New album


New album

Made up of four professional musicians, Juliane Rickenmann’s 4tet has embarked on a new musical adventure that seeks above all expression and originality.
The 4tet is made up of a saxophone, a trombone, a double bass and a drum set.
Juliane Rickenmann, a talented composer, re-harmonizes her melodies by drawing inspiration from this atypical 4tet.
These four musicians succeed in expressing Juliane’s music in all its splendour. Each personality then finds an effortless way to express itself.
For several years she has had the desire to create a new formation with the very young and talented musicians, Maurus Twerenbold, Jérémie Krütli and Nathan Vandenbulcke.
This new generation of the aforementioned musicians is a very stimulating challenge for Juliane Rickenmann.
After 3 albums Yodo Gimi (altrisuoni 2010) Emei (Unit 2014) Le Secret (QFTF 2018) the 4tet released their fourth album in May 2022 Time Now.
TIME NOW is the fruit of ideas and compositions made during the pandemic. For artists, this situation is very difficult and inspires a different way of seeing music.

Juliane Rickenmann, Compositions and arrangements, Saxophone
Maurus Twerenbold, Trombone
James Krüttli, Double bass
Nathan Vandenbulcke, Drums

08 mai 2022, KVO Corcelles
28 mai 2022, Chorus Lausanne
17 juin 2022, Atelier Paul Devins Lausanne
30 juillet 2022, Plage de Colombier
03 août 2022, Bejazz Sommer Bern
09 décembre 2022, Littérature Café Bienne



Wednesday 02 and Thursday 03 January

Jazz club Havanne Yasek Manzano 4tet

Friday 18 January

Nova Jazz Yverdon J. Rickenmann 4tet

Friday 25 January

Ancienne Poste des Planches Yellow note Big Band

Sunday 03 March

J. Rickenmann 4tet Cortagora

Wednesday 27 March

New Sisters Montreux Palace

Tuesday 19, Thursday 21 and Friday 22 March

Max Jendly Big Band Bicubic

Friday 29 March

Salsa Elmento Libre Bungalow Bienne

Thursday 04 April

J. Rickenmann solo université Neuchâtel

Saturday 06 April

Max Jendly Big Band Temple du bas

Wednesday 10 April

Johnatan Salvi 4tet Bar King

Monday 15th April

New Sisters Montreux Palace

Saturday 27 April

Onirical Blend Chorus Lausanne

Saturday 04 May

Onirical Blend Ancienne Poste des Planches Montreux

Saturday 11th May

J. Rickenmann 4tet Riviera Montreux

Saturday 25 May

Onirical Blend Colombier

Friday 07 June

Casino Neuchâtel Johnatan Salui 4tet

Thursday 13 June

New Sisters Montreux Palace

Saturday 15 June

J. Rickenmann 4tet Faux nez Lausanne

Tuesday 18th June

J. Rickenmann 4tet and Strings Récits de voyage Émission Jazz Lausanne

Friday 26th July

Yellow note Big Band Tramelan

Sunday 28 July

Onirical Blend Lutry

Monday 29th July

UIB Big Band Bienne

Thursday 08 August

Onirical Blend Hors Tribu

Friday 16, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 August

Onirical Blend Buskers Neuchâtel

Friday 23rd August

UIB Big Band Bellayay

Saturday 24 August

Max Jendly Big Band Villars

Thursday 05 September

New Sisters Boveret

Friday 13 September

J. Rickenmann 4tet and Strings BCN

Wednesday 18 September

Max Jendly Big Band Alambra

Friday 20th September

J. Rickenmann Trio Montreux

Sunday 22nd September

Yellow note Bévilard

Friday 27 September

Max Jendly Big Band Gambach

Saturday 28 September

UIB Big Band Evilard

Wednesday 16th October

Max Jendly Big Band Théâtre national Bern

Tuesday 22nd October

New Sisters Montreux Palace

Saturday 26th October

UIB Big Band Burgdorf

Monday 28th October

Mew Sisters Montreux Palace

Thursday 07 November

Sax solo Hôtel de Ville Neuchâtel

Tuesday 19th November

New Sisters Montreux Palace

Thursday 21 November

UIB BIg Band Rotonde Bienne

Saturday 23rd November

Pierre Kuthan et J. Rickenmann Hôtel de Ville Neuchâtel


Saturday 08 February

Max Jendly Big Band Podium de Guin

Saturday 15 February

Yellow note Big Band Ancienne Poste des Planches Montreux

Monday 24 February

J. Rickenmann 4tet and Strings Récits de voyage Théâtre du Pommier Neuchâtel

Saturday 12th September

UIB Morat


Thursday 03 June

Quentin Swarez 4tet Annemasse

Sunday 19 to Friday 24 July

Résidence Onirical Blend

Friday 24 and Saturday 25 September

Max Jendly Big Band Nuithonie Fribourg

Sunday 26th September

Max Jendly Big Band Theâtre Benno Besson Yverdons les bains

Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 October

Max Jendly Big Band Nuithonie Fribourg

Saturday 23rd October

Performance sax solo Zug

Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 December

Animation rue de Neuchâtel


Saturday 28 May

Juliane Rickenmann Quartet Chorus Lausanne

Friday 17 June

Juliane Rickenmann Quartet Atelier Paul Devins Lausanne

Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June

Onirical Blend Jazz Ascona

Friday 01 July

UIB Jazz Big Band Colombier

Saturday 02 July

UIB Jazz Big Band Braderie Bienne

Saturday 30th July

Juliane Rickenmann Quartet Plage de Colombier

Sunday 31st July

Onirical Blend La Chaux-de-Fonds

Wednesday 03 August

Juliane Rickenmann Quartet Bejazz Sommer Bern

Friday 19 August

UIB Jazz Big Band Bremgarten Bern

Friday 02 and Saturday 03 September

Max Jendly Big Band Fribourg

Friday 09 December

Juliane Rickenmann Quartet Littérature Café Bienne




Juliane Rickenmann developed a taste for music at a very young age.

From the early age of 7, she was a self-taught musician who routinely composed on her piano.

At the age of 15 she took formal piano lessons at the EJMA.

When she turned 18, Juliane decided to become more involved by enrolling in a preparatory course at the Conservatoire de jazz in Montreux. She chose the saxophone as her second instrument, after the piano.

She soon decided to devote herself entirely to the saxophone. The sound of Johnny Hodges convinced her to do this. She is forced to postpone her “academic” jazz study for a year . However, the postponement would turn out to be a tremendous positive: it inspired Juliane’s true learning of jazz. Here is what happened:

Juliane decided to put the year she waits at the conservatory to good use by traveling to Australia. She financed this trip by playing in the streets and in the jazz clubs of Melbourne. Following this experience, on the advice of a Japanese jazzman (name?? What did he say to you?), Juliane decided to extend her trip by going to Japan.

At the age of 20, she plays in the clubs of Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Hiroshima during her 18-month stay.

At 22, Juliane moved to New York City. She quickly managed to get engagements in big-time New York jazz clubs. Her name was featured alongside great artists such as Danton Boller, Michael Zismann, Allison Miller, Eric Reeves, Sherly Bailey, Ohad Talmor, Evelyne Blakey or Denis Charles. With Charles, Rickenmann participates in a documentary dedicated to her life titled, “Interrupted Conversation.”

Also during her two-and-a-half-year stay in NYC, she attends a workshop with THE GREAT (or something else?) Barry Harris.

In 1998 Rickenmann returned to Switzerland to complete her professional studies at the Montreux Conservatory. She earned money by playing with with the Dixies Roses, a New Orleans-inspired orchestra, and across Switzerland, most notably with Nicholas Bouloukos, Alain Petitmermet, Jean-Yves Petiot, Lionel Friedli, Patrice Moret, Francesco Miccolis, and many others.

In 2000, Juliane landed a two-year contract at the Holiday Inn in Cheng-Du, China and at the Taj Mahal in Bombay, India with the New York musicians Nicholas Bouloukos, Steve Doyle, and Ian Macdonald. She then spent 2 years playing in Thai jazz clubs. She played with Terry Verge (*Dexter Gordon’s double bassist), Randy Canon, and many other prestigious musicians.

Eight years after leaving for Australia, Juliane decided to return to her home, in Switzerland. Juliane Rickenmann now plays and composes in several formations, mainly with her quartet (The J. Rickenmann Quartet), Stramonium, Onirical Blend, and The New Sisters.

She plays with Francis Colleta, Nick Perrin, Jorge Antoniou, Peter Horisberger, Béatrice Graf, Ademir Candido, Florence Chitacumbi, Jean Lou Treboux, Olivier Magarotto, and various other musicians.

Juliane toured Japan with Hiroshi Tsunoda and Naoto Hajime in November 2009 where she performed at the Blue Note in Kyoto, Le Club Jazz, Sesamo Club, and the Jazz Rag.

In 2011 Juliane released her first album, Yodo Gimi, under the Altrisuoni Label, and in 2014 her second album, “Emei,” under the Unit Record’s Label, with Ornella Ponnaz on piano, Pierre Kuthan on double bass and Giacomo Reggiani on drums.

After two subsequent tours in China, Juliane decided to continue her musical journey with a new formation Juliane Rickenmann 4tet, composed of Andrea Esperti, Emanuel Schnyder, and Luigi Galati.

In 2018 Juliane Rickenmann 4tet  released their 3rd album, “Le Secret,” under the QFTF label.

In September 2019, a carte blanche was offered to the bands by the music society of Neuchâtel for a show in September at the Temple du bas. She created Récits de Voyage with a Quatuor Strings and two comedian.

Today they play with the Max Jendly Big Band, Onirical Blend and conduct the Yellow Note Big Band and the UIB Jazz orchestra.



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