Born in Vevey in 1980, Antoine Chessex is a composer and sound artist whose works assume a wide diversity of forms spanning compositions for ensembles, solo performances, sound installations and transdisciplinary projects.
His compositions are characterized by textural density and microtonal tensions often resulting in sound-masses exploring the physical dimensions of space. The works of Antoine Chessex have over the years crossed the boundaries between noise, modern composition, improvisation and electronic music. His background as a saxophone player saw him performing extensively in different experimental music contexts over the past decades.
chamber music commissions include DUST (2010) for three
violins and electronics, Chute (2011) for the
Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, Schichten (2012) &
Ritournelle Fulgurante (2013) for the oh ton Ensemble, Metakatharsis
(2011) & Damage is
Done (2015) for the Phoenix Ensemble, Furia
(2013) for the Ensemble Werktag in Zürich and Plastic
Concrete (2014) & Accumulation (2015) for
Apartment House in London. In 2016, he wrote Les
Abîmes Hallucinés for the Ensemble Proton in Bern &
While living in Berlin from 2002 to 2013, Chessex took part in a broad range of artistic projects and developed solo performances playing his horn through electronic devices, guitar amps and PA systems resulting in intense live actions. He performed solo at numerous international festivals and venues worldwide. Chessex is also a founding member of the noise band Monno with whom he toured extensively.
works have been presented at Cafe OTO (London), Transmediale
festival (Berlin), Ultima contemporary music festival (Oslo),
Videotage (Hong Kong), Diapason Gallery (New York), Issue
Project Room (New York), The Lab (San Francisco), The
Compound (San Francisco), INA/GRM Présence électronique Festival
(Paris), Berghain (Berlin), Tuned City festival (Berlin), Sonic
Protest festival (Paris), Unsound festival (Krakow), Archipel
festival (Geneva), Women (Los Angeles), Ultra Hang festival
(Budapest), Parnassos concert hall (Athen), Vaal Gallery
(Tallinn), Dom (Moscow), All Ears Festival (Oslo), Corsica
Studios (London), Sound Forest festival (Riga), Urban Guild
(Kyoto), Urga (Tokyo), Ochiai Soup (Tokyo), Namba Bear (Osaka),
Center of contemporary arts (Warsaw), Fundacion Serralves
(Porto), Palace Akropolis (Prague), Mezzo Cielo Festival (Roma),
Audio Art Festival (Krakow), LUFF festival (Lausanne), Ruin
Festival (Wien), Echo festival (Belgrade), Fylkingen
(Stockholm), Sendesaal Bremen, DNK (Amsterdam).
Chessex's works are published on Tochnit-Aleph, Bocian Records, Absurd, A Tree in a Fied or Musica Moderna.
list of works HERE
Interview on 15 questions website: HEREExtensive interview on Tokafi PART I & PART II satakunnan kansa in finland
review of bolidages on die tageswoche
earlier reviews selection of solo works here
photo by Anton Lukoszevieze, London, 2015