Šalter Ensemble

Šalter Ensemble is an international electroacoustic ensemble initiated in 2017 by Jonas Kocher in collaboration with Zavod Sploh Ljubljana and Izlog Festival Zagreb. It is composed of personalities from the Swiss and Slovenian music scene and from other countries depending on the editions.

The particularity of the project lies in the fact that the musicians composing the ensemble come from different practices such as free improvisation, jazz, traditional or classical music. The preparation time before a new creation serves as much to work on new compositions by the members of the ensemble as to redefine each time the sound identity of the group through an intense collective process based on listening. This way of doing things gives Šalter the means to create on the border between free improvisation and composition, with renewed sound and human possibilities in each creation.

Gaudenz Badrutt, electronics, Estelle Beiner, violin, Ilia Belorukov, saxophone, Tomaž Grom, double bass, electronics, Elisabeth Harnik, piano, prepared piano, Josef Klammer, drums, electronics, Jonas Kocher, accordion, Samo Kutin, hurdy gurdy, Alfred Lang, trumpet, Irena Z. Tomažin, voice

New works for ensemble from Jonas Kocher & Gaudenz Badrutt, Elisabeth Harnik and Tomaž Grom.

Artistic direction by Kocher & Badrutt, Harnik, Grom

Dates 2023
May 05, Venezia Mestre (IT), Forte Marghera
May 17, Graz (AT), STIO Festival
May 19, Cerkno (SLO), Jazz Festival
May 25, Biel/Bienne (CH), Le Singe
May 26, Zürich (CH), Videoex Festival
November 25, Ljubljana (SLO), Festival Forum za novo glasbo

Bruit Association, Zavod Sploh (Ljubljana) and Association for New and Improvised Music (Graz)

City of Biel/Bienne, Canton of Bern, Fondation Nicati – De Luze, Pro Helvetia, Fondation SUISA, Land Steiermark Kultur, Stadt Graz, Bundesministerium Kunst, SKE Fonds, GFÖM/AKM, Alpen-Adria Allianz (AAA), Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, City of Ljubljana

More activities

Baldrian Quartett
Concert / Performance, Tour
February 26-30 2023: Concerts in Biel/Bienne, Zürich and Geneva
Kai Fagaschinski
February 25 2023, Biel/Bienne. “Improvising as an ecosystem”
All Them Takes (picture by Yann Staffelbach)
Concert / Performance
January 25 2022: Performance in Geneva (CH)
Koch, Kocher & Badrutt
Concert / Performance
January 12 & 13 2023: Concerts in London and Brighton
All Them Takes (picture by Yann Staffelbach)
Concert / Performance
November 4 2022: Performance in Sion (CH)
Vasiliki Tsagkari, Jalalu Kalvert-Nelson (picture by Yann Staffelbach)
Concert / Performance, Talk
September 10 & 11 2022, Biel/Bienne, Terrain Gurzelen

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