Date / Place I

10 June 2022 Metallbau, Basel

Date / Place II

11 June 2022 Metallbau, Basel




Blanko 2022


Lucas Niggli (*1968) “PLAY!” for EPhB with Lucas Niggli – Drums (2022, WP, commission EPhB) – 30’ Mats Gustafsson (*1964) “PLUGS Extended” (2000/2018) Version 14 for EPhB with Mats Gustafsson – baritone saxophone (2022, WP, commission EPhB) – 20–25’ “Hidros o.T. version 2” (2019/2022) Version 2 for EPhB with Mats Gustafsson – Live-Elektronik (2022, UA, Auftrag EPhB) – 32’


Lucas Niggli
Mats Gustafsson
baritone saxophone, live electronics
Christoph Bösch
artistic direction
Christoph Bösch
Lucas Rößner
bassoon, contraforte
Nenad Marković
Janne Jakobsson
João Pacheco
Maurizio Grandinetti
electric guitar
Samuel Wettstein
Aleksander Gabryś
double bass
Thomas Peter
Fabrizio Di Salvo
sound engineer

Program description

Our “Blanko” projects are already legendary. On the one hand, we have been performing in this self-invented format for well over ten years, and on the other hand, the unusually intensive nature of the collaboration and engagement with two artists per season unites us in a particularly intense bond. Consciously not coming from the usual curriculum of a composer’s training, we bring together lateral entrants, “sonic artists” in the broadest sense, visual artists with a clear musical affinity, etc., with our expert ensemble members for electronic or amplified music.

This year we are planning our sound experiments with the Swiss drummer and sound innovator Lucas Niggli, who, throughout his career, has been an experimentalist and pioneer in the search for new musical worlds.

With the Swedish saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Mats Gustafsson we were able to win a heavyweight of musical expressiveness. Gustafsson moves virtuously between the genres of free jazz, experimental rock, noise, electronica and dance theater.