Fx Kollektiv is an ensemble from Basel that focuses on new music. Its musical styles encompass contemporary classical music, improvisation, jazz 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 piano trio 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 bass saxophone, the tubax or different synthesizers.
The musicians of this group have a long trajectory on stage, having participated in prestigious festivals of new music such as Darmstadt Ferien Kurse für Neue Musik, Impuls Graz or Experimental Studio Series in Chicago among others. At the same time, they have been awarded in numerous occasions in national and international competitions.
Pau Ignacio Roig is from Amposta, Spain and he attended the Conservatori de Tortosa with Rubén Domingo Boloix for his Professional Degree from 2003 to 2013. Between 2013 and 2017 he studied the Bachelor's degree at the Conservatorio Superior deMúsica de Aragón in Zaragoza with the teachers Mariano Garcia and Nacho Gascón. Later, between 2017 and 2019, he achieved a Master in Performance at the Musik-Akademie Hochschule für Musik Basel, where he is currently studying a Master in Pedagogy with Professor Marcus Weiss. He has been semi-finalist twice in the international competition Andorra Sax Fest and finalist in the 20th Luigi Nono Chamber Music Competition. He has had the pleasure of playing as a soloist with the music band La Lira Ampostina and with Ensemble del CSMA. For the past few years he has been given advanced classes by international saxophonists such as: Claude Delangle, Vincent David, Arno Bornkamp, Christian Wirth, Ensemble Squillante and others.
Alejandro Oliván is a Spanish saxophonist mainly specialized in contemporary and classical music. The opportunity to work with composers and being part of the creative process of new music is an essential ingredient in his career. This passion for taking part in the development of the new music has brought him to work in collaboration with young and well-known composers such as Georges Aperghis, Germán Toro Pérez, Nadir Vassena, Carlo Ciceri, Florian Bogner, Marcelo F. Lazcano, Bethany Younge, Ruud Roeflasen, Santiago Díaz Fischer or Sam Scranton amongst others. He has been awarded in more than 10 occasions in national and international music competitions. He has participated in important festivals such as the “Lucerne Festival”, the “DARMSTADT INTERNATIONALE FERIENKURSE FÜR NEUE MUSIK" 2014 and 2016 (GERMANY)”, the "ZEIT RÄUME BASEL 2015", the "TAGER NEUER MUSIK IN WEIMAR 2015", the "OUTEAR SERIES" in Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago (USA) 20, the "NULL POINT SERIES" in Buffalo (USA) or the NO HAY BANDA SERIES in Montreal (Canada). As a multifaceted performer, he plays in different settings; as a soloist, in chamber groups, in orchestra and ensembles.
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 with the support of the Banco Santander and the Albéniz Foundation. 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 and Tobias Schabenberger.
In 2015, he worked on a project together with the University of Basel about E. Schulhoff, where he worked on the first transcription of an audio recording from Radio Prague. As a soloist, Carlos has performed at Festivals and concerts throughout Switzerland, Spain, France, Italy and Germany.
He has worked as accompanist with several choirs including the Knabenkantorei Basel and for the choir at the Primarschule Volta. He has played with the Basel Sinfonietta on numerous occasions at the Theater Basel ( ̈Die dreigroschenoper", with music composed by Kurt Weill) and Musical Theater Basel.
Carlos is also co-founder of his piano duo called 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 recently recorded a CD of chamber music works by Swiss composers for VDE-Gallo Records together with Thomas Wicky and Peter-Lukas Graf.
He is part of the Musikschule Konservatorium Zürich faculty since 2020 where he teaches a
class of 30 students.