Daniel Buess

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Daniel Buess
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Background information
Born28 January 1976
Origin Basel, Switzerland
Died10 March 2016(2016-03-10) (aged 40)
Genres experimental, noise, improvised music, contemporary classical music
Occupation(s)drummer, percussion player
Associated actsMIR, CORTEX, NoiseZone, 16-17, My Daily Noise, Ensemble Phoenix Basel

Daniel Buess (28 January 1976 – 10 March 2016) was a Swiss drummer, percussion player and sound artist from Basel.

Drummer percussionist who creates and accompanies music using drums

A drummer is a percussionist who creates music using drums.

Basel Place in Basel-Stadt, Switzerland

Basel is a city in northwestern Switzerland on the river Rhine. Basel is Switzerland's third-most-populous city with about 180,000 inhabitants.



He studied percussion at the Musikhochschule Basel with Siegfried Schmid and with Isao Nakamura [1] in Karlsruhe. His studies included the traditional southindian percussion-music, specially the Mridangam from 1995 till 1998 and the Arabic percussion music during a three months residency in Cairo, Egypt from November 2007 till January 2008. He also worked as a percussion teacher at the Musikakademie Basel for many years.

The Hochschule für Musik is an institute of the City of Basel Music Academy in Basel, Switzerland. It owns the status of an advanced vocational university since 1999.

Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe college of music in Karlsruhe

Karlsruhe's University of Music is a college of music in Karlsruhe, Germany. Originally the Baden Conservatory of Music, it was elevated to a Hochschule under the direction of Franz Philipp, who led the school from 1924 to 1942.

Mridangam percussion instrument from India

The mridangam, also known as Tannumai, is a percussion instrument from India of ancient origin. It is the primary rhythmic accompaniment in a Carnatic music ensemble, and in Dhrupad, where it is known as the pakhawaj.

Daniel Buess was involved in various groups and Ensembles in the realm of experimental and improvised music, such as the Ensemble Phoenix Basel [2] of which he was a co-founder. He had been a core-member and solo-percussionist since its foundation in 1998. Other importantant acts are: CORTEX [3] (with the composer, saxophone player and electronic-musician Alex Buess),16-17, Buggatronic (with James Hullick [4] ), HOW2 (with the percussionist Daniel Stalder), B&B [5] (with the flautist Christoph Bösch), MIR [6] (with Papiro and Michael Zaugg) and NoiseZone [7] (with Artur and Sebastian Smolyn)

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His collaborations include artists like Zbigniew Karkowski, Alex Buess, Hany Bedair, Kasper T.Toeplitz, John Duncan, Jürg Henneberger, Michael Wertmüller, Phill Niblock, Knut Remond, Z'EV, Julio Estrada, Antoine Chessex, Christoph Bösch, Volker Heyn, Thomas Lauck, Tim Hodgkinson, Marco Papiro, Iancu Dumitrescu, Ana Maria Avram, Jerome Noetinger, Cadlag [8] and many others.

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His drumming could be described as highly intense and energetic, archaic but nevertheless sophisticated and multitimbral: he tended to use electronic percussion devices as well as acoustic drums and percussion instruments. Daniel made an extensive use of his self-built percussion devices such as electronic metal shakers, percussive string instruments or electronically modified skin instruments.

On his regular tours through Europe, Asia and Australia, he performed at the most highly recognized festivals for experimental music such as Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival(2015), Lucerne Festival, Warsaw Autumn(2006), as well as at several underground-places, open spaces and independent venues.

The Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival is a new music festival held annually in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England. Since its foundation in 1978, it has featured major international figures of experimental and avant garde music, including guest composers such as Karlheinz Stockhausen, Louis Andriessen, Terry Riley, Brian Eno, John Cage, Steve Reich, Jonathan Harvey, Helmut Lachenmann and Sir Harrison Birtwistle. Its programme also includes improvisation, installation, sound sculptures, happenings, new technology and free jazz.

The Lucerne Festival is a series of classical music festivals based in Lucerne, Switzerland. Founded in 1938, it currently produces three festivals per year, attracting some 110,000 visitors annually taking place since 2004 primarily at the Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre (KKL) designed by Jean Nouvel. Each festival features resident orchestras and soloists alongside guest performances from international ensembles and artists, in 2017 including the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Emanuel Ax, Martha Argerich and Maxim Vengerov.

Warsaw Autumn(Warszawska Jesień) is the largest international Polish festival of contemporary music. Indeed, for many years, it was the only festival of its type in Central and Eastern Europe. It was founded in 1956 by two composers, Tadeusz Baird and Kazimierz Serocki, and officially established by the Head Board of the Polish Composers' Union. It is an annual event, normally taking place in the second half of September and lasts for 8 days.

In 2010 he organized the Echo Festival in Belgrade [9] which was documented by a book as well as a CD. [10] In November 2011 he curated and organized the very successful event TERRAINS: JOLT Swiss Australian Sonic Festival [11] The live recordings of this festival have also been published on CD and vinyl. [12]

In 2014, he released a solo album called "Pitch", dedicated to Zbigniew Karkowski at Pharmafabrik Recordings. [13]

Buess died in early 2016, in his home town of Basel. [14]

Discography (selection)

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