List



* = awarded the “Selection“ by Swiss Radio International

p a g o l i b r e: phoenix

live in Salzburg and Zurich

with Tscho Theißing (violin, voice), Arkady Shilkloper (alphorn, horn, flugelhorn, voice),
Daniele Patumi (bass, voice) and John Wolf Brennan (piano, arcopiano, melodica, voice)

Leo Records
(t.b.a.)

2003


Sculpted Sound - eine konkrete Klangreise

mit Magda Vogel (voice), Charlotte Hug (viola), Shirley Anne Hofmann (euphonium,
pocket trumpet) & Christian Wolfarth (percussion) feat. Eugen Gomringer (rezitation)

konkrete texte von eugen gomringer, hans arp, eveline hasler, andré thomkins,
ernst jandl, gerhard rühm und john wolf brennan, inkl. «Fraktional-Hymne» [remixed]

Altri Suoni
(t.b.a.)

2003


klanggang

john wolf brennan (piano, assorted toys, kalimba, melodica, field recordings of
environmental sounds)


MiWi Art Edition 2017

2003


p i p e l i n e s -
live at the KKL

John Wolf Brennan on the 4-manual Goll pipe organ of Jean Nouvel‘s new concert hall in Lucerne
with Hans Kennel (tp, büchel, alphorn, voice) and Marc Unternährer (tuba)

Lucerne Festival
(t.b.a.)

2001


Zero Heroes -
Vancouver live trio

with Peggy Lee (violoncello) & Dylan van der Schyff (percussion)

Leo Records
CD LR 373

2003

 


Glockenspiel

new music for the Swiss Centre, Leicester Square, London and other dezi-bell stories

Altri Suoni
AS 135

2003


broken dreams - tango von anderswo


with Alexandra Prusa (voice), Hans Kennel (trumpet), Marc Unternährer (tuba)
from A(stor Piazzolla) to Z(ero Gravity) Tango excursions...

 

MiWi Productions
2015

2002


* MOMENTUM 3

with Bertrand Denzler (tenor saxophone), Christian Weber (bass) & Christian Wolfarth (perc)

Leo Records
CD LR 355

2002


Flügel


John Wolf Brennan (solo piano)

Creative Works
Record
CD 1037

2002


* Time jumps —
Space cracks


Daniele Patumi (bass) &
John Wolf Brennan (piano, prepared piano)

Leo Records
CD LR 331

2002


* c i n é m a g i q u e
   p a g o  l i b r e


Arkady Shilkloper (horn, flh, alphorn), Tscho Theißing (vio, voice), Daniele Patumi (bass) & John Wolf Brennan (piano, prepared piano)

TCB - The Montreux Label 01112

2001


* MOMENTUM 2


Gene Coleman (bcl), Christian Wolfarth (perc), Alfred Zimmerlin (violoncello) & John Wolf Brennan (piano, prepared piano)

Leo Records
CD LR 296

2000


* p i p e l i n e s

Hans Kennel (tp, flh, alphorn), Marc Unternährer (tuba) & John Wolf Brennan (pipe organ)

“A charming and thoroughly impressive achievement“ *****
(5 stars)
Glenn Astarita, allaboutjazz.com

Leo Records CD LR 292

2000


* Entropology -

The Science of Sonic Poetry


Simon Picard (tenor saxophone), Eddie Prévost (percussion) & John Wolf Brennan (piano, prepared piano)

FOR 4 EARS
CD 1036

2000


* MOMENTUM


Gene Coleman (bassclarinet) & Christian Wolfarth (percussion) & John Wolf Brennan (piano, prepared piano, melodica)

“Faszinierende Exkursionen -
unerhörte Klänge“

Der Bund, Bern

Leo Records CD LR 274

1999


* Wake Up Call -
   Live in Italy
   P a g o  L i b r e


Arkady Shilkloper (frh, flh), Tscho Theißing (violin, voice), Daniele Patumi (b) & John Wolf Brennan (piano, prepared piano, melodica)

“Furioso Europeo - wahnwitzig intelligent“ Peter Rüedi, "Weltwoche", Zürich


“Virtuosität und Verspieltheit“
Nick Liebmann, "NZZ", Zürich

Leo Records CD LR 272

1999


M i n u t e A g e

Margrit Rieben (percussion, electronics), Reto Senn (clarinet, bassclarinet, taragot) & John Wolf Brennan (piano, prepared piano)

FOR 4 EARS
CD 1030

1999


* BRINK MAN SHIP

Nisajo

Nicky Heinen (fl), Alexander Alexandrov (bassoon) & John Wolf Brennan (piano, prepared piano)

Mongolian Folk Songs and more

FMR Records
FMR CD 53

1998


* The Well-Prepared Clavier

John Wolf Brennan
(piano, prepared piano)

 feat. Kuryokhin memorial recital live at the Queen Elisabeth Hall, London, May 1997

"Selection Swiss Radio International" SRI, Berne,
July 1998

“Succinct thematic material, delicacy of touch” Jon C.Morgan, "CODA",Canada

 

“A performance which seems to rattle the
fixtures of the Queen Elisabeth Hall”
Richard Cochrane, "Musings" London


“The Best - highly recommended!” **** "Earwaves", USA


“Top 50 playlist”
WNUR Jazzreport, Chicago

Creative Works
Records
CW 1032

1998


* HeXtet:
Through the Ear of a Raindrop

Julie Tippett (voc), Peter Whyman (bcl), Evan Parker (ss, ts), Paul Rutherford (tb), Chris Cutler (dr) & John Wolf Brennan (piano, prepared piano)

Poems by Seamus Heaney, E.A.Poe, Paula Meehan, Theo Dorgan, Julie Tippetts, Tom Paulin and William Shakespeare

"Selection Swiss Radio International" SRI, Berne, July 1998

“Miglior disco del anno 1998”
Alessandro Achilli, "MusicaJazz"


“Highlights with skill and gusto”
Bruce Coates, "Rubberneck" 27, UK


“Une rafraîchissante source de plaisir” Luca Sabbatini, "Viva la musica", Genève

“One hell of a supergroup...with great finesse” Steve Day, "Avant", UK

“Top 30 - Best of 1998
recommendation list”
Downtown Music Gallery, N.Y.C.

Leo Records
CD LR 254

1998


* A u r e a l i s

Robert Dick (fl) & Daniele Patumi (b) & John Wolf Brennan (piano, prepared piano)

"Challening, but highly satisfying modern jazz"
Bill Tilland, "option"
March/April 1998


"Sheer pleasure – conceptionally daring music", Bill Shoemaker, "JazzTimes", June 1998

"Selection Swiss Radio International", SRI, Berne, December 1997

victo cd 052,
Victoriaville/Canada

1997


Moskau-Petuschki / Felix-Szenen

Tscho Theißing (vio), Marion Namestnik (vio), Martin Mayes (frh, hand-horn), Lars Lindvall (flh, tp) & Daniele Patumi (b) & John Wolf Brennan (piano, prepared piano, melodica)

"Einer der eigenständigsten und eigenwilligsten Schweizer im Grenzbereich zwischen Jazz und zeitgenössischer E-Musik... mit einer Klangsprache, die einen unweigerlich in ihren Bann zieht."

Hanspeter Vetsch,
Schweizer Illustrierte 4/98

Leo Records
LEO LAB 034

1997


P a g o  L i b r e

Arkady Shilkloper (frh), Tscho Theißing (violin) & Daniele Patumi (b) & John Wolf Brennan (piano, prepared piano, melodica)

"Platte des Jahres 1996", Jörg Meilicke, "Jazzthetik" Nr.12/96

"Witziges kammermusikalisches Konzept mit vielen Sound-Variationen ...übertrifft jede Erwartung", Gerd Filtgen, "STEREO" 7/96, München

"Eine Fundgrube...eine Offenbarung" Nick Liebmann, "NZZ", Zürich

Bellaphon/
L+R 45105

1996


Shooting Stars &
Traffic Lights

Alex Cline (dr,perc), John Voirol (ss, ts), Tscho Theißing (v) & Daniele Patumi (b) & John Wolf Brennan (piano, prepared piano)

"Brennans bisher stärkstes Album", Peter Bürli, "dissonanz" Nr.44, 5/95

Bellaphon/
L+R 45090

1995


H e n c e f o r w a r d

Christy Doran (guitars) & John Wolf Brennan (piano, prepared piano)

"Moderne Erzähler - meisterhaft", Karl Lippegaus, "STEREO" Nr.2/96

Leo Records
LEO LAB 015

1995


Text, Context, Co-Text & Co-Co-Text

John Wolf Brennan
(solopiano)

part III of the blue trilogy

"Countdown to ecstasy", Cian Gleeson, "Sunday Times", London

"Ekstase mit Kalkül", Urs Mattenberger, "LNN", 7.12.94

Creative Works
CW 1025

1994


O r g a n I C  
V o I C e s

Gabriele Hasler (voc) and guests Peter Schärli (tp, flh), Christian Muthspiel (tb) & John Wolf Brennan (organ)

Poems by Oskar Pastior, Avi S.Rosenthal, G.Hasler, J.W.Brennan & W.Shakespeare

"Modernité étonnante - grande spiritualité", Pierre Marly, "Jazz In Time" Nr.55, 9/94

Leo Records
LEO LAB 003

1994


Dance, you Monster,
to my soft Song
Willisau live & more

Corin Curschellas (voc), Lindsay Cooper (bassoon), Steve Argüelles (dr), Burhan Oeçal (perc), Wolfgang Puschnig (as, ss), Bernd Konrad (as,bs), Eckard Koltermann (ss,bs), Peter Schärli (tp), Lars Lindvall (tp), Steve Goodman (v), David Gattiker (vc), Daniele Patumi (b) & John Wolf Brennan (piano, prepared piano)

Inspired by a painting by Paul Klee (1922)

"Magnificient polyphonic chamber jazz music", Kees Stevens, "Jazzfreak", Breda/NL

"Glorious orchestral sounds", Alberto Bazzurro, "MusicaJazz", Milano

Creative Works
CW 1020

1993


T E N  
Z E N T E N C E S

Daniele Patumi (b) & John Wolf Brennan (piano, prepared piano)

"Miglior disco del anno ‘93", Piero Amari, "MusicaJazz" Nr.1/94

Bellaphon/
L+R 45066

1993


I r i t a t i o n s

& John Wolf Brennan (nonsolopiano)

part II of the blue trilogy

"Parfaite maîtrise des possibilitées sonores", Pierre Durr, "Revue & Corrigée", France

Creative Works
CW 1021

1991


M. A. P.
(Music for
Another Planet)

Norma Winstone (voc) & Urs Leimgruber (ss, ts) & John Wolf Brennan (piano, prepared piano, organ)

Bellaphon/
L+R 45021

1990


Pago Libre: Extempora


Steve Goodman (violin), Lars Lindvall (tp, flh) & Daniele Patumi (b) & John Wolf Brennan (piano, prepared piano)

"Highly impressive, viscerally exciting", Kenny Mathieson, "THE WIRE", 2/91

Splasc(h) CD-H
314-2

1990


The Beauty of Fractals

John Wolf Brennan
(solopiano)

part I of the blue trilogy

"Creative, tasteful & frequently complex music. The 16 pieces are superb recording – imaginative rambling with an experimental bent", "Factsheet Five", Los Angeles, 5/90

"Exquisite subtleties, thundering basslines", Jason Weiss, "Jazzforum", Warsaw

Creative Works
CW 1021

1989


P o l y p h y l l u m

Urs Leimgruber (soprano- and tenor-saxophone) & John Wolf Brennan (piano, prepared piano)

Bellaphon/
L+R 45013

1989


A n  C h a r a

Urs Leimgruber (soprano-, tenor- and bass-saxophone) &
John Wolf Brennan (piano, prepared piano)

Bellaphon/
L+R 45007

1988


E n t u p a d a s

Corin Curschellas (voc, accordion, dulcimer, perc, etc.)
& John Wolf Brennan (piano, prepared piano)

"Aufregende Entdeckung – hervorragend", Thomas Rothschild, "Frankf.Rundschau"

Creative Works
CW 1013

1988


M o u n t a i n  H y m n

Urs Leimgruber (soprano-, tenor- & bass-saxophone) & John Wolf Brennan (piano, prepared piano)

"Erregende Entladungen, packende Steigerungen", Manfred Sack, "DIE ZEIT", 7.10.88

Bellaphon/
L+R 45002

1986


Impetus Quintet:
Down to Earth

Ushma Baumeler (violin), Jürg Burkhard (as), Marco Käppeli (dr) & Thomas Dürst (b) & John Wolf Brennan (piano, prepared piano)

"Wohlstrukturierte Vitalität", Pius Knüsel, "Die Region", 29.7.83

Plainisphare
Pl 1267-5

1983


triumbajo

Barni Palm (tabla, percussion), Ushma Baumeler (bamboo flute, recorders, violin) & John Wolf Brennan (piano, prepared piano)

Hibernia HC-821
(out of print)

1982


Impetus Quintet: Opening Seed

Ushma Baumeler (v), Bianca Medici (ss, rec), Mark Zingg (bg, g), Fausto Medici (dr) & John Wolf Brennan (piano, prepared piano)

Zytglogge ZYT 230 (out of print)

1980


Celtic Country Dances

Ushma Baumeler (alto & soprano recorders, violin) & John Wolf Brennan (piano, prepared piano)

Hibernia HC-801 (out of print)

1980


8 Pieces on Paul Klee - Groupe Lacroix

Matthias Sannemüller (viola),
Walter Klingner (oboe,
cor anglais),
Axel Andrae (bassoon),
Thomas Blumenfeld (guitar)

Compositions by Marianne Schroeder, Jean-Luc Darbellay, Christian Henking, Alfons Karl
Zwicker, Michael Radanovics, Thüring Bräm and John Wolf Brennan‘s «N-gl»

"Ensemble Sortisatio Leipzig"

Creative Works
CW 1035 2003

2003


Capricci Musicali

Thomas Hlawatsch (piano)
and works by Kurt Anton Hueber, Michael Schneider, Jean-Luc Darbellay, Ada Gentile

"Capriccio"

Midi Music
MM 0010/
Czech Radio

2002


More new Blues
for Piano

Marcel Worms (piano)

"Silly Blooze"

NM Extra 98021

2001


Ich zerreisse dich
wie einen Fisch


Hörspiel von Geri Dillier nach Texten von Franz Kafka und Musik von John Wolf Brennan

1. Die Verwandlung
2. Der Brief
3. Milena
4. Das Urteil

Schweizer Radio DRS CDE 1222

2001


Contemporary Music
from Ireland Vol.3


John Wolf Brennan (arcopiano)
"Bow Road"

CMC CD03

2001


Musik in Luzern -
Piano Duo

Béatrice Wolf (piano),
John Wolf Brennan (piano)

"KLA4"

Disques Gallo CD 1010/1011

2000


*Trio Rachmaninoff:
Groupe Lacroix Portrait

w/ Mikhail Tsinman (violin), Natalia Savinova (vc) & Victor Yampolsky (p)

"Rhap.s.odie"

"Selection Swiss Radio International", SRI, Berne, February 1998

Creative Works
Records
CW 1030

1997


Contemporary Music for Alto Saxophone

w/Andrea Formenti (as), Tomas Dratva (p), Carlo Pelliccione (b)

 "Atanos"

[Szene Schweiz]
Jecklin JS 302-2

1994


Linard Bardill:
Tanz auf den Feldern

w/ Linard Bardill (voc, g), Tini Hägler (perc)

"Neulich, kurz vorm Nordpol"
"Deutscher Schallplattenpreis 1993"

Zytglogge
ZYT 4518

1993


Gabriele Hasler:
Hasler‘s Personal Notebook

w/Gabriele Hasler (voc), Christian Muthspiel (tb), Wollie Kaiser (bcl),  Jörn Schipper (dr) & Lars Lindvall (trp)

"Greenhousewife"

Foolish Music
FM 211 490

1992


blue jazz - Live at the Montreux
Jazz Festival 1988

w/Urs Leimgruber (ts)

BW 015

1992


Bestiarium

w/ Kurt Müller (voc), Peter Baur (piano), David Meacock (piano) a.o.

"Bestiarium", "Treiblinge", "Capriccio", "Larice e Pratolina" a.o.

pan
510.046

1991


Live at the Montreux Festival 1989

w/Christy Doran (g), Steve Argüelles (dr) & Urs Leimgruber (ts)

"Il deserto rosso"

BW 006

1991


 


 

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