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Ovale Trio
“Sand Dance”
April 30, 2020 Grange at concerts 8:00 p.m.

Mathieu Schneider (flutes)

Michel Zbinden (vibraphone and marimba)

Baptiste Grand (vibraphone, marimba and darbouka)

Oval Trio
“Sand Dance”
March 18, 2022
Neuchâtel, Lower Temple

Companymusic Neuchâtel

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After more than 10 years of experience and a unique musical journey, punctuated by the release of two discs, the creative ensemble of “Musique de Chambre Actuelle”, Ovale Trio, offers you a new discographic adventure in which the frontier between musical styles is no longer perceptible. 


With the Danse du Sable project, Ovale Trio particularly explores and revisits 20th century music to highlight a certain idea of collective creativity and the pleasure of playing through improvisation.

To crown the project, the musicians invited the great composer and percussionist Emmanuel Séjourné to write a new work, adapted to the spirit and the broad possibilities offered by the musical directions and sound palette of the ensemble.

We are delighted to share with you this new musical projection tinged with the past and present, and looking towards the future!

“Par ici la Musique” a program proposed by  

Jean-Michel Probst

RFJ December 2019

 February 2020

“Sand Dance”

Product details

  • Original Release Date: February 1, 2020

  • Release Date: February 1, 2020

  • Label: Altrisuoni

  • Copyright:℗ 2019 Altrisuoni /PBR Record © 2019 Altrisuoni/PBR Record

  • Total Length: 50:40

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  • ASIN: B087QLS6LX

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Studio Artsonikmedia in Rossemaison, March 7-9 and September 27-29, 2019, Carryl Montini


Mixing and mastering

Artsonikmedia Studio in Rossemaison, October-November 2019, Carryl Montini



Yves Juillerat



Oval Trio






Ovale Trio Saturday evening at the crowded Saint-Germain cellar, varnished their CD “Souffle lame”.


Ovale Trio bewitches at the Cave Saint-Germain

Jacques Terlin




Ovale Trio was at the Cave Saint-Germain in Moutier on Saturday evening, and those who attended the opening of their latest CD “Souffle de lame” will remember it for a long time. It was an evening unlike any other. That of an evening of acoustic poetry, which brings its subtlety of language back to life.


There is something magical about the alliance of Ovale Trio musicians. Talking about symbiosis is all too common. Let's talk about communion under this stone vault which not only does not betray the sounds, but conveys them in all their values. Benefiting from a complicit silence, the three musicians performed dance steps in an almost religious silence.

The flute was no longer one under the inspiration of his servant Mathieu Schneider. She was this link blowing a light wind, so light that the soul seeking to touch, through these artists at the borders of reality, each of the listeners, could without constraint fly towards regions so fine that it made them imagine larger than in reality.


Intimate dream There would be a whole booklet to write about this musical construction which borders on perfection. There would be so much to write, but that would diminish the irreplaceable emotion of listening to what shapes the breath. A privileged moment, a moment that embraces even the intimate dream, the jazz of Ovale Trio embraces the spectrum of our most sensitive emotional expectations. It embraces the curves of fragile humanity and knows how to exalt it in all its underlying roughness, on the surface of the epidermis. Breath of the blade is a parenthesis in the confusion of life that we would like to never close again.

Michel Zbinden

(vibraphone and marimba)

Although he has been practicing percussion for over twenty years, Michel Zbinden directs everything

first his career in the medical field, then, his passion having joined him, he devoted himself exclusively to music. He participates in the creation of original music for several plays and collaborates with different directors. He is interested in various musical styles, which leads him to perform with groups such as symphony orchestras, brass bands and jazz ensembles. However, improvised music is his favorite field. He mainly plays vibraphone and marimba and plays with Ovale trio and Le Petit Bazar Quartet. Since 2005, he has participated in the development of the Stand'été festival. He is the winner of the Brussels Artists’ Workshop in 2009 (canton of Jura). In 2011, he created the concerto for vibraphone and string orchestra and in 2014, that for marimba, both composed by Alain Tissot. He teaches at the Jura School and Conservatory of Music, at the Bernese Jura Music School as well as in the SAE Musique structure of the canton of Jura and at the School of General Culture of Delémont. Michel Zbinden practices all his activities with the same enthusiasm and the same desire to discover new sound worlds.



• 2 Concerti, for vibraphone and marimba works by Alain Tissot, 2015 PBR J301

• Souffle de Lame, Ovale Trio, 2014, AS 322

• Premières Formes, Ovale Trio, 2008, AS 246



Baptiste Grand

(vibraphone, marimba and darbouka)

Baptiste Grand, born in 1981, develops his activity as a musician in different styles and contexts, between jazz and classical music. He performs as a soloist, in small groups, in orchestra and in shows.


He plays in particular within Ovale Trio, a “current chamber music” group. founded in 2006 with Mathieu Schneider (flute) and Michel Zbinden (marimba and vibraphone), who is currently preparing his 3rd album under the Altrisuoni label.  He composes for this group, as well as for solo vibraphone.

Since 2012, he has been a timpanist with the Orchester de l’Avant-Scène Opéra, conducted by Yves Senn. In 2011, he toured as a percussionist with Frédéric Recrosio's song show, Ca n'arrive que aux vivants.


A versatile musician with multiple interests, Baptiste Grand graduated with distinction from the Strasbourg Conservatory in percussion keyboard specialization, from the Jurassienne School and Conservatory of Music in jazz drums and from the La Chaux-de-Fonds Conservatory of Music in classical percussion. He is the winner of the 2003 Robert Faller Prize from the La Chaux-de-Fonds Music Conservatory, as well as the 2005 Musical Interpretation Prize from the Miéville-Hory Foundation, Neuchâtel.




Matthew Schneider


“Incredible”, “impressive”, “I’m speechless”. Here are some of the

numerous comments left on the YouTube site by Internet users who have watched the “Beatboxing Flutes Loops” videos, published by Mathieu Schneider. On these stunning recordings, we discover the flautist who, using a “looper”, records himself in real time then replays on his own loops. Layer after layer, it transforms into a set of flutes all on its own. Even an entire orchestra, since with his single flute, he is able to marvelously imitate a bass or a set of percussions. But as impressive as they are, these videos only represent a tiny part of the talent of the eclectic Mathieu Schneider. High-energy soloist in the electric jazz ensemble Inside Out, mischievous virtuoso in the humorous quartet Les Gais Lutrins or luxury sideman for saxophonist Georges Robert, he has also written and performed the soundtracks for various shows. A recognized and appreciated teacher, he is also a teacher at the Neuchâtel Music Conservatory, classical and jazz section, as well as at the jazz section of the Haute école de musique (HEMU) in Lausanne. If Mathieu Schneider has a solid classical background, he has transcended it in favor of a resolutely personal and original style. Thanks to very rhythmic playing as well as vocal effects, this outstanding improviser offers a rather "muscular" approach to the instrument, which contrasts with the prettiness often criticized for jazz flautists. In addition to the traditional C flute, this multi-talented artist also uses the alto and bass flutes. An insatiable experimenter, he was one of the first musicians in Switzerland, in 1988, to adopt the EWI (for Electronic Wind Instrument), a kind of electronic saxophone which allows you to control a synthesizer by blowing. On the other hand, without a flute on a beach in Tuscany in August 2011, he cut a piece of reed with a wooden point and obtained an excellent primitive flute which connects him with the material and acoustic reality of prehistory. He shares the organic and captivating sound of this improbable instrument on stage and on the YouTube site.

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