Too hot too hoot? is a swiss chamber performing company created in 2014 and based between Lausanne, Bienne and Basel. Composed of four musicians-performers, ambitious and willing to break the frontiers of a traditional concert form, this company is born in the composed new music tradition with a wish of refreshing it. For every project, the members develop together a new musical language in different styles such as the performance, the spacing concert, living installation or musical theater.
All four performers (Estelle Costanzo – harp, Stefanie Mirwald – accordion, Kevin Juillerat – saxophone, Julien Mégroz – percussion) are specialists in experimental music and developed their skills through other art forms such as theater, improvisation, staging or composition.
Since timbre and sound quality are crucial in the music of today, that allows to create a lot of original and subtle sound colors and combinations. Its repertoire is made of free instrumentation pieces, arrangements and premieres. It explores the boundaries between classical and popular musics and between different eras. As the palindrome which forms its name, symmetry is omnipresent in the four-instrument characteristics: two percussive instruments (harp and percussion) and two wind instruments (accordion and saxophone); two harmonic instruments (accordion and harp) and two melodic instruments (saxophone and percussion)…
The company performs throughout Switzerland and already has six creations to its credit. It has been invited to Le Bourg in Lausanne, Théâtre de l’Oriental Vevey, H95 – Raum für Kultur in Basel, les Concerts de Musique Contemporaine de La Chaux-de-Fonds (les CMC), Nebia Biel. Société de Musique Contemporaine Lausanne (SMC), KASKO Basel, Usine Sonore Biel, and Rencontres Musicales d’Evian.
Since 2017, the company has expanded and regularly collaborates with the Jura-based actress and director Pascale Güdel, the Berlin-based set designer Matteo Marziano Graziano, the dancers Lyllie Rouvière and Daniel Staaf, as well as the Geneva-based designer and set designer Benoît Renaudin.
music by Maurizio Kagel, Georges Aperghis, Kevin Juillerat
Nuit Blanche avec Monsieur Croche
music theatre (in french) on texts by Debussy
music by Nicolas von Ritter-Zahony
staging by Pascale Güdel
new music around Debussy
works by Claude Debussy, Marc Garcia Vitoria, Ernest H. Papier, Nicolas von Ritter-Zahony
dramatic and ironic music theater
works by Mauricio Kagel, Jean-Pierre Drouet, Kevin Juillerat, Julien Mégroz
metallic music for accordion and percussion
music by Magnus Lindberg, Benoît Moreau, William Dougherty, Kevin Juillerat, Cyrill Lim
works by Karlheinz Stockhausen, Frederic Rzewski, Benjamin Attahir