Swiss Cultural Fund UK

Swiss Cultural Fund UK

Swiss Jazz musicians at the London Jazz Festival 2011_November

At this year’s London Jazz Festival three acts represented Switzerland’s vibrant and diverse jazz scene. The renowned Nik Bärtsch and his band Ronin delivered their programme to a sold out Kings Place and dazzled the audience with their complex and compelling arrangements. The ensemble’s forte is their precision and structure which emphasizes the contradictory rhythms and multiple interlocking sections of each piece. The performance was much appreciated by the audience and earned an extensive round of applause.

 

Another act was a cutting-edge trio consisting of Colin Vallon, Patrice Moret and Samuel Rohrer, which took the audience at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho on a musical ride from subtle electronic tunes to percussive aggression. The different sets slowly unfolded and developed into multi-layered melodies of rock-edged and groove-soaked jazz.

 

Also at the Soho venue was the third Helvetic jazz delegation in the form of the trio Rusconi, put together by pianist Stefan Rusconi accompanied by Fabian Gisler and Claudio Strüby. The three young men certainly brought a wind of change to this year’s programme, combining jazzy tunes with rock n’ roll and involving the audience in their music with charming anecdotes. At one point the audience was required to scream out loud at certain key points in the piece, recommended by the band as a way of stress relief. Rather timid at first, the audience joined in with loud screaming after the band interrupted their piece and requested more active participation. Rusconi proved once again that jazz can always be reinvented and in just a single set of a couple of hours they won a new little fan base in the UK – which we are sure will grow rapidly in the near future.