The Stone Alphabet



Dominik Dolega, born in 1979 in Cracow, studied under Jan Pilch at the Academy of  Music in Cracow and under Christian Dierstein and Walter Fähendrich in Music  Academy in Basel, Switzerland.

He has made numerous appearances in the leading concert halls in Europe and  participated as a soloist and a chamber musician in prominent festivals in Poland and abroad: “Different Beat” Fritz Hauser, Ruhrtriennale Essen, Slapstick Festival in  Bristol, Krakow 2000 Krzysztof Penderecki Festival and many others.

The artist works with leading Swiss and Polish orchestras, including Basler  Sinfonieorchester, Basler Kammerorchester, Basel Sinfonietta, der Musical Theater Basel, the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic in Cracow, Freiburger Barockorchester.

He develops his interest for contemporary music in co-operation with bands and  ensembles „Ensemble Recherche“ Freiburg, „Collegium Novum“ Zürich, «Percussionsextett ‘Persephassa’» and others.

Dominik Dolega’s regular co-operation with significant composers and musicians, incl. Gerry Hemingway, Mark Dresser, Fritz Hauser, Steven Schick, Mathias Steinauer, Hans Wüthrich, Alfred Zimmerlin, Christian Dierstein, Harald Kimming, Daniel Studer and Marcus Weiss brought a series of the joint projects and premieres.

In 2011/2012 the artist, together with Tom Lutz, composed the soundtrack for the  play „There must be the way out of here“, presented on the Swiss and European  stages. 

Dominik Dolega’s compositions are a unique collage of sounds including elements of experimental and electroacoustic music, inspired by the contemporary classical music trends.

From many years Dominik Dolega has been co-operating as a teacher with Music Academy in Basel and music schools in the region. 

He co-organises the series of music performances with and for children „Gare des  Enfants“ in Gare du Nord Basel and is now developing his own programme „Klang Kids“, presented in in Dornach.

In 2012 he joined „FronTTon“, music group combining free improvisation, contemporary music and modern jazz. In 2014 their CD „Alternating Flows“ received  „honorable mention“ for new releases in The New York City Jazz Record.

In 2014 Dominik Dolega became a member of the board of the Förderverein für Steinklang-Musik, unique association promoting and developing stone instruments music. He organizes concerts, seminars and co-operates with cultural institutions. As part of this project, he formed The Stone Orchestra and The Stone Trio, both giving succesful performances in Switzerland.


Felix Perret (born 1969) grew up in the Swiss mountains.

Percussion instruments have attracted and fascinated him magically since his early childhood.

1990 he leaved the mountains for Winterthur, Zurich, where he studied music at the Zurich University of the Arts (former Konservatorium Winterthur). After the degree in classical European music and majoring in percussion, he studied drumset and improvisation with Pierre Favre and Norbert Pfammatter (Jazz School Luzern).

New Music/Soloist: In 1999, together with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) he developed a 5-octave «Lithophone» (an instrument related to the marimba. Its panels are made of a stone). He is invited to play it at different European festivals. Composers like Mathias Steinauer, Hans W. Koch, Nils Günther, and Ivo Medek have composed for his program.

In 2009 he was co-founder and current president of the “Förderverein für Steinklang-Musik” (association of sounding stone music) whose purpose is the professionalising of promotion and research of sounding stone music.

Jazz/Improvisation: he collaborates with several smaller and bigger stars of Switzerlands Jazz and Improv scene like Gerry Hemingway, Michael Jäger, Nicole Johänntgen, Don Li, Tobias Preisig, Andreas Stahel and others.

Orchestra: Since the 90s he freelances as a percussionist and plays with several Orchestras of Switzerland like the Zurich Opera Orchestra, Basel Sinfonietta, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Sinfonietta Schaffhausen.

Felix Perret teaches percussion instruments, ensembles and bands at Musicschool Conservatory Zürich and Rämibühl highschool in Zurich.


Mathias Steinauer was born in Basle in 1959. He studied the piano, composition (with Robert Suter and Roland Moser) and music theory at the Basle Music Academy. From 1986 to 1988 he studied composition with György Kurtàg in Budapest. From 1986 to 2021 he has been a professor for music theory, courses for New Music and composition at the Zurich University of the Arts. He has had performances and given lectures at music academies and festivals in many European countries, as well in Azerbaidjan, Canada, China, Brazil, the USA and Japan. In 2004, he was the Artistic Director of the ISCM World New Music Days in Switzerland, entitled „trans_it“. In 2011 his first opera „Keyner nit“ has had performances at Lucerne and Zurich. (

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Matthias Brodbeck was born in 1971. At the age of 13 he started taking his first drumlessons with Jean-Claude Forestier from the Basel Symphony Orchestra. From 1992 to 1996 he has studied at the Hochschule Luzern with Marc Halbheer and Pierre Favre. Further studies with Billy Brooks and Louis César Ewandé.

Matthias Brodbeck was a member of the experimental Rapgroup “P-27”, Andy Scherrer’s “Chapter 12” and the percussion-trio “Metrix”.

As a versatile drummer and percussionist, he has worked amongst others with Eddie Floyd (Blues Brothers), William Bell, Ruby Wilson, The Basel Percussion-Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Paul Sacher, Lionel Hampton, Gerry Hemingway, Andy Scherrer, Fritz Hauser, Jean-Paul Brodbeck, Wolfgang Zwiauer, Domenic Landolf, Thomas Möckel, Hans Feigenwinter, Dieter Ammann and the Musical “Keep Cool”.

Currently he is a member of “The Stone Alphabet” and the worldmusic-quartet “Saitenschlag”.

Matthias Brodbeck is living in Zurich and is working as a freelance musician and educator.