band - musicians

BluesMatters the band

It was a stroke of luck that we found each after a short search.
After a few jam sessions in the sauna cabin of Thomas in Farnern, we all realized that this fits!

Also quickly we agreed on the name of our band: BluesMatters.
And that we don't want to be just another cover band among thousands, but only play our own songs.

BluesMatters - more than just the band name: it describes in two words what drives us, what moves us, what is important to us, what shapes our lives, what our heart beats and what connects us.
So our style of music is clear - but apart from bluesy blues we also play ballads, folk songs, rock and country - our music is best described as "americana".

With acoustic instruments we play our melodious songs, which are characterized by the varied arrangements, sometimes soulfully calm, sometimes fast, sometimes rousing, sometimes jazzy or swinging. Two guitars and a double bass set the basis for the songs, which tell beautiful stories with poetic lyrics. A music that does not have to be loud, that you like to listen to and where you look forward to the next songs.

blues & more

MISCHA guitar & vocals

Michael Bamberger, 1949, Sweden

As a sales executive for well-known Swiss watch brands, Mischa was living and acting all around the world. Retired a few years ago, he finaly has time now to intensify his creative interests and skills.

After hitting the strings for "Fish & Chips" in Neuchatel in the 60s and later on for "Indian Summer" (the band that originated Krokus), music became less of a priority until 2012.

In addition to painting, his inclination especially for music increased. As singer & songwriter he writes and composes all the emotional songs that tell sad, contemplative, but also happy or banal stories from everyday life in beautifully poetically described pictures or metaphors.

With his charismatic voice, Mischa as the lead vocalist is responsible for the expressive and soulful interpretation of the songs and gives the music of the BluesMatters their unique sound and character.

THOMAS bass & backvocals

Thomas Kennel, 1960, Switzerland

It’s probably Thomas flaw that the Swiss kitchen cabinets are overflowing: as product designer and developer, he is responsible for all the new and practical kitchen helpers at Betty Bossi., the most famous culinary company in Switzerland.

In his youth, Thomas plucked the string of a washtube-bass and sang for years with the "castle skifflers" and decades later, in 2008, he rediscovered his delight for music.

Since his left hand only has 5 fingers and thus not enough to play the 6 strings of a guitar, he remained close to the lower notes, but evolved to the double bass. In the meantime, guitar bass and ukulele bass were added, and Thomas makes sure that the BluesMatters have an unruffled, solid and warm sound carpet. Matching his instruments, he has a distinctive, deep voice, with which he shapes the back vocals of the band.

Adi Liechti

ADI leadguitar

Adrian Liechti, 1986, Switzerland/USA

As a landscape gardener and bricklayer, Adrian is accustomed to hard work. In other musical projects, the three-time-family-father also loves the hard tunes. Adrian is an extremely versatile musician and passionate collector of all kinds of musical instruments.

As a counter-balance and because it provides immense fun, he plays mainly soft tunes with the BluesMatters on his lovingly restored Framus guitar from the 50s. As lead guitarist, he performs unique solos, sometimes fresh and flamenco-like, sometimes classical and harpsichord-like, sometimes finger-picked, sometimes slided, but always extremely virtuoso.

HEINZ cajon, percussion

Heinz Jaggi, 1957, Switzerland

Heinz is a passionate professional musician and works for the Symphonie Orchestra Biel Solothurn (TOBS), where he was hired as a drummer in 1982 and was appointed solo timpanist in 1987. He received his first musical training at the Boys' Music of the City of Basel and then studied at the Basel Music Academy.

In addition to his work in the orchestra, Heinz deals with jazz, world music and rock. He also composes chamber music and orchestral works and produced music for the magician Christoph Borer, the Living-Art Magic Theatre and the juggler Romano Carrara. In 2005 he initiated the Midtown Jazz Combo. Since 2008 he has also come upon the jazz vibraphone for himself.

Heinz enriches the sound with his filigree technology and sensitive tonal finesse.