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Archipel Festival

A Twelve-Hour Musical Journey Through Switzerland

A Twelve-Hour Musical Journey Through Switzerland
Twelve live music events over twelve hours from midday to midnight, with twelve duos from all over Switzerland coming together at Archipel festival in Geneva.
Photo: Archipel festival
Text by Denis Schuler, Archipel festival
On 2 April 2023, with the programme “sCHhhh – Traversée expérimentale en Helvétie”, the Archipel festival will showcase the quality and diversity of musical creation in Switzerland. From midday to midnight, audiences will have the chance to hear performances from twelve duos from around the country, covering a wide range of types of sound art.

The Archipel festival in Geneva is staging an extraordinary project demonstrating the quality of musical creation in our country. In “sCHhhh – Traversée expérimentale en Helvétie” (sCHhhh – An Experimental Journey Across Switzerland), 24 artists from cities, the countryside and all the different linguistic regions of the country will come together to create an incredible day-long sonic odyssey.

From midday to midnight, the Salle communale de Plainpalais will be reverberating with experimental music and sound art. Various styles are featured, with written and improvised compositions, songs, some acoustic pieces and some electronic. Some are part of the artists’ repertoires while others, commissioned by Archipel, will be performed for the first time ever.

The wonderful experience of exploring these resonant worlds will be combined with the possibility for artists and audience to come together around a number of tables in the canteen or at the bar. An event that’s absolutely not to be missed, made possible with the combined support of SUISA and Pro Helvetia.


sCHhhh – Traversée expérimentale en Helvétie
Twelve duos from midday to midnight

Sunday 2 April 2023
Maison communale de Plainpalais, Rue de Carouge 52, 1205 Genève

12:30 Aurélie Emery, vocals & Dragos Tara, double bass and live electronics (Valais/Vaud)
13:00 Food break
14:00 Martina Berther, bass & Simone Lappert, reading (Zurich)
14:30 Estelle Costanzo, harp & Alice Belugou, harp (Basel)
15:00 Bettina Berger, flute & Nejc Grm, accordion (Aargau/Basel)
15:30 SUISA Pro Helvetia Meet the Artists event
16:30 Cédric Pescia, piano & Kevin Juillerat, live electronics (Vaud)
17:30 Break
18:00 Virginia Arancio, guitar & Teresa Hackel, flutes (Aargau)
18:30 Sara Käser, cello & Natalie Peters, vocals (Nidwalden/Ticino)
19:00 Food break
20:00 Patrick Kessler, double bass and live electronics & Jaronas Höhener, percussion (Appenzell)
21:00 Vera Kappeler, piano & Peter Conradin Zumthor, drums (Grisons)
22:00 Julian Sartorius, percussion & Barnhard Zitz, acousmonium (Bern/Fribourg)
22:30 Break
23:00 Chien mon ami – Naomi Mabanda, cello & Tenko, keyboards and live electronics (Neuchâtel)
23:30 Emma Souharce, live electronics & Julie Semoroz, live electronics (Geneva)

More information and details of the programme are available on the festival’s website:

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