Frantz Loriot viola

Antoine Chessex saxophone

Cédric Piromalli prepared piano

Christian Wolfarth percussions


Der Verboten is the third version of the "Treffpunkt" project, a mobile quartet formed around the fixed pair of French violist Frantz Loriot and pianist Cédric Piromalli.

Der Verboten was formed during a creation residency offered to Frantz Loriot by the Météo Mulhouse festival in France (2016 edition). The final work concretised in a half improvised / half composed piece called

"Der dritte Treffpunkt" (the third meeting point).

The first strong idea here is to open and enlarge the sonic space, breaking the usual frontal relation between the performers and the audience, between the scenic space and the public.  In a concentric disposition, the quartet is placed in the middle of the room, surrounded by the audience which is itself surrounded by a diffusion system comprising of several speakers.

The passage from acoustic to amplified is a second axis of the work. Indeed, in most of the music, the choice of playing with or without amplification is linked to either a specific aesthetic or for the sake of the volume balance between the different instruments. But the possibility of the passage between acoustic and amplified as such is rarely used as musical raw material.

For Der Verboten, the amplification, controlled by the musicians in real time, is a process, which changes the quality of the sound but also the sonic space. The width, the contrasts and dynamics are modified in a musical and dramaturgical relation to the diffusion system.

Through the research of these specific fields, Der verboten proposes a music made of colours and sensations; a sort of big sonic fresco conceived like a passage inside which the performers and the audience would travel next to each other.

The quartet released its debut recording on clean feed in September 2017.


Der Verboten is a new version of the partnership between violist Frantz Loriot and pianist Cédric Piromalli originally called Treffpunkt, the German word for “meeting point”. At first, they had the contributions of Finnish saxophonist Mikko Innanen and Swiss bassist Christian Weber. When the guests became Americans Sam Kulik on trombone and Brad Henkel on trumpet, the name changed to Kaijo, which is, simply, the term “treffpunkt” in Japanese.

Now, with Swiss Antoine Chessex (saxophone) and Christian Wolfarth (percussions) on board, here’s a new name for different music following the same principles: a common sound resulting from distinct perspectives and backgrounds. Improvisation, as a method and a language, is the unifying factor, and the result seems like «the course of a river», as the liner notes written by music curator Fabien Simon state. The content of this album has indeed an aquatic quality – it flows very naturally, always mutating but also always maintaining focus and direction. The music is transparent but compact, moving with a uniformity that seems still, as a living organism formed by collaborative little beings. Like water also, it’s fresh, reconforting and energetic, a special example of the creativity we can find these days in the field we call “improvised music”.