Folk and traditional music

Nadja Räss Breaking the mould as a Swiss yodeller

Yodeller Nadja Räss exemplifies today’s crossover Swiss folk music scene, and is equally happy experimenting in jazz, listening to 100-year-old ...

New trends Folk musicians seek inspiration beyond the norm

It’s crowded in the dressing room. And no wonder. A folk trio, a jazz singer and a classically-trained violinist are all relaxing before a joint show.

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Rock and pop

Making it in music Where mojo and money collide in Swiss pop

Ask anyone who are Switzerland’s pop pioneers and they’ll cite dance duo Yello and post-industrial group The Young Gods. What does it take to do ...

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Pet Conspiracy Crossing the great wall of sound

In Pet Conspiracy’s world, there are no rules or plans. Maybe that’s why the band’s live shows are so unique. But what connects the ...

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Basel’s Schola Cantorum Old music becomes new art

On a sunny day in Basel, delicate tunes waft through the windows of the Schola Cantorum, the world’s oldest institution for the study of “old music”.

Old instruments made new The bassoon's revenge

With help from Swiss experts, world-renowned musician Lyndon Watts sought to feature his instrument and resurrect one of the greatest models ever ...

48th Solothurn Film Festival Examining a Martha-daughter relationship

Classical pianist Martha Argerich is the focus of an intimate documentary, Bloody Daughter, by her youngest child, Bern-born Stéphanie Argerich. ...

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Jazz and blues

Elina Duni Jazz as a cultural bridge

Elina Duni left her roots in Albania at the age of ten and moved to Switzerland. A former student of Bern’s Swiss Jazz School, she combines folk ...

Take five Swiss jazz it up worldwide

Switzerland’s diverse cultural mix has long preserved a special place for jazz music. Young artists are breaking through and building solid ...

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Highs and lows Yodellers learn the price of fame

They were simple mountain farmers. Overnight the 20 members of the Wiesenberg yodelling club were catapulted to national fame, when they won a ...