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For its Blanko series, Ensemble Phoenix Basel invites experimental musicians from fields such as noise, free improvisation and sound art with a non-academic background to collaborate once a year. For this year's edition at the Kaserne, they are bringing along the young percussionist and improviser Camille Emaille and the Zurich composer, sound artist, theatre musician and improviser Thomas Peter. The two will each conceive and curate one half of the concert. In this case, the ensemble is not "only" realising a musical text, but is directly involved in the composition.

Website Camille Emaille
Website Thomas Peter
Website Ensemble Phoenix


A percussionist from the Alpes de Haute Provence, where she lives, Camille Emaille followed a path of classical and then contemporary music that led from a mountain music school to the music academy in Basel or even to Mills College in Oakland for improvised music. Her practice today is based on a physical relationship to sound, both in the material and volume of the instruments she works with - as if working the earth - and in the physical energy used to play them. Whether through improvisation, written or pre-structured music, she searches for that line where energy, concentration and listening are activated on such a level that the awareness of oneself in relation to the rest of the world eventually disappears, like walking for weeks.

Thomas Peter (*1971) is a musician, composer and lecturer. He has been active in the fields of electro-acoustic music composition, improvised music and sound installations for over 25 years and teaches at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). He lives and works in Zurich. His concert activities as a solo artist and interpreter of contemporary music include performances in Europe, Asia, North and South America. In his compositions, he deals in various ways with the interaction possibilities of the musicians within the ensemble, be it through improvisational settings or through dynamic or freely set feedback possibilities. Thomas Peter studied audio design and improvisation at the Basel Academy of Music. His composition neugut.rand won first prize in the Electroacoustic Composition Competition at the Musica Viva Festival in Lisbon. In 2013 (together with André Meier) and 2017, he received a work grant from the Aargau Board of Trustees.


Percussion Solo

Camille Emaille

Ensemble Phoenix Basel

Christoph Bösch – flute
Toshiko Sakakibara – clarinet 
Amit Dubester – saxophone
Nenad Marković – trumpet
Paco Andreo – valve trombone
Janne Jakobsson – tuba
João Pacheco – percussion
Maurizio Grandinetti –  electric guitar
Samuel Wettstein – keyboard
Aleksander Gabryś – double bass
Thomas Peter – electronics
Fabrizio Di Salvo – sound design

Artistic Direction

Christoph Bösch

Camille Emaille © Chloe Azzopardi | Thomas Peter © Alberto Duarte