Piano Off-Stage

Complete Lineup of Off-Stage Pianists

Sun, 25.11.18.30

Restaurants und Bars in Luzern

Free admission


Piano Festival

17.11.-25.11. 2018

 

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    Piano Off-Stage

    Complete Lineup of Off-Stage Pianists

    Ehud Asherie
    Chris Hopkins
    Jon Davis
    David Ruosch
    Jörg Hegemann
    Julia Siedl
    Thilo Wagner
    Robi Weber

    Anniversary celebration! It was 15 years ago that Piano Off-Stage, our jazz festival within the Festival, first took place – becoming so popular from the outset that it has remained indispensable ever since. What could be lovelier than listening to the finest piano jazz while ice cubes clink in a whiskey glass? Especially since all concerts are free of charge ... From Wednesday through Sunday evening, eight international masters of improvisation will give more than forty performances in Lucerne’s most atmospheric bars.

    Ehud Asherie

    USA 

    The New Yorker praises him as a “master of swing and stride.” Ehud Asherie was born in Israel in 1979 and spent his childhood in Italy before his family moved to New York, where he quickly made a name for himself. He has appeared with such musicians as Roy Ayers, Bobby Durham, and Scott Hamilton, tours regularly in South America, Europe, and Asia – and is also dedicated to the Brazilian musical tradition, as with the duo he has formed with the guitarist Bina Coquet.

    Chris Hopkins

    Germany

    Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, and Nat King Cole have inspired Chris Hopkins, who was born in Princeton in 1972, to develop a style of his own as a pianist and as the saxophonist for the quartet Echoes of Swing. He has performed more than 4,000 concerts around the globe, solo and alongside stars like Till Brönner, Dick Hyman, and Clark Terry. His discography of more than 30 CDs has received such awards as the “Prix de l’Académie du Jazz” and the German Record Critics’ Prize. 

    Jon Davis

    USA

    Jeff Ballard, Brian Blade, Don Byron, Kenny Garrett, Stan Getz, Joe Henderson, Norah Jones, Will Lee, Mike Stern, Toots Thielemans – the list of musicians with whom Jon Davis has worked over the last 30 years reads like a who’s who of jazz. He has become known primarily as a trio partner with Jaco Pastorius and Brian Melvin and is invited all over the world. Playing regularly in the clubs of New York, he has released over 70 records.

    David Ruosch

    Switzerland

    David Ruosch, born in 1963, was initially active in the Swiss rock and roll scene while he was a student, afterward becoming intensively involved with blues, stride, and boogie-woogie. He performs with his trio, with the swing quartet Benny’s From Heaven, in various duo formations, and with the singers Lisa Berg and Christina Jaccard. He also teaches in Zurich at the University of the Arts and the Conservatory and in 2012 received the Swiss Jazz Award.

    Jörg Hegemann

    Germany

    Jörg Hegemann, who was born in 1966, will take us on a journey through time to 1930s Chicago, to boogie-woogie kings like Albert Ammons and Meade Lux Lewis. This Westphalian pianist has toured Europe, the USA, and Russia for three decades. He directs the “BoogieWoogie Congress” Festival in Essen and was awarded the “German Boogie-Woogie Award Pinetop” in 2009. And he has also accompanied Bill Ramsey, Chris Howland, and Hape Kerkeling as the “man at the piano.”

    Julia Siedl

    Austria

    Hailing from Vienna, Julia Siedl initially trained in classical piano but soon discovered her love for improvisation. She studied jazz in her native city and film music in London and also took classes with Marc Copland and Cidinho Teixeira in New York. She has released three CDs, most recently the album Good News with her trio. In addition to her own projects, she is a sought-after side woman in numerous jazz and world music ensembles.

    Thilo Wagner

    Germany

    Breakneck runs, expressive ballads, powerfully grooving blues quotations: Thilo Wagner cultivates a powerfully swinging piano style in the tradition of Erroll Garner and Oscar Peterson. When he was only 18 he founded his first trio. He has toured Europe, the United States, Canada, and South America, appeared with countless jazz greats,took the soloist prize at the 1988 Jazz Festival in Vienne, France, and is an honorary citizen of New Orleans.

    Robi Weber

    Switzerland

    Robi Weber’s enthralling soul jazz shows strong influences from the blues, R&B, and gospel and is oriented toward pianists like Les McCann and Gene Harris – and, naturally, toward Oscar Peterson’s energetic piano playing. For years he has been regarded as one of Switzerland’s most distinguished and successful jazz pianists, whether as a soloist, in duos, or in his trio with Kalli Gerhards and Curt Treier. In 2009 he received the Swiss Jazz Award.

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