Jan Schacher

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Started in: 2012
End date: 2017
Musician type: composer, electronic, stringed instrument
University: Antwerp University
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Nationality: Switzerland

A doublebass-player, composer and digital artist, Jan Schacher is active in electronic and exploratory music, in jazz, contemporary music, performance and installation art as well as writing music for chamber-ensembles, theatre and film.

His main focus lies on works that combine technology and gestural interactions, both on stage and in installations. He has been invited as artist, lecturer and researcher to numerous institutions and has presented installations, screenings, and performances in clubs and at festivals such as the Sonar Festival, Barcelona, Transmediale Festival, Berlin, Holland Festival, Amsterdam, Singapore Arts Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Sonic Circuits Festival, Washington DC, Ultima Festival, Oslo, Sound Reasons Festival, Delhi, as well as many other venues throughout Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. His research topics cover performance, embodiment, and awareness as well as investigations on motion and gesture in music. In addition to his artistic work, Jan Schacher holds a position as a Research Associate at the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology ICST of the Zurich University of the Arts.

His docARTES doctoral defense took place on April 21, 2017 at Antwerp University.


Mediated Bodies: Embodied Experience and Situated Cognition in the Performance of Electronic Music.


Music performance with technological instruments questions the relationship between embodied experience, situated cognition and the instrument. Key elements that constitute a present, aware and embodied music performance in an exploratory music practice are agency, intentionality and perceptual attitudes. Based on the…

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