Antoine Chessex and Gilles Aubry are the core of the four member, free noise/improv/drone group Monno, along with Canadian Derek Shirly on bass and Marc Fantini on drums. Renowned improv saxophonist Chessex plays tenor sax with guitar amps, while Gilles Aubry adds vocals and laptop. Monno’s first album, Candlelight Technology
was released on Subdeviant Records in 2003. Their second album, Error
, appeared in 2006 on Subdeviant’s sister label Conspiracy, and their well received, ethereal third, Ghosts
(Conspiracy) was released in 2008.
Monno’s four original members – Chessex, Aubry, Fantini and Vincent Berberat (bass) – met in Lausane, Switzerland where each were involved in the experimental music scene in the late 90s. Monno was formed in 1999. In 2002 they relocated to Berlin, Germany and the following year they were jointed by the Canadian bass player Derek Shirley.
is a Swiss saxophone player, improviser, composer and experimental musician born in 1980 in Vevey (CH). He studied saxophone in Lausanne and New York before settling in Berlin. Chessex plays mostly as a solo performer appearing either in fully acoustic settings or using amps, PA systems and electronic devices. He has collaborated with different musicians like Thomas Ankersmit
, Lasse Marhaug
, Zbigniew Karkowski, C. Spencer Yeh, Chris Corsano, Axel Dörner, Dave Phillips, Hans Koch
, Kasper T. Toeplitz, Christian Weber, Clayton Thomas, architect Christian Waldvogel (Globus Cassus) and media artist Ulrike Gabriel.
Gilles Aubry is a Swiss sound artist, composer & musician. He is one half of improv duo The Same Girl with drummer Nicolas Field. Other collaborations have included musicians such as Vladislaw Makarov, Mickael Renkel, Lars Scherzberg, Axel Doerner, Antoine Chessex, Ben Owen, Dave Phillips, Bertrand Denzler, Christian Weber, Dirk Bruinsma, Alexei Borisov, Tomoko Sauvage, Lethe, Keiji Haino and Fe-Mail.
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