15.04.2020 / Zermatt Unplugged
With the acoustic set by rapper Cro, Zermatt Unplugged awaits an event that raises great expectations and much anticipation. Cro is the musician with the panda mask, an artistic universe that emerged ten years ago, paving the way for a whole new style. The music was light and playful: Cro moved with virtuosity in rap and pop and not only made music – he designed his art work as well. With the albums Raop and Melody, he broke all records. As the youngest artist in MTV Unplugged’s Hall of Fame, Cro gave a taste of his abilities as a musician who also mastered the acoustic set. We look forward to songs like Easy, Whatever, Bye Bye, Once Around the World and Infinity from Cros’s latest work tru.
EARLY @ THE ALEX
Gérard Depardieu chante Barbara
A concert for eternity is on the horizon: Gérard Depardieu sings à la Barbara at Zermatt. One of the most important character actors of French film, international star, lavished with awards, honors us. He himself owes his gratitude to an artist friend, the chansonnier Barbara, who died in 1997, and is considered to be an incomparable artist of French chanson alongside Edith Piaf and Juliette Gréco. Gérard Depardieu’s approach to the work and personality of Barbara has captivated the French public. He is accompanied by pianist Emmanuel Christien.
LATE @ THE ALEX
Irish musician Glen Hansard has experimented with folk music like no other. As a teenager, he made the rounds through Dublin with self-composed songs and founded the legendary band The Frames. He played the role of his life as Outspan Foster in “The Commitments”. Music and film have had a firm hold on him since. In 2008 he composed the Oscar-winning song Falling Slowly with Markéta Irglóva for the independent production “Once”. The actual transformation process of this exceptional artist is fulfilled through four solo albums. With the recently released album, This Wild Willing, Glen Hansard has once again taken his songwriting to a whole new level, melding improvisation and inspiration from other musicians to the realm of his creative process.
A guitar, kick drums, his voice: It does not take much for Ziggy Alberts to fill the room with positive energy. Making music has always been a lifestyle for the singer-songwriter of the Australian Sunshine Coast: travel, lead a free life in harmony with nature, give concerts. His sunny folk music is anything but an attitude. Even before Ziggy reached for the guitar at the age of 16, he wrote stories. The style and content of his lyrics are personal, profound. No wonder then that the venues are getting bigger and bigger. At just 25 the artist who calls himself a self-taught musician, surfer and environmental enthusiast is already on a world tour and loves the songs of his album Laps Around The Sun.
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.
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.