An accordion and two turntables for an abstract musette.
This seemingly improbable duo finds both artists defending a common cause, with Lanz as stunning turntablist to serve as a perfect companion to Kocher’s iconoclastic approach to his instrument. Detailed moves, fast gestures and throbbing pulses are recurrently cut by silences and sustained tones. Short rhythmic patterns and precise syllables emerge only to give way to more intimate sequences where players drift into some neutral space before re-colliding again into actualizations of micro-events from a pool of potential occurrences.
Each player is always observing and anticipating the other’s next move, attributing a flowing dynamic to the duo which ultimately sounds like a system that finds itself on the threshold between equilibrium and disorder.
A certain flair for inventiveness, a rich palette of sounds and ideas and an energetic, somatic approach to sound performance makes this an action-packed duo that is not to be missed.
– Akis Sinos
Joke Lanz (born 1965 in Basel) is a Swiss noise musician, turntablist, performance artist and singer, a figure in the noise, industrial and experimental scene since the late 1980s. Founder of the Sudden Infant project, member of the group Schimpfluch (with Rudolf Eb.er, Dave Phillips, Marc Zeier and Daniel Löwenbrück
), he is involved in several improvised music formations, with Shelley Hirsch, Christian Weber, Sophie Agnel
, Ute Wassermann, Audrey Chen
, Jonas Kocher, Michael Vatcher, Olaf Rupp, Jorge Sanchez-Chiong, Mat Pogo, Alexandre Babel
, Charlotte Hug, Rudi Fischerlehner, dieb13
, Jacques Demierre
, Alfredo Costa Monteiro
, etc. He toured with Sleaford Mods and shared stages with Wolf Eyes, Ben Frost, Merzbow
, Derek Bailey
, Jim O'Rourke
, Thurston Moore, Steve Ignorant...
Jonas Kocher (born 1977 in Nyon, Switzerland) is a sound artist and accordionist with a strong interest in process oriented works, unstable situations and improvisation. He performs as an accordionist with regular or occasional partners such as Michel Doneda
, Jacques Demierre
, Axel Dörner
, Joke Lanz
, Christian Wolfarth, Gaudenz Badrutt, Alfredo Costa Monteiro
, Hans Koch, Burkhard Beins, Ilan Manouach
, Andy Guhl, Radu Malfatti, Irena Tomažin, Kasper T. Toeplitz
, Ilia Belorukov, Eiko Yamada, Christian Kobi, Frantz Loriot, Christof Kurzmann, Kai Fagaschinsky, Klaus Filip, Chiyoko Szlavnic and many others.