Alex Buess is a musician, saxophonist, composer, and producer who was born in Basel. He has collaborated with Stephan Wittwer, Paul Schütze, Kevin Martin, Peter Brötzmann, William Parker, Raoul Björkenheim, Toshinori Kondo, Bill Laswell, Kevin Shields, Tim Hodgkinson, Michael Wertmüller and many other musicians in the wide field of improvisation, electronics, electroacoustic music and composition. He plays or has played in the groups ICE, GOD, Phantom City, the Bug, Sprawl, Cortex and his own group 16-17. Buess has written compositions for various contemporary music ensembles and also works as a producer and sound engineer. His compositions are performed in Europe and throughout the world.
Buess has received various prizes and sabbatical years, including those offered by the Musikkreditkommission of Basel City in 1992 and the Robert Thyll-Dürr Foundation in 1998. His studies include electronics, acoustics, musicology, phonetics and composition. He has appeared at various festivals including Huddersfield New Music Festival (England), Rostrum for Electroacoustic Music (Austrian / Swiss contribution 1997 Radio DRS 2), Tampere Festival (Finland), Musique Action Vandoeuvres-les-Nancy (France), Taktlos 1995 (CH), Tonart Festival 2000 (CH), Festival de Musica Contemporanea in Quito (Ecuador), the Encuentro de Compositores Bolivianos in Sucre (Bolivia), Warsaw Atumn (2006), Donaueschingen Music Festival (2007), Tage für Neue Musik Zürich (2013) and various concerts and festivals in Japan, Australia and China. Buess's work reflects his experience with electronic technology, written contemporary music, film music, new mixing and production techniques. and computer music.