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2010

"One would not imagine diminutive Isa Wiss performing the kind of amazing growling-and-gargling tones and spiteful hysterics heard in Sopstock. Hailing from Switzerland, like her comrade Unternährer, this girl is a most welcome revelation, possessing the qualities that typically define a worthy virtuoso of the vocal cords. She uses them all in a Shelley Hirsch / Ute Wassermann / Phil Minton hybrid which touches on a multitude of guttural aspects with brainpower and irritability depending on the moment, but also with a dose of grace. Not to mention the irony and the onomatopoeic bravura - the ranting swapping of invectives (Léandre-style) in "Cyn" is a veritable comic masterpiece. Even when a couple of stereotypes try to rear their ugly heads - the Donald Duck-ish "Londing" for example, or the mandatory track with unnatural laughter that seems to be a requirement for every avant singer - Wiss reduces the excess of obviousness with an indescribable plus that renders amusing what was expectable. Unternährer is a very fine, sensitive player, the tuba an ideal complement with lots of invigorating timbral facets, absurd pitch fractioning and equally hilarious traits. But it is clear that his role here is that of creating the ultimate complement and the episodic interference to the clamorous manifestation of Wiss's talent, the actual billboard of this recording."
Paris Transatlantic Magazine, summer 2010 (Massimo Ricci)


2009
"Swiss vocalist Isa Wiss, who's been in town since February as part of a sister-city program Chicago maintains with Lucerne, has an extraordinary range: she's sung electro-pop and straight jazz equally convincingly, and when she improvises freely her repertoire of nonverbal sounds is as deep as the vocabulary of any instrumentalist. On an unreleased recording with Swiss tubaist Marc Unternahrer (of the Chicago Luzern Exchange) she sounds like Phil Minton or Diamanda Galas, though she has a greater affinity for conventional opera than either - her gasps, cries, and glottal eruptions are some of the most abrasive and inhuman I've ever heard, and she delivers them with meticulous control. She's been working with many local improvisers during her stay, and for her final performances in town she'll play with several of them. Headlining is a trio of Wiss and clarinetists Jason Stein and James Falzone (vibist Jason Adasiewicz will sit in for a few pieces), which I've already heard via some gorgeous unreleased studio recordings; on the written-out tunes, the horn players caress her sweet, abstract melodies with their own astringent yet lyrical lines, and on the improvised pieces she masterfully complements Stein and Falzone with gorgeous floating tones and jagged, consonant flurries..."
Chicago Reader, May 21, 2009 (Peter Margasak)


2008

All About Jazz (Sha's Banryu)

Ensuite Kulturmagazin Ausgabe Zürich (Sha's Banryu)

 

2006
Irish Times (Beginning To End)
Entlebucher Anzeiger (Duo Wiss/Sisera)
Irish Times (Beginning To End)

 

2005
Südostschweiz (Interview with Isa Wiss)

 

2004
Kulturmagazin (Dashes)

 

2003
Der Landbote (Interview with Isa Wiss)
CD-Taufe SchnoZgroup
Churer Magazin (SchnoZgroup)
Hoerbar, Jazz 'n' More (SchnoZgroup 'Chadafö')