A super trio is born!

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend a concert of Trio Lusinea. Trio Lusinea is an unusual combination of three instruments: a bassoon, a flute and a harp. The trio consists of three friends and world-class musicians: Valeria Curti (Bassoon), Isabel Goller (Harp) and Annina Rusch (Flute). In the cozy environment of Atelier 17A in Zurich, they played works of Ravel,Yun, Glinka, Bozza and Jolivet.

It was a fantastic event and if their performance made one thing clear it was this: a new super trio is born.

Thanks, Valeria, Isabel, and Annina. I am looking forward to seeing and hearing you again soon!

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Equipment: Panasonic Lumix G7 | Olympus 17mm1.8 | Olympus 45mm1.8 |Panasonic 14-42 3.5-5.6


 

Get on Board with the Gospelchor Thalwil

Last Sunday the Gospelchor Thalwil, conducted by Felix Bachmann, delivered a fantastic performance of their ‘Get On Board’ program in the Reformed Church of Thalwil. They gave the audience a wonderful evening, with no less than 18 gospel songs (excluding the encores!).

Thank you Gospelchor Thalwil and the Evangelisch Reformierte Kirche Thalwil for giving us such a wonderful evening.

If you missed it, there is another opportunity to attend “Get on Board” on Sunday February 3, 2019 in Altendorf/SZ, in the Pfarrkirche St. Michael, at 17:00hrs.


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Equipment: Nikon D750 | Tamron 28-75 mm 2.8 | Nikkor 20-35 mm 2.8


 

A chance encounter with Pirmin Huber

I love traveling by train in Switzerland. Not only is it fast, reliable and convenient; it also provides the opportunity for chance encounters.

Yesterday I met Pirmin Huber on a train to Zurich. Pirmin is a fantastic (bass) musician and composer. His music is a wonderful eclectic combination of jazz and folk music. At times, Pirmin’s music reminds me of Wolfert Brederode and Jan Garbarek. After he generously allowed me to take a few pictures of him, we had a nice chat about his music and his upcoming gigs.

Check him out on pirminhuber.com! I am looking forward to attending one of his concerts soon.

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Equipment: Nikon D750 – Tamron 28-75


 

Jazz in Cafe Black Zurich

On March 16, 2018, I attended a wonderful Jazz concert by Sonja Ott (Trumpet),  Jonas Labhart (Alt Saxophone),  Matthias Reinhard-DeRoo (Double Bass) and Berni Doessegger (Drums). The concert took place in Cafe Black. I am looking forward to the next gig of these wonderful musicians, as well a return to Cafe Black!

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Pictures taken with a Nikon D750 camera and a Tamron 28-75 mm 2.8 lens. Recorded in Raw, post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.


 

Photoshoot Opera Singer Operahaus Zurich

Early July I did a photoshoot with a very talented opera singer in the neighbourhood of the Operahaus in Zurich. The weather was with us and showed Zurich (and the singer) at their best.

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Pictures taken with Nikon D750, Nikkor 80 mm 1.8 and Tamron 28-75 mm 2.8 lenses. Recorded in Raw, post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.


Dvorak and Gounod in Meiringen

Sunday evening May 7, 2017 I was in Meiringen (Switzerland) to attend a concert of the Orchestverein Interlaken. One of the reasons why Meiringen is well known is due it’s Reichenbachfall which plays an important role in “The final problem”, a book by Conan Doyle about his hero Sherlock Holmes.

Meiringen also has a beautiful church, and this was the venue where the concert of Orchestverein Interlaken took place. The orchestra was conducted by Leonardi Muzii and played two works. The first one was the Concert for Violin in A-moll Opus 53 by Dvorak. Here the solo part was play by Alexandre Dubach.

It was an incredible performance. The audience was so enthusiastic that Leonardi Muzii and Alexandre Dubach decided to repeat part of the Dvorak concert. Alexandre Dubach really enjoyed it, and was so enthusiastic that he decided to share his bouquet of roses with Leonardi Muzii and some of the players in the orchestra.

The second work was the second symphony of Gounod in Es-Dur. An incredibly powerful romantic piece. This was the first time I heard the being played live. I was incredibly impressed with the conductor and the orchestra. It is a very, very difficult piece due to all the different tempi and counter melodies and the performance was one I will never forget.

A wonderful review (in German) of the concert has been written by Lia Näpflin in the Jungfrauzeitung. This review also contains a video fragment and two of the pictures I took.


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All pictures taken with the Olympus OMD-EM10 camera and 17mm 1.8 and 45mm 1.8 (prime) lenses in RAW. Post-processed in Adobe Lightroom.


 

Another Great Performance of the KOTH!

Sunday March 12, 2017, I had the privilege to attend another concert of our very own Kammerorchester Thalwil (Thalwil Chamber Orchestra). It was a wonderful concert, during which the orchestra, conducted by Maya Wenger (a source of energy and inspiration), played the following pieces:

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Les petits riens KV 299b
  • Sergej Rachmaninov – Vocalise op. 34 No. 14
  • Joseph Haydn – Concert for French Horn and strings Hob VII:3 and Hob VII:4
  • Bela Bartok – Romanian Folk Dances
  • Felix Mendelsohn – For He shall give His angels

Matthias Kofmehl, the soloist of the evening, wonderfully played the French Horn during the concert of Joseph Haydn.


All pictures taken with my Olympus OMD-E-M10 with the standard 14-42 mm kit lens. Pictures were post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.

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Sarah Jane: Soul with a capital S!

I really enjoyed the performance of Dutch singer Sarah-Jane and her band at the 2016 Bevrijdingsfestival in the Hague. A great combination of self-confidence, beautiful voices (incl. Kimberley Janice and Lola Green), great musicianship and an overdose of enthusiasm.

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The Cool Quest

I did not hear about the Dutch band the Cool Quest before, but the text about them in the “Bevrijdingsfestival” (Liberation festival) brochure sounded promising. Their music turned out to be a great cross-over of hip-hop, soul and funk. Their performance was super: what a presence, what an enthusiasm! Highly recommend their songs “Funkin’ badass” and “Shine” – if only for the saxophone.

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All pictures taken with my 10+ year old Nikon D70S and 4+ year old non-VR Tamron 18-200.

Liberation Day Concert The Hague 2016

Every year on May 5 The Netherlands celebrates Liberation Day in memory of the liberation of the Netherlands on May 5 1945 from the German occupation. On May 5 this year a series of concerts was held at the Malieveld in the Hague.

They day before I was advised, by the camerashop where I alway buy my gear, that my Nikon D70S camera and Tamron 18-200 lens did not have commercial value anymore. Hence I decided to take this camera and lens along to see if there was at least some artistic value in it.

During the afternoon I attended concerts of The cool quest, Lakshmi, Sarah-Jane and Ceux Qui Marchent Debout. The weather was great and the extremely relaxed atmosphere was even better. Here you can find my pictures of the audience. In upcoming posts I will share some pictures of these bands and enable you to judge if there is still some artistic potential in the camera and lens left.