14.04.2020 / Zermatt Unplugged
After many years refrain from the stages of the world, the British musician Dido is on tour again. She has her fifth album, Still On My Mind, on hand. In April, Dido, who is considered one of the greatest British artists of the last twenty years, makes a detour to Zermatt Unplugged. She performs an exclusive acoustic set that will not miss out on songs like White Flag, Thank You or Life for Rent. A melodic voice and lyrics that shines the right light on the little moments of life: Dido’s music brings calm amid a crazy world. To be able to experience her music unplugged in the mountains already inspires great anticipation.
British musician James Morrison has shaped and changed soul music of the past fifteen years. Albums like Undiscovered, Higher Than Here and colossal seller Awakening secured a huge following for the Brit Award winner. Nelly Furtado sang Broken Strings with him, Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran described him as an important influence. After a lengthy break, James Morrison, who previously graced Zermatt Unplugged in 2016, has released his fifth album You’re Stronger Than You Know through his own production.
With Tyler Ramsey in the Winkelmatten chapel, Zermatt Unplugged curates an artist whose work is intimately connected with nature. The American singer-songwriter – influenced by country blues and home in the mountains of North Carolina – is a self-confessed country dweller. He goes to the forest to compose. Playing the acoustic guitar is just as important to him as walking. The multi-instrumentalist has become known as a guitarist and co-writer of the «Band of Horses». In 2017, Tyler Ramsey left the band to focus exclusively on solo projects.
The French musician Tiwayo has composed a masterpiece with his debut album The Gypsy Soul of Tiwayo. This music comes along relaxed and casual. Its roots lie in American jazz, blues and soul of the 60s and 70s. The roots of reggae has also left its mark. Tiwayo sings his songs in a voice that earned him the nickname «The Young Old», because whoever it may be, everyone marvels at the early maturity of this artist who first found the limelight as support for Norah Jones, Seal, Sting, and Patrice. Today the most ambitious festivals are scrambling around Tiwayo.
RONNIE SCOTT'S JAZZ CLUB
Ronnie Scott's all Stars & Curtis Stigers
When Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and its legendary house band, Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, travel in April, everyone knows where the first-class musicians from London reside – at Zermatt Unplugged. At Mont Cervin Palace, a true-to-life pop-up of the chic jazz club will be created for five festival days. Guests can expect an authentic Soho jazz club experience. While an exquisite 3-course dinner is served, the most famous house band in the world perform and invite musicians of the festival to the stage.
Special Guest this year is Curtis Stigers. The Emmy-nominated American singer-songwriter and saxophonist is an artist of class and laconic charm who knows how to keep the balance between improvisation and entertainment. Curtis Stigers is celebrated as a jazz interpreter worldwide. In the 90s, this Platinum-awarded musician reached international top charts with songs like I Wonder Why or You’re All That Matters to Me.
After the great success of the first edition, Zermatt Unplugged proceeds with Blues at Hotel Alex – once again with Philipp Fankhauser in the role of the host. The Swiss blues musician has played over 2200 concerts in 30 years, received many awards, enjoys international renown, in short: Philipp Fankhauser is the Swiss icon of the blues. I’ll be around, the name of his gold-winning album is on the program. Guest musicians perform a rendezvous after the main blues concerts and party until late into the night.