Chessex, Aubry, and Tricoli: West Coast Tour

Swiss and Italian sound artists treat California audiences to five performances during their US tour.

Event Details


Oakland – Davis – Los Angeles – San Francisco: various locations


May 16, 2010 - May 26, 2010

swissnex San Francisco continues its exploration of tech and lo-tech tools in musical performance by welcoming Gilles Aubry and Antoine Chessex, two prominent Swiss sound artists, for a series of California performances as part of their U.S. tour. They are joined by Italian artist Valerio Tricoli, who like Aubry and Chessex, is currently based in Berlin.

Gilles Aubry and Antoine Chessex started out as saxophone players and have spent the past ten years evolving ever further from their jazz roots, taking different paths on their way to becoming two of Switzerland’s most active and noted sound artists. Aubry left his former instrument of choice behind in order to focus entirely on computer-based performance and composition. Chessex still mans the horn but has developed elaborate rigs of analog effects and amplification that have his instruments spew forth intense and radical clouds of noise.

Though their approaches to music-making are different, the two have found ways to collaborate, most notably criss-crossing Europe with their acclaimed noise-rock quartet Monno. Their first tour of the West Coast together has them teaming up with another peculiar investigator of musical technology: Valerio Tricoli, who hails from Palermo and is long-time centerpiece of the Italian experimental music scene. Tricoli is one of the only experimental musicians around to have chosen as his instrument of choice the Revox, a Swiss-made, open-reel tape recorder. Conjuring ghostly tape crackles from his recorder and combining these with various analog electronic instruments, his voice is among the most distinct in the current experimental music scene.


May 16, 2010 Antoine Chessex Gilles Aubry Valerio Tricoli Jim Haynes Basshaters & Loachfillet Riververb Terminal, 3957 San Leandro Street, Oakland 9 pm, $5.00 May 17, 2010 Antoine Chessex Gilles Aubry Valerio Tricoli UC Davis, Department of Music and Department of Technoculture Studies. Art Annex (TCS Building), One Shields Avenue, Davis (CA) 7 pm, free

May 21, 2010 Antoine Chessex Gilles Aubry Valerio Tricoli Damion Romero Moment Trigger Women of Crenshaw, 1852 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles 9 pm, $5.00

May 23, 2010 Antoine Chessex Gilles Aubry Valerio Tricoli The Compound :: San Francisco, directions to be provided with purchase of advance ticket. Tickets can be purchased through 23five Incorporated via Paypal :: $10.00

May 25, 2010 : Brutal Sound Effects #69 Antoine Chessex Gilles Aubry Valerio Tricoli Basidiomycota Nerfbau Rifle Cup Sip Tony Dryer Crisperion Fett The Lab, 2948 16th Street, San Francisco 8pm, $5.00 – $10.00

Download a PDF / e-flyer of Bay Area and Davis dates here, courtesy of 23five Incorporated.

Check additional U.S. dates here.


Antoine Chessex

is a composer, saxophone player, and performer born in 1980 in Vevey, Switzerland.
Chessex investigates the possibilities of both electronic and acoustic music. His sonic research includes compositions for ensembles, solo performances, and collaborations with other artists. Chessex´s works are based on the exploration of the physicality of sounds and spaces. He presents his works worldwide and has appeared at numerous international festivals. Allthough mostly working in the fields of experimental sound, he tries to keep an open attitude towards all forms of great music. Recent compositional works include DUST for 3 violins and electronics, commissioned by the Swiss Arts Council, Pro Helvetia; Resonant Water, a site-specific piece for acoustic ensemble; and Metasonics for orchestra and electronics, commissioned by the Phoenix Ensemble in Basel and premiering in 2011. He has organized shows for international artists in Berlin since 2002 and curates Film in Sounds, a monthly series for experimental movies and music in one of Berlin’s oldest cinemas, the Tilsiter Lichtspiele. He collaborates with musicians including Lasse Marhaug, Zbigniew Karkowski, Chris Corsano, Ilios, Didi Bruckmayr, Thomas Ankersmit, C. Spencer Yeh, Axel Dörner, Lucio Capece, Kasper Toeplitz, architect Christian Waldvogel, and media artist Ulrike Gabriel.

Gilles Aubry

is a Swiss sound artist and musician based in Berlin since 2002. 
He uses field recordings, computer programming, surround sound, and improvisation to create live performances and sound installations.  His work is informed by personal investigations on formal, perceptual, and anthropological aspects of sound production and reception, including auditory perception, space representation, cultural acoustics, and history of technologies. Since 1995, Gilles Aubry has been involved in numerous collaborations with international artists throughout Europe, the United States, Russia, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East.

Valerio Tricoli

Valerio Tricoli hails from Palermo, Italy. His work invstigates the complex relationships between self, sound, and devices. He is known both for his performances centered on the Revox instrument and for his production work, which includes Kranky releases for Dean Roberts and Autistic Daughters. Tricoli has performed with John Duncan, Thomas Ankersmit, Anthony Pateras, Oren Ambarchi, and many others. He also runs the label Bowindo, which The Wire described as “one the best things to come out of Italy since Luigi Nono.”

Photo: Myleen Hollero