Christmas Market/Music Festival: Rome

Événement, Roma




Following last year’s big success, the Istituto Svizzero will host, once again in Rome and also in Venice and Milan, the Christmas Market / MUSIC FESTIVAL: independent Swiss and Italian labels, LP stands, sounds and concerts.
LP’s can be bought and much more: the music market will exhibit limited editions, merchandising, t-shirts, posters and much more. The idea behind the event is to give space to the independent scene’s creativity, by creating moments of encounter between the public, fans and who produces music.

The event is curated by Daniel Fontana – Bad Bonn, Düdingen, with Stéphanie-Aloysia Moretti – Montreux Jazz Artists Foundation.


Bongo Joe is a 4 years old record store, café and label based in Geneva, Switzerland. The store offers a wide selection of all music styles on vinyl, cassette and books. The label provides a very personal catalogue of past and present music from all over the globe. Bongo Joe organises as well conferences, showcases, dj-sets and concerts at the store and in bigger venues in town.

Flagship of his discipline, Arthur Henry became a specialist in loopstation beatbox and presents an Electro-Hip hop show on his way. He records his singing and his beatboxing into a loopstation and layers other instruments – as an Alphorn-didgeridoo that he is particularly affectionate to. On the other hand, he doesn’t hesitate to surround himself with machines and with other musicians to fit the music perfectly. An explosive live performance, but also the discovery of a whole universe. A universe oscillating between happiness and a hard look at society.

Arthur Henry

PE-010 is a split tape that brings together Belia Winnewisser hailing from Lucerne and Berlin-based L.Zylberberg. While the former’s side of the tape features three synth-pop-y oddballs that are equally fragile, haunting and strong, and that sit somewhere between the smell of melted butter and having a nude jog, the latter’s « Chatter » is a 15-minutes balearic/electro-jam that feels like a warm handshake between Manuel Göttsching and Heinrich Müller. The split tape marked the 10th audio-release of Präsens Editionen and is now transformed into a split live-set.

Präsens Editionen was founded in 2011 to give home to zweikommasieben Magazin. Ever since a variety of magazines, books, zines, records, tapes and oddities has been published. Präsens Editionen is interested in projects that either are exploratory in its setup and/or are questioning and crossing borders.

Beat Zeller (born 1967), better known as Beat-Man or Reverend Beat-Man, is a musician, DJ and record company owner. Beat-Man started his career in 1986 with his band The Monsters, then formed Lightning Beat-Man, a one man band, and changed his name in 1999 into Reverend Beat-Man. He toured through Europe, Australia, North and South America Japan and Israel. He won several national prices in Switzerland for his work and was nominated for the Swiss Music Price in 2014. His style can be described as primitive rock’n’roll and as « gospel blues trash”. His live shows are very energetic, people say there’s an atomic reactor sitting on stage! The purest Swiss rock’n’roll: wild and out of control. He released six albums with Voodoo Rhythm. Jesus Christ Twist, or Blow Um Mau Mau, or Don’t Stop To Dance and the most sold tunes

Founded between Lausanne and Paris in 2008 by Arnaud Guillet and Gaëtan Seguin, three: four records initially worked on project series (10″ split, compilation) with limited and hand-numbered editions in which there was a special attention to graphics. Since 2010, the only active studio has been Lausanne, and the label has been producing albums. From January 2017, Maxime Guitton, programmer and music pioneer, named ali_fib joined three: four records. Up to today the label has released more than 40 albums (Norberto Lobo, Eric Chenaux, La Tene, Danny Oxenberg, Mike Wexler, Richard Youngs, etc.), including unprecedented collaborations such as Aaron Moore / Thierry Müller or David Maranha / Helena Espvall. The editorial choices are in line with the musical tastes of its members, with genres ranging from ambient to folk, with sounds of repetitive, contemplative or revisited traditional music. Recently several artists produced by three: four have been reviewed by The Wire magazine.

Manuel Troller, guitarist of Schnellertollermeier and collaborator from Sophie Hunger to Michael Fehr and Gerry Hemingway, is actively working in diverse musical genres. Through pushing the boundaries on his instrument with preparations, extended techniques, sound manipulation and a fine sense for the moment, he became one of the most in-demand guitar players of Switzerland. Recent solo performances include Café OTO London, Bad Bonn Kilbi, Bee-Flat Berne and B-Sides Festival (featured artist).

Record label / shop founded in Bern, Switzerland by Reverend Beat-Man in 1992. Specialised in releasing new artists, from the blooming underground, rock’n’roll, trash, garage, punk, gipsy, country, blues, swing and cajun minimal electro trash scene around the globe. They released vinyl records and some CD’s and cassettes as well. They also take care of publishing for their band and bands on their label are: The Monsters, The Dead Brothers, King Automatic, The Devils, Movie Star Junkies, Blind Butcher.

WRWTFWW Records aka We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want Records is a Geneva-based label founded by Olivier Ducret (Mental Groove) and Stephan Armleder (Villa Magica, The Genevan Heathen). It specialises in vinyl reissues of forgotten gems, movie soundtracks, and cult albums, with genres ranging from ambient to jazz, electronic, experimental, musique concrète, library music and more. Its most celebrated releases include Through The Looking Glass by Japanese percussionist Midori Takada and the original 1995 Ghost In The Shell soundtrack.

Is a Swiss magazine that has been devoted to the documentation of contemporary music and sounds since the summer of 2011. The magazine features artist interviews, essays and columns as well as photography, illustration and graphics. In addition, zweikommasieben organizes concerts, parties, club nights, matinees, raves and other fun events in various cities.