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Trio Kimmig – Studer – Zimmerlin + John Butcher

Festival Densités par Jean-Claude Sarrasin

John Butcher ts, ss
Harald Kimmig vl
Daniel Studer b
Alfred Zimmerlin vc


RAW live at Offene Ohren in Munich 2015

music (from CD RAW)

A short night with a light beam of the moon 17:19
Croaks of frogs at midnight under the milky way 6:51


Konfrontationen, Nickelsdorf 2015

photos for press

photo 1, photo by Jean-Claude Sarrasin


Huddersfiels Contemporary Music Festival 2016:
…radically inventive music came courtesy of saxophonist John Butcher and Trio Kimmig–Studer– Zimmerlin. The skill and subtlety displayed in this concert was, frankly, amazing, with a recurring sense of “how did we get here?” due to the incredibly organic way they gently massaged and manoeuvred musical sounds and materials. Even when focussing more intently on moment-by-moment events, it was still hard to pinpoint exactly where things began to shift and evolve. Anyone with doubts concerning the veracity of improvisation in comparison to pre-composed music would have had them instantly dispelled. It was a real privilege to see four musicians in such complete control of their instruments, displaying utmost technical and compositional maturity yet with an omnipresent sense of play.…
Simon Cummings, 2016
download (english/ german)

Bei den diesjährigen «Konfrontationen» in Nickelsdorf spielte Butcher gemeinsam mit dem Streichertrio, bestehend aus Harald Kimmig (Violine), Alfred Zimmerlin (Violoncello) und Daniel Studer (Kontrabass). Er fugte sich mühelos in den Gruppenklang ein und entlockte seinen Holzblasinstrumenten Töne, die den Zuhörer immer wieder vor die Frage stellten, welches der vier Instrumente jetzt für welchen Klang verantwortlich sei. Eine gelungene Kooperation, die spontan entstanden war und vielleicht gerade deshalb so gut funktionierte.
Holger Pauler, Neue Zeitschrift für Musik 1_2016

…Harald Kimmig, Daniel Studer, Alfred Zimmerlin and John Butcher. This powerful chamber ensemble with its incredible drive and a congenial combination of strings and saxophone was responsible for many of the highlights of the Konfrontationen Festival 2015…
Freistil Nr. 62, 2015

2015, Badische Zeitung, Udo Andris, "Von schroff bis Pastell. Kimmig, Studer, Zimmerlin mit John Butcher in Freiburg." (pdf)

The Trio Kimmig-Studer-Zimmerlin – augmented here by saxophonist John Butcher – left a particularly lasting impression. The group delivered a wild – at times threatening – performance. The musicians frequently abandoned the classical realm, with the cello and violin often serving as a rhythm section, while the double bass assumed a role as a solo instrument. The playing techniques were also extended. The strings were bowed, pulled, struck and scratched – the entire instrument, from neck to tailpiece, was used as a resonating body. John Butcher complemented the trio perfectly. As a master of circular breathing and overblowing techniques, he managed to elicit tones that sounded as if they had been made by a woodwind instrument, which sometimes had listeners asking themselves which instrument was responsible for a particular sound.
Holger Pauler, NMZ – Neue Musikzeitung, 22. 8. 2015, Hot Sounds and a Utopian Spirit at the 36th Konfrontationen Festival in Nickelsdorf


Electric Trio Kimmig-Studer-Zimmerlin with John Butcher
12.04.2023, 20:00, Mullbau, Luzern (

past concerts

Electric Trio Kimmig-Studer-Zimmerlin with John Butcher
13.10.2022, 20:00, Kunstraum Walchetrum, Kanonengasse 20, Zürich (
14.10.2022, 20:00 Galerie Schneider, Freiburg im Breisgau
tanks to:
Fondation Nicati-de Luze, Stadt Zürich Kultur, Fachstelle Kultur Kanton Zürich, Pro Helvetia, Schweizerische Interpretenstiftung, Fondation Suisa

AngelicA Festival di Bologna
17.05.2018, 21.30, Centro di Ricerca Musicale, Teatro San Leonardo, Via San Vitale 63, Bologna.

CD "RAW" release tour:
02.02.2017, 20:00, Kunstraum Walcheturm, Kanonengasse 20, Zürich (CH) (
03.02.2017, 20:00, Galerie Schneider, Wilhelmstrasse 17A, Freiburg im Breisgau (D)
04.02.2017, 20:30, Club W 71, Weikersheim (D) (
05.02.2017, 20:00, Jazz:yl, Hofheim (D) (
06.02.2017, 19:00, Montags um Sieben, Quellgasse 3, Biel (CH), (
07.02.2017, 20:00, Offene Ohren, München (D), (
08.02.2017, 21:00, KUD Mreza, Metelkova ulica, Ljubljana (SI), (

tanks to:
Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Fondation Nicati - de Luze, Stadt Zürich Kultur, Fachstelle Kultur des Kanton Zürich, Fondation SUISA, Pro Helvetia, C. + A. Kupper Stiftung, Schweizerische Interpretenstiftung SIS

21.11.2016, Artist in Residence Alfred Zimmerlin at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK)

23. 10. 2015, Festival Densités, Vu d'un Oeuf, Fresnes-en-Woevre (F) (

17. 07. 2015, Konfrontationen, Nickelsdorf (A), (

25. 01. 2015, 20:00, Offene Ohren, München (D), (
24. 01. 2015, 20:00, Taubenbach/ Reut (D), (
23. 01. 2015, 20:00, Galerie Schneider, Wilhelmstrasse 17A, Freiburg im Breisgau (D)
22. 01. 2015, 20:30, Kunstraum Walcheturm, Kanonengasse 20, Zürich (