Artists 2016: Thought through, rough and direct

Michael Fehr

Michael Fehr (c) Affolter Savolainen

Michael Fehr (born in Berne in 1982) grew up in Gümligen near Berne. He studied at the Swiss Literary Institute and at the Berne University of the Arts on the Master in Contemporary Arts Practice course. Michael Fehr is the Swiss curator of Babelsprech, a project for promoting German-language poetry by young writers. With Max Czollek and Robert Prosser he edited Lyrik von jetzt 3.Babelsprech (Wallstein Verlag 2015). Fehr is also a juror for the Treibhaus literature competition and a member of the in-house writers’ collective in the Lucerne Theatre. In 2015 he was awarded the Literature Prize of the Canton of Berne and the Bayern 2 Wortspiele Prize, in 2014 the Kelag Prize and in 2012 the BEST Trächsel Fellowship for career starters.

Simeliberg. Der gesunde Menschenversand 2015
Kurz vor der Erlösung. Edition spokenscript. Der gesunde Menschenversand 2013

Manuel Troller

Manuel Troller (c) Camillo Paravicini

Manuel Troller (born in Lucerne in 1986), is a guitarist and composer and works in various musical areas. Since 2006 he has been playing uncompromising music between free improvisation, hardcore jazz, modern compositions and visceral rock with his band Schnellertollermeier, but he is just at home with pop. His explorations of the limits of his instrument using preparations, extended techniques, sound manipulation and a fine feel for the moment have made him one of Switzerland’s most sought-after guitarists. Manuel Troller was taught by such musicians as Frank Möbus, Christy Doran and Fred Frith at the Lucerne Music Academy.

Collaborations and concerts/recordings with:
Nik Bärtsch, Stephan Eicher, Ensemble Neue Musik Zürich, Christoph Erb, Michael Fehr, Gerry Hemingway, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Sophie Hunger, Hans Koch, Kutti MC, Merz, Hans-Peter Pfammatter, Julian Sartorius, Martin Schütz, Martin Suter and Christian Weber

Festivals and concerts:
Montreux Jazz Festival, Glastonbury Festival, Olympia Paris, Haldern Pop Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Schauspielhaus Zürich, Bad Bonn Kilbi, Enjoy Jazz Festival Mannheim, Internationale Theaterhaus Jazztage Stuttgart, 12 Points Festival, Les Eurockéennes Belfort, Skopje Jazz Festival, The Vortex London, Suisse Diagonales Jazz, Jazzfestival Schaffhausen