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Thomas Burkhalter, an ethnomusicologist, music journalist, and cultural producer from Bern (Switzerland), is the founder and editor-in-chief of Norient – Network for Local and Global Sounds and Media Culture. He published the book Local Music Scenes and Globalization: Transnational Platforms in Beirut with Routledge (2013) and co-edited the book The Arab Avant-Garde: Music, Politics, Modernity with Kay Dickinson and Benjamin J. Harbert with Wesleyan University Press (November 2013). As an academic, journalist (radio, print, and online in Switzerland and Germany), organizer of the Norient Musikfilm Festival, artist (e.g. audio-visual performance “Sonic Traces: From Switzerland”), documentary filmmaker (Sound Translations), he places great emphasis on transdisciplinary approaches between theory and practice.

Michael Spahr (VJ Rhaps) is a journalist and media artist. He was on the board of norient from 2008 until 2014. He developed the website norient.com. He helped setting up the Norient Musikfilm Festival and was the co-director until 2014. He contributes with his video art to the audio-visual scientific media performances of norient. He is the host and DJ of norient’s monthly radio show Sonic Traces.
He studied history in Bern and Amsterdam (MA 1998). Afterwards he started working for Dutch and Swiss video production companies and TV stations. Since 2003 he is a freelance film director and media artist. Since 2010 he works for the community radio station Radio Bern RaBe. At the moment he is the editor-in-chief of the news show RaBe-Info.
His media art work is often interdisciplinary, interactive and is performed in real-time. He produces audio-visual live shows and interactive backdrops for concerts, theatre plays and art performances. His video art is shown in galleries all over the world.
He lives and works in Bern (Switzerland).
Website: www.rhaps.com

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3 responses to “Jodler-Impressionen 2011”

  1. […] Seit 1999 findet dieses Festival in Altdorf jedes zweite Jahr statt. Thomas Burhalter von norient war ziemlich oft mit dabei. Unter diesem Link finden sich seine Artikel, die er für die Neue Zürcher Zeitung, den Berner Bund und verschiedene schweizerische, deutsche und englische Medien in den letzten Jahren geschrieben und produziert hat. Quasi (s)eine Geschiche des Festivals – als Einstimmung auf die Festival Ausgabe 2011. Einen aktuellen Einblick in die Schweizer «Alpenmusik» bietet Theresa Beyer mit ihrem Bericht vom Tanz- und Folkfestival Rudolstadt. Wir sind auch gespannt, wie sich die Alpentöne akustisch und visuell unterscheiden vom diesjährigen Eidgenössischen Jodlerfest in Interlaken. […]

  2. […] Asoy, Bern > Joy Frempong, Berlin > Stini Arn, Bern > Imperial Tiger Orchestra, Genf > Eidgenössisches Jodelfest, Interlaken > Festival Alpentöne, Altdorf > Praed, Beirut/Bern > Da Cruz, Bern > Jonas […]

  3. […] Asoy, Bern > Joy Frempong, Berlin > Stini Arn, Bern > Imperial Tiger Orchestra, Genf > Eidgenössisches Jodelfest, Interlaken > Festival Alpentöne, Altdorf > Praed, Beirut/Bern > Da Cruz, Bern > Jonas […]

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