biography

Julian Sartorius

The beat has always been the defining element in the life of Julian Sartorius. Born in Thun (Switzerland), he began his first drum lessons at the age of five. With his rhythms pushing the boundaries of new music, hip-hop and a unique form of abstract electronica, Sartorius reveals the endless possibilities and range of his instruments. He often prepares his drums, works with unusual, unprocessed acoustic sounds and develops, beat by beat, an unheard environment of sound.

Julian Sartorius was taught by musicians such as Fabian Kuratli, Pierre Favre and Norbert Pfammatter at the Jazz Schools in Bern and Lucerne. He has collaborated with Matthew Herbert, Shahzad Ismaily, Sylvie Courvoisier, Dimlite, Merz, Fred Frith, Sophie Hunger, Rhys Chatham and many others, and has toured throughout Europe, South America, Canada and the US.

With his solo show he has toured widely throughout Europe, playing on bills with the likes of Deerhoof, Faust, Marc Ribot, Jaki Liebezeit, Arto Lindsay, and has released several solo albums, including the 12-LP-Box set «Beat Diary», consisting of 365 beats and a companion photo book. His video installation «Schläft ein Lied in allen Dingen» was shown in several art galleries. The web-project «Morph», is another audiovisual work: Sartorius, on a daily basis, adds an element to his collage and modifies an 8-second-audioloop. He has won several prestigious awards and in 2014 was nominated for the inaugural Swiss Music Prize along with a selection of the most influential Swiss musicians.

→ NZZ article (german)

→ Radio SRF2 interview “Reflexe” (german)

→ Portrait Le Phare (french)