Doors 7:30 | music 8pm | entry £8
Christian Müller, born in 1971 near Basel, Switzerland, is a clarinettist and electronic-musician. He completed his classical studies at the Conservatory for Music & Theater.
During the last twenty years heworked mainly as improvising electronic-musician, electro-acoustic bass-clarinettist and composer with a conceptual approach. He realized numerous works with the duo Strøm (with Gaudenz Badrutt, electronics, since 2000) and also in national and international projects. As member of Strøm and as a solo musician he created several sound installations and audiovisual pieces and also worked in multimedia-based contexts with dancers and performers. Since 2010 he works with the writer Regina Dürig as Butterland, an interdisciplinary project that combines text and sound. Furthermore he works continously in various contexts and in various bands like DEER, IMO, Convulsif or Infest.
He collaborates and has collaborated in diverse constallations for concerts and multimedia-based works, a. o. with the musicians Martin Schütz, Hans Koch, Christian Kobi, Tomas Korber, Diatribes, Jonas Kocher, Bertrand Denzler, Jacques Demierre, Burkhard Beins, Clayton Thomas, Oren Ambarchi, Bertrand Gauguet, Michel Doneda, Flo Götte, Norbert Möslang, toktek, Simon Berz, Peter Conradin Zumthor, Lionel Friedli, Lê Ninh Quan, Mitsuaki Matsumoto, Urs Peter Schneider, Strotter Inst., dieb13, Susanna Gartmayer, Patricia Bosshard, Yan Jun, Cristián Alvear, Sergio Merce, Loenel Kaplan, Gabrieal Areal, Fernando Perales…
Solo and as member of Strøm, DEER and Convulsif he toured through northern, central and eastern Europe, Russia, China, Chile and Argentina.
His work explores the relationship between sound, silence and action in space. He studied music in Basel, Paris and Zuerich, with a concentration in experimental music and improvisation. Kobi performs and creates with various musicians, composers and artists in context of long term partnerships with artists such as Phill Niblock, Jürg Frey, Taku Sugimoto and Keith Rowe. Since 2004 he curates the ‘zoom in’ festival for improvised music at the Minster of Bern. Christian Kobi teaches improvisation at the Bern University of Arts (HKB).2004 Founder and artistic director of »zoom in«, a festival for improvised music at Berne Minster. 2006 Co-founder of the new music label «CUBUS RECORDS».2012/13 Artistic director of Szofa Budapst (supported by Pro Helvetia) When improvising solo all comes out of a person: Every detail of the sound, every turn in the flow, any adjustment in the spatial and temporal context are dominated by the person on stage. Christian Kobi pursues a prolific solo carrier alongside his many activities as a saxophonist in Konus Quartett as well as founder and curator of festivals. Through an intensive exploration of improvised music he developed highly personalized sound language. 2018 Music Prize of the Canton of Bern.
Lucie Štěpánková (Avsluta) is a sound artist, electro-acoustic composer and performer, free-improviser and lecturer of improvisation and performative practice at London College of Communication. Lucie works with objects and natural materials, field recordings, electronics and digital processing to embody speculative narratives challenging our understanding of reality and in so doing seeks to unlock its potential for transformation. The general aim of her practice is to encourage audiences to engage in listening as an active-creative practice, reconnect with and embody emotions, and discover new approaches towards solidarity as understood within the framework of deep ecology.