the 2nd movement of my 4-part suite HIGH FIDELITY OF MATERIALISM. This composition is a homage to nature which describes the astonishing delight of experiencing, for instance, a murmuring brook in the sunlight. In addition, quotations from the Latin poet Lucretius can be heard, which however are meant to question his eternalism.

Opposite to this, the melody of a long-life practice from Tibetan Buddhism resounds, which deals with the balance of the five elements water, fire, earth, air and iron (space).”


Photo: File:Wuxing_fr.svg: Benoît Stella alias User:BenduKiwi derivative work: Ju gatsu mikka (^o^) appelez moi Ju (^o^), Wuxing de, CC BY-SA 3.0

(Composition: Christina Fuchs)

Mamoiada ist ein Re-Arrangement der Komposition aus dem Programm RELOADED#1.

The village of Mamoiada is located in the province of Nuoro in Sardinia. This is where the traditional folk dance “Passu Torrau” originates from. A vocal tradition based on four tenors is also native to the same area.

Christina Fuchs:

“Das Stück ist von der Version „Passu Torrau“ des Quartetts „Tenore Gòine de Núgoro“ inspiriert. Da dieses Konzert ohne die elektronischen Einspielungen stattfand, habe ich die 4 Tenöre durch 4 Posaunen ersetzt.”

(Komposition: Caroline Thon)

In this composition Caroline Thon was inspired by the unique sound colours of baroque music.
A contemporary of the great composer Johann Sebastian Bach and at the same time the most famous violin virtuoso of the late Baroque, Johann Georg Pisendel (1687 – 1755), had composed a violin sonata (in D major), whose second movement (Larghetto) was particularly captivating to the jazz composer because of its beautiful melodies and a very unique harmony.

An intertwining web of melodies is seemingly designed to continue on and on, making the identification of distinct formal parts obsolete. The magic of the music simply never ends.
This composition “Lednesip” is an adaptation of “Larghetto” for contemporary jazz orchestra.

Franke from the collection by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Johann Georg Pisendel, als gemeinfrei gekennzeichnet, Details auf Wikimedia Commons
Photo:  Franke from the collection by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Johann Georg Pisendel, als gemeinfrei gekennzeichnet, Details auf Wikimedia Commons


With their RELOADED# concert series, the FUCHSTHONE ORCHESTRA, in cooperation with the  European Center for Jazz and Contemporary Music / Stadtgarten Cologne, pursues the consistent ongoing development of their compositions in a direct exchange with the orchestra.