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Fx Kollektiv is an ensemble from Basel that focuses on new music. Its musical styles encompass contemporary classical music, improvisation and experimental music that makes use of electronics and media. Fx Kollektiv explores the essence of sounds and seeks through collaboration with composers and artists to elaborate its own ensemble language. Fx breaks away from the traditional duo saxophone-piano formation and embraces new sound horizons. For this purpose they use electronic or prepared instruments, work with live electronics or use as yet little explored instruments such as the tubax or different synthesizers. 

Fx is based on a keyboard/piano and saxophone duo but lives up to the name "Kollektiv" by regularly doing projects with renowned international artists, be it instrumentalists, dancers or visual artists. 


The musicians of this group can look back on a long stage career: they have participated in renowned festivals for new music and premiered works by young and already well-known composers such as Nadir Vassena, Andreas Frank, Joseph Michaels, Ezko Kikoutchi or Verena Weinmann. They have recently toured the United States and have offered workshops for composers at the Manhattan School of Music and Longy School of Music Boston. 

Future projects include new commissions from composers Tobias Krebs and Santiago Chin as well as a collaborative project with dancers and composer Nuño Fernández Ezquerra.

 

Alejandro Oliván (1992) is a Spanish saxophonist specialized mainly in contemporary and classical music. He earned his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Salamanca, Spain. He then completed a Master’s Degree in Performance and a Master’s Degree in Pedagogy at the Hochschule für Musik Basel with Professor Marcus Weiss. He has been awarded in more than 10 occasions in national and international music competitions. Alejandro has collaborated with some of the most renowned conductors of today such as Simon Rattle,Peter Eötvös, Emilio Pomárico or Matthias Pintscher. He has participated in important festivals such as the “Lucerne Festival”, the “Darmstadt Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik “, the “Zeit Räume Basel”, the “Tage für Neue Musik Weimar”, the “Outear Series” in Chicago, the “Null Point Series” in Buffalo (USA) or the “No hay banda series” in Montreal.

Currently he works as an assistant professor of saxophone at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel.

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Carlos Gil-Gonzalo studied in his hometown of Madrid in the piano class of Professor Dimitri Bashkirov and Professor Claudio Martinez Mehner at the Queen Sofia School of Music. In 2014, he completed his Bachelor of Music there and later earned his Master of Arts in Music Pedagogy at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel, where he studied with Claudio Martinez Mehner.

 As a soloist, Carlos has performed at Festivals and concerts throughout Switzerland, Spain, France, Italy and Germany.He has also worked as accompanist with several choirs including the Knabenkantorei Basel and has played with the Basel Sinfonietta on numerous occasions.

 

Carlos is also co-founder of his piano duo - Kados Duo -  and is very committed with the visual content of Fx Kollektiv as he records and does the post production part of the videos. In addition to his soloistic and pedagogical pursuits, he recorded a CD of chamber music works by Swiss composers together with  Peter-Lukas Graf.

He is part of the Musikschule Konservatorium Zürich faculty since 2020.

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