Marcel Zaes in concert

Swiss composer Marcel Zaes is coming to Boston with a string quartet and a solo performance for a double-concert at swissnex Boston. Join us for a night of experimental music, presented in collaboration with Non-Event with musicians Kate Outterbridge, Josie Davis, Ashley Frith and Laura Cetilia.

Event Details


swissnex Boston
420 Broadway, Cambridge , Massachusetts 02138 United States


November 10, 2016 from 7:15 pm to 10:00 pm America/New York (UTC-05:00)


$ 10

On November 10, Swiss composer and sound artist Marcel Zaes will be in Boston for a double-concert at swissnex Boston. Join us for a night of experimental music, presented in collaboration with Non-Event and with musicians Kate Outterbridge, Josie Davis, Ashley Frith, and Laura Cetilia.


Marcel Zaes
(born 1984 in Bern, Switzerland) belongs to a generation of young Swiss composers, who combine technology-based medial approaches and instrumental music writing, thereby radically extending the concept of “composing.”


Currently pursuing his PhD in Computer Music and Multimedia at Brown University, the experimental Swiss composer will be at swissnex for a “double concerto” night on November 10, showcasing the two contrasting aspects of his oeuvre in the U.S. The String Quartet No. 1 “Isomorph” shows a rather manual ability of composing in acoustic music and is a soft, durational, minimalist position. Isomorph is inspired by electronic pure sounds and treats the quartet as if it was a synthesizer. On the contrary, with, his solo-performance “Pulse Geometries” Marcel Zaes himself enters the stage in the role of a performer and creates experimental soundscapes and beats at the intersection of old analogue apparatus and digital technology.

Members of the String Quartet

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Bildschirmfoto 2016-10-13 um 10.56.15Kate Outterbridge, violin
Kate Outterbridge recently earned her Masters of Music and Masters of ChamberMusic from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Aaron Berofsky. Prior to that, she earned her Bachelors of Music degree at Boston University, where she studied with Bayla Keyes. Kate enjoys learning and performing a variety of musical styles, including early baroque performance practice, exploring sounds and experimentation with newly composed music, keeping up with her Irish fiddling, and most recently learning Indian Carnatic violin.




JD%20Headshot%202Josie Davis, violin
Josie Davis began her musical studies at the age of six with Janet Ciano and Gilda Joffe. She received her undergraduate degrees in violin and sociology at Oberlin College and Conservatory where she was a student of David Bowlin. Josie is currently participating in a two-year fellowship program at Community MusicWorks in Rhode Island where she performs regularly and teaches a full studio of students.






Ashley Frith, viola
Ashley Frith was recently pursuing her masters degree from The Boston Conservatory, where she studied with Lila Brown. She is currently a viola fellow with Community MusicWorks in Providence, RI.






Laura Cetilia, cello
Laura Cetilia, cellist, is a resident musician at Community MusicWorks teaching cello, media lab, and curating the Ars Subtilior concert series which focuses on subtlety in experimental music. She performs avant garde music in her duo Suna No Onna with violist Robin Streb and electroacoustic improvisation with her partner, Mark Cetilia, in their group Mem1. Mem1 has held artist residencies and performed throughout the U.S., Italy, Norway, Israel, England, and the Netherlands.



Event Agenda

7:15 PM Doors open

7:45 PM Opening remarks & concert

  • String Quartet No. 1 “Isomorph”
  • Solo Performance “Pulse Geometries”
  • Followed by networking reception

10:00 PM Doors close


Please note: Tickets can be refunded up to 48 hours in advance. No refunds after.


This event is co-presented by Non-Event. Non-Event is a Boston-based concert series devoted to the presentation of the finest in experimental, abstract, improvised, and new music from New England and around the world.

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