Arthur Hnatek performs solo in his project SWIMS

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“Undoubtedly, Hnatek is a virtuoso, but his songs seem designed to please not the connoisseur but the clubber.”

SWIMS is the exploration between acoustic improvisation and functional dance music

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Tigran Hamasyan - p / Areni Agbabian - v / Charles Altura - g / Sam Minaie - b / Arthur Hnatek - d 

Albums Recorded :

The Call Within (2020)

Mockroot - Nonesuch Records (2015) 

Erik Truffaz Quartet Arthur Hnatek

Erik Truffaz - tp / Marcello Guiliani - b / Benoit Corboz - p / Arthur Hnatek - d

Albums Recorded :

Lune Rouge - Warner Parlophone (2019)

Doni Doni - Warner Parlophone (2016) 


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as a composer :



Yumi Ito, voice/glockenspiel 
Tapiwa Svosve, alto sax and electronics 
Benjamin Knecht, tenor sax and clarinet 
Nicola Habegger, trumpet 
Lukas Reinert, trombone 
Victor Darmon, violin 
Jonathan Salvi, vibraphone 
Sebastian Bättig, guitar 
James Krütli, bass 
Andrew Audiger, piano 
Arthur Hnatek, drums 

"Lualuna Tai" is a collection of compositions by Arthur Hnatek, commissioned for the DKSJ All Star Band 2016 by the Swiss

Hochschule for Jazz

recorded and mixed by Valentin Liechti



alena spanger, voice 
evan francis, flute 
jay rattman, clarinet and bass clarinet 
ari bragi karason, flugelhorn 
franky rousseau, guitar 
jean-lou treboux, vibraphone 
martha kato, piano and rhodes 
sam minaie, bass 
arthur hnatek, drums and electronics 

all music and lyrics composed and arranged by arthur hnatek 
l'odeur de l'autre is based on a short novel by oskar hnatek 

the arc lite suite was recorded between may and august 2013 at the bunker studio (brooklyn) and at birdfood studio by sam minaie and jacob bergson

mixed by sam minaie at birdfood studio 
mastered by nate wood at kerseboom studio 
produced by arthur hnatek and co-produced by sam minaie 
album artwork by julien dinkel and arthur hnatek

To Be Delivered

To Be Delivered (2014)

soundtrack for the short movie directed by Pierre Amstutz Roch

more info on the IMDB page



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Static, out now on Whirlwind Recordings



Melismetiq CD
Melismetiq band photo

Shai Maestro - piano / Ari Karason - trumpet / AH - drums / Rick Rosato - bass

Arthur Hnatek Trio

AH - drums, compositions / Fabien Iannone - bass / Francesco Geminiani - sax 






photo by Rene Mosele

Arthur Hnatek

Arthur Hnatek (pronounced Na-tek), drummer/composer/electronica artist, is a 30 years old Swiss born, award winner, contemporary musician.

These days, he is mostly seen drumming with (Nonesuch and ECM artist) Tigran Hamasyan, Erik Truffaz's Quartet, his jazz trio or his solo electronic project SWIMS.


He holds a bachelor degree from the New School for Jazz in New York City, where he studied with musicians among Kirk Nurock, Timothy Andres, John Hollenbeck, Robert Sadin and Mark Guiliana. His studies were made possible by a Leenaards Foundation grant. 

He has travelled all around the world performing prestigious venues among The Montreux Jazz Festival (CH), Jazz à la Villette (Paris,FR), Jazz à Vienne (FR), Festival Jazz de Marciac (FR), North Sea Jazz Festival (NLD), Montreal Jazz Festival (CA), the London Jazz Festival (ENG), The Tokyo Jazz Festival (JP), or the Reykjavik Jazz Festival (IS) just to name a few. 


On the side of his work as a leader, with Melismetiq, SWIMS or his trio (with which he won the ZKB Jazzpreis 2019 at Moods in Zürich), Arthur is an active sideman performing in a variety of styles. He has been seen performing with Shai MaestroGilad Hekselman, Hans Zimmer, Dhafer Youssef, Donny McCaslin, Linda May Han OhVincent Peirani, Camila Meza, Gregoire Maret, Sophie Hunger, Florian Favre Trio, Franky Rousseau Big Band, Nate Wood Band just to name a few.

As an electronica artist, he has produced remixes for Manu Delago (Bjork), Tigran (Road Song EP), Eclecta, Matthieu Llodra Trio and Erik Truffaz among others. His project SWIMS debuts with a first EP in October 2017 on Susan Records. He has performed SWIMS at La Cigale (Paris), Label Suisse Festival or Montreux Jazz Festival to name just a few. In June 2020, he releases his first vinyl EP, published by Mouthwatering Records.

As a composer, he has written for orchestra, string quartets, chamber ensemble, big bands and small ensembles. Commissions have been received from the DKSJ band (2013: Lualuna Tai, music for 11 musicians) Puplinge Classique Festival (in 2013: Now for septet and piano), the Jeunesse Musicale of Switzerland (in 2014, Noèse for jazz trio and orchestra), the Geneva Brass Festival (2015, Postface for big band and brass quintet) and L'Orchestre Quipasseparlà in 2017. 

On the side of his musical projects, Arthur is an active teacher. He has lead masterclasses and ensembles in many music colleges around Europe.


He lives today in Zürich.


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