Living in Switzerland since 2010, American percussionist Brian Archinal has been collecting awards and praise for his musical activities as a percussionist, educator and artistic director. Together with ensembles like Ensemble Nikel (Tel Aviv, Israel), ET | ET (Basel, Switzerland) and Collegium Novum (Zurich, Switzerland), he pursues the forefront of musical exploration and collaboration.


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Setup inside the Marek Poliks‘ spaceship, MAW at the Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik in Bludenz, Austria 2015.
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Ensemble Nikel performing Clemens Gadenstätter‘s Songbooks 0 – 11 at the Berliner Konzerthaus in Berlin, Germany 2015.


His pedagogy at the Hochschule für Künste Bern (University of the Arts Bern) focuses on the role of multimedia and an experimental approach to percussion interpretation and performance. While maintaining a rigorous performance schedule, he calls Bern, Switzerland his home.



He has performed at
Wien Modern (Vienna, Austria),
Impuls (Graz, Austria),
Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik (Bludenz, Austria),
Donaueschinger Musiktage (Donaueschingen, Germany),
ArsMusica (Brussels, Belgium),
Wittener Tage für Neue Musik (Witten, Germany),
Internationales Musikinstitut für Neue Musik Darmstadt (Darmstadt, Germany),
Acht Brücken (Cologne, Germany),
NOW! Festival (Essen, Germany),
Heidelberger Frühling (Heidelberg, Germany),
Musik 21 Festival (Hannover, Germany),
Festival Musiques démesurées (Clermont-Ferrand, France)
Lucerne Festival (Lucerne, Switzerland),
Tage für neue Musik Zürich (Zurich, Switzerland),
Musikfestival Bern (Bern, Switzerland),
Jazz Werkstatt (Bern, Switzerland)
Zeiträume (Basel, Switzerland),
The Venice Bienalle (Venice, Italy),
Gaudeamus Music Week (Utrecht, Netherlands),
INSTALAKCJE (Warsaw, Poland),
Time of Music (Vitasaari, Finland),
L’Arsenale (Treviso, Italy),
Aperto Festival (Reggio Emilia, Italy),
Bernola Festival (Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain),
Tzlil Meudcan (Tel Aviv, Israel),
Monday Evening Concerts (Los Angeles, California),
Carlsbad Music Festival (Carlsbad, California),
Percussive Arts Society Convention (PASIC) (Nashville, Columbus, Indianapolis, USA)



He has recordings on:
Neos Jazz
(Michael Wertmüller/HKB Big Band)
Klarthe
(Samuel Andreyev/Ensemble Proton Bern)
GOD Recordings (Peter Ablinger – Regenstücke Vol. 1)
GALAXIA (Mattson 2 – Feeling Hands
MODE Records (Ensemble Works 3 – Xenakis Edition 13)
Tzadik (George Lewis – Les Exercices Spirituels)
Innova (David Crowell – Eucalyptus)
Populist (Nicholas Deyoe – Wir aber sind schon anders)
Silentes (Muridae – Under the Fable of Meaning)
SELF | SPACE (Self Released)