Jonas Kocher is a sound artist and accordionist born in 1977. He has a strong interest in process oriented works, unstable situations and improvisation. As sound artist and composer Jonas Kocher has realized works that are situated between composed theatre, installation and concert pieces.
Active in numerous artistic and social contexts, his regular collaborators are musicians such as Joke Lanz, Axel Dörner, Jacques Demierre, Hans Koch, Gaudenz Badrutt, Tomaž Grom or Bertrand Denzler. He also has the chance to work with Radu Malfatti, Irena Tomažin, Kasper T.Toeplitz, Christof Kurzmann, Christian Kesten, Michel Doneda, Kai Fagaschinsky and many others.
He has been invited to present his work as accordionist or composer by major festivals such as Festival Météo Mulhouse, Festival Le Bruit de la Musique, Music Unlimited Wels, Ring Ring Festival Belgrade, Cerkno Jazz Festival, Sanatorium of Sound Festival, Sokołowsko, Sound Disobedience Ljubljana, Konfrontationen Nickelsdorf, Umlaut Festival Berlin, Festival Sound Around Kaliningrad, Biennale Zagreb, SMC Lausanne, Festival Sonic Circuits Washington, Art Biennale Thessaloniki.
He was awarded the Artist in Residence Scholarship (Paris) of the Canton of Bern 2004, the recognition prize from the Canton of Bern 2010 and received composition grants from the swiss arts council Pro Helvetia (2012, 2019).
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