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Simon Ho: If

This music is a kind of cross between Badalamenti and Bjork... Simon Ho (aka Hostettler), the internationally renowned Swiss composer and pianist, has forged a reputation for his "song-and-band-projects," collaborative efforts that bring together artists from across multiple fields. Projects like "Another Commission" where poems by Meret Oppenheim are set to big band music (musicians include Corin Curschellas, Co Streiff, Hans Koch, Andi Hug), are typical for Ho. He is featured in the 2005 Crossing Border interdisciplinary literature, music, film and the visual arts festival at The Hague.


Experimental Composers


The object of this series is to invite emerging and established innovators to share their work. These programs are usually a combination of an interview with a far-reaching perspective on the artist's career, some recordings illustrating this history, and something new. Open territory. The unfortunate and unintended messages that come attached to a title like Experimental Composers are many. Still it is one of the few labels to come out of the world of music that has not been co-opted by promoters, corporations, journalists, or lawyers. This one just seems to have anti-market goo on it. Hooray. It's also just bad English (as if to imply that these poor souls are themselves, in their flesh and blood, some kind of experiment and, perhaps, even expendable). And then there is the spectre of defying the wisdom of the great Edgar Varèse who said something like, "I do not write experimental music. My experimenting is done before I make the music. Afterwards it is the listener who must experiment."