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Music for Trümpi and electro-magnetic jew’s harp

Folk music of the Lower Engadine between tradition and innovation
Men Steiner guides through the programme

In cooperation with Pro Helvetia

Anton Bruhin, born 1949 in Lachen, Schwyz canton, is a visual artist, poet, virtuoso on the ‘trümpi’ (mouth bow) and the inventor of the electromagnetic mouth bow. Bruhin will appear at MaerzMusik 2007 in several contexts: as a musician together with the Fränzlis da Tschlin, at an exhibition at Galerie gelbe Musik (opening on 21 March 16:30 hrs) and in the exotic ‘road movie’ Trümpi by Ivan Schumacher in the context of the films programme Local Music from Switzerland.
“Anton Bruhin is probably the only Swiss player whose skills on the mouth bow are presentable on stage. His performances on trümpi embrace the support of traditions, experimenting, and the search for new tones. There is hardly an area of music that he does not touch on. Asked about his play, he commented that his music was neither ancestral nor futuristic but a kind of space music. Anton Bruhin moves between the most diverse musical fields, between the city and the country, between Eastern and Western cultures.”

25 years ago, five musicians from Tschlin made recordings in the studios of Schweizer Radio International in Bern. A long time went by and only a few insiders knew about Fränzlis da Tschlin and their music. It was only in 1996 that they were “discovered”. It was never their aim to become well-known, it just happened. Ever since, the Fränzlis have performed in many places, recorded CDs, made films, passed on their musical knowledge in workshops and given pleasure to many.
Their new programme Intermezzo is again full of variety and offers a broad range of musical impressions. Apart from known and less known traditional titles it will present unusual sounds – attractive new compositions, artful arrangements. The Fränzlis have always stayed true to their motto “tradition and innovation”.
Like the whirling winds the Fränzlis experienced in their home region of Upper Engadine, their Intermezzo will catch their listeners in a whirl of tones and sounds carry them away from daily routine, make them forget job stress and worries for a while. A perfect programme to enjoy a musical intermezzo between times.