Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Swiss band HELY to play in Delhi, Pune, Goa and Kolkata

Swiss band HELY comprising of Lucca Fries on the piano and Jonas Ruther on the drums will be in India this November.

 European jazz-piano bands HELY from Switzerland will play in Delhi, Pune, Goa and Kolkata . 

Date/ venue: 
Nov 23rd, The Piano Man Jazz Club, DELHI 
Nov 25th, Shisha Café Jazz Festival, PUNE 
Nov 26th, Goa International Jazz Live Festival 2016 
Nov 27th, The Jazz Fest, KOLKATA

Entry as per festival and venue rules. 
For timings please visit closer to the date.

About HELY - Jangal 
HELY is a powerful duo from Switzerland, with Lucca Fries on the piano and Jonas Ruther on the drums. HELY stand out musically and formally in the landscape of European jazz-piano bands. What makes the artful interaction of the young duo from Zurich so unique is - amongst other aspects - the profound understanding of the respective counterpart. So it is a more than intuitive closeness that is reflected in HELY's compositions. It manifests itself in the tight interlocking of the instruments, in a multifaceted sound and the infectious rhythmic flow. Meandering lines let classical minimalism flash up on the horizon. Dynamically swelling figures and acuminating staccatos arouse an almost trance-like atmosphere. With somnambulistic certainty, piano and drums move between clarity and complexity, between interesting harmonies and timbres. Open structures intensify slowly, but inexorably; a direct, but never overly flaunting energy inevitably draws the listener into HELY's oscillating universe. The concentration on piano and drums offers a tremendous potential for surprises, which the two young Swiss musicians fathom precisely and joyfully.

The album title Jangal means "thicket" in Farsi and was taken from the piece of the same name. "Our working title for this composition was 'Jungle', because it sounds like a huge anthill and snakes," the duo explains. All in all, it is not seldom, that HELY's music sounds like a jungle whose dense diversity inescapably fascinates and at a second glance reveals exciting details.


Partners: Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council in collaboration with Gatecrash
Swiss artists at Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016
Swiss sculptors and installation artists Bob Gramsma and Latifa Echakhch will be in Kochi this December to participate in the Biennale. Andreas Koller will be working on the Biennale's short catalogue and review catalogue.

Swiss artists, Bob Gramsma and Latifa Echakhch have been invited by the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016, which is to open for public viewing on 12 December 2016.

Andreas Koller, an interaction designer and visual artist, who is currently a designer at EPFL+ECAL Lab in Lausanne, will be the Editor of the Biennale's short catalogue and review catalogue. The objective of this collaboration is to increase and intensify Pro Helvetia - Swiss Artist's engagement and emphasise the potential of intercultural engagement and skill sharing.

The Kochi-Muziris Biennale is a platform that aims to introduce contemporary international visual art theory and practice in the region while showcasing new Indian and international aesthetics and art initiatives. For more information on Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016 visit

About the participating artists

Bob Gramsma is a Swiss/Dutch sculptor and installation artist who lives and works in Zurich. Consistent throughout Gramsma's career has been an engagement with space and how the body mediates itself through space, time, imagination and thinking, all at once. Since the beginning of the 1990s the artist has been concerned with creating spaces and their inextricable connections to people. His sculptural and installation works raise the question of how space is conceived and how this has an effect on our consciousness. For over 20 years Gramsma has exhibited extensively, including at the Kunst (Zeug) Haus, Rapperswil; Kunstmuseum Sankt Gallen, St.Gallen; Helmhaus, Zurich; Kunsthaus CentrePasquArt Centre d'art, Biel; FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon; Kunstverein Ulm; Kunstverein Ruhr, Essen; Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius; MoMA PS1, New York; Swiss Institute, New York; Vögele Kultur Zentrum, Pfäffikon; Kunstmuseum, Bern; and the Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon. Gramsma has presented major projects as part of Art Public Chur 2016 in Chur; Lokaltermin Schwamendingen, Art in public space in Zurich; Môtiers 2015 - Art en plein air in Môtiers; the Turtmann Triennale of 2013 in Wallis; and the 2011 Bex & Arts Triennale de sculpture contemporaine en plain air, Bex. More:

Latifa Echakhch was born in 1974 in El Khnansa, Morocco, grew up in France and now lives in Fully, Switzerland. Echakhch's installation and sculptural works are characterised by simple and bold gestures and materials. She interrogates themes and issues ranging from individual and cultural identity, to personal and collective histories, and sociopolitical contexts such as current international migration and humanitarian conditions. Echakhch has presented solo exhibitions at the Protocinema, Istanbul; Portikus, Frankfurt am Main; Kunsthaus, Zurich; Museum Haus Esters, Kunstmuseen, Krefeld; Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona; and Tate Modern, London. Her work has been featured in thematic exhibitions internationally, such as EMERGE SELECTIONS 2016, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 2016; Nel mezzo del mezzo, Palazzo Riso, Palermo; DECORUM, Museé d'Art Moderne, Paris; It is what it is. Or is it?, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, 2012; ILLUMInations, Venice Biennale, Venice, 2011; 21st Century: Art in the First Decade, Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2010; Flow, Studio Museum Harlem, New York, 2008; and, Global Feminisms, Brooklyn Museum, New York and Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 2007.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Sound sculpture by Zimoun at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai

Sound sculpture by Swiss sound artist Zimoun at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai

Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council in partnership with Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai and Sound Reasons Festival V presents
80 prepared dc-motors, cotton balls, cardboard boxes
a sound sculpture by Swiss sound artist 


at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai

Also on exhibit will be Faulty scales can weigh you correctly / A Moth and a Room by Indian sound artist ISh S / diFfused Beats

On view from 6 to 30 November 2016
at Special Project Space Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum
Veer Mata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan (Rani Baug) 91/A, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Road, Byculla East, Mumbai 400027
From 10:30 am - 5:30 pm.
Wednesdays closed
Entry as per museum rules

About the sound sculpture:
80 prepared dc-motors, cotton balls, cardboard boxes a sound sculpture by Swiss artist Zimoun Presented as part of Sound Reasons Festival V Also on exhibit Faulty scales can weigh you correctly / A Moth and a Room by ISh S / diFfused Beats About Zimoun Using simple and functional components, Zimoun builds architecturally-minded platforms of sound. Exploring mechanical rhythm and flow in prepared systems, his installations incorporate commonplace industrial objects. In an obsessive display of simple and functional materials, these works articulate a tension between the orderly patterns of Modernism and the chaotic forces of life. Carrying an emotional depth, the acoustic hum of natural phenomena in Zimoun's minimalist constructions effortlessly reverberates.

Zimoun lives and works in Bern, Switzerland. Recent displays of his work include exhibitions at the Nam June Paik Art Museum in Korea; Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei; Ringling Museum of Art, Florida; Harnett Museum of Art, Richmond; bitforms gallery New York; Kunsthalle Bern; Seoul Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art Liechtenstein; Fine Arts Museum Rennes; Art Basel; Central for Contemporary Art Brussels; Galerie Denise René Paris; Museum Les Champs Libres, Rennes; Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum; Contemporary Art Museum MNAC Bucharest; Beall Art Center, Los Angeles; Museum of Fine Arts Bern; Museum of Contemporary Art MSUM, Ljubljana; National Art Museum, Beijing; Museum of Fine Arts Lugano; among others.
Zimoun -

Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai and Sound Reasons V

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