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.

Performing James Wood’s “Two Men Meet, Each Presuming The Other To Be From A Distant Planet” with Ensemble Vertigo. Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland.

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),
Jeunesse: Fast Forward (Vienna, Austria)
Donaueschinger Musiktage (Donaueschingen, Germany),
ArsMusica (Brussels, Belgium),
Ear to the Ground (Gent, Belgium)
Wittener Tage für Neue Musik (Witten, Germany),
Internationales Musikinstitut für Neue Musik Darmstadt (Darmstadt, Germany),
Acht Brücken (Cologne, Germany),
Ultraschall (Berlin, Germany)
NOW! Festival (Essen, Germany),
Heidelberger Frühling (Heidelberg, Germany)
Musik 21 Festival (Hannover, Germany)
Blurred Edges (Hamburg, Germany)
Klub Katarakt (Hamburg, Germany)
A*Devantgarde (Munich, Germany)
Festival Musiques démesurées (Clermont-Ferrand, France)
D’Automne à Paris, (Paris, France)
Lucerne Festival (Lucerne, Switzerland),
Tage für neue Musik Zürich (Zurich, Switzerland),
2 Tage Strom (Zurich, Switzerland),
Musikfestival Bern (Bern, Switzerland),
Jazz Werkstatt (Bern, Switzerland)
Les Jardins Musicaux (Neuchâtel, Switzerland)
Usinesonore (Biel, 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),
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (Huddersfield, England)
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)
Forum Nueva Musica (Cordoba, Argentina)
Nauryz-21 (Almaty, Kazakhstan)
Sonemus (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

He has recordings on:
Kairos Nikel+Marco Momi (upcoming)
Neos Classic
(James Wood/Ensemble Vertigo/ Hochschule der Künste Bern)
Self-Released (Ensemble Nikel – A Decade)
Neos Classic
 (25 Years Collegium Novum) 
Neos Jazz 
(Michael Wertmüller/HKB Big Band)
(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)