photo by Hamza Djenat
Arthur Hnatek performs solo in his project SWIMS
More about SWIMS here
“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
Tigran Hamasyan - p / Areni Agbabian - v / Charles Altura - g / Sam Minaie - b / Arthur Hnatek - d
Album Recorded : The Call Within (2020) / Mockroot - Nonesuch Records (2015)
Erik Truffaz - tp / Marcello Guiliani - b / Benoit Corboz - p / Arthur Hnatek - d
Album Recorded :
Lune Rouge - Warner Parlophone (2019)
Doni Doni - Warner Parlophone (2016)
as a producer :
as a drummer :
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 (2014)
soundtrack for the short movie directed by Pierre Amstutz Roch
more info on the IMDB page
Arthur Hnatek Trio
AH - drums, compositions / Fabien Iannone - bass / Francesco Geminiani - sax
ZKB Jazzpreis winner 2019
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 Maestro, Gilad Hekselman, Hans Zimmer, Dhafer Youssef, Donny McCaslin, Linda May Han Oh, Vincent 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.