Samuel Blaser - New XO Endorser
The world of music fascinates me to no end, and I´m determined to take one journey after another with my instrument, and keep on working. It´s all about discovery and communicating new ideas. I am proof that a shiny trombone can send a message straight to the heart and change a life.
At a time when more musicians are trying to be heard than ever before, rare gems like Samuel Blaser seem, paradoxically, to rise above it all. He has achieved rare prominence as one of his generation's most wildly elegant and relentlessly forward-thinking trombonists. Samuel Blaser was born in the famous watch-making town of La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland - the birth place of the famous architect Le Corbusier and the modernist writer, Blaise Cendrars. The second of three brothers, his inspiration to play the trombone came at age two after seeing a marching band perform in a local parade.
From Swiss folk music to Jazz
Beginning trombone lessons at the age of 9, he "couldn't go past third position and had to have a trolley to carry trombone because it was too heavy," says Blaser. At home, he was always surrounded by plenty of music ranging from Swiss folk music to American R&B and jazz. He progressed quickly, entering the local conservatory at 14 and graduated seven years later after receiving a number of awards in both the jazz and classical spheres, including the 2000 Benny Golson Prize.
Studies in the USA
Continuing private studies, Blaser began a number of significant associations, including with the heralded Vienna Art Orchestra and the European Radio Big Band, which led to a Fullbright scholarship enabling him to study in the United States at SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Music. He went on to win the J.J. Johnson Prize, as well as both the Public Prize and Jury's Favorite Player awards at the 2006 Fribourg Jazz Festival. Blaser's impressive improvisational elan is predicated on instrumental mastery that is nothing more than the means to very musical ends.
In 2016, his former teacher and mentor, John Fedchock, introduced him to XO Sophisticated Brass, and he immediately fell in love with the instrument. Among the variety of models that XO Sophisticated Brass is able to offer today, Samuel chose the XO1236RLO Tenor Trombone.
Samuel Blaser is performing on stages worldwide.
This professional instrument provides me with the flexibility I need to perform in a variety of situations ranging from classical music to new music and from reggae to jazz. A high crafted instrument designed to perfection, the tone is fabulously stable and enables one to produce a rich warm sound with superb response. Additionally, the overtone series is well-defined and the intonation throughout the entire range of the instrument is incredibly precise. It is easy to blend in with an ensemble and in snap, instantly move to the forefront of the group. This instrument serves the music very well, and I feel totally one with it.