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The ARTE Quartett was founded in 1995 by the saxophonists Beat Hofstetter, Sascha Armbruster, Andrea Formenti and Beat Kappeler.
Their emphasis is on contemporary music, jazz, and free improvisation. The four musicians have commissioned many works, often working collaboratively with a composer in developing a composition. The quartet has also arranged and composed original music which they often present at concerts with a thematic focus.
ARTE Quartett has performed concerts with Urs Leimgruber, Hans Feigenwinter, Terry Riley, Michael Riessler, Tim Berne, Fred Frith, Nick Didkovsky, Pierre Favre, Lucas Niggli and Rabih Abou-Khalil.
The quartet tours regularly, plays at various festivals and concert series, and has recorded with various national broadcast companies. Among the festivals and venues where the ARTE Quartett has played are: Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris (F); Meistersinger Festival, Nürnberg (D); Eremitage, Schwaz (A); Münchner Klaviersommer, München (D); Fest der Künste, St. Moritz (CH); Theater, Basel (CH); Centro Culturale Svizzero, Mailand (I); Istituto Svizzero, Rom (I); Melos-Ethos, Bratislava (SLK); Ultraschall, Berlin (D); Jazzfestival, Schaffhausen (CH); Queen Elizabeth Hall, London Jazz Festival (GB); Instant Chavirés, Paris (F); Bimhuis, Amsterdam (NL), FIMAV, Victoriaville (CA); Porgy & Bess, Wien (AT); Stanser Musiktage, Stans (CH); Off-Beat Festival, Basel (CH).
- 1999: Xylem with Urs Leimgruber, STV 003
- 2002: The Sevens with Tim Berne, Marc Ducret, David Torn. New World Records 80586-2
- 2002: Gang with Hans Feigenwinter, Wolfgang Zwiauer. Altrisuoni AS110
- 2003: e_a.sonata.02 with Urs Leimgruber, Günter Müller. for4ears 1447
- 2004: Räuber Kaspar Ewalds Exorbitantes Kabinett, Altrisuoni AS 140
- 2004: Saxophones with Pierre Favre, Michel Godard, Intakt Records CD 091
- 2005: ARTE Quartett, MGB CTS-M 95
- 2005: Assassin Reverie with Terry Riley, New World Records 80558-2
- 2006: Reptil Kaspar Ewalds Exorbitantes Kabinett, Altrisuoni AS 198
- 2007: Crash Cruise with Lucas Niggli, Nils Wogram, Philipp Schaufelberger, Intakt Records CD 130
- 2007: Ice cream time with Nick Didkovsky, Thomas Dimuzio, New World Records 80667-2
- 2008: Ritter Kaspar Ewalds Exorbitantes Kabinett, Altrisuoni AS 264
- 2009: Still Urban with Fred Frith, Intakt Records CD 155
- 2009: Big Picture with Fred Frith, Lucas Niggli, Katharina Weber, Intakt Records CD 156
- 2009: Different Worlds, Marsyas MAR-1804 2
- 2010: Le Voyage with Pierre Favre, Intakt Records CD 186
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