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Andreas Schaerer’s Hildegard Lernt Fliegen | Orchestra of LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI
“The Big Wig”
What this man can do! His vocal range is tremendous, going from the deepest bass up into the highest register. Yet Andreas Schaerer doesn’t just sing, he also produces the most absurd effects with his voice. He grunts and chuckles, murmurs, chirrups, and cries; is an expert at traditional scat singing; and is a master of vocal percussion. Simply put: it sounds like Andreas Schaerer has swallowed an orchestra. But that’s not enough for the Swiss vocal acrobat and Echo Jazz Award winner. Which is why he suddenly decided to put an actual orchestra on the stage, complementing his splendid band Hildegard Lernt Fliegen with 60 classically trained musicians from the ranks of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY. At the 2015 Summer Festival, Hildegard Lernt Fliegen took off into new, orchestrally expanded heights. The live recording of this concert was a sensation, and Andreas Schaerer subsequently took “The Big Wig” on tour. And now comes a reunion in Lucerne, with old hits, but certainly also with a surprise of one sort or another.
Orchester der LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY © Peter Fischli/LUCERNE FESTIVAL
Orchestra of LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI
Ever since it was founded in 2003, the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY has provided training to more than 1,200 highly talented young instrumentalists, conductors, and composers from around the world. To date the alumni have included such renowned artists as the JACK Quartet and the conductors Pablo Heras-Casado and Kevin John Edusei, as well as many musicians who today are members of internationally accomplished orchestras, who perform in chamber music and experimental projects, or who teach at conservatories. A large portion of them remain closely associated with the Festival. Selected former Academy students come back to Lucerne regularly as LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI. They enrich the programming through performances in the field of contemporary music, in the 40min series, or in productions by LUCERNE FESTIVAL YOUNG; they are moreover available to provide help and advice to current Academy students. Supported by the Alumni platform, they keep in contact with each other in order to execute their own projects around the world. The result is a uniquely international network of young musicians. For their first project together, in the 2013-14 season the Alumni gave four world premieres involving the theme “Music at Risk” in New York, London, Beijing, Zurich, and Lucerne. During the past summer they participated in another “marathon of premieres” in Lucerne, and in June 2016 an ensemble of Alumni performed as part of the NY Phil Biennial in a three-part concert series, “Ligeti Forward,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which was conducted by Alan Gilbert. This year the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI’s projects include a tour with the Swiss jazz singer Andreas Schaerer performing his project “The Big Wig.”
May 2017Other dates
Mariano Chiacchiarini © Juan Guerra
Mariano Chiacchiarini, who was born in 1982, studied orchestral and choral conducting at the Universidad Católica Argentina in his native Buenos Aires and then continued his training as a conductor with Michael Luig at the Cologne Academy of Music and Dance. He has been awarded numerous scholarships, took first prize at the Martini Conductors’ Competition of the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires (2008) and the Eusebio Rivera Competition in Almería (2010), and in 2012 was among the finalists in the Concours Chef Résident Orchestre National de Lyon. He has led the Ensemble Garage, with which he devotes himself to contemporary music, since 2009 and the Orchester ’91 in Hamburg since 2011. Since 2010 he has also served as Music Director of the University of Trier. He has taken master classes with such figures as Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Iván Fischer, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Bernard Haitink, and David Zinman. Chiacchiarini, who has gained significant experience working with such acclaimed ensembles as the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Ensemble Modern, and the Ensemble Musikfabrik, has appeared at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Young Euro Classics, and the Ultraschall Festival in Berlin, the Donaueschinger Musiktage, and the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt, as well as at the Konzerthaus Berlin, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, and the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg. In 2011 he took part in the world premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s opera Sonntag aus Licht. In recent years Chiacchiarini participated in the master classes in conducting offered by the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, and he was an assistant conductor here last summer, where he also led a concert in the LUCERNE FESTIVAL 40min series.