experiments in sound and space
Gamut has as its purpose to explore, to seek and to set new things in motion; it serves as a fruitful breeding ground for ideas, experiments and new processes. Musicians from Switzerland, Germany, France and the USA will play at Bogen F over the two days of the Gamut Festival, its fourth edition. Among those performing are musicians from a fascinating Parisian scene (Lotus Eddé Khouri, Where is Mr. R ?!, Bertrand Denzler and Jean-Luc Guionnet); new sounds from Lucerne, Geneva, Zurich (Laura Schenk, zweikommasieben DJs Béatrice Graf, FRACHTER, Pablo Lienhard); and Berlin (Tommy Lobo); and Jalalu-Kalvert Nelson, a composer, trumpeter and avant-gardist from the USA, who has ended up in Biel.
We met some of these musicians for the first time last year. Some of these encounters happened at our three-month pop-up concert venue ‚Schalter' at Bahnhofreisebüro Wipkingen, and some on our tour through France and Belgium with the newly released album Molecules, which has just been released on our fledgling label/publisher Edition Gamut.
In other words, a lot has happened in just one year. The idea of exchange with different scenes is again in the focus, but this year we were also looking for intersections between music and other forms of artistic expression which can enrich each other. So in this year's program we have not only experiments in sound, but also some that are even more physical and spatial. Lotus Eddé Khouri, for example, will give a dance performance in the middle of the Bogen F. Also new this year is the collaboration with wihajst, who, working with our graphic artist Martina Perrin, will create a flexible artistic space. The festival as a place where there is interplay, where performers and audience are right up close to one another is an idea which we also want to follow through in the light and spatial design.
The result of all of our collective thinking and idea generation is to be found here in the festival programme. We have definitely developed. Our listening, particularly deep into the night, has taken on a new intensity. The past year has shown us that we are up for more! So we look forward to seeing you at the Gamut Festival 2019!