Marco Marchi & the Mojo Workers
Friday 22.11.2013 - 20:30
Caveau du Sommelier Olten
The Mojo Boys are made up of Fabio Bianchi on tuba, Claudio Egli on blues harp and Toby Stiftner on washboard and drums who, together with Marco Marchi, an exceptional guitarist and vocalist, play blues, ragtime and swing numbers from the good old days. But Marco and his boys are not tied solely to the rich musical inheritance of the southern states - they also carry the ideals of Ragtime, the Piedmont blues and the Hokum into the 21st century. As a result their own sparkling compositions are in no way lame old-timers and their repertoire is not reduced to nostalgic reminiscences of longgone days, but is instead an exciting rediscovery of the freshness and power of the music that inspired Rock'n'Roll, the Beat and Soul.
Rejecting the power of modern amplifiers, they choose to play with instruments appropriate to the era, to create an atmosphere of genuine, handcrafted music for fans and aficionados. This conscious focus, together with their highly competent realization, can be seen as the trademark of this formation and marks their uniqueness in the music landscape.
In the autumn of 2011 the band won the Swiss Blues Challenge and, as a result, were then the first Swiss contestants at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Participating on the international stage has significantly increased the attention the band is getting and confirmed that their unconventional approach is the right path for them. In November 2012 their new CD, "My old river", was released holding many of their own, exciting, compositions, together with guest performances by well-known American blues artists; including Andy J. Forest, Sean Carney and Rich Del Grosso. As with the first CD, the reaction from the music-press and the public has been very positive.
The band is continuing with an extensive schedule of concerts, including plenty of performances at both local and international festivals.
Will Bearden, KBA winner and jury member of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis says " Marco Marchi & The Mojo Workers bring a fresh breath to the blues scene. Their view of the blues is innovative, exciting and unique."
Marco Marchi - Electric, Acoustic and Resophonic Guitar, Vocals
Claudio Egli – Harmonica
Fabio Bianchi – Tuba, Electric Bass
Toby Stiftner – Drums, Washboard
Concert starts at 20.30
Admission charge: Fr. 30.--