Lil’ Jürg Frey

An experimental music ensemble that exists within Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Lil’ Jürg Frey is Dicky Bahto, Erika Bell, Morgan Gerstmar, and Stephanie Smith.


“Really strange, quotidian, domestic, experimental music which is really compelling … it’s almost like various people walking into a room together and rattling the things around them, that’s what it kind of sounds like. But that’s the basis of experimental music isn’t it, in the John Cagean way, so why not do it in Animal Crossing as well?  ” – Fielding Hope of Cafe Oto, London.

“I was watching it with my 11 year old who was just fascinated” – Verity Sharp, BBC3

BBC3 Late Junction, hosted by Verity Sharp with guest Fielding Hope, aired September 18, 2020. Listen here

“…while the game’s cute graphics and the performances’ overall premise may feel gimmicky at first, the meticulous consideration for rhythm, sonic qualities and spirited experimentation are undeniable upon viewing and very much in the lineage of Fluxus … what they accomplish here feels surprising, enthralling and nothing short of singular.” – Joshua Minsoo Kim, The Wire, August 2020, Issue 438, p.84. Read the full article here. 

Read an interview with Lil’ Jürg Frey by Elise Barrington here: New Horizons in Experimental Music, Quarantine Times.


Third Performance: Saturday, September 26, 2020, hosted by the wulf. With performances by Liam Mooney and Isaac Schankler.
Set-list: Pis-en-lis: un petit fragment du paysage pour frere Jürg dormez-vous dormez-vous?
Computer Room
Several Attempts at Tranquility in the Garden of Low-key Freaking the Fuck Out

Second Performance: Wednesday, May 13, 2020, hosted by Lumpen Radio on Experimental Sound Studio as part of their Quarantine Concerts series. Also performances by Corey Gordon, Shelley Burgon, Domestik, and Marta Sofia Honer & Jeremiah Chiu.

First Performance: Saturday, May 2, 2020, hosted by Lumpen Radio as the official after party for Common Field Convening. Other performances by Stephie’s Castle, Patrick Shiroishi, and Spectralina.