16.04.2020 / Zermatt Unplugged
Richard Marx, the great master of rock ballads, has written music history: over 30 million albums sold worldwide, a triple platinum-colored debut album, his seven first singles all among the top 5 American charts. In the 80s and 90s, people in Switzerland also dreamed of songs like Right Here Waiting, Angelia or Keep Coming Back. He released twelve albums, wrote 14 number 1 hits for artists of eminence like Kenny Rogers or Keith Urban, and received a Grammy in 2004. In 2020 Richard Marx will perform a number of concerts in Europe, making a stop at Zermatt Unplugged for an exclusive acoustic set.
«Her voice is like caramel.», «I hear her for the first time and feel the soul in my bones.», «I believe her.» Euphoric feedback is given to the British musician Andreya Triana in the comments section of her songs. The press does not shy away from comparisons with Lauryn Hill, Cassandra Wilson or Kelis. But Andreya Triana is her own creation. She has experimented a lot with electronica and jazz. Renowned artists of the scene like Bonobo or Flying Lotus have boosted her. On her new album Life in Color, the artist presents herself with the fantastic soulful voice more confidently than ever before.
A refreshing note in this year’s line-up is the Austrian singer-songwriter and entertainer Rainhard Fendrich. No pop star, no rock singer: Fendrich sees himself as a chansonnier who sings laconic songs about bourgeois and oddball, lover and loser. He has recorded an incredible 18 albums in his forty-year career, almost all of them reached first place in the Austrian charts. When it comes to the hundreds of songs, just considering only Macho, Macho, Es lebe der Sport or I am from Austria means missing out on a lot. With the latest album, Starkregen, the artist once again crosses the borders of his country and also puts fans in Germany and Switzerland under his spell.
The British singer-songwriter Luke Sital-Singh is an expert in exploring the melancholy sides of life. He describes his music as wistful pop with folk influences and lyrical text. During his concerts the artist, who recently moved to sunny L.A., understands the atmosphere and mood. The Sunnegga Sessions provide the perfect setting for this musician to deliver his stories with an incomparably gentle and haunting voice.
«I don’t know a woman who doesn’t have to renegotiate her place in the world every day», said Danitsa, our campaign face and musician from Geneva, to the French online magazine Madame Rap. After her sensational debut album, Ego, this is even more true for herself, the Best Act Romandie of the Swiss Music Award 2018, Artist to Watch by SRF Virus, Best Talent of SRF 3. Danitsa played over a hundred concerts after her album release, many of them abroad. Her sound is a mélange of reggae, soul, hip-hop, R’n’B, jazz, rock-steady, funk. Her second album is awaited with great anticipation – but hey – Danitsa already warns in her song Mr. Business: You can’t fool me – I’m not a product of your game – I do not want your chocolat dream. For Zermatt Unplugged, the artist and her band make a first venture to bring an acoustic set to the stage.
AT HOME WITH ...
Zermatt’s heart has been won over by Philipp Poisel, the approachable pop-poet from Stuttgart, whose songs are so intense and timeless. Philipp Poisel touches the soul. In 2015 the congenial artist, who belongs to the top league of German-speaking singer-songwriters since ten years, let himself fall into the arms of fans and hosts at Zermatt Unplugged. To welcome him again in the context of the new concert series «At home with…» is a gift. An encounter takes place at the Heinz Julen Loft.
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.