28 Jan
Concert hall

9:15 pm

Antoine ChessexCH

Antoine Chessex is a composer and experimental musician born in 1980 in Vevey, Switzerland, with a background as a saxophone player and performer.

His sonic researches include compositions for ensembles, solo works and collaborations with other artists. Chessex’s works are based on the exploration of the physicality of sounds and spaces.

Nowadays, although mostly focusing on composition, Chessex still uses the horn. His solo works feature dense layers of sustained pitches reacting with the architecture of the space or massive clouds of amplified sax resulting in intense live actions in total immersion in the sound. He presents his works worldwide and appears at numerous venues and international festivals in the United States, Japan, China, Russia and all around Europe.

Collaborations with Chris Corsano, Maja Ratkje, Lasse Marhaug, Zbigniew Karkowski, Ilios, Valerio Tricoli, C. Spencer Yeh, Axel Dörner, Thomas Ankersmit, Dave Phillips and the band MONNO.


Nobody plays the saxophone as abysmal as Chessex, when transforming his instrument into a black distorted foghorn by the use of circular breathing, amps and distortion pedals.

Club Transmediale Festival, Berlin