Born in Liestal/Switzerland in 1972, of Swiss and French parents. Matthias grew up in Basel, graduated from business school and has worked as a musician since 1982.
As a teenager, Matthias began focusing on archaic traditional music and its history, with special interest in soundscape and experimental music, studying the didgeridoo long before the instrument became popular in Europe.
Since 1994, Matthias has made numerous study trips to Australia (Arnhemland). From 1997, he has been privileged as one of the few outsiders to study with the traditional masters Djalu Gurruwiwi and M. Mununggurr. Being close to and socially accepted by the clan, authentic knowledge is gained, unfiltered by western cultural views and interpretations.
As part of his intense study of the Aboriginal culture, in 2000 Matthias created an archive (recordings of traditional music, film material, books) to make this information available to a broader public. The archive includes a large collection of historical and ritually important yidakis (didgeridoos), some of which were donated by Aborigines.
empowerment of culture
Matthias supports the Mulka Project in Yirrkala (Yoingu Multimedia Archive & Production Centre). Through this project, the Mulka people are preserving their culture with modern digital media (www.yirrkala.com/mulka/index.html). The project offers meaningful occupation and empowerment of the Yirrkala community.