MaxMantis (Switzerland)

Marvel meets DC meets Jazz: This constitutes the trio MaxMantis – Three jazz musicians that through their performance of musical themes, jingles, free improvisation and chaos tell the ongoing story of their alternate superhero lives. Here, stylistic and musical boundaries do not exist- into the infinite abyss and beyond! Maximum Mantis!

Is it a bird? is it a plane? No! It’s the MaxMantis Clan! Three Superheroes united under the banner of the praying mantis, continuously defending their wild-west style world against villains such as the Redback Bandits- Black spiders on horseback, or The Moth Hunters- a group of crazed Moths with no loyalties. When things become dicey the allies are at hand, allies such as The Power Hen- a mutated giant hen that can be called to aid using a jinglewhich brings us to the right topic.

Behind the three heroes Jeff Mantis, Rex Mantis, and Bob Mantis are the three Swiss jazz musicians Lukas Gernet (p), Rafael Jerjen (b) and Samuel Büttiker (dr). Three unique high-calibre musicians, that through their performance of musical themes, jingles, free improvisation tell the ongoing stories surrounding the MaxMantis Clan; in other words Marvel meets DC meets Jazz. Every hero, every ally and every villain has their own melody which acts as a catalyst to create music in the moment. Energy, joy and group interaction are certainly key words that describe how the trio morphs the disciplines of free and structured jazz into their own breed of music that is flexible and free yet still unified and purely unique.

Under their own label, MaxMantis Records, the trio releases a new Live-EP, each presented in a different colour every six to nine months. With this concept MaxMantis toured Australia in 2015 and continuously plays concerts and international festivals in Switzerland, Germany, Austria as well as rest of Europe.

There are no rules and roles in this trio: A deep musical understanding between three friends and the pressing search for new ideas sees the three heroes transcend beyond any stylistic or musical boundaries- into the infinite abyss and far beyond! MaximumMantis!


MAXMANTIS comprises:

  • Lukas Gernet (Jeff Mantis)- piano
  • Rafael Jerjen (Rex Mantis) - bass
  • Samuel Büttiker (Bob Mantis) - drums