Trio Kimmig – Studer – Zimmerlin
"…The fact that violinist Harald Kimmig, cellist Alfred Zimmerlin, and contrabassist Daniel Studer extend the traditional sound of their instruments by unusual playing techniques makes this Swiss and German string trio truly outstanding, going far beyond everyday improvisation. Having worked closely together for many years, the three musicians develop multifaceted sound ranges, structures, and forms."
Reinhard Kager, SWR, 2011
Festivals: Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, 2016, (UK), Tage für neue Musik, Zurich, 2015 (CH), Festival Densités, Fresnes-en-Woevre, 2015 (F), Konfrontationen Nickelsdorf, 2015 (A), Kaleidophon Ulrichsberg, 2010 (A).
Concerts and tours in Europe, also with or as guests (John Butcher, Jacques Demierre, Phil Minton, Gerry Hemingway, Elliott Sharp, Vinz Vonlanthen, The Stone Orchestra).
Broadcasts: SWR2 (D), SRF2 (CH), France Musique.
Harald Kimmig, violin
Harald Kimmig is improvising musician and performance artist. In his work he explores sounds and musical and other artistic forms by means of improvisation and their connections with other arts. In addition to cooperation with the trio Kimmig Studer Zimmerlin he gives concerts in various formations. With his ,Human Factory' he realizes performances as a soloist as well as in collaboration with writers, visual artists and dancers. Guests were a.o. the writer Annette Pehnt, the visual artist Axel Malik and the dancers Lilo Stahl, Hideto Heshiki, Michael Schumacher u.v.a.m. In December 2016, his new production ,Interface' will have its premiere. On behalf of the ‚Netzwerk Neue Musik Baden-Württemberg’ Harald Kimmig is Composer in Residence of the city Villingen-Schwenningen in 2016. He teaches improvisation at the Musikhochschule Trossingen ', the TIP (Schule für Tanz, Improvisation und Performance), Freiburg and is a regular guest teacher at the Music Academies of Basel and Bern a.o.
Daniel Studer, bass
Master of arts in Music Pedagogy, guest composer at the Elektronisches Studio in Basel, composition with Johannes Schöllhorn.
His focus lies on improvisation and mixed forms of improvisation and composition. He participated in various projects involving space – and projects with live electronics; further fields of interest are music and language, music and dance. The constant exploration of his instrument has led to performances as a soloist, too.
He has been teaching improvisation since 1993 at different music schools so at the Bern University of the Arts.
2011 award from the city of Zurich (Werkjahr der Stadt Zürich).
Alfred Zimmerlin , violoncello
was born 1955 and studied musicology and ethnomusicology at Zurich University, music theory, and composition (Hans Wüthrich and Hans Ulrich Lehmann). His ample oeuvre as a composer comprises pieces for piano, chamber music, vocal music, orchestral music, electronic music, music theatre, and works for radio and film. As an improvising cellist, Zimmerlin has taken part in various formations in Europe and the US, so he is an active member of KARL ein KARL, improvising and composing in cooperation with Peter K Frey and Michel Seigner, of Kimmig-Studer-Zimmerlin and of various other "working bands" of free improvised music. Alfred Zimmerlin’s work as improvising musician and composer are available on numerous recordings. His artistic activities have been awarded with several prizes. He also is professor for free improvisation at the University of Music – FHNW Basel/Switzerland.