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 spaces. 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.
Recent 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 the Apartment House in London.
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.
His 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), 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).
photo by Anton Lukoszevieze, London, 2015