Andreas Schaerer’s Hildegard Lernt Fliegen | Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI

"The Big Wig"

Sat, 25.11. | 21.00 | No. 17510

KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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18.11.-26.11. 2017





    Andreas Schaerer’s Hildegard Lernt Fliegen | Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI

    Andreas Schaerer’s Hildegard Lernt Fliegen:  Andreas Schaerer, voice | Andreas Tschopp, trombone | Matthias Wenger, saxophone, flute | Benedikt Reising, saxophone, bass clarinet | Marco Müller, double bass, marimba | Christoph Steiner, percussion

    “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.

    Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI

    Since it was founded in 2003, more than 1,200 instrumentalists, conductors, and composers from over 60 countries have taken part in the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY. Its graduates have included such renowned artists as the JACK and the Mivos Quartets and the conductors Pablo Heras-Casado and Kevin John Edusei, as well as many musicians who today have careers as members of internationally renowned orchestras, perform in the field of chamber music and experimental projects, or teach at universities. Most of them remain closely associated with the Festival. As LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI, selected former Academy students regularly return to Lucerne, enriching the programming through performances in the area of contemporary music, participation in the 40min series, or collaborations in productions by LUCERNE FESTIVAL YOUNG, as well as by providing advice and support to current Academy students. Aided by the Alumni platform, they also stay in contact with each other in order to collaboratively realize their own projects worldwide. This has created a unique international network of young musicians. The first project presented by the Alumni was in the 2013-14 season under the motto “Music at Risk” and involved four world premieres in New York, London, Beijing, Zurich, and Lucerne. One of the highlights of recent years has been the three-part concert series “Ligeti Forward,” with which the Alumni made a guest appearance at the NY Phil Biennial in 2016 under the direction of Alan Gilbert. In 2017 they toured Germany and Switzerland with the Swiss jazz singer Andreas Schaerer, his band Hildegard Lernt Fliegen, and the project titled “The Big Wig.” And in March 2018 they joined with the Ensemble intercontemporain to perform Messiaen’s Des canyons aux étoiles in Paris, Brussels, and Luxembourg, as well as at the Easter Festival in Lucerne.

    First appearance at LUCERNE FESTIVAL on 3 September 2014 in the “Music at Risk” project.

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    Mariano Chiacchiarini

    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 and took first prize at the Martini Conductors’ Competition of the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires in 2008. He has led the Ensemble Garage, which is based in Cologne, since 2009 and the Orchester ’91 in Hamburg since 2011. In 2010 he started his tenure as Music Director of the University of Trier. Since 2014 he has been one of the regular guest conductors of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional Argentina. He has had master classes and assistant positions with such figures as Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Iván Fischer, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Muti, Sir Simon Rattle, and David Zinman. Mariano Chiacchiarini, who has gained significant experience working with such acclaimed ensembles as the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre National de Lyon, WDR Symphony Orchestra, 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, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, and the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie. In 2011 he took part in the world premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s opera Sonntag aus Licht. Chiacchiarini has worked as an assistant conductor several times at the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY as well as in the “40min” series. He conducted the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY Orchestra in The Big Wig project by the Swiss jazz singer Andreas Schaerer, which was also released on CD in 2017, both in Lucerne and on tour throughout Switzerland and Germany. Mariano Chiacchiarini is a member of the Advisory Board of the German Music Council and was awarded the “Premio Konex” in 2019.

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