Thomas K. J. Mejer

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Madeleine Bischof
Thomas Mejer
Leo Bachmann

The KONTRA-Trio, founded 1992, concentrates on low wind instruments and "deep" music. The contrabass-flute, contrabass-saxophone and contrabass-tuba are used as sources for acoustic phenomenons from primeval to 'high-tech' sounds, from very low registers to astonishing hights. Besides creating programs with their own compositions, the KONTRA-Trio works together with composers from all over the world (Alvin Lucier, Phill Niblock, Frank Denyer, Hae-Kyung Choi and others). Important are also projects with other ensembles or forms of art like poetry, dance, and sculpture. All programs are slightly out of the mainstream of contemporary music.

In 2000, the KONTRA-Trio has been invited to play at the "Trance and Drones" festival in Freiburg (Germany) to the New Music Festival "Music factory" in Bergen (Norway) and the "100. Schweizerisches Tonkünstlerfest" in Engadin (Switzerland). In 2001, the trio performed the program "Resonances" in England (Dartington, Bristol und London) as well as "Different Drones" in Bali (Indonesia). Within the "soundways" Festival in St. Petersburg, the trio gave many first performances of Swiss and International composers. Besides workshops and masterclasses at the conservatory in St. Petersburg and Moscow and a concert at DOM in Moscow, the collaboration and concerts with two theremin player (Kavina, Aksenova) and the Swiss experimental pop group "las halmas" marked the highlights of this Russian tour. In 2003, the KONTRA-Trio toured in Latvia and appeared at the festival "Saxophonia" in Riga. A new recording of "Resonances of Ancient Sins" is part of a composer's portrait: Frank Denyer - Fired City, which appeared at the prestigeous American label Tzadik. Kontradictionaries, a composition that has been written for the Trio by Phill Niblock, appeared 2004 on the avantgarde label Mode Records. The KONTRA-Trio CD Diligent Places (1999) has been highly acclaimed by the press and radio stations and shall be followed 2006 by Vulnerable Spaces.


Madeleine Bischof contrabass-flute

Studied flute with Jean Soldan, Jean Poulain and Anna-Katharina Graf (Conservatories of Lucerne and Zürich), Konzertdiplom. Masterclasses with Peter-Lukas Graf and James Galway. Studies in composition und arrangement with Herman Schmidt (MKS Schaffhausen, Switzerland). Compositions und arrangements for various forces such as flute ensembles, music-theatre works and an opera for children ("Ritter Bodo"). Member of the flute ensemble "Flutastic" and 'FlautinoFlautone'. Performing as soloist and in chamber music formations.

Thomas K.J. Mejer contrabass-saxophone

Studied saxophone with Urs Leimgruber (Jazz School Lucerne), Marcus Weiss (Konservatorium Lucerne) and Mick Green (Dartington College of Art, GB). Studied compositions with Vinko Globokar, Per Nørgard, Michael Finnissy and Philip Grange: Master of Music, Exeter University GB. Several prizes, amongst them "Werkbeitrag" 1993 and 1998 from City and County of Luzern. His compositions have been played by: Allegri Quartet GB, BBC Singers GB, Ny Dansk Saxofon Kvartett DK, Cambridge New Music Players GB, Vision Saxophone-Quartet USA, basel sinfonietta, a.o. As a saxophonist, he is a member of Nashi Dela, The Swing Fuckers, the 774th Street Quartet, TwoTubax, u.a.

Leo Bachmann contrabass-tuba

Leo Bachmann studied at the 'Akademie für Schul- und Kirchenmusik' Lucerne and the Konservatorium Lucerne, as well as with Bob Stewart (Tuba) in New York. Composer and performer of "Palette of Sounds" for Tuba solo (CD: Unit-Records UTR 4131). Concerts with various ensembles in CH, I, F, D, USA and Central America. Member of Trust only these faces, Igors, Dirty Chicken, l'arc de trio, and others. Compositions and concepts for various groups, also film- and theatre music.


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