In the streets

Music groups from around the world

Sat, 26.08. | 18.00

Lucerne’s Old City

Vergangenes Konzert

Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017




    In the streets

    Music groups from around the world


    The World Music Festival in the Festival
    It took Jules Verne’s fictive hero Philes Fogg 80 days to travel around the world. Nowadays we can obviously do that a lot faster. But one evening is enough to circumnavigate the globe at LUCERNE FESTIVAL.

    More precisely: it just takes a stroll through Lucerne’s historic city center. For in the streets and squares of the old city, you can hear exotic sounds from all over the world over a period of six days. Eight international music groups will expand our horizons − with Turkish songs, wild tarantellas, and Balkan beats, as they sing or make music on instruments like the sitar or erhu.

    Every evening (and on before midday on Saturday as well), “In the “Streets” provides a colorful musical spectacle under the open skies. Starting at 22.00, the evening’s final act comes as selected groups play in the Sentitreff till late in the night. And you can see all of the musicians on two occasions on the Europaplatz in front of the KKL Luzern: at the Opening Concert on Tuesday, 22 August, and during the “Special Event Day” on Sunday, 27 August.

    Entrance to all of these events is, as usual, free: the audience pays the artists as they see fit on each occasion by tossing money into a hat. Sustenance will also be available, since the adjoining taverns and stands will have special offers during the concerts. In case of inclement weather, the performances will be relocated to venues with shelter.



    Despite today’s tendencies toward nationalism, the world of popular music is increasingly displacing traditional songs Turkey as well. Five young musicians from Istanbul hope to change that. They have dusted off almost forgotten tunes – and accompany their vocals with instruments old and new.

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    World music from the Nigerian desert: Alhousseini Anivolla, lead singer of the legendary band Etran Finatawa, will be on the roster with his trio Anewal. They combine traditional African idioms with sounds of today, while Anivolla accompanies his relaxed vocals with his breath-taking guitar playing: desert blues at its best!



    After growing up in Turkey and Serbia, they joined together as a duo at the Zurich Academy of Music: Taylan Arikan and Srdjan Vukašinovič unleash unexpected sounds from their instruments, accordion and bağlama. Providing the necessary groove is the Armenian percussionist Rob Haçaturyan.

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    Schänner Blech-Füfermusig


    In parts of eastern Switzerland, brass band dance music was once what made the hits. Some groups even became so popular, that they were already producing records in the early 2th century, like the ländler music of Fuchs aus Schänis. 100 years later, the Schänner Blech-Füfermusig reawakens this rich legacy anew.

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    Talike Trio


    Madagascar is multifaceted – that’s true not only for the flora and fauna of the Red Island. Eighteen different ethnic groups are officially recognized, each with its own treasury of melodies and rhythms. Talike Gellé comes from the south of Madagascar and performs around the world as a musical ambassador of her homeland.

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    After meeting up by chance in Rome, they decided to go in search of their roots together. Performing on such Sicilian instruments as the friscaletto, zampogna, and tambourine, this  quartet plays tarantellas and working and folk songs, as well as pieces they compose themselves – with untrammeled spontaneity.

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    A Taiwanese musician who has devoted himself to the Chinese violin known as the erhu. A French cellist who mostly focuses on free improvisation. A Japanese sitar and surbahar player who studied these instruments in India. It sounds like an adventurous combination, and yet this Trio has found a multifaceted identity of its own.