The Swiss percussion player Titus Bellwald studied classical percussion and „Music and Media Arts“ at HKB, Berne, Switzerland. After obtaining a Master in Pedagogy he dedicated himself in researching ways of interaction of percussion and electronic sound emitters. During his studies for Master in performance (with speciality „Music and Media Arts“) he wrote several pieces for percussion instruments and live electronics (listen or download scores).
Titus Bellwald specialises not only in contemporary and ancient classical music but also on hand percussion – but not in the widely known latin american Congas or African Djembe but rather in oriental and mediterranean drums: he studies persian Tombak/Zarb with Pedram Khavarzamini (and also took lessons with Keyvan Chemirani, Pejmân Hadadi and Madjid Khaladj), Riq, Tamburello and other frame drums he studies with Zohar Fresco and various Arab and Italian percussionists. He regularily attends seminars organised by Ross Daly’s amazing Labirinth Musical Workshop.
Acoustic expperimentation and noises have always been a passion of Titus Bellwald. Already as teenager he developped soundscapes for theater and other events. Building his own instruments was a logical step even then, starting with building a collapsible frame to his vibraphone. His interest and experimentation in computer enhanced instrument playing eventually led to his master studies with speciality „Music and Media Arts“ which he graduated cum laude in 2006.
In 2009 he spends 6 months in Paris on a grant from the Canton of Berne developping sensor interfaces that let him control his computer settings in a musical and natural way by playing his various hand drums.
This versatile percussionist performs both as solo artist as well as in orchestras and various ensembles. His repertoire streches from contemporary music to improvisation to world on to ancient music.
In spring 2013 Wael Sami Elkholy (Voice/Oud) and Titus Bellwald begin building a repertoire of traditional and contemporary arab music. Over time this leads to a repertoire of their own distinctive compositions. In spring 2014they record the album "Ancient Love - Alte Liebe" with Björn Meyer on bass guitar.
"jetzt" is an innovative concert piece with Music written by Nehad El Sayed for Ensemble Contact:
- Natalie Klaus, voice
- Nehad El Sayed, oud
- Virginia Arancio, guitars
- Barbara Gasser, cello
- Titus Bellwald, percussion
Brunnen & Brücken
Ensemble del mar (past collaboration)
The "Ensemble del mar specializes on baroque music from the mediterranean as well as traditional music from coastal regions.
Timpanist in various Baroque orchestras (such as. „les Passions de l’ âme“, Berne and „L’ Estro Armonico“ of HKB with Malcolm Bilson, Fortepiano), „L’Amoresca“ Ensemble with Elisabeth Pawewelke, Dominika Bonk and Emanuele Forni, concerts or recordings with the likes of Gaudenz Badrutt, Nehad El Sayed, Olivier Latry, Emanuele Forni, Fanny Anderegg, Florian Volkmann, Gabrielle Weber, Ensemble Paul Klee, OPUS-Orchester, Orchester der Gymnasien Bern-Neufeld and others.