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Bristophe is Brice Catherin and Christophe Schweizer.
We can’t always promise exactly who is going to play which instruments, but usually you can expect to hear cello, trombone, a bit of electronics, maybe some tuba, a touch of clarinet, plus e.g. recorder and other flutes, double bass, alpine horn, voice, bird calls, a few toys, and whatever else they come across that might produce some type of sound.
We also know that while it is true that Bristophe enjoy being on stage, their definition of just where that is appears to be a somewhat different one, as they tend to wander all around the room, playing behind or in the midst of the audience; or furthermore to disappear behind curtains or onto the hallways.
We do know for certain, though, that they improvise.
Bristophe is half Swiss living in Hamburg (Germany), half French living in Geneva (Switzerland). Occasionally both halves meet in one place, and that’s when sound happens: sometimes extremely loud (even to them), sometimes so soft that you have to bend your head and dilate your eardrums to notice anything; sometimes far away, and sometimes as close as a few inches from you.
But whatever happens, it sparkles like a shimmering fire.
(Picture of the musicians ©Matthias Schönebäumer / Deichtorhallen)