Peter A. Schmid Bassklarinette, Saxofone, Taragot
Jerry Rojas Gitarren
Pit Gutmann Schlagzeug, Klangobjekte

Work in Progress - Never Ending Stories

Fünf Werkstattkonzerte im Musée Visionnaire in Zürich
17. bis 21. Mai 2022

Dienstag, 17. Mai, 19 Uhr
Mittwoch, 18. Mai, 19 Uhr
Donnerstag, 19. Mai, 20.15 Uhr
Freitag, 20. Mai, 19 Uhr
Samstag, 21. Mai, 11 Uhr



Oktoberkonzerte 2021

Samstag, 30.Oktober 2021, 20 Uhr
Kirche Oberstrass, Zürich

Sonntag, 31. Oktober 2021, 17 Uhr
Kirche Herrliberg




Freitag, 2. Juli 2021, 12.30 bis 13 Uhr


Peter A. Schmid
Kontrabassax, C-Bassax, Taragot




Jazzfestival "Jazz à Cours et Jardins", Lyon


Sonntag, 13. Juni, 16.30 Uhr

Peter A.Schmid solo (bass clarinet, saxohones, taragot & electronics)


Sonntag, 13. Juni, 18.30 Uhr

Francois Dumont d'Ayot Quartet invit Peter A. Schmid



Wogram-Schmid Duo

Nils Wogram Posaune
Peter A.Schmid Kontrabass- und Bassklarinette, C-Bassax

Zum Hut, Uster

Samstag, 29. Mai 2021, 20 Uhr  VERSCHOBEN

CONTRABASSICS released on unit records (UTR 4960)


see Promotion-Video CONTRABASSICS


Following a series of discs over the past couple of decades improvising alongside reedists such as Evan Parker and Vinny Golia, Swiss low-pitched stylist Peter A. Schmid widens his reach to sessions with other instrumentalists. On the 13 tracks here he’s part of trios and duos with Continental associates, trombonist Nils Wogram, pianist Roger Girod, bassist Dominique Girod and bass flutist Matthias Ziegler. Schmid adapts the textures from contrabass saxophone, contrabass flute, contrabass clarinet and C-Bassax according to the circumstances.

While individual duets with Ziegler and Wogram are appealing, contrasting in the first case Schmid’s waddling hippo-like flattement and Ziegler’s Jew’s harp-like twangs or capillary brass puffs harmonized with subterranean reed slurs, the trio sequences are more salient. With the pianist’s atmosphere chording and fluid vamps plus the bassist’s thickened plops, savory harmony is established. Girod’s judicious use of inner soundboard echoes and conciliatory bounces impart a near swing-ballad feel which maintains chromatic impetus through elevated tempo changes and Schmid’s slurping variations and sprightly tongue actions.

With Ziegler’s deepened output also creating a continuum, the trombone-reed interaction can reach cadenced swing. Alternately dulcet and dissonant, Wogram’s pumps and stops not only offer sophisticated capillary asides, but also passages featuring plunger work, tailgate excitement and vocalized yelps. In response Schmid slides between clarinets and saxophones. He provides a steadying bottom to the trombonist’s brassy leaps or more frequently uses snorting and snarling for colorful linear challenges and interconnections. 

A more multi-hued tonal and expansive picture of the veteran Swiss player’s skills, Contrabassics’ appeal will be far wider than just to woodwind or flute fanciers.

Ken Waxman




Septemberkonzerte 2020


Freitag, 18. September 2020, 20 Uhr
Reformierte Kirche Oberstrass

Samstag, 19. September 2020, 20 Uhr
Reformierte Kirche Männedorf

Sonntag, 20. September, 20 Uhr
Kirche Therwil



Recording Session at Hardstudio Winterthur (june 15, 2020)

Peter A.Schmid contrabass saxophone, contrabass flute, contrabass clarinet & C-Bassax

Duos & Trios with:

Roger Girod piano
Matthias Ziegler bass & contrabass flute
Nils Wogram trombone
Dominique Girod contrabass


Photos by Palma Fiacco


CD "Contrabassics" will be released in November 2020 on unit records

Schmid-Rojas-Gutmann: neues Video auf youtube

Transatlantic Conversations

Félix Stüssi piano
Peter A.Schmid bass clarinet, saxophones

Mittwoch, 29. Januar 2020, 20.15 Uhr
Lebewohlfabrik, Fröhlichstr. 23, 8008 Zürich


Musik aus dem Jetzt, "DuoMix" mit Gitta Kahle, saxophones, und Ursula Hofmann, piano

Samstag, 1. Februar 2020, 20 Uhr
Progr Bern, Raum_013, Speichergasse 4

Jahreskonzerte Musikverein Meilen meinen Tieftönen auf der Kontrabassklarinette...


Samstag, 25.Januar 2020, 19.30 Uhr
Reformierte Kirche Oberstrass, Stapferstrasse 58, 8006 Zürich

Sonntag, 26. Januar 2020, 17 Uhr
Reformierte Kirche Meilen