Christoph Baumann (piano)
Vinz Vonlanthen (g/electronics)
The Extensions is Georg Hofmann's Swiss free improvising trio. Swiss Radio DRS produced the Extensions' first critically aclaimed CD "sit back and relax" (Altrisuoni).
The Extensions played mostly in Switzerland including a tour with Mexican guest musicians and Hofmann's old friends Aaron Cruz on bass and Remy Alvarez on tenor - and sopranosax in 2004.
In 2005 die lange Nacht der kurzen Geschichten, festival of literature in Zürich, Switzerland, comissioned a literature reading with live music on Boris Vian's "l'écume du jour". Georg Hofmann conceived "Extended Boris" composing a logbook of improvisations played by The Extensions and underlying and interplaying with the text. Actor Patrick Rapold read the text in the opening shows and was later replaced by Jaap Achterberg.
It is widely known that our times are not the best for free improvised music. It was next to impossible to find work for "Extended Boris", let alone The Extensions with their need of a grand piano and limited managing resources.
So The Extensions went to vacation for some time.
A new version of the group with maybe altered line up is in the works
sit back and relax (altrisuoni 2002)