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 studied at the Conservatori de Tortosa from 2003 to 2013 and graduated from the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón in Zaragoza between 2013 and 2017. He then moved to Basel to complete a Master's degree in Performance and later in Pedagogy at the Hochschule für Musik Basel with Professor Marcus Weiss. In recent years he has developed his soloist facet being twice semi-finalist in the international competition Andorra Sax Fest. In 2019 he played D. Milhaud's La Creation du monde with the Chamber Academy Orchestra Basel and in June 2021, after winning the Schlusskonzert competition, he played Villalobos' Fantasia as soloist with the Kammerorchester Basel.
At the same time, he is dedicated to chamber music with different ensembles ranging from viola, saxophone and piano, saxophone trio or piano trio to larger ensembles, such as the saxophone quartet "Kugel Ensemble", with which he was a finalist in the XX. Luigi Nono Chamber Music Competition in Turin and participated in the festival La escucha errante in Bilbao. His interest in contemporary music has led him to collaborate continuously with contemporary composers such as Georges Aperghis and Nadir Vassena.
He is currently a founding member of the trio Fx Kollektiv, a Basel-based ensemble actively focusing on new music, and combines teaching with the group as his main occupation
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.
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.