Sound Experience



about the band


Until now, "sound experiences" mainly took place in unique buildings and special places out in nature. Now these sounds are being brought to the stage, where the compact setting opens up an additional dimension.

Subtle live sound installations have earned this quartet a reputation. The project goes back to 1992, when Peter Schärli enveloped the Napf - a summit in the Swiss prealps - in the sound of alphorns and percussion from all sides.

Later, Peter Schärli was involved both as a composer and as a soloist in producing further live sound experiences, for example on the Wauwiler Moos bog amidst the remains of prehistoric lake dwellings, in the Bell Park in Kriens, at the Tempelhof art site in Uffikon and in the Monastery Church of St. Urban, all in Schärli’s home canton of Lucerne, Switzerland; in the German-Polish border town of Görlitz/Zgorzelec; in a water reservoir in Hergiswil in the Swiss Canton of Nidwalden; in architect Peter Zumthor’s Swiss Pavilion at the Expo 2000 World Exhibition in Hannover; in the Hamburger Bahnhof museum in Berlin, at an exhibition of work by Walter Benjamin; in the Collegiate Church of St. Martin in Sarnen, Switzerland; at the chalk cliffs on the island of Rügen, Germany; at an exhibition entitled "State of Emergency" in Hergiswil; and at the music festival in Hitzacker, Germany, in a sound installation at sunrise along and on the Elbe river. In the Catholic Church of Aarau, Switzerland, Peter Schärli performed a "sound experience" with selected passages from texts by Swiss writer Klaus Merz.

The basic formation with Lauren Newton, Sylwia Zytynska, Jean-Jacques Pedretti, and Peter Schärli has become established over the past years. It can be expanded, depending on the size of the project (the installation in Görlitz/Zgorzelec involved over 200 musicians). In many recent performances, the quartet was supported by Christian Wolfarth (perc) and Hans Koch (bcl).