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Šalter Ensemble

Šalter Ensemble operates on the border between free improvisation and composition, focusing on collective processes as a central part of its practice. The project is a fluid international electroacoustic ensemble initiated in 2017 by Jonas Kocher in collaboration with Zavod Sploh Ljubljana and Izlog Festival Zagreb, and has since performed at numerous venues and festivals in Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Switzerland and Serbia. In 2021, the ensemble released the album Štiri dela.

The ensemble consists of outstanding personalities from the international music scene. The musicians come from a wide range of backgrounds – from jazz to traditional and folk music to contemporary improvised and electronic music – and are from different generations.

In its current programme, Šalter presents new compositions by Jonas Kocher & Gaudenz Badrutt, Elisabeth Harnik and Tomaž Grom, which were developed especially for Šalter during a residency in Venice.

Jonas Kocher & Gaudenz Badrutt, Interstices / Interferences (2023)
Elisabeth Harnik, šum III (2023)
Tomaž Grom, My Wish Your Command (2023)

Šalter 2023: Jonas Kocher – accordion; Gaudenz Badrutt – electronics; Ilia Belorukov – saxophone; Estelle Beiner – violin; Alfred Lang –  trumpet; Elisabeth Harnik – piano; Josef Klammer – drums, electronics; Samo Kutin – hurdy–gurdy; Irena Z. Tomažin – voice; Tomaž Grom – double bass, electronics

Concerts 2023
05. 05. Venezia Mestre (IT), Forte Marghera 
19. 05. Cerkno (SLO), Jazz Festival
25. 05. Biel/Bienne (CH), Le Singe
26. 05. Zürich (CH), Videoex Festival
23. 11. Ljubljana (SLO), festival Forum nove glasbe
24. 11. St. Johann (AT), MUKU
26. 11. Graz (AT), TAO

Radio broadcasting
31. 1. 2024 Radio Slovenija, Arsov art atelje
11. 10. 2023 SRF (National radio Sweezarland), Neue Musik im Konzert

29. 4.-5. 5. 2023  Venezia Mestre (IT)Forte Marghera
This work was produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The views expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Union.

Supporters ...
Supporters ...

Bruit Association (Biel/Bienne):
Zavod Sploh (Ljubljana):
Styrian Association for New and Improvised Music (Graz/Austria)

Jazz Cerkno, Live Arts Culture 

Land Steiermark Kultur, Stadt Graz, Bundesministerium Kunst, SKE Fonds, GFÖM / AKM, Alpen-Adria Allianz (AAA), Stadt Biel / Ville de Bienne, Swisslos, Kultur Kanton Bern, Fondation Nicati – De Luze, Pro Helvetia, Schweizerische Interpretenstiftung, Fondation Suisa, Ministry of Culture of The Republic of Slovenia, City of Ljubljana, European Union (Culture Moves Europe)

Festival_Ring-Ring, Beograd, 2017
Festival_Ring-Ring, Beograd, 2017
Šalter Ensemble, an international electroacoustic ensemble was 2017–2019 compound of some innovative figures in the music scene of Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Switzerland. They come from various musical backgrounds, from jazz through modern composed music, sound art and improvisation to traditional and popular music.

Twelve musicians of different generations share a desire to explore musical boundaries and develop their own sound expressions. Šalter Ensemble creates on the edge of free improvisation and composition where collective processes form the core of the music.

Four compositions have been developed through various concepts and visions by four members with the ensemble:
Bertrand Denzler: Ubiquité
Robert Roža: The Šalter
Roko Crnić: Common ground altogether
Tomaž Grom: What We Listen To, Connects Us, What We Hear, Separates Us
Artistic director: Jonas Kocher
Composers: Bertrand Denzler, Roko Crnić, Robert Roža in Tomaž Grom
Musicians: Bertrand Denzler (saxophone), Tomaž Grom (double bass, electronics), Roko Crnić (e-bass, electronics), Robert Roža (elektronics), Marina Džukljev (piano), Jonas Kocher (accordion), Nenad Kovačić (percussion), Samo Kutin (hurdy gurdy), Julien Mégroz (percussion), Srđan Muc (electric guitar, electronics), Irena Z. Tomažin (voice), Tena Novak Vincek (violin)
Producer: Bruit Association
Co-producers: Zavod Sploh Ljubljana, Zavod Jazz Cerkno and Studentski centar Zagreb – Kultura promjene – festival Izlog suvremenog zvuka
Partners: festival Ring Ring (Beograd) and festival Ispod Bine (Split)
Supported by Swiss arts council Pro Helvetia, SUISA Fondation, Canton of Bern and City of Biel/Bienne.

06.05.2017, Izlog suvremenog zvuka, Zagreb, Hrvaška
17.05.2017, Ring Ring, Beograd, Srbija
19.05.2017, festival Jazz Cerkno
10.11.2017, festival Ispod Bine, Split, Hrvaška
12.11.2017, Spazio Zephiro, Castelfranco Veneto, Italija
13.11.2017, Zvokotok, Španski borci, Ljubljana
12.01.2019, L’Usine Sonore, Biel/Bienne, Švica
17.01.2019, Zvokotok, EBU prenos, Španski borci, Ljubljana

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