17.04.2020 / Zermatt Unplugged
As a wave of new rock music surges over the British Isles in the mid-2000s, Emperor Chiefs from Leeds emerged with a plan that is nothing less than taking over world domination as indie band. Oh My God, I Predict a Riot, Everyday’s I Love You Less and Less: The 2005 debut album, Employment, lines up hit after hit. With the song Ruby, the band makes it to the international stage once and for all. Since then Kaiser Chiefs have boldly made tracks from album to album – the seventh, Duck, has just been released. They do nothing other than be themselves: one of the best guitar bands of the last twenty years with an unmistakable musical DNA.
EARLY @ THE ALEX
Jack Savoretti, singer-songwriter of European provenance, has already made many outstanding, highly acclaimed albums. With his eighth album Singing to Strangers, he now holds the position he deserves: Number 1 on the UK charts. This album combines soulful songwriting and the musical legacy of Southern Europe of the 50s and 60s: film music, great orchestration, rock, classical and soul – the music of Serge Gainsbourg, Ennio Morricone and Scott Walker. Playing songs acoustically has always had a special meaning for Jack Savoretti, so he appreciates Zermatt Unplugged and is a welcomed guest of the festival.
LATE @ THE ALEX
Jake Isaac is currently regarded as one of the most interesting British singer-songwriters in soul and pop. The artist from the south of London became known to millions of viewers as Elton John’s supporting act. Jake Isaac has won over the love of his fans – more than 30 million streams speak for themselves – with songs such as Long Road, You and I Always and Waiting Here, and not least by his approachable way to making music. He is not the guy who wants to impress others: Jake Isaac connects with his audience.
The Pedestrians are on the fast track: sold-out club tour, rock star feeling on the big stages of Switzerland, concerts in Germany and Great Britain, and now their first acoustic show at Zermatt Unplugged. The five-piece band from Baden has developed an unmistakable style, a pedestrian reggae that comes along with pop and ska influences. The melodies are catchy, the voice of frontman Mike Bill is a marvel, and their performance is really enjoyable. With the support of producer Dodo, the album Sweet Space was created in the spring of 2019, which figures at the very top of the Swiss album charts.
Her outstanding, unique voice and a new album with touching songs, which are at once sad and soaring, are cause to invite the Swiss artist Annakin to the Sunnegga Sessions. Annakin was formerly the lead singer of the triphop band Swandive. She also composes film music and asserts herself with artistic stubbornness in the Swiss music scene. In the midst of the mountains, where nature is particularly sensitive to changes, the musician sings the songs of her new and sixth solo album The End of Eternity, which receives much positive resonance in the arts sections.
«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.