Elusive, NOVA's new album will be released on February 09, 2024.
Available on CD, LP, download and streaming.
Ben van Gelder • Alto Sax
Nelson Veras • Acoustic Guitar
Kit Downes • Piano
Félix Zurstrassen • Bass Guitar
Antoine Pierre • Drums
All compositions written by Félix Zurstrassen
NOVA is an international quintet led by Belgian bassist Félix Zurstrassen. He is, in many ways, an artist apart. His rare virtuosity combines the extreme demands that his music requires and the way in which he offers it to the public: like a clear, collective and generous adventure.
His demanding approach can mostly be seen in the way he gathers around him exceptional musicians who, without him, might never have crossed paths. Alongside him, we find:
As the leader of the group NOVA, Zurstrassen stands nobly in the right place to showcase compositions full of surprises and detours, specially designed for his brilliant companions through subtle bass playing - like delicately directed whispers. Here, he acts like a stage director that chooses and reveals talents, without necessarily choosing to say much; his music speaks for itself.
Immersed in music since childhood, Félix was exposed to the complexities of rhythm and harmony at an early age. Nourished by these elements, he has created a world whose melodic force offers listeners the perfect sesame. They are then swept away by a music made up of surprises, like so many decors to he discovered, flabbergasted by so much invention, carried away by the masterful cohesion of an ideal European group of staggering maturity.
Photo © Gaël Maleux