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

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

Album Recorded : Mockroot - Nonesuch Records (2015) 

Erik Truffaz Quartet Arthur Hnatek

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

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 


Melismetiq CD
Melismetiq band photo

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






photo by Maria Jarzyna

Arthur Hnatek

Arthur Hnatek (pronounced Na-tek), drummer/composer/electronica artist, is a 29 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. 

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 Tigran Hamasyan Trio or Quintet, Erik Truffaz Quartet, Shai Maestro TrioGilad Hekselman, Dhafer Youssef, Donny McCaslin, Linda 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.

As a composer, he has written for orchestra, string quartets, chamber ensemble, big bands and small ensembles. Commissions have been received from the 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. 

In 2016, Arthur conducts the DKSJ Swiss All-Star Project and leads a band of 11 musicians around the country performing his latest suite Lualuna Tai. This music can be found on his bandcamp page

Arthur has worked as a film composer on numerous occasions. Recently, he scored Pierre Amstutz Roch's short movie To Be Delivered which has won the Best International Film award by the Los Angeles Movie Awards. 

Other facts:

Arthur is the ambassador for the "Sport et Arts" branch of the Geneva department for education, that supports young students with great abilities.

Arthur has won twice, in 2006 and 2007, the swiss drum contest held in Altishofen (CH). At age 16, he was granted a scholarship to study at the Drummer's Collective in New York for a summer semester.

In 2009, Arthur received a number of scholarships. Among them, he was one of the 8 swiss artists to be granted by the the Leenaards Foundation. Both the Gerber-Stiftung and the Lyra Foundation also awarded Arthur, encouraging him in his move to New York.

In February 2013, Arthur and his collaborative group formed by other students in New York, win a competition sponsored by Louis Vuitton based on a piece for dance, music and fashion design.

In September 2013, Arthur puts out the arc lite suite, his first full length album featuring his compositions for large ensemble. 


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