Manuel Mengis

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Manuel Mengis (* 4 February 1972 in Visp, Canton Valais) is a Swiss jazz trumpeter, composer and bandleader.

Life and work

Mengis learned to play the trumpet at the age of eleven; during an exchange year in Canada he came into contact with jazz. After returning, he studied earth science for two years at the ETH Zurich and trained as a mountain guide. Shortly afterwards he began training at the Lucerne Jazz School with Peter Schärli, as well as with Lars Lindvall and Nat Su. During this time Mengis played with Roberto Domeniconi, Bruno Amstadt, Hämi Hämmerli and Bruno Spoerri, among others. After graduating, he founded his group 6 (with Christoph Erb, among others), with whom he recorded the album Into the Barn for HatHut Records in 2004. He has also worked with Vera Kappeler, Lens Huber, Harald Haerter, Norbert Pfammatter, Bänz Oester and Arthur Blythe. Mengis lives in Valais, teaches trumpet and works seasonally as a mountain guide. In 2006 he won the Zurich ZKB Jazz Prize with his Group 6. As a founding member of the IGNM-VS, he has been on the board of the IGNM-VS and the international festival for new music Forum Wallis since 2011.[1]

Discographical notes

  • Into the Barn (HatOLOGY, 2006)
  • The Pond (HatOLOGY, 2008)
  • Dulcet Crush (HatOLOGY, 2009)

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