Thomas Burkhalter


Dr. Thomas Burkhalter is an ethnomusicologist, music journalist, and cultural producer from Switzerland. He is the founder and director of Norient. He published the book Local Music Scenes and Globalization: Transnational Platforms in Beirut (Routledge) and co-edited The Arab Avant-Garde: Music, Politics, Modernity  (Wesleyan University Press). He works as a researcher at the University of Basel and the University of Arts Bern, financed by the Swiss National Foundation (SNF). As the director of the Norient Musikfilm Festival, a documentary filmmaker and an audio-visual performer, he places emphasis on trans-disciplinary approaches between theory and practice.

Seismographic Sounds. Visions of a New World

Kunstquartier Studio 1, Sat 30.01.2016, 13:30

AV-lecture by Thomas Burkhalter

From Roots to Routes – How To Research, Document and Mediate Music Today

Kunstquartier Studio 1, Tue 02.02.2016, 15:00

Wendy Hsu, Christopher Kirkley, Sarah Abunama-Elgadi, Thomas Burkhalter. Host: Florian Sievers

Radio Art Today: "Thunderstruck/War"– A Selected Listen

Kunstquartier Projektraum, Wed 03.02.2016, 14:00

Radio art piece by Bernard Clarke. Host: Thomas Burkhalter

Active-Sound Practices in Palestine and Israel

Kunstquartier Studio 1, Fri 05.02.2016, 15:00

A/V-lecture by Meira Asher. Host: Thomas Burkhalter.

Ghana is the Future

Kunstquartier Studio 1, Fri 05.02.2016, 18:30

Films by FOKN Bois and Peter Guyer & Thomas Burkhalter, followed by talk with the directors.