Thursday, September 3, 2015

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

SoundOut 2016

This is the 7th year of the annual SoundOut festival, and in 2016 we will bring to you the continuation of the incredible bristling explorative sonic arts event. This is the International Free Improvisational, Free Jazz and Experimental Music festival to will uplift tired ears, explore the unknown, see within the fabric of sound, unravel the threads of normative musical praxis, and question sonic hegemonies. Listen to music with an unforced organic quality that will grow on you...It will replenish your ears and mind!  With artists from Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and the USA that will combine, mix, cross-fertilize, and move sound mountains to inspire inquiring ears.

This coming years festival 2016 sees extraordinary artists such as the brilliant vocalist from France Guylaine Cosseron in a trio with dutch/Australian pianist Cor Fuhler and up and coming cellist Mary Rapp; also astounding Austrian vocalist Fanziska Baumann; brilliant Swiss bass clarinetist Hans Koch in duo with electronic artist Thomas Peter; astonishing trombonist from Norway Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø; innovative German guitarist Hannes Buder; renowned Dutch tenor saxophonist/electronic artist Luc Hotukamp; Melbourne’s exciting clarinetist Aviva Endean ; the wind trio Psithurism (John Porter, Richard Johnson and Rhys Butler) (Aust); trumpet tone master Miroslav Bukovskyversatile bassist extraordinaire Simon Milman ; and guests such as the USA drummer/tenor sax instrumentalist Stephen Roach and electronic Artists Michael Norris and Reuben Ingall from Canberra.

The 2016 group of Artists has never gathered before and never will again in the same configuration, but they are all involved in an international dialogue that is essential to the unfolding of new music structures and what it means to be human in the 21st Century. Come, see and hear the new music evolve.

SoundOut 2016 is very grateful for the continued generous support from SoundOut and its friends, and the volunteers that help with the festival, as well as to Better Music in Canberra for the help with equipment. The Artists would like to thank their respective governments for support: The Norwegian Government, The Swiss Government; the Austrian Embassy; The French Embassy; Maltese and Netherlands Governments; and the German Governments

It will be held this year on the Saturday 30th January 1-5pm and 7 - 11:30pm and Sunday 31st January 1-5pm and 7 - 11:30pm. 19hrs: over 4 sessions of extraordinary music. 

Due to unforseen cicumstances the RHRR trio could not make it for this festival and are determined to be here in 2017 for SoundOut.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

When and Where

Saturday 30th January

Session 1:  1 pm - 5pm 

Session 2:  7 pm - 11:30pm 

Sunday 31st January

Session 3: 1pm - 5pm

Session 4:  7pm - 11:30pm

@ Ainslie Arts Centre
Main Hall
38 Elouera St, Braddon
Canberra Australia
(02) 6162 1739
Tickets at the door and online 

$35 full - $20 conc per 4hr session 
Season full $115 and Season concession $75
Season Pass:
Session 1:
Session 2:
Session 3:
Session 4:

For more information contact:
Richard Johnson
+ 61 0411 117 462
      Please see Program and Artists profiles below.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Artist List 2016
Aviva Endean – clarinet – bass clarinet - Melbourne
Cor Fuhler - piano - Sydney
Franziska Baumann – vocals/electronics – Switzerland
Guylaine Cosseron: vocalist  - France
Hans Koch – bass clarinet/soprano saxophone – Switzerland
Hannes Buder - electric guitar – Germany
Henrik Munkeby Norstebo - Trombone - Norway
John Porter: alto/tenor saxophone – Canberra (Psithurism trio)
Luc Houtkamp – Saxophones – Netherlands
Mary Rapp - cello - Sydney
Michael Norris - electronics - Canberra
Miroslav Bukovsky - trumpet - Canberra
Reuben Ingalls - electonics/guitar - Canberra
Rhys Butler: alto sax – Canberra (Psithurism trio)
Richard Johnson: wind instruments – Canberra (Psithurism trio)
Stephen Roach – drums - USA
Simon Milman - double bass - Canberra
Thomas Peter- electronics – [duo with Hans Koch]: Switzerland

Sunday, August 30, 2015

SoundOut 2016 PROGRAM: 
 Saturday 30th January
Afternoon:   Session  1  [1pm – 5pm]

1:00      Psithurism Trio [Butler/Porter/Johnson]
1:50      Ingall/Milman/Bukovsky/Norris
2:40      Luc Houtkamp solo
3:30      Buder/Norstebo +
4:20      Aviva Endean [Guided listening workshop]  

Evening:   Session  2  [7pm – 11:30pm]

7:00    Wind/Brass Nonet: Butler/Bukovsky/Charles/Endean/Houtkamp/Koch/Johnson/Porter/
7:50    Baumann/ Buder
8:40    Koch/Peter’s Duo
9:35    Cosseron/Fuhler/Rapp trio
10: 20  Endean/Porter/Norris/Roach +
11:10   Collective improvisation from all performers of the day

Sunday 31st January
Afternoon:  Session  3 [1pm – 5pm]
1:00      Baumann/Porter/Milman +
1:50      Hannes Buder solo
2:40      Cosseron/Fuhler/Rapp trio +
3:30     Peter/Roach/Norris/Butler
4:20      Henrik Norstebo Solo

Evening:  Session  4  [7pm – 11:30pm]
7:00     Buder/Bukovsky/Butler trio
7:45    Franziska Baumann solo
8:35     Cosseron/Johnson/Norstebo
9:30    Blondy/Houtkamp/Milman/Roach/Porter
10:20   Endean/Koch/Johnson
11:10   Collective Improvisation (all Performers from the two days)

Saturday, August 29, 2015

SoundOut 2016
Artist Biographies

Aviva Endean – clarinet – bass clarinet - Melbourne
Aviva Endean is a performance-maker, clarinettist and composer interested in expanding the audience experience of sound by creating site-specific, intimate contexts for listening. Her practice spans a wide variety of musical styles including experimental and improvised music, contemporary chamber music, world music, and inter-arts collaborations. Her recent solo works include the ‘Intimate Sound Immersion‘, a performance for one blindfolded person at a time, and ‘ In the half, a show for solo clarinet and immersive lighting design, presented by ASTRA as part of the JUMP mentorship program with mentor Margaret Cameron. A passionate exponent of new and unusual repertoire, Aviva is co-director of contemporary music collective 'Quiver' and has performed with some of Australia’s leading new music organisations, including Chamber Made Opera, Arcko Symphonic Project, 6 Degrees, Three Shades Black, Golden Fur, Aria Co, Team of Pianists, The New Music Network, Aphids, Astra Chamber Music Society and Chamber Music Australia, and performed for festivals including Metropolis Festival, BIFEM, Tokyo Experimental Festival and The Melbourne Festival. Aviva is the recipient of numerous awards and grants including JUMP, Art Start, Professional Pathways Scholarship, The Keith and Elizabeth Murdoch Travelling Scholarship, The Willem Van Otterloo Memorial award, The Alan C Rose Memorial Fund, The Athenaeum club prize for chamber music, The Lionel Gell Merit Prize, The Friends of the VCA award, and has been nominated for an ARIA award 'best world music album' and the EG music awards ‘best avant-garde/experimental act’.

Franziska Baumann – vocals/electronics  - Switzerland
Franziska Baumann, an internationally acclaimed vocalist, composer and sound artist is experienced in a diversity of improvised and composed music.  As a vocalist she explores the human voice as a multi-faceted instrument expanding traditional boundaries. She has developed an extensive vocabulary of experimental and extended vocal techniques such as multiphonics and glottal clicks and a variety of unique microtonal, timbre-modifying and percussive vocal techniques that have become her "signature sounds". Her research interests include the voice as a medium between instrument and potentials of human feelings and human society by causing unusual ways of listening and consciousness. As a composer her repertoire is diverse and includes commissions for electroacoustic and improvised projects to experimental radioworks, large-scale site-specific sound environments and installations, all of which are characterized by a very personal language.  As "artist in residence" in the STEIM "Studio for ElectroInstrumental Music", Amsterdam, she developed an interactive SensorLab based Sensorglove. Mainly in solo performances she uses the Sensorglove. This interactive SensorLab-based cyberglove (her own development while staying at the STEIM Studio for ElectroInstrumental Music in Amsterdam) gives her total control over her articulations and the acoustics via gestures and movement.
Concert tours have taken her to the Netherlands, Germany, France, Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania, Italy, Spain, South Corea, USA and Canada.  Radio: diverse Portraits auf DRS2, Deutschlandradio, Südwestfunk. She is a professor for non-idiomatic improvisation-composition and vocal performance at the Berne University of Music, Switzerland.

Fredric Blondy: piano – Trio RHRR - France
On completing his studies in Mathematics and Physics at Bordeaux University, Frédéric Blondy dedicated himself full time to music, firstly as a jazz pianist and subsequently as a student at the Bordeaux National Conservatory where he studed piano, harmony, analysis and composition. Since moving to Paris he has worked with Marie-Christine Calvet at the “International Piano Center”, refining a body-based approach to the instrument. As musician, Frédéric Blondy has performed in many festivals and venues in Europe, North America, Middle East and Asia, working with, amongst others Paul Lovens, Rhodri Davies, Lê Quan Ninh, Michel Doneda, Joëlle Léandre, Urs Leimgruber, Thomas Lehn, Daunik Lazro, Radu Malfatti, John Tilbury, Otomo Yoshihide, Mats Gustafsson,.... and developed a thorough work with ensembles like Hubbub, Ethos. As composer, he wrote music for films, videos, and danse and works with several ensembles. In 2011 he created the Orchestre de Nouvelles Créations, Expérimentations et Improvisations Musicales (ONCEIM - ensemble of 30 musicians) to develop links between improvisers skills and written music. He is actually artistic director and composer for this ensemble. He has run for several years, a regular workshop on improvisation and contemporary sound practices, first at the Instants Chavirés then as part of the Rendez-Vous Contemporains of Saint Merry. He is a regular speaker at the Cité de la Musique in Paris for workshops on contemporary sound practices and new creation tools. More occasionally he is requested in many festivals in Europe, North America and Japan to lead courses and presenting lectures aboutimprovisation and contemporary sound practices. He has made almost twenty recordings published on different European labels. He is a regular guest on national radio for concerts or to participate in broadcasts. His concerts are regularly recorded and broadcast by national radios : France Musique, SWR, BBC,...He is also involved in the promotion of improvised and contemporary music as well as visual arts through Rendez-Vous Contemporains of Saint Merry and the festival Crak in Paris inviting international artists for concerts, performances, screenings, meetings...

Guylaine Cosseron: vocalist – Trio RHRR - France
She received Gold Medal at the jazz conservatory in Normandy, and started a jazz and Arabic music course with the quartet "The black slippers" and also started the vocal sextet “The big mouths” in Montpellier (cd sony) and then with the contemorary jazz quartet "The Bohemian waxwing, in 2000. She also sings in the jazz group of Balkan music "Bohemia Express" and with percussionist Emmanuel Ricard and in the public young duo "Before the words" (prehistoric music for young shoots). His virtuosic vocal technique allows him to explore a wide range of vocal registers very original and well mastered, including various sound materials close musical instruments and the sounds or ethnic diponiques triphonic. Since 2005 she is engaged primarily in the improvised contemporary music, working with musicians including: Joelle Leandre, Phil Minton, Charles Xavier, Frederic Blondy, Camel Zekri, John Russell, Regis Huby, Michel Doneda, Simon Fell, Lee Quan Nihn, Fabrice Charles Toma Gouband, Sophie Agnel, Soizic Lebrat. Since 2012 she plays in the experimental band the OMEDOC in Normandy. She is also a vocalist in the draft sound poetry: "Events and Exorcism" with the comedian Denis washing and guitarist Jean-François Pauvros around texts by Henri Michaux.

Hans Koch – bass clarinet – Switzerland
Hans Koch has quit his carreer as a recognised classical clarinetist to become one of the most innovative improvising reed-players in Europe. He has been working with everyone from Cecil Taylor to Fred Frith since the eighties. As a composer he has shaped the sound of Koch-Schütz-Studer since the beginning as well as working for radio-plays and film.  Since the nineties he has been working with electronics as an extension of the saxes/clarinets as well as with sampling/sequencing/Laptop. As a reed-player he is always working on his very own vocabulary and sound, which makes him a very unique voice on the actual scene. Koch received various grants, work grants, commissions and awards, including the Culture Prize of the City of Biel 1986 and 2002 the cantonal Bernese Music Prize and the Bernese film music award. He has participated in numerous international projects, including Globe Unity Orchestra, in the "Cecil Taylor European Big Band", in "Barry Guy New Orchestra" and "Ensemble d`Improvisateurs Européens". The discography own or featured with the participation of recordings includes over 40 Cds. Well as a comprehensive list of his radio play and film scores, including for the award-winning feature film "Alpine Fire" by Fredi M. Murer (including Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival 1985).

Hannes Buder - electric guitar - Germany
Hannes Buder (born 1978 in the former GDR) is a musician, improviser and composer in the field of experimental music. His works concentrate on issues of movement, authenticity, intuition, minimalism, density and slowness. Buder's current projects include the bands "[ro]" with Hannes Lingens, "Shotgun Chamber Trio" with Lucia Martinez and Oleg Hollmann, "Heisenberg Quintet" with Anna Kaluza, Niko Meinhold, Stephan Bleier and Rui Faustino, and his solo project. Beyond that he has collaborated with Audrey Chen, Tony Buck, Audrey Lauro, Hilary Jeffery, Mike Majkowski, Matthias Bauer, Todd Capp, Steve Heather, Andrew Lafkas, the Berlin Improvisers Orchestra and many others. Hannes Buder's Solo recordings include "changes" (2000), "dunkelbunt" (2004), "openyoureyescloseyoureyes" (2006) and "changes II" (2015). He performed concerts in Europe and in the USA. Buder has also composed, improvised and recorded music for different dance (Oxana Chi), theater (Jörg Mihan) and film projects (Barbara Lubich, Annick Gaudreault). He's been working temporarily as a teacher/workshop leader at different festivals, music schools and with prisoners in jail. He studied guitar at the Carl Maria von Weber Conservatory in Dresden and the Franz Liszt Conservatory in Weimar.

Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø – trombone – Norway
Born 1986 in Trondheim, is a trombonist working mostly within contemporary fields of music. Educated in improvised music and jazz from the music academies in Gothenburg (BA) and Oslo (MA), he is now based in the Norwegian capital. His ambiguous relationship with the trombone has led to the exploration of the boisterous and brassy side of the instrument, as well as it’s microscopic and ‘electronic’ sound possibilities. Utilizing a wide spectrum of playing techniques, from pure long tones to noise and the almost inaudible, he often works with music balancing the intuitive with the precisely constructed. Having toured actively since 2010, he has played at clubs and festivals in more than 20 European countries, as well as Japan. His discography counts over 20 releases, and contains a.o. records in duos with Swedish pianist Rasmus Borg and Austrian sound artist Daniel Lercher. Nørstebø’s time is divided between his regular projects; improv trios As deafness increases, Lana trio, Whirl (with Tobias Delius) and Nørstebø/Strid/de Heney, new music ensemble Aksiom and the freejazzpop-band Skadedyr. He is also a member of several project  based groups, and have appeared in a myriad of ad hoc settings. In fall 2015 his second solo record will be released on the label SOFA, followed by extensive touring in Europe and further afield.

John Porter: alto/tenor saxophone – Canberra   (Psithurism trio)
Born in Toowoomba in 1985, John is a formidable young saxophonist with a deep interest in free improvisation. After starting on the clarinet at an earlier age he switched to the tenor saxophone and never looked back.  In 2003 John moved to Brisbane to study music full-time, completing a Bachelor of Music in 2005 and a Master of Music in 2008 where his thesis was on the avant garde composer Cornelius Cardew. It was during this time that John received his first exposure to improvised music, participating in a number of groups in and around Brisbane. He has since played with a number of artists including Shoji Hano, Jeff Henderson, Kris Wanders, Madoka Kouno, Elliott Dalgleish, and the Stasis Duo, and appears on recordings released by the [Array] and Homophoni labels. John is currently in a saxophone trio with Richard Johnson and Rhys Butler called Psithurism Trio. He loves playing music to birds and animals in a dialogue with the sound-scapes around him, as it were.

Luc Houtkamp – Saxophones – Netherlands
Luc is a composer/improviser who bridges the gap between different worlds of music. Having a background in jazz & improvised music as a saxophone player, his musical goal is to establish a continuum between improvisation and composition in which the difference between the two dissolves. With the aid of computers and live electronics as well as various forms of music notation his compositions are highly personal in both sound and concept. Stylistic freedom is not a post-modern cliché, but based on his belief that musical style is secondary in importance and they’re to serve the expressive quality of the music itself. His main interest in his pieces is the way in which the musicians play together, and how this can be directed by means of composition and the use of computers. After a long-standing career as an improvising musician, Houtkamp established his own POW Ensemble in 2002. Being a flexible unit of musicians with musical backgrounds in jazz, rock, electronic and contemporary music, it soon became the ideal body for the performance of his own composition.

Michael Norris: electronics and feedback  (Canberra)
Michael has been creating experimental music since 1988 and has been performing both collaborative and solo music, noise and sound art since 2000, mostly in Brisbane with collaborators including Joe Musgrove and Andrew Kettle. He currently presents "Subsequence" – a weekly program of specialist experimental/electronic music broadcast live on 2XX FM, Canberra, and nationally on the Community Radio Network. In 2004, while in the UK for postdoctoral work in computational psychoacoustics, he performed regularly with improv trio Analogorak in Totnes, Devon. At Electrofringe 2002 and 2007 he presented workshops on home made instruments and feedback. Since moving to Canberra in 2007 Michael has performed solo and in live collaborative improvisations with Richard Johnson, and Stephen Barrass. Performed at SoundOut 2011/2012 see review “Spartak/Mike Majkowski/Michael Norris performance on Sunday afternoon where “pitch, tonality and form achieved a beautiful harmony” (BMA Mag below)

Miroslav Bukovsky: trumpet – Canberra

Miroslav was the head trumpet teacher for the ANU School of Music Jazz department in Canberra for many years until just recently when the entire ANU SM jazz department was abolished along most of the Classical School by a new VC. . He was one of the founders of the renowned Jazz ensemble the Ten Part Invention (TPI) with Roger Frampton and John Pochee; has played with the Free Boppers, the KMA Orchestra and the Australian Art Orchestra. He has led the award - winning ensemble Wunderlust for many years and remains active composing and performing with them and TPI. He has also played in the experimental jazz trio Pollen Trio with Austin Bucket and Evan Dorrian and in a trumpet trio with James Greening and Reuben Lewis recently. He is a staunch experimenter and improviser and relishes the opportunity that new grouping provide.

Reuben Ingall: electronics/guitar - Canberra
Reuben Ingall grew up in Canberra, and studied computer music and interactive digital media at the Centre for New Media Arts at The Australian National University. 
Since 2012 Ingall has collaborated with other musicians in ensembles including Otiose Trio and Silver Spine Arkestra, using home-brewed software patches developed for an improvisational setting. He samples the acoustic sound of players' instruments and remixes them on-the-fly, using a set of DSP tools that allow expressive macro-control of micro-level automated/generative audio transformations. He also makes music solo, applying his patches to guitar, voice, found sound and field recordings, producing lonely drone pop and glitchy, psychedelic soundscapes. His other projects include a radio show, recording and mixing bands, and a novelty mashup-DJ act. He has worked on music for installations, theatre, e-publications, film, and dance.

Rhys Butler: alto sax – Canberra   (Psithurism trio)
Rhys has come to know the cities he has lived in through improvised and noise music. The trio Dinner Sock (Stephen Roach (drums), David Keyton (feedback), and Rhys Butler (saxophones)) formed from the weekly Fugue State Sessions in Guanzhou. The group performed with local experimenters such as Yan Jun, Feng Hao and Li Zenghui and collaborated with musicians transiting China such as Uwe Bastiansen (Faust) and Lucas Abela. Despite living in different corners of the world, Dinner Sock has continued to participate in China's experimental music scene and played Beijing's Sally Can't Dance festival and NOIShanghai in 2012. In Santiago, Chile, Rhys participated in events run by Productura Mutante and played in the free-for-all Collective Improvisation NO. Now residing in Canberra, Rhys has been working in a duo with Reuben Ingall (live processing) and more recently in a reeds trio Psithurism with John Porter and Richard Johnson.

Richard Johnson: wind instruments – Canberra   (Psithurism trio)
Richard performs with the texture of sound on soprano/baritone saxophone and bass clarinet and in the last couple of years has been experimenting with instruments made from the conical gourds from PNG. These particular gourds allow the stripping back of the wind instruments to their most visceral and most sensuous form and allow for the exploration of the fundamentals of sound production with extended techniques. He has performed at the What is Music Festival, Nownow Festival; the Make it Now performances; also performances with the Brice Glace Ensemble and the 102 Club Orkestra in Grenoble France 2004; “Whip it“ series in Sydney; various Precipice annual Improv workshops hosted by Tony Osbourne as well as hosting local/interstate/international improvisation nights in Canberra and as being the Director/Curator/producer and performer at SoundOut 2010 – 2015. As a sound artist he worked with renowned visual Artist Savanhdary Vongpoothorn for the Australia Exhibition at The Casula Power House in Sydney as well collaborated with glass/conceptual artist Denise Higgins on a soundscape for her show in Melbourne. He has performed with the likes of Jaap Blonk, Jon Rose, Robbie Avenaim, Jerome Nottinger, Jim Denley, Kim Myhr, Clare Cooper, Annette Giesreigl, Rodrigo Motoya, Antonio Panda Gianfratti, Thomas Rohrer, Clayton Thomas, Isaiah Ceccarelli, Yan Jun, Laura Altman, Michael Norris, Evan Dorian, Christine Abdelnour, Philippee Lauzier, Eric Normand etc. Currently he is working in a wind trio with John Porter and Rhys Butler called Psithurism, which has a digital release with the renowned Canadian clarinetist Francois Houle available at the below link.

Simon Milman - double bass - Canberra
He has been a professional musician for over twenty years, working in a wide range of settings with some of Australia’s most renowned musicians. Simon is equally at home playing and singing Cuban rumba or improvised music. Simon also runs We Large Productions, a record label which releases solo and collaborative music and stages events in the community. In 2014 We Large Productions released Reina De La Pileta with a grant from The Australia Council. The album features Simon’s compositions recorded with Miroslav Bukovsky and Wanderlust. Simon is currently developing a new group called Goal To Hurl, featuring new music and different improvisational strategies. His main instrument is double bass and he studied with William Parker, Mark Helias, John Patitucci, Feliciano Arango, Max McBride, Eric C. Ajaye, Cameron Undy and Matt Clohesy. He has also studied percussion in New York, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Ghana.

Stephen Roach- Drums/tenor sax: USA
Stephen Roach (U.S.A.) is an improvisational multi-instrumentalist (saxophones, percussion). Predominantly self-taught, the unique development of Roach’s creative and genre-spanning musical language has been spurred by collaborations with numerous artists.
Notable past projects and performances on his native soil have included the talent of improv/experimental stalwarts such as Davu Seru (of Merciless Ghost, etc), Tim Glenn (Squidfist), Rob Cambre (founder of Anxious Sound), Donald Miller (Barbetomagus), Will Thompson (WATIV), Bruce Golden (Curlew), Douglas Ewart (AACM), Tyler Tadlock (Spirituals) and many more. Roach also spent the better part of a decade living in China, where his pursuit of adventurous sound exploration continued unabated. Collaborators included Yan Jun, Li Tieqiao, Li Jianhong, Vavabond, Marshall Allen (Sun Ra Arkestra), Li Zenghui, Feng Hao, Itta & Marqito, Lucas Abela, Greenmist, Klaus Janek, Claudio Rocchetti, Klaus Bru, and Rhys Butler etc. Roach is co-founder of two improvising trios, Susto and Dinner Sock, both focused on the spontaneously composed interplay between reeds, percussion, guitar or electronics. More recent projects include the improv-thrash duo Orlop with guitarist Adam MacGregor and Hive of Wires with Ryan Unks.

Thomas Peter- electronics – [duo with Hans Koch]:  Switzerland
Thomas Peter is a musician and composer, based in Zürich, Switzerland. He is active in the broad field between composed, improvised electronic music and sound installations. His interests lie in the physical, tactile spacious display of electronic- and acoustical sound objects. While in his sound installations acoustical, unconscious sounds are transformed into another spatial context, his live-performances deals either with the acoustical result of tactile actions on amplified objects or with the physical and spatial display of electronic sound objects. He recently composed music for an installation-project of the ensemble phoenix with Olaf Nicolai in Basel (Switzerland) and has performed many concerts as solo artist and as an interpreter of contemporary music in Europe, Asia, North- and South-America. Thomas Peter studied audiodesign and improvisation at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel, Switzerland.

Xavier Charles – Clarinet- Trio RHRR – France
Xavier Charles is an active clarinetist in the world of improvised music, known from a variety of constellations and ensembles like ‘Dans les arbres’ (on the ECM label) and ‘Contest of Pleasures’. Currently his musical research ranges from performance on the clarinet and bass to the installation of vibrating speakers, at the edge of improvised music, noise and electro-acoustic sound. He has played in numerous new music fesivals in France and abroad. Charles also collaborates with Jacques Di Donato and Frederic Le Junter.  In his other work with groups and collectives, he has also collaborated with Martin Tetrault, The Ex, Peirre Berthet, Etage 34, Axel Dörner, Jérôme Jeanmart, John Butcher, Jean Pallandre, Marc Pichelin, Chris Cutler, Martine Altenburger, Camel Zékri, Emmanuelle Pellegrini, Michel Donédaand  Frédéric Blondy. The artist has composed for the theatre, most notably with the Theatre François Lazaro. He is further involved in the music world as an organizer of the fesival Densités (FR).

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