Trip location: Shanghai, Inner Mongolia
Partner organization: TBD
Vincent Ruiz, born in 1990, is a Swiss musician and composer. Ruiz is known as a double bass player who has been active in the field of jazz, free improvisation, experimental music, and is a regular member of the Insub Meta Orchestra. He studied upright bass in 2015 at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel, and was awarded the Leenaards Cultural Grant the same year. In 2018, he completed a Master degree at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen.
Ruiz is more known for being the former double bass player of the minimalist/post-jazz group Plaistow. He has also performed and worked with a vast array of musicians and composers such as a.o, Nicole Hogstrand, Nicolas Masson, Jacob Sacks, Basel Rajoub, Emanuele Maniscalco, Cyril Bondi, Greta Eacott’s G-Bop Orchestra, Gamut Kollektiv, Ryota Miyake, Michael Pisaro, Magnus Granberg, Kresten Osgood.
During his stay in Shanghai, he would like experience and absorb the inputs by traditional musicians from China but also musicians who erupt from new ways of thinking music. He intends to interact with local musicians in Shanghai and co-create music that goes beyond the tradition. From a compositional aspect, he wishes to explore the sonic possibilities of Chinese traditional instrument Erhu, Zhonghu, Gehu, and especially percussive instruments such as the Stone Qing, Yunluo, gongs, cymbals, and temple blocks.