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The ARTE Quartett- "was founded in 1993 by saxophonists Beat Hofstetter, Sascha Armbruster, Andrea Formenti, andBeat Kappeler. The musicians have a classical background yet they are stylistically open-minded, as demonstrated by theirintense cooperation with musicians and composers of various styles. The ARTE Quartett is mainly committed tocontemporary music and its various aspects. Since the foundation of the quartet, ARTE has collaborated closely withmany composers, which has permitted the group to be involved in the actual compositional process. ARTE has premiereda large number of commissions. Part of the concept is a clearly structured and well-reasoned programming as well asworking repeatedly on larger projects. During past years ARTE’s projects have included concerts with Terry Riley, TimBerne, Urs Leimgruber, Fred Frith, Pierre Favre, Nick Didkovsky, Nik Bärtsch, Lucas Niggli, and Nadir Vassena. Thequartet tours regularly and plays in various festivals and concert series and has recorded a wide number of new pieces with various national broadcast companies."
Thomas Dimuzio- "is a composer, musician, mastering engineer, and label proprietor based in San Francisco. Longregarded as a musical pioneer for his innovative use of live sampling and studio techniques to create consistentlycompelling works, Dimuzio has earned a deserved reputation worldwide as an avant-garde sound artist in touch with theaesthetic pulse of time and technology. A true sonic alchemist who can seemingly create music events out of almostanything, Dimuzio’s listed sound sources on his various CDs include everything from “modified 10-speed bicycle” and“resonating water pipe” to short-wave radios, loops, feedback, samplers, and even normal instruments such as clarinet andtrumpet. Effortlessly moving from electroacoustic and noise to glitch, dark ambient, improv, and drone, Dimuzio’seclecticism bespeaks a career equally informed by profound dedication to his craft and collaborations with friends, artists,and technologists alike. Thomas Dimuzio’s recordings have been released by ReR Megacorp, Asphodel, RRRecords,Sonoris, Korm Plastics, Gench, and other independent labels. Among his frequent collaborators are Chris Cutler, FredFrith, Dan Burke, Joseph Hammer, David Lee Myers, 5uu’s, Due Process, Matmos, Wobbly, and Negativland.Forthcoming releases include projects with Dimmer (Melon Expander), Dan Burke (No Fun Records), and Poptastic NoiseProductions (Seeland)."