Strøm are Gaudenz Badrutt (electronics) and Christian Müller (electronics). They are working together for 15 years and have played numerous concerts all over Europe and realized many musical and interdisciplinary projects. The artistic practice of the Swiss duo is first and foremost syncretic: it recombines free improvisation with conceptual music, contemporary music ideas with noise explosions, minimalism and drone, construction with disruption. A massive amount of effects pedals, two computers used as live samplers and loads of cables and switches are the duo's machinery: an instrument with a life on its own to play with the unpredictable. The electronics does not only influence the sound itself, but also the musicians in their play. Without being awake, alert and fast it doesn't work. Without not knowing where to end up, they don't even start.
Gaudenz Badrutt began his career as a pianist in the field of contemporary classic music and spent the past 15 years as an electronics musician in the field of improvised, experimental music. He is best known in current times as an improvising electronics musician using computers (sampling) and various other electronic apparatus. Filigree, minimal noises, drones and dense structures are key characteristics of his music. Central to Badrutt’s activities are the working-band duo strøm with Christian Müller (electronics), the duo with Hans Koch (bass clarinet, sopranosaxophone) and the duo with Jonas Kocher (accordion). He is further occupied in the fields of electronic composition and sound & video installation.
Gaudenz Badrutt has collaborated with Morishige Yasumune, Bertrand Gauguet, Ilia Belorukov, Naoya Murata, Strotter Inst., Michael Vorfeld, Jean-Philippe Gross, Toshimaru Nakamura, Diatribes, FM Einheit et al. with concerts at home and abroad, including at the Festivals Sound Reasons 2015 in India, Musikfestival Bern 2015, Vertical Collisions and Irtijal Beirut 2015, Croisements Kagoshima 2014, Airegin/Improfestival Yokohama 2013, SwissMusicDays Belgrade 2013, Zwei Tage Zeit Zürich 2012, Terrains Basel 2011, Influx Toulouse 2011, Transmediale Berlin 2009, Zoom in Bern 2008, Rue du Nord Lausanne 2008, Norberg Festival (Sweden) 2006, Taktlos/Tonart Bern 2006. Gaudenz Badrutt lives as a freelance musician in Biel (Switzerland).
Christian Müller, born in 1971 near Basel, Switzerland, is clarinettist and electronic-musician. He completed his classical studies at the Conservatory for Music & Theater Berne in 1996 with a teacher's diploma and in 1998 with a Reifediplom (Master).
He collaborates and has collaborated in diverse constallations for concerts and multimedia-based works, a. o. with the musicians Martin Schütz, Hans Koch, Tomas Korber, Diatribes, Jonas Kocher, Burkhard Beins, Clayton Thomas, Oren Ambarchi, Bertrand Gauguet, Michel Doneda, Flo Götte, Norbert Möslang, Günter Müller, FM Einheit, toktek, Simon Berz, Nicole Johänntgen, Peter Conradin Zumthor, Lionel Friedli, Lê Ninh Quan, Strotter Inst., dieb13, Susanna Gartmayer, Patricia Bosshard, Loïc Grobéty, Yan Jun, Yan Yulong, Cristián Alvear, Sergio Merce, Loenel Kaplan, Federico Barabino, Fernando Perales etc.
Improtest is concert series that brings improvisational music from local and foreign authors to local audience. The concerts have been taking place since 2005 once a month.
Artists: Gaudenz Badrutt – elektroonika, Christian Müller - elektroonika
Curators: Mart Soo, Taavi Kerikmäe
Supported by: Eesti Kultuurkapital, Tallinna Kultuuriväärtuste Amet
Tour is supported by: Pro Helvetia, Schweizer Kulturstiftung & Swisslos Kanton Bern