Winner and nominees 2014

Franz Treichler

Winner 2014

Franz Treichler was born in Fribourg in 1961. Having trained in classical guitar at the Lausanne conservatoire, he began in 1983 to focus on electrified music. He was behind the opening of the Fri-Son concert hall and an active member of the rock and alternative scene at the start of the 1980s.

Franz Treichler

Reverend Beat-Man

Born Beat Zeller in 1967 near Berne, Reverend Beat-Man has become a firm fixture on the music scene. He first tried his hand as a singer and musician at the age of 13 before forming his band The Monsters in 1986 and setting up his own record label Voodoo Rhythm Records in 1992.

Reverend Beat-Man

Ensemble Phoenix Basel

The Ensemble Phoenix Basel has taken an exciting approach to new music ever since it was formed in 1998 by Jürg Henneberger, Christoph Bösch and Daniel Buess. It specialises in electronic music, crossover projects, musical theatre and original performances that continually redefine and push the boundaries of “new music”.

Ensemble Phoenix Basel

Hans Kennel

A celebrated jazz pioneer in the 1960s who appeared with greats like Kenny Clarke, George Gruntz and Irène Schweizer, he led his own internationally renowned jazz band called Habarigani Brass. Two decades later, Kennel, the scion of a family of famous Schwyz folk musicians, started to delve into his home region’s heritage.

Hans Kennel

Norbert Möslang

He established himself as a musician, composer and sound inventor at an early age. He became known for his “noise music”, which he performed for no less than 30 years, beginning in 1972, as one half of the duo Voice Crack with Andy Guhl. He would take cheap consumer electronics – torches, telephones, simple switches – and use them to conjure up astounding and sometimes highly poetic sounds.

Norbert Möslang

Julian Sartorius

After playing on Zurich-based singer-songwriter Sophie Hunger’s second album in 2010, he started a blog for which he recorded a new rhythm every day for a year using a variety of objects. He created amazing sounds with props including an electric toothbrush, and even made a toilet flush “sing”.

Julian Sartorius

Andreas Schaerer

A beatboxer and vocalist, he is one of the most talented sound artists in Europe. As well as being able to imitate perfectly a whole range of percussion instruments, he also displays unparalleled versatility as a singer, be it as a classical tenor or in the realms of death metal and traditional pop.

Andreas Schaerer

Steamboat Switzerland

Steamboat Switzerland is an ensemble formed in 1995 by Lucas Niggli, Dominik Blum and Marino Pliakas. It is at home in a wide range of contemporary music settings, shifting between all kinds of styles and interpreting others’ compositions in novel ways.

Steamboat Switzerland

Marcel Oetiker

He was the first Swiss person to graduate in the Schwyzerörgeli, a type of accordion peculiar to Switzerland, and has focused his work on this instrument ever since. However, he also carries its repertoire over to a range of other musical instruments and transfers its traditional types of arrangement to other styles and compositions.

Marcel Oetiker

Irene Schweizer

She is regarded as a founder of the European free jazz movement. Largely self-taught, she has worked as a pianist since the 1960s, collaborating with numerous international musicians such as Louis Moholo, Pierre Favre and Han Bennik.

Irene Schweizer

Franco Cesarini

Franco Cesarini was born in Bellinzona in 1961 and began his studies in the flute and piano at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, later completing them at the University of Music in Basel. He then trained in composition, theory and brass orchestra conducting with Hauswirth, Suter and Wildberger. From 1989 to 2006, he lectured at the School of Music in Zurich.

Franco Cesarini

Corin Curschellas

Following a number years spent abroad in Berlin, Paris and elsewhere, she returned to Rueun in the canton of Graubünden. Since then, she has immersed herself in the tradition of Romansh-language folk songs. She arranges and interprets old Romansh songs, giving them a fresh, contemporary feel.

Corin Curschellas

Erika Stucky

After training as a jazz musician and singer in Paris and studying drama at the State College in San Francisco, Stucky sang in various bands. Stucky draws from an eclectic range of musical influences in her performance, blending elements of folk music with jazz, blues and rock in a novel, experimental way.

Erika Stucky

Mama Rosin

Mama Rosin first came to the attention of French-speaking Switzerland in 2007. Geneva-born Robin Girod, Cyril Yeterian and Xavier Bray did not take the “classic” path. They started out by exploring the roots of their music in the Louisiana bayou.

Mama Rosin

Dragos Tara

His work derives from popular music in general (rock, folk, pop, Eastern Europe, West Africa, various forms of Asian music), experimental music in the wider sense (improvisation, alternative scenes, noise), as well as more highbrow contemporary production (György Ligeti, Helmut Lachenmann, Iannis Xenakis etc.) Tara sees sound as a means of forging social bonds and the composer as a person who reinvents the way these bonds function in each situation.

Dragos Tara