Again and again I have touched on wild, massive open, risky, curious or simply crazy projects or created these on requests from festivals. Some of these projects have become permanent groups and have presented their music at concerts and/or on LPs/CDs. Other projects have performed live a few times only and occasionally been recorded.
All projects have the peculiarity that the participating musicians represent a wide variety of musical orientations and musical attitudes.
1985 – 1988: GeZeitenOrchester, 4 existing bands meet in the grid of a suite, which is controlled by dynamics, density, tempo and some melodic themes.
1985 – 1988: MARKUS STAUSS QUARTETT, free improvised music and minimalistic compositions. LP “Neulich im Studio” (The other Day in the Studio), KNSE 08581 (1985).
1992: NEW DUOS ‘N’ TRIOS, freely improvised music with few composed elements, with the Trio Basel – NY, the Trio NY – Zürich. CD “New Duos ‘n’ Trios” Xopf CD No. 14 (1992).
1993: Compositions for GLASBA, commissioned by the Belluard Festival Fribourg 1993, with Han Bennink, Bratko Bibic, Anthony Coleman, John King, Michel Massot, Hahn Rowe, Uli Scherrer & MS.
1993 / 1997: Compositions and improvisation concepts for XOPF POOL INTERNATIONAL: 5 bands and soloists are merged to form a large orchestra, within each formation / soloist takes on familiar guiding practices and musically deals with each other’s playing attitudes / inputs. Cassette XOPH Records Nr 20.
2005: I meet Michel Delville (guitar) & Laurent Delchambre (drums) from the group „WRONG OBJECT“ in Liège (Belgium). Samuel Gerstmans is bassist at the first rehearsels.
Since 2006 Damien Campion plays bass. We play music from STAUSS-CHAINE-LINDENMAIER, ULTERIOR LUX, ECHOES and new compositions. A demo CD with live recordings (Cryptic Echoes Live in Belgium) will be released at the end of 2006.
From 2007 – 2011 this MSP plays as “TRANK ZAPPA GRAPPA IN VARESE? (TZGIV)” and releases the CDs „More Light“ and „Play Zappa Live in Waremme 08“ (Fazzul Music fm 0824 & 0825).
Update by MS November 2017