SCIENCE FICTION THEATER bridges the gap between old and new, art and kitsch,
sweet and adventurous.
Inspired by composers as Lalo Schifrin (Mission Impossible, Jaws, Streets of
San Francisco etc), Nino Rota (Fellini, The Godfather etc) and Ennio Morricone,
they manifest an original take on ominous filmscore, vibrant souljazz of the
60’s spiced with modern day electronic sounds, beats and samples. A wild
mix of easy listening, electronic soundscapes and jazzy improvisation. Intelligent
groovesound with a twinkle in the eye!
"Swiss saxophonist Christoph Grab’s quintet is steering towards a
playground located in the middle of the sci-fi milieu of the swinging 1960’s.
Using trashy guitars, lots of electronic gurgling, whining, and just plain noise,
the crew has set down their space ship smack dab in the middle of sector B. Voice
samples of American politicians and other contemporaries darken the horizon,
with the second track at the very latest you feel like you’ve landed in
a vintage German TV series, and in the end an imaginary screen fills up with
characters straight from Ennio Morricone. Grab’s lonely saxophone howls
to soul minor chords, the bass clarinet wanders through a low-life bar gig beside
wobbling conga beats, a synthesizer sounds out messages from outer space. Still,
all the nostalgic tunes the oldies fans think they are recognizing here only
serve these seasoned musicians as a ground for surprising little outbursts of
noise, cultivated urban twang, and every now and then mini-interludes of the
sheer Zappa-esque - just for fun." (ul) Jazzthing #82, 2/2010