Monday, 4 February 2013

Classic Beats Weekend Zurich

Classic Beats Weekend Zurich - an interactive musical weekend of classical meets jazz meets electronic meets education.

Starting with Ynight Dance! 28th.02.2013 from 9pm CET, live from Club Blok Zurich:

VILDE FRANG is among the most successful young violinist of her generation. The Norwegian won the prestigious Credit Suisse Young Artists Award 2012 and is known for her fiery playing without compromise. Clarinetist DAVID ORLOWSKY twice won the ECHO-classical prize for his genre-bending fusions of classical music and Klezmer and pianist JULIEN QUENTIN has, like his good friend Francesco Tristano, embarked on a journey into the world of electronic and keyboard music. In his spare time, he tours as the pianist of David Garrett.

Ynight’s own Etienne Abelin (member Lucerne Festival Orchestra, dir. Claudio Abbado) and Andreas Fleck (Casal String Quartet) join the trio to form the Yband Zurich of the night.

In the second set of the evening, the space opens to the haunting soundscapes of the Icelandic producer, pianist and composer VALGEIR SIGURDSSON. Known as producer and frequent collaborator with Björk, he founded the indie classical label “Bedroom Community” together with Nico Muhly and Ben Frost. NPR (National Public Radio) in the USA recently selected him as one of the “Top 100 composers under 40”.

Together with violist Liam Byrne, Valgeir presents music of his latest album “The Architecture of Loss”. And the occasional jam between the various musicians of the night is entirely possible.

As usual the Ynight takes place comfortably in the BLOK club, hosted by the Ynight team’s Nadja Schnetzler and Daniel Frei.

With: Valgeir Sigurðsson (Piano, Electronics), Liam Byrne (Viola) plus the Yband Zürich: Vilde Frang (Violin), David Orlowsky (Clarinet), Julien Quentin (Piano), Etienne Abelin (Violin) and Andreas Fleck (Cello). Plus DJ Nik! (Hula Honeys), animations by Stephen Malinowski and  live Visuals.

Closely followed on 01.03.2012 from 2pm CET by a Young Artist Advice Forum, live from the Tonhalle Zurich:

As the name suggests, the Young Artists Advice Forum is a new vehicle for artistically minded people to absorb, share and discuss ideas with some of the leading personalities in both classical & contemporary music.

The forum is recorded and streamed live as an educational webcast by IC247 and later made available on YouTube, to be used as a resource for anyone interested in new developments & directions in music.

Join us for our next forum on March 1st @2pm CET -  a collaboration with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich as a prelude to their hugely popular tonhalleLATE, classic meets electronic concert series, and the ZHdK Zurich University of the arts music department.

Featuring a diverse mix of colourful musical personalities including:

Kelvin Sholar & the Detroit Knights - talking about the techniques, concepts and history behind New Detroit; how they use the piano, Fender Rhodes and synths in the show later in the evening, combining Jazz concepts like Swing, Jazz vocabulary and Blues, Classical concepts like Serial Organization of musical parameters, Mother-Chords and Duodenary rhythms and Techno concepts like continous sets, minimal elements and technologies.
David Zinman - Music Director of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich and other international orchestras and multi Grammy award winning conductor.
David Bruchez - Professor of music ZHdK university of the arts, artistic director, conductor and principal trombone Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich.
Etienne Abelin - Violinist in the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Superar Suisse (El Sistema) and Curator of the highly successful YNight classic in club series.
Marc Menden - Menden&Roos, Art, Fashion and Nightlife Guru.
With various musicians of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich.
Questions and forum hosted by Adam Jeffrey, ZHdK and IC247 and Dr. James Isaacs, together with students from the ZHdK music department and the Hull`s international school Zurich.
....and then on that same evening, live from the Kongresshaus Zurich from 10pm onwards it is the tonhalleLATE,
classical meets electronic afterparty with Kelvin Sholar, Mike Huckaby and the Detroit Knights to get the dancing started!

To take part, no matter where you are you can watch, listen and chat by downloading the Ustream App here and searching for IC247, by clicking here direct for or just visit IC247 on this link here

Friday, 12 October 2012

Modern musician blog 2

Insights and experiences from musicians and people from the classical music industry about how it really is to be a "Modern Musician".

Blog 2 from Dorothy, classical music event organiser, music teacher and ex artist management:
Musicians should look at the consequences of the economics of today's world confidently and react positively to this.  It is important to get a clear understanding of your strengths and qualities and assess how you are currently positioned in your home territory as well as internationally.  It is fascinating to work out whether you are in a good position due to the variety of avenues available at this present time.  In classical music, the routes to one's visibility has expanded at an unprecedented rate in the last years.  Musicians continue to give concerts and recordings at the very highest quality and with the expansion of the digital era, we are able to push the boundaries of creativity to whole new level.  

The music scene outside of classical music has been developing many digital and internet avenues for a long time, sometimes with huge successes and other times not so, alongside with the technology which is constantly improving.  Classical music can take the best from this learning and use it to their advantage.  For example, we are now seeing a huge growth in the downloading of classical music and more recently, the streaming of classical concerts.  I find this wonderful as you can make contact with a whole new audience, a "live from your living room" experience.  This experience gives the viewer a feeling of personal contact to the soloists, conductors and orchestras and a sense of how they coorperate and work.  Taking the streaming one side step, I am inspired by the number of students and young musicians who wish to stream their weekly lessons, masterclasses, concerts and also their fruitful discussions on where they feel the future of classical music will be.  There's a great new discussion panel which is streamed (then downloaded onto YouTube) called the "Young Artists Forum" which brings together students, professional musicians, conductors, agents and orchestral managers.  There are no boundaries in this forum and any topic is warmly welcome.  

The key to education and learning is to share.  The traditional forms of education are taken through classroom lessons, lectures, music masterclasses, concerts and so forth.  To achieve the present and future trends of education and to help build the next generation of classical music audiences, I strongly believe you have to share your educational moments using all the present online and technology and in doing so, you are giving something to someone that may not have the resources to experience this directly.  

My view is that we have so many tools at our disposal at the present moment.  Work out your goals.  Make something happen.  Just do it.

Modern musician blog 1

Insights and experiences from musicians and people from the classical music industry about how it really is to be a "Modern Musician".

Blog 1 from Adam, an Australian student and orchestra musician working and studying in Europe:

The life of a so-called classical musician in 2012 has evolved into something quite different from what it was 20 years ago, spurred on by the rapid advances in technology which have revolutionized the way music is listened to.

For better or for worse, the the recording industry in its traditional guise is in sharp decline, and the role of classical music in modern society has been called repeatedly into question. Orchestras in many parts of the world are struggling to maintain their audience base, with some having to close shop, making the career prospects for young musicians seem less certain. Inevitably, the realities of the changing industry have had their effect on the nature of a young musician's development and students are now often faced with certain necessities.

Education - Whereas 20 years ago, a musician could potentially make a career based on playing ability alone, it seems that most aspiring musicians are now obliged to take a minimum of 6 years of tertiary study incl. a Master's degree just to be considered eligible for most of the career development opportunities on offer. To me, this has a range of effects. It's never in doubt that a reputable musical institution is the best place for a young musician to get the training they need. And since a place in a school usually guarantees an entry visa, it creates all kinds of opportunities for foreign students, who otherwise might not have the chance to live abroad.

On the other hand, the fact that qualifications are now a virtual necessity seems a pity, since the focus has shifted away from playing ability and personality and instead centers on fulfilled requirements, which unfortunately tend to carry more weight on a student's CV.

Ynight classical in club 25.10.2012

The first Ynight - Classical in Club Live stream webcast

Classical music live mixed with electronic interpretations. With visuals by Stephen Malinowski, animations for Bjoerk's Biophilia app.


Stephen Malinowski, Piano/Visuals

Yband Zurich
Michael Wendeberg, Piano
Etienne Abelin, Violin
Corinne Chapelle, Violin
Hugo Bollschweiler, Viola
Andreas Fleck, Cello

The Dean Soniks DJs (Hula Honeys)

Bildstörung VJs & Aaawesome Colors
Joel de Giovanni, Jonas Mettler

Nadja Schnetzler, Daniel Frei

Live streaming by Ustream

Monday, 16 April 2012

Davos Festival 2012 events

A breath of fresh air from Davos landscapes 4th to 18th August 2012!
This years Davos Festival young artists in concert, honours the rebels, the free spirits, innovators and the pioneers from music history. From the storm and drive of the “problem children” Bach brothers to the wild Berlin cabarets of the 20`s, from the brusque gestures of Beethoven to Schostakowitsch`s banned 24 preludes and fugues – Davos Festival 2012  carries the torch for these changes in values from local hotels, churches, museums and from nature and waits for your involvement.
Programme 2012 details and ticketing information available here 
Live stream concert and events links to follow soon

tonhalleLATE 8-6-12, classic meets electronic

Tonhalle-Orchestra Zurich.
Giovanni Antonini, Conductor.
George-Cosmin Banica, Violin.
Simon Fuchs, Oboe.
Matthias Rácz, Bassoon.
Giovanni Antonini, Recorder.
Eliane Fankhauser, Recorder.
Antonio Vivaldi — Violin Concerto
Oboe and Orchestra g-Moll RV 576
Bassoon Concerto and Orchestra e-Moll RV 484
Ludwig van Beethoven — Symphony No. 1 C flat major

Christian Prommer Drumlesson
with soloists from the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich
Party with Evangelos
Tickets order here
Visit the website here

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Norman Lebrecht Live at the English Book shop Zurich

Norman Lebrecht in Zurich
Norman Lebrecht talks about his latest book, Why Mahler? Recorded from the live stream lecture from Orell Füssli English book shop Zurich, Switzerland.


Read the Norman lebrecht Blog here
Listen to Norman on the BBC here

With thanks to:


ZKO: Enjoy Your Music