— gaudenz badrutt —



I have collaborated with the bass clarinet player Hans Koch on various musical projects for years. In 2011 we founded a duo that combines bass clarinet and electronics. Hans Koch (bass clarinet, saxophone, electronics) is mainly known as a member of the Hardcore Chambermusic Trio Koch-Schütz-Studer, but also as a soloist as well as for his collaborations with Phil Minton, Fred Frith, Paul Lovens etc. He is always working on his very own vocabulary and sound, which makes him a very unique voice on the actual scene.

Sometimes I’m recording the sound of Koch’s bass clarinet and re-use / recycle it by livesampling-methods. Also used are just a few prerecorded samples of acoustic sources and analog synthesizer. Hans Koch uses several unconventional playing techniques. Deconstruction of the instrument, de-construction/reconstruction of the sound is a main interest in this duo. The music stems from sparse musical material; creating pieces that live on lightness, denseness, fragility and humour.

Concerts in Europe and Japan.

„…Koch/Badrutt don’t play easy pieces of music, far from actually, and intense listening is required, but once you get deeper into this some true beauty unfolds. Strangely wonderful difficult music.“

(Vital Weekly about ‚Social insects‘)

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