‘Break A Leg’ – Swingmusic at the Rondell Bürkliplatz Zurich

Thursday evening June 22 I attended a wonderful concert of ‘Break a Leg!’. A group of musicians consisting of Ursula Ledergerber, vocals, Urs Keller, guitar and vocals,  Heinz Krapf, bass and Stefan Rüfenacht on saxes, melodica and cornet.

The concert took place at the Rondell the Bürkliplatz in Zurich. The band played a number of classic  jazz-swing songs, including one of my favorites: Lullaby of Birdland.

The audience could not sit still, but immediately enthusiastically started to dance, and kept doing so as long as the musicians kept on playing.

I had a wonderful great evening and am looking forward to seeing them again soon!


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Pictures taken with a Nikon D750 camera, Nikkor 20-35 2.8 mm and Tamron 28-75 2.8 mm lenses. Recorded in Raw, post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.


 

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Photoshoot Leonardo Muzii

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure to do a photo shoot with Leonardo Muzii. A professional conductor based in Basel, Switzerland. We had a pleasant late afternoon and took a number of great pictures on the roof terrace of Leonardo’s house.


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Pictures taken with Olympus OMD EM10 camera and Zuiko 14-42 3.5-5.6 mm & 90 mm 1.8 mm lenses, Recorded in Raw, post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.


 

Road Trip with two BMW 325i E30 convertibles to Schwyz

As proud owners of a 28+ year old BMW BMW 325i E30,we decided to take a short trip with another couple, who were in possession of the same type of car. At the end of May 2017 we drove from Zurich along the Aegerisee to Schwyz. From there we drove back by the Sihlsee, Egg and Freienbach.


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Lauerzersee


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House in Schwyz


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Kantonsschule Kollegium Schwyz


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Mountain range between Schwyz and Euthal


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Last look on the Lauerzersee


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Transporting the cows from the stable to the meadow near Egg


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Right of way


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Crossing the mountain pass


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A moment of rest after a job well done


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The last stretch


Pictures taken with a Nikon D750 camera, Nikkor 20-35 2.8 mm and Tamron 28-75 2.8 mm lenses. Recorded in Raw, post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.


 

Road trip to Amsterdam

In the Pentecost weekend I made a quick trip to the Netherlands and took the opportunity to visit my favorite Dutch city: Amsterdam!


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A beacon of consumerism along the Autobahn

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The remainder of gourmet meal

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Stedelijk museum Amsterdam (‘The bathtub’)

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A look through the pothole of the bathtub

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Two cellists playing ‘Rolling in the deep’

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Artwork in the making (Herman Brood and Rembrandt)

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One of the painters

 

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Boris Kousemaker (Owner of Comic Store Lambiek) starts his weekend off with Heineken (1)

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Boris Kousemaker (Owner of Comic Store Lambiek) starts his weekend off with Heineken (2)

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Central Station – Take 1

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Pictures taken with Olympus OMD EM10 camera and Zuiko 14-42 3.5-5.6 mm lens, Recorded in Raw, post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.


 

A Road Trip to the Waterfalls of Schaffhausen with surprises…

May 25, 2017, I took a road trip to the Waterfalls of Schaffhausen. The idea was to take a couple of pictures of the water falls and nothing else. However during the trip I discovered a beautiful village near the river Rhine (Eglisau), met several Birds of Paradise, saw beautiful paintings in a church from an artist I never heard of  (Anita Arm) and discovered a pop-art BBQ joint.


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Engraved Lock Bridge Water Falls Schaffhausen

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Birds of Paradise 2/3 – Laszlo

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Birds of Paradise 3/3 – Vivi

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‘The Last Supper’  by Anita Arm

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‘The Crucifiction’  by Anita Arm

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‘The risen Messiah meets his disciples at the lake’ by Anita Arm

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Pop art meets BBQ – Open Air BBQ in North Switzerland

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Back in Zurich – ‘Language can be confusing’


Pictures taken with Nikon D750 camera, Nikkor 20-35 2.8 mm, Tamron 28-75 2.8 mm and Tamron 35 mm 1.8 mm. Recorded in Raw, post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.


 

Classical Music and Baroque Dance in Bad Zurzach (CH)

Saturday May 20, 2017, the Hochrheinisches Kammerorchester had a festive concert to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Conducted by Leonardo Muzii, they played a very interesting program.

The concert started with the ‘Kleine Sinfonie’ by Paul Juon. A beautiful piece, with a delicate balance between romantic and modern music.  This was followed by the ‘Violin concert in D-Moll’ by Felix Mendelssohn. The soloist for this concert was Giovanni Barbato. A performance I will remember for a long time.

After the break the orchestra was joined by the Compagnie enSuite. They performed baroque dances while the orchestra was playing pieces by Lully, Delalande, Rameaux, Telemann and de la Coste. It was clear that the dancers were extremely skilled. Despite the (obvious) need to dance perfectly synchronized, it was clear the dancers really mastered their act: they cleary had a tremendous amount of fun.


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All pictures taken with the Olympus OMD-EM10 camera and 17mm 1.8 and 45mm 1.8 (prime) lenses, and 14-42  Zoom kit lens in RAW. Post-processed in Adobe Lightroom.


Impressive performance Wir & Jetzt Theater

Saturday May 20, 2017, I had the pleasure to attend a performance of ‘Wir & Jetzt’ in Zurich. ‘Wir & Jetzt’ (‘Here and now’) is a Swiss Improv Theatre Group which brings Improv theatre to a variety of different settings: businesses, NGO’s, Birthday, Marriages, schools and many more.

Last Saturdays’ performance was for a Swiss NGO for foster and adopted children and their parents. Despite the difficult themes that were addressed, ‘Wir & Jetzt’ managed to engage the audience in a highly interactive, inspiring and, at times lighthearted, performance.

The actors and musician were fabulous, and I really admire the group for the way they make it possible to open-up the participants to discuss serious themes and issues. I am looking forward to seeing them again soon!

More information about ‘Wir & Jetzt’  can be found on their website.


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All pictures taken with the Nikon D750 camera with Tamron 28-75 2.8, Nikon 85 1.8 and Tamron 35 1.8 lenses


 

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.


 

Great Benefit Concert for Nepalese Orphans

Sunday April 30, 2017 I had the privilege to attend a great benefit concert organized by Kul Prasad ‘Kishna’ Shiwakotiin the beautiful Zunfthaus zur Waag, Zürich. Purpose of the concert was to collect money for Nepalese children who had become orphans as a result of the 2015 Earthquake. With the money the children would be able to attend school, rather than being forced to work.

The performance by Betül Ayaydin (piano), Carolyn Hopkins Marti (Cello) and Simon Hänni (clarinet) was fantastic. The trio performed the ‘Trio for Piano, Clarinet and Cello Opus 38’ by Ludwig van Beethoven, and one of my ‘all time’ favorites: ‘Trio for Piano, Clarinet and Cello Opus 114’ by Johannes Brahms. This was one of the most intensive concerts I ever attended, and I will remember it the rest of my life.

For more information about the project for the Nepalese Orphans please contact pyaro.krishna ‘at’ gmail.com. You can transfer your gift to IBAN CH40 0900 0000 3141 5546 0


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All pictures taken with the Sony RX100 Mark I camera due to its (silent) electronic shutter.