Yellow Neon Letters

music composition for baritone violin, accordion and electronics
duration 55 min
composed 2012-2014

Katryn Hasler - baritone violin
Florine Juvet - accordion
Marcel Zaes - composition, electronics
Anna Schölß - artwork
Andrej Marffy - cover design
Cyrill Lim - album mixdown
Benoît Piccand - album mastering

Published on Tonus Music Records in 2014

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video by m_dok / matt cianfrani

Repetitive Electronica with live instruments

YELLOW NEON LETTERS is the second CD of this trio surrounding composer Marcel Zaes. Their previous project, “THE LAST PLACE (LEFT)”, came out in 2011 from Tonus Music Records. YELLOW NEON LETTERS constitutes the consistent continuation of Marcel Zaes‘ idiosyncratic musical style, deliberately avoiding virtuosity and reducing melodiousness. Instead the focus completely digresses to the inner self of the sound and to the complex rhythmics formed by prime numbers. Baritone violin, accordion and sinus sounds all undergo identical electronic processes and mingle to result in a groovy, static texture.
The trio toured Europe with both “THE LAST PLACE (LEFT)” and “YELLOW NEON LETTERS” and played, among others, at the iCamp Munich, the Festival Les Digitales Lausanne, the Kernel Festival Milano, the Festival ReVolt in Rome, the FIMU Belfort and the PROGR-Fest in Bern.


'Sjö', launched in 2014 [Tonus Music Records]
available on:
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Tour plan 'Yellow Neon Letters'

25 Apr 2015 - Kleintheater Braui - Worb CH
19 Oct 2014 - Orbital Garden - Bern CH
5 Sep 2014 - PROGR - Bern CH
9 Jun 2014 - Festival FIMU - Belfort FR
25 May 2014 - CRSA - Lausanne-Prilly CH
24 May 2014 - CRSA - Lausanne-Prilly CH
7 Dec 2013 - Orbital Garden - Bern CH
16 Jun 2013 - Les Digitales - Lausanne CH
20 Nov 2012 - Festival Revolt - Rome IT

The development of this CD was made possible by Pro Helvetia, Kultur Stadt Bern, SWISSLOS/Kultur Kanton Bern, Burgergemeinde Bern, Migros-Kulturprozent, Schweizerische Interpretenstiftung and the Worb municipality.

photos by Lia Sáile