The first Colin Vallon Trio was founded in 1999, when the pianist was still in his teens and quickly built a following in Switzerland. Ten years ago Colin Vallon and Samuel Rohrer began playing together informally. After working congenially with the drummer and the bassist Patrice Moret as sidemen in a jazz quartet (that of saxophonist Cyrille Bugnon), Colin Vallon reconfigured the trio. For all three players the development of the musical language of the trio is a special priority. Their range, as individual players, is wide. As piano soloist, Colin Vallon has won numerous prizes. He plays in the world/folk-aligned quartet of singer Elina Duni (as does Moret). In diverse projects, he has also encountered Kenny Wheeler, Tom Harrell and Kurt Rosenwinkel, amongst many others.
Samuel Rohrer has drummed for free jazz titan Charles Gayle and, at the other sonic extreme, accompanied Susanne Abbuehl’s sung poetry. He also leads his own group Tree (with Claudio Puntin and Peter Herbert) and continues to work with the Wolfert Brederode Quartet (new ECM album soon).
Patrice Moret, a bassist who combines the gravitas associated with the instrument with plenty of drive, has played with Uri Caine, Ellery Eskelin, Matthieu Michel and others.