Recalibrate is re-emerging in 2024 with lots of new material and new bass player Andrew Mortensen, from Serious Beak, Kurushimi, Slimey Things and many other progressive and experimental bands. Alex and I can’t wait to bring this new trio on a small run of shows around NSW:

09 Feb 2024 | Wollongong | Servo Food Truck Bar | w/ Svntax Error, Your Loving Tyrant
10 Feb 2024 | Sydney | The Townie | w/ Rocket Head
23 Feb 2024 | Woy Woy | Link and Pink | w/ Svntax Error
14 Mar 2024 | Sydney | Lazybones | w/ Dave Carr’s Fabulous Contraption

HINTERLANDT: Quartet at Django

Hinterlandt will perform at Django Bar in Sydney on Thursday 12th of September. We will debut our new, compact quartet format:

Nicole Smede – vocals
Monique Turner – violin
Simeon Johnson – cello
Jochen Gutsch – composition, guitar, trumpet, flugelhorn

We will be supported by Anti Guitar Trio (Simon Dawes, Dave Sattout, Joe Manton) who specialise in complex poly-rhythms.


SNOB CLUB: Unwucht LP and Tour

SNOB CLUB "Unwucht" LP Front Cover

Instrumental, intercontinental, intense trio SNOB CLUB has just released a new album called Unwucht. I play guitar and did the artwork. Available on vinyl and on Bandcamp. Label: Kollektive Halluzination.

Matthias Weishoff – bass
Gregor Hennig – drums
Jochen Gutsch – guitar

Tour Dates (all in Germany):

Sat 27 May 2023 | Hannover | Glocksee
Sun 28 May 2023 | Berlin | Monarch
Fri 02 June 2023 | Fintel | Tenne
Sat 03 June 2023 | Bremen | Cafe Karo
Thu 08 June 2023 | Ottersberg | AZ
Fri 09 June 2023 | Cologne | Stereowonderland
Sat 10 June 2023 | Frankfurt | AU

All shows with Krälfe except Hannover with Ditz

HINTERLANDT: German Cultural Day

On Saturday 1st of April 2023, Hinterlandt will be performing at the inaugural German Cultural Day in Sydney, organised by the Goethe-Institut and supported by Woollahra Council. We’re excited to share the day with Monolake, Electric Indigo, Lolo Lovina, The Beez, Martin del Amo and many others. Info here.

Lara Goodridge – violin
Monique Turner – viola
Simeon Johnson – cello
Nicole Smede – vocals
Jochen Gutsch – guitar, trumpet, flugelhorn

HINTERLANDT: International Women’s Jazz Festival

Since Hinterlandt grew from a solo project into an ensemble, the majority of band members have been female. Now we’ve been invited to play at SIMA’s International Women’s Jazz Festival. In addition to this Sydney show we’ll play in Katoomba, Tomerong and Canberra to road-test some new material and to introduce violinist, Isabel Tzorbatzaki.

02 Nov 2022 | Sydney | SIMA International Women’s Jazz Festival | Support: Keyna Wilkins
12 Nov 2022 | Katoomba | Pigeon Lane (dinner & show package)
19 Nov 2022 | Tomerong | Tomerong Hall | Support: Nicole Smede
20 Nov 2022 | Canberra | Smith’s Alternative (1pm matinée show) | Support: Sebastian Field

STILL: Soundtrack on Oxtail Records

STILL: Roster 100 Days 300x300

Still is an audio-visual project based on photos of the same patch of sky I took for 100 consecutive days, at 8am every morning. At the same time I composed a soundtrack to match the meditative atmosphere of the photographic project. The collage grid was shown in Head on Photo Festival, the soundtrack was released on Oxtail Records. The 100 photos can be viewed in this online gallery. I’ll also be playing a few solo shows to support the release:

27 Aug 2022 | Sydney | Petersham Bowling Club
04 Sept 2022 | Sydney | Moshpit
03 Dec 2022 | Sydney | Alpha House
14 Jan 2023 | Bangalow | Film Festival
20 May 2023 | Wentworth Falls | 1000ClicksWest

SNOB CLUB: Bremen, Berlin, Frankfurt

Snob Club Flyer Tour 2022

My instrumental trio SNOB CLUB has a short tour coming up in Germany. These shows are always intense and cathartic. It’s been a while because my co-musicians and I don’t live in the same country, and international travel to/from Australia was out of the question for more than two years. We last toured in 2019, then had another tour booked in 2020 which was cancelled. Anyway, this time it’s happening.

23 Jun 2022 | GER | Bremen | Lila Eule
24 Jun 2022 | GER | Berlin | Schokoladen
25 Jun 2022 | GER | Frankfurt | ExZess

All shows supported by Krälfe

DANCE: Research Collaboration

Jochen Gutsch at Critical Path, Sydney

Sydney contemporary dance company Critical Path invited me to participate in a research residency they hosted for a choreographer and two dancers with disabilities. Together with fellow musician Trevor Brown we developed sounds and music to support the dancers in their vision.


Recalibrate is the new name for my trio with Alex O’Toole and Simeon Bartholomew, formerly known as No Mandate. The band is older than Covid and was named before people started shouting about vaccine and mask mandates. We’d played about 35 shows and made two albums under the name No Mandate, but felt the step was necessary to avoid being associated with this toxic debate. Some links have changed: Bandcamp | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube

STILL: Head On Photo Festival

My first visual artwork STILL has been accepted into Head On Photo Festival. It’s based on 100 photos of the same patch of sky I took at 8am in the morning for 100 consecutive days. I made this a while ago and it’s amazing to see it now gets this kind of recognition. STILL will be on display at Paddington Reservoir Gardens in Sydney from 20 until 28 November, as a projection slide, among semi-finalists. I’d like to thank the festival jury for selecting the work among all those submissions.

For info about the festival please go to the festival website.