zone expérimentale – is an ensemble comprising students on the Masters course for contemporary music at the Hochschule für Musik FHNW in Basel, Switzerland.
The official description of the course is as follows:
zone expérimentale comprises a group of students who have distinguished themselves both as exceptional artistic personalities as well as virtuoso instrumentalists. zone expérimentale is not a classical ensemble: it rather creates a framework for discovery, both for the players themselves and the audience. The focus therefore is on the discovery of different possibilities for musical expression in contemporary music, but also on the works of the ‘parents’ of today’s music. Chamber music programmes are therefore alternated with installations or improvisational work. The ensemble’s programmes deal with a wide range of subjects and span from solo works to pieces for a large ensemble of up to 16 players.