Structures & Beauty
Ltg. Christina Fuchs | Caroline Thon

release date 4/2023
Enja Records/Edel | Enja 9830
in cooperation with Deutschlandfunk




The Beauty (Caroline Thon)

Iceland (Christina Fuchs)

Suite The Truth of J.P.S. (Caroline Thon)

Mamoiada (Christina Fuchs)


Suite Structures (Christina Fuchs)

Lednesip (Caroline Thon)

Yves.Klein.Blau (Christina Fuchs)

Khor Ba (Caroline Thon)


Lead & Composition

Christina Fuchs & Caroline Thon


Roger Hanschel (as, ss, flute)0

Martin Gasser (as, ss, cl, flute)

Veit Lange (ts, cl)

Jens Böckamp/Lorenz Hirsch (ts, cl)

Susanne Weidinger (bari, bcl)


Christian Mehler (tp/flgh)

Matthias Knoop (tp/flgh)

John-Dennis Renken (tp/flgh)

Matthias Bergmann (tp/flgh)


Phillip Schittek (tbn)

Matthias Schuller (tbn)

Matthias Muche (tbn)

Friedrich Falkenhagen (btbn/tuba)

Vocals: Filippa Gojo

Violin: Zuzana Leharova

Piano: Laia Genc

Guitar: Andreas Wahl

Bass: Alex Morsey

Drums: Jens Düppe

Electronics: Eva Pöpplein


„…Zappa would have had a blast with it, though Carla Bley's "Escalator over the Hill" epic could also have been the inspiration. Philosophical thinking meets musical vision here...radically fresh and exciting!”
Jazzpodium 6/7 23

"The debut double album of the Fuchsthone Orchestra is a large-orchestral masterpiece…
Structures&Beauty unites all that can make large orchestral jazz thrilling: free and heavy grooving passages, soloists who pour their whole heart into this music, and a political ambition that has become unfortunately rare." “
Jazzthetik 5/6 23

“Spectacular concert by the Fuchsthone Orchestra from Cologne rocked the Pantheon...certainly one of the best of the 13th Bonn Jazz Festival..."
Generalanzeiger Bonn

„Big, so beautiful. Structures & Beauty is the assertion that beauty exists...”
JazzThing 6/23

„Structures & Beauty" is a magnificent jazz CD with depth which reminds us that we are in control of our own destiny.”
MELODIVA online Magazin 5/23

"The eight-part concept album alternates from a well-balanced big band set to an avantgarde stirring sound cascade and has lyrics by Greta Thunberg pop up. A multi-layered auditory movie..."
Kulturtipp (Switzerland)

"Is this (still ) jazz or simply music that doesn't care about categories? Are we listening to notes that have the potential to become system breakers? Anyone who gets involved with the good ninety minutes of Fuchsthone Orchestra will not only experience a journey through the world of improvised music that is as exciting as it is challenging, but also will have to deal with such questions."
Story JazzPodium 8/23

Magnificent cinema for the ears! Listening for the first time to the eight compositions, half of which were composed by Christina Fuchs and half by Caroline Thon, you will be flashed by this completely unconventional ride on a musical roller coaster: such fun with experimentation and strong contrasts, such unpredictable breaks and turns, such delightful constructing, deconstructing and reconstructing. This variety of moods and sound colors up to the noise-like, these powerful jazz-orchestral sounds, detailed expeditions of smaller formations and expressive soloistic highlights!
Zeitschrift für Kultur und Gesellschaft, Austria 9‘23

"Experienced big band masterminds have joined forces with Christina Fuchs and Caroline Thon. ‚Structures & Beauty', the title of the highly acclaimed album recently released on the Enja & Yellowbird label, captures in a nutshell what distinguishes the Cologne-based FUCHSTHONE ORCHESTRA. Like magic, this 20-piece orchestra transforms complex compositions that intertwine orchestral jazz, classical, avant-garde, rock and subtly applied electronics...“
Süddeutsche Zeitung 9/23

"The richness of musical ideas, the versatile compositions and the outstanding skills of the players alone would make a performance of the performance of the FUCHSTHONE ORCHESTRA an Eldorado for adventurous music fans. Christina Fuchs and Caroline Thon combine their soundscapes with philosophical background and socio-political and environmental themes."
Culture Magazine Austria 9/23

"With ‚Structures & Beauty' (Edel/Enja) they have accomplished a great success. In contrast to the , official jazz, of the radio big bands they create an exciting and challenging music. Among the consistently strong soloists are such distinctive musicians as trumpeter John-Dennis Renken, alto saxophonist Roger Hanschel, guitarist Andreas Wahl and singer Filippa Gojo."
FAZ 4/23