Julian Sartorius’ precise and multi-layered rhythmical patterns are keen excursions into the hidden tones of found objects and prepared instruments, bridging the gap between organic timbres and the vocabulary of (experimental) electronic music. Julian Sartorius has released numerous solo albums, creates audiovisual art works, collaborates with mu- sicians, writers and artist and performs live in intimate venues and on festival stages.
On his current album «Locked Grooves» Julian Sartorius aims to test infinity: focussing on reduction and repetition, he ex- plores the potential of a repertoire regulated by a loop length of 1.8 seconds. On «Locked Grooves» Sartorius interrogates the idea of a ‘static’ groove, unfurling an endless, meticu- lously gradated percussive suite. The 112 locked grooves of this album — or 112 one-minute loops on the digital release — unveil an abundance of rhythmic forms, some vigorous, some frail, others impulsive, alluring, and adrift. Trained at the Jazz schools in Berne and Lucerne by instrumentalists like Fabian Kuratli, Pierre Favre and Norbert Pfammatter, Julian Sartorius soon developed a singular musical approach. Being interested in fine-scaled variations, tension and release, mass and vibrancy, he creates projects like the 12-LP-box set «Beat Diary» (Everest Records, 2012), consisting of 365 beat tracks and an accompanying photo book; the daily 8-seconds loop series «Morphblog» (from 2013 to 2019); or «Depot», an audiovisual installation for 16 loudspea- kers and 16 screens that was shown at Kunstmuseum Thun. For his album «Hidden Tracks: Basel – Genève» (Everest Records, 2017), Julian hiked over 200 km with his drum sticks and recording equipment, playing and recording a multitude of sounds and textures on objects found on the journey.
In recent years, Julian Sartorius has collaborated with numerous musicians including Sophie Hunger, Valentina Magaletti (Tomaga, Vanishing Twin), Sylvie Courvoisier, Gyda Valtysdottir, Dimlite, Shahzad Ismaily and Dan Carey (Speedy Wunderground). His distinct percussion work is featured on the current albums of Kate Tempest, Matthew Herbert and James Zoo. Julian Sartorius has toured and performed live in North and South America, Asia and in Europe sharing the bill with artists like Marc Ribot, Deerhoof, Faust, Jaki Liebezeit and Arto Lindsay.
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