The orchestra begins working (again) with younger, unknown musicians, while a core of old members remains. Klaus Dickbauer, Florian Bramböck Thomas Alkier, Joseph Bowie and Alexandra Naumann join the band. European tour with concerts in Sweden, Norway, Spain, France, Czechoslovakia, Germany and Austria. Lighting effects are added for the first time. The band has fun again and plays "full power". Other tours feature the programs "Fe& Males" (televised in Vienna and Leverkusen) and "lieber ein saxophon" with Ernst Jandl.
No break with the traditions of the orchestra and yet, they are audibly refreshed. (Weltwoche, Zürich)
Favorite subject of discussion: Tax law.
Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love
The orchestra enlarges itself to a big band and goes with the program "Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love" on two tours - 29 concerts in Austria, Switzerland, France, England, Spain and China as well as concerts at the Jazzfestivals in Peking, London, Saragossa, Valladolid and Le Mans.
The selected pieces of Ellington - a mixture of known and unknown compositions - are arranged by mathias rüegg. Georg Breinschmid and Mario Gonzi join the band.
Its multi-media tribute to Duke Ellington was one of the best in a centenary year oversubscribed with such events. (Evening Standard)
Favorite subject of discussion: Wynton Marsalis.