Born in München in 1954, living in Switzerland since 1966, percussionist Günter Müller has been playing a unique drum set with a mobile pick-up and microphone system of his own invention since 1981. The system allows hand-generated sounds on drums and percussion to be modulated electronically.
Müller continues to distance himself from his roots as a more traditional percussionist, currently incorporating such electronic devices as minidiscs (since 1998) and an iPod (since 2002). He’s been involved with innumerable projects and other musicians over the past thirty years, including long-term musical relationships with Jim O’Rourke, Lawrence D. Butch Morris, Voice Crack, eRikM, Ralph Steinbrüchel, Jason Kahn, Tomas Korber, Philip Samartzis, Otomo Yoshihide, Norbert Möslang, Taku Sugimoto, Toshimaru Nakamura, Lê Quan Ninh, Keith Rowe, Carlos Zingaro, Sachiko M, Urs Leimgruber, Christian Wolfarth, Mark O’Leary and Michel Doneda. Müller has released more than thirty records on his own For 4 Ears label, as well as others on Grob, Rossbin, Cut, Charhizma, Creative Sources, Audiosphere, Amoebic and List.
Günter Müller was a founding member of Nachtluft with Andres Bosshard and Jacques Widmer who have been creating sound installations and sound architecture and of the electronic quartet poire_z with eRikm and Voice Crack. He is a part of mkm_trio with Jason Kahn and Norbert Möslang and Signal Quintet with Jason Kahn, Norbert Möslang, Tomas Korber and Christian Weber.
cym_bowl is his first project for Mikroton, following the aesthetic of his previous work Reframed released on Cut in 2006, exploring sound possibilities of cymbals and bowls. cym_bowl comprises four distinct pieces, warm and comfortable, yet still challenging the listener at every turn.