Cartographer of the sounds of Switzerland
Through his label CSR Records, music producer, composer and percussionist Cyrill Schläpfer maps Switzerland’s acoustic landscapes. Born in Lucerne in 1959, he studied music at the Berklee College of Music, majoring in recording technology, music production and drums, and then joining the folk music department of the label EMI. He discovered the recordings of Schwyzer accordionist Rees Gwerder, whose teaching awakened his interest in the traditional music of the Swiss alpine regions. Cyrill Schläpfer’s documentary "UR-Musig", premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in 1993, and made a significant contribution to the rediscovery of the traditional Swiss musical heritage, which was largely ignored at the time. Cyrill Schläpfer also uses his recordings in his compositions: the electro-acoustic steamship symphony "Die Waldstätte" (2007), in the tradition of Musique Concrète, is based on his recordings of the sounds of Lake Lucerne. His label CSR Records, founded in 1989, also showcases representatives of Swiss folk music, pop and rock.