The Swiss trio "KOCH-SCHÜTZ-STUDER" has a name
on the international scene for it's radical and uncompromising "Hardcore
Chambermusic". The three musicians are working together since 1990.
Characteristics of their music are hard contrasts, even contradictions.
Sequenced sounds from various unrecognisable sources and the use of
live-electronics create dense walls of sound which are contrasted with
completely acoustic, minimalistic-ambient improvisations.
("played") and digital ("programmed") beats are juxtaposed
against free "outer-limits"- improvisations. It is a music free of
stylistic restrictions. The three accomplished musicians have been working in a
"style-free" musical zone for quite some time now and with their live
performances at jazz-festivals, in underground rock-and electronic-music-clubs
as well as in the context of contemporary "classical" music they are
showing that to them an open as well as radical artistic attitude is more
important than style-categories or musical genres. Besides their work as a
trio, "Koch-Schütz-Studer" have always initiated various projects and
worked with musicians/artists from different cultural and artistic
An ongoing project is the group "Roots and
Wires" with New-York-DJs I-Sound and M.Singe. The trio‘s CD "Heavy
Cairo Traffic" with the renowned traditional egyptian musicians "El
Nil Troop" found enthusiastic response from critics and public alike.
Their recordings with traditional and improvising Cuban musicians
(Koch-Schütz-Studer & Musicos Cubanos: "Fidel" )offer very different
and unique takes on afrocuban music. Two recordings have been released with
exceptional swiss poet/performer Christian Uetz. The music-theatre-project
"antenne karger" with actor Markus Wolff has recently been recorded
and will be broadcast in november on radio DRS as a radioplay. The latest CD is
"life tied" (intakt) and got fantastic reviews in the press and great
feedbacks from listeners.Other ongoing collaborations besides the work as a
trio are frequent concerts with british vocalist Phil Minton and a performance
program with german author Birgit Kempker. This year the trio has played and
will play at numerous festivals like the Willisau Jazzfestival, Jazz em Agosto
Lisbon, Jazz à Mulhouse, Enjoy Jazz Mannheim/Ludwigshafen,
"izzven"Festival Maribor, Festival Leipzig.