This is a small selection of musicians who live in Switzerland or neighbouring countries, whom we can recommend for concerts in a professional context. Further suggestions, also for smaller events and from other genres, can be found here.
Egypt - New Traditional Music
Wael Sami Elkholy began his artistic career in the children's choir of the Cairo Opera. Soon he appeared as a vocal artist on renowned stages in Egypt - as well as in Europe, Asia and the entire Arab world. In Egypt he also became known as an actor in various television, musical and theatre productions and as a pop singer.
Wael Sami Elkholy studied contemporary composition and music theatre in Switzerland. With his band "ab3ad" he has played concerts in Switzerland and Jordan. His solo album "Wurzeln" will be released in 2019 by unit records.
Argentina - Tango & Latin Rock
Aureliano & Fangorkestra, Aureliano Tango Club, Roulotte Tango, Solo, Duo
The singing of Argentinian tango singer, composer and bassist Aureliano Marin, who lives in Neuchâtel, is characterised by tango-specific articulation and phrasing. In his songs the respect for the changing genre is always audible. But the musical influences and the stories in his songs come from this millennium. Stylistically, they move between Tango and Latin Rock. His rough and dark voice makes an unmistakable mark on the songs and never drifts off into kitsch.
Cuba - Latin Jazz
Yilian Cañizares is a classically trained violinist from Havana who discovered her love for jazz and singing in Switzerland. The music on her most recent albums (with the band Ochumare, among others) contains elements from the Cuban tradition and comes alive from Yilian’s elegantly sonorous voice and her improvisational violin playing. She sings in Spanish, Yoruba and French. She is currently on tour with the Cuban pianist Omar Sosa.
Afghanistan - Persian Music of Afghanistan
Mashal Arman (voc), Khaled Arman (rubab), Siar Hachemi (tabla), Meri Vardanyan (kanun), Fashad Soltani (kamancheh)
The Afghan Ensemble Kaboul, based in Geneva, is back. Due to the advanced age of its singer Hossein Arman, the ensemble had hardly been active in recent years. The vocal part has now been taken over by Mashal Arman, the daughter of the former singer. She trained as a mezzo-soprano in Switzerland and is the sister of the rubab virtuoso Khaled Arman. Together with three other musicians, they explore and practice at the highest level the Persian music of Afghanistan, which is now in danger of being forgotten.
Tunisia - Oud & Kanun
The Band Beyond Borders
The Tunisian brothers Amine & Hamza M‘raihi are internationally known for their virtuosity on the oud and the kanun. In their recent work they explore the versatility of these traditional instruments in jazz, western classical music, flamenco and Indian music. The album title „Fertile Paradoxes“ describes both the choice of ingredients and the way they are prepared: Kanun meets saxophone, cello meets tabla, accordion meets oud. Instruments and musical styles that usually do not interact with each other mix in rich compositions to unheard, dense tonal colors.
Palestine - Oud & Voice
A Palestinian singer and musician, Kamilya Jubran lives between Paris and Bern, regularly collaborating with the Bernese electronic musician Werner Hasler and the French double bass player Sarah Murcia. With a haunting voice, sensitive playing of the Arabic oud and multi-facetted electronic sounds, these musicians embark on an intensive encounter with an open itinerary at every concert. Kamilya also performs solo.
Syria/CH - Synthesis of Syrian and Swiss folk music
After intensive study of traditional Swiss folk music, Hassan Taha, born in Homs, began to compare and combine Syrian and Swiss folk music. Inspired by the fountains of the city of Bern, Tahas second home, this project was born in search of the possibilities of a musical bridge. The album «Alrozana» is a successful synthesis of Syrian and Swiss folk music. Cowbells meet oriental rhythms, the oud competes with dulcimer sounds, and oriental quarter-tone songs meet Swiss alphorn motifs.
Albania - Folk, Chansons & Jazz
Elina Duni has created a very intimate solo album with «Partir» after two celebrated ECM albums. The singer, born in Tirana, accompanies herself on guitar, piano and frame drum and interprets folk songs and chansons up to singer-songwriter ballads. Twelve songs in total, sung in nine languages: In addition to Albanian and French, Armenian, Yiddish and Swiss German are also included. Her minimalistic instrumental accompaniments
and slender arrangements serve the longing essence of the songs and her expressive voice.
Syria/CH - Oriental Jazz
The gifted Syrian oud player and composer Bahur Ghazi came to Switzerland in 2011 as a refugee and has lived near Chur ever since. For his ensemble Palmyra - the ancient and today destroyed oasis city in Syria serves as the name giver - he could win established musicians from the Swiss jazz scene and the accordionist Patricia Draeger. Together with his quintet, he spans a dynamic arc from traditional Arabic music to jazz on his debut work «Bidaya», which means «Beginning» in Arabic. The compositions are rhythmically complex, entertaining and full of unexpected twists and surprises.
Brasil/CH - Tropical New Wave
At the heart of Da Cruz are the Swiss-Brazilian Mariana Da Cruz and the Bernese music journalist and producer Ane Hebeisen. On their latest electroacoustic album «Eco do Futuro» contemporary sound elements and rhythms of the worldwide African diaspora meet the mix of Brazilian and European dance and club music characteristic of Da Cruz. Elements from Baile Funk, Afrobeat, Dub, Kwaito and Hip-Hop are tastefully processed into an extremely danceable, urban world music. Da Cruz performs live with horns, drums, guitar, electronics and vocals.
Argentina - Tango, Folklore & Jazz
Marcela Arroyo combines the music of her home country Argentina with European sound elements, creating a distinctive mixture of tango, folklore and jazz. She tours either with her trio “Puerta Sur” or in the duo “New Tango Songbook” with the Argentine guitarist Julio Azcano.