Eklekto is a contemporary percussion collective founded in 1974 in Geneva. Constantly seeking to reinvent percussion music, the group collaborates with living composers and contemporary artists through concerts, multimedia projects and artistic events that question the listener’s expectations towards new musical forms. Eklekto has premiered over 100 new works and performed hundreds of internationally acclaimed shows.
Created Under the visionary impulse of swiss percussionist Pierre Métral, the group was first called CIP (international Percussion Centre), and became an important contemporary percussion centre, building up collaborations with other percussion organizations like Kroumata, Amadinda, Les Percussions de Strasbourg among others. Over the years, the collective has worked with numerous artistic directors : Steven Schick, William Blank, Jacques Ménétrey, Jean Geoffroy. Since 2011 the collective has taken the name Eklekto and has a flexible lineup of up to 20 percussionists. The swiss percussionist Alexandre Babel is Eklekto’s current artistic director.
Eklekto has premiered works of composers Ryoji Ikeda, Tristan Perich, Yoshihisa Taira, Stefano Gervasoni, Sven Åke Johannson, Pierre Jodlowski, Roland Dahinden, Thomas Meadowcroft, Thomas Kessler, Billy Martin and performed with guest musicians Etienne Jaumet, Fritz Hauser, Arturo Tamayo, Stefan Asbury, Synergy Percussion, Ensemble KNM Berlin amongst many others.
In its recent projects, Eklekto questions the conventional concert form with projects such as the trilogy « Words & Percussion » (Théâtre du Galpon, Geneva, 2014-2016), a contemporary Gamelan project (Archipel Festival, 2015), a cutting edge acoustic composition by electronic legend Ryoji Ikeda (Bâtie Festival, 2016) or the one-hour musical landscape «Discount Minimal » by composer Thomas Meadowcroft and visual artist Florian Bach (2017) and the project « Tresk » with the vocal ensemble Neseven and the composer Ondrej Adámek (2019-2020).