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.

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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
Forum Nueva Musica (Cordoba, Argentina)
Wien Modern
(Vienna, Austria)
Impuls (Graz, Austria)
Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik (Bludenz, Austria)
Jeunesse: Fast Forward (Vienna, Austria)
ArsMusica (Brussels, Belgium)
Ear to the Ground (Gent, Belgium)
Flagey New Music Days (Brussels, Belgium)
Sonemus (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
KLANG (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (Huddersfield, England)
Time of Music (Vitasaari, Finland)
Festival Musiques démesurées (Clermont-Ferrand, France)
D’Automne à Paris, (Paris, France)
Manifeste (Paris France)
Donaueschinger Musiktage (Donaueschingen, Germany),
Wittener Tage für Neue Musik (Witten, Germany)
Internationales Musikinstitut für Neue Musik Darmstadt (Darmstadt, Germany)
Acht Brücken (Cologne, Germany),
WDR Musik der Zeit (Cologne, Germany)
Deutsche Oper Berlin (Berlin, Germany)
Ultraschall (Berlin, Germany)
Klangwerkstatt (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)
Tzlil Meudcan (Tel Aviv, Israel),
The Venice Bienalle (Venice, Italy)
L’Arsenale (Treviso, Italy)
Aperto Festival (Reggio Emilia, Italy)
Nauryz-21 (Almaty, Kazakhstan)
Gaudeamus Music Week (Utrecht, Netherlands)
Konsertserien Periferien (Oslo, Norway)
INSTALAKCJE (Warsaw, Poland)
Warsaw Autumn (Warsaw, Poland)
Bernola Festival (Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain)
Neue und Unentdeckte Musik (Baden, Switzerland)
Les Jardins Musicaux (Cernier, Switzerland)
Lucerne Festival (Lucerne, Switzerland)
Fracanaüm (Lausanne, Switzerland
Société de Musique Contemporaine (Lausanne 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)
Harvard HGNM (Caimbridge, MA, USA)
Monday Evening Concerts (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
Carlsbad Music Festival (Carlsbad, CA, USA)
Percussive Arts Society Convention (PASIC) (Nashville, TN, Columbus, OH, Indianapolis, IN, USA)
Time Spans (New York City, USA)


He has recordings on:
Contrastes Records (Drownwords/Simon Steen-Andersen) forthcoming
WERGO (Anatomy/Mark Barden Portrait CD) forthcoming
Carrier Records (*For Current Resonance*/Ian Power Portrait CD/Nikel Duo)
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Kairos (Marco Momi/Ensemble Nikel)
Kairos (Clemens Gadenstätter/Ensemble Nikel)
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)
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)