Festival of jazz improvised planetary and cosmo music
From 5th – 8th May the international UNCOOL Festival
of jazz improvised planetary and cosmo music is taking place
in Poschiavo / Le Prese.
EGBERTO GISMONTI, guitar player and pianist from Brazil
will be heard in 3 exclusive concerts. He belongs to the
most important representative musicians of contemporary
music. His play is also classic on a 10-string guitar as
well as the piano. His studies of the Red Indian music gives
his composition an unexpected reference to nature.
The spectacular program includes 3 big bands: The 39 pieces
Japanese orchestra SHIBUSA SHIRAZU (which meaning is ‘be
not cool’), THE SUN RA ARKESTRA under the direction
of MARSHALL ALLEN (16 musicians, 2 dancers) that will play
rarely heard compositions of its founder Sun Ra, and the
Swiss orchestra ROOT DOWN (16 musicians) under the direction
of TOMMY MEIER who musically links to Africa.
The concerts of THE SUN RA ARKESTRA is accompanied by the
12th SUN RA CONVENTION organized by Hartmut Geerken (Pensione
Solaria, Le Prese).
Additionally the visitors can expect a wonderful quartet
with KALI. Z. FASTEAU (saxophone, ney, shakuhachi), BOBBY
FEW (piano), WAYNE DOCKERY (Bass) and STEVE McCRAVEN (drums),
an unusual sound installation by FRÉDÉRIC
LE JUNTER and differently instrumented concerts by STEAMBOAT
Two exhibitions show videos and photos of young artists
from Berlin GABRIELE WORGITZKI and the Poschiavo valley
ROMANO ZALA, DAVID WOHLSCHLAG and MAURO LARDI, latter being
responsible for the graphic image of the festival. The stage
scenery will be created by video projections by GÖTZ
The biglietto musica FESTIVAL costs 180 chf / 120 euro
and offers apart from the festival performances in the tent
at the lake site of Le Prese, the free train ride with the
Rhätische Bahn from Chur across the Alps to the festival
(roundtrip) as CONTRIBUTION to the ENVIRONMENT. On top the
Bernina track from St. Moritz to Tirano (I) is offered gratis
during the festival. The biglietto musica GIORNALIERA costs
as day ticket 60 chf / 40 euro and also offers a free roundtrip
on the Bernina track (return journey on the next day possible).
The biglietto musica is sold: Ente Turistico Valposchiavo,
station Tirano, station Chur.
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GRATIS are all open-air concerts at the Piazza and Alp
Grüm (the restaurant will be open), entrance for children
and young people up to 16 years of age, as well as the local
Dr. Cornelia C. Müller la ciaf – Director UNCOOL
phone +41 81 844 0050 mobile +41 76 439 9346 email@example.com
The spectacular UNCOOL Festival 2005 will take place from
5th to 8th May 2005 in Switzerland, Poschiavo Piazza Cumün
(afternoon) and in the festival tent in Le Prese (evening),
in Cantone at Il Fienile (afternoon), at the Lago di Poschiavo
(from midnight to dawn) and at Alpe Grüm (Sunday –
The Restaurant Buffet Stazione is open during the Festival).
From 2nd to 4th May the UNCOOL Festival offers at the
Cinema Rio, the Gym Hall Brusio and Il Fienile Cantone a
music program for all schools of the Valley, in addition
also various workshops for children with subsequent performance
on the Festival stage. Also schools from the Valtellina
will be invited.
The UNCOOL Festival 2005 is dedicated to EGBERTO
GISMONTI, a wonderful Brazilian guitar player. Egberto
Gismonti will be celebrated with three duo-concerts –
with the fantastic singer MARLUI MIRANDA, with BERNARD WYSTRAETE,
and with ALEXANRE GISMONTI.
The UNCOOL Festival 2005 is a unique chance to see and
hear various BIG BANDs – it is actually a FESTIVAL
OF ORCHESTRAS. The music is presented mainly acoustically
and in many shades as the variety of the orchestra instruments.
The big bands play several times at different locations,
thus enhancing a more profound understanding of the music.
Invited is the Japanese avant-garde orchestra SHIBUA SHIRAZU
who has many traditional bindings – as the dragon,
the figure of the old man or the Butho dancers. The name
Shibuzashirazu means, “be not cool”. The band
consists of thirty-five musicians and artists. Shibuzashirazu
relates in its music and theatre performance to THE SUN
The project ROOT DOWN by TOMMY MEIER consists of about
sixteen Swiss musicians playing compositions of FELA
KUTI, the creator of the “Afro Beat” and
integrating personality of African and occidental music,
as well as compositions of „Brotherhood of Breath“
McGREGOR, who founded a large formation of black and
white South African musicians and musicians
of the London Improvisers. Tommy
Meier / ROOT DOWN create variations and improvisations
using the musical material.
It is an excellent orchestra:
Tommy Meier direction, composition, tenor saxophone, bass
clarinet | Peter Schärli trumpet | Hans Anliker trombone
| Jürg Wickihalder soprano saxophone | Co Streiff alto
saxophone | Hans Koch bass clarinet, soprano saxophone |
Peter Landis tenor and bass saxophone | Stephan Thelen guitar,
loops, samples | Irène Schweizer piano | Chris Wiesendanger
keyboards | Herbert Kramis contrabass, electronics | Jan
Schlegel E-bass | Fredi Flükiger drums | Marco Käppeli
drums | Chris Jäger percussion | Trixa Arnold turntables,
SUN RA ARKESTRA under the direction of MARSHALL ALLEN
presents the new program including rarely heard compositions
of Sun Ra and new compositions by Maestro MARSHALL ALLEN,
the genius multi-instrumentalist and director of the Arkestra.
Members of THE SUN RA ARKESTRA are famous musicians in the
American jazz world and faithful to the music of Sun Ra,
Marshall Allen direktion, alto saxophone, flute, EVI, clarinet
/ Art Jenkins voice / Charles Davis, Yahya Abdul Majid tenor
saxophone / Knoel Scott alto saxophone / Reynold Scott baritone
saxophone / Fred Adams, Michael Ray trumpet / Vincent Chancey
french horn / Tyrone Hill, Dave Davis trombone / Billy Bang
violin / David Hotep guitar / Juini Booth bass / Luqman
Ali drums / Elson Nascimento percussion.
Z. FASTEAU is an American composer, saxophone and flute
player who works with various jazz musicians. Her most unusual
project plans an underwater music in collaboration with
dolphins and whales living in the ocean. At the Festival
she will play with BOBBY FEW piano, WAYNE DOCKERY bass and
STEVE McCRAVEN drums.
Invited is also the celebrated band STEAMBOAT
SWITZERLAND with Dominik
Blum Hammond organ, Marino
Pliakas bass and Lucas
LE JUNTER shows his new sound installation at Il Fienile
in Cantone and plays there multiple concerts using the sound
installation as musical instrument. Open 11am to 4.30pm,
DELLA VALLE offer for Friday and Saturday night the
famous “chill out”, this time under the stars
at the lake site (from 24 pm to dawn).
At the Festival an excellent concert piano will be presented.
It is hand made by EMANUEL
LARDI in his local piano factory PIANOLARDI. Irène
Schweizer, Bobby Few and Alexandre Gismonti will play on
this precious instrument.
In the Galleria PGI GABRIELE
WORGITZKI from Berlin will organize a photo and video
exhibition mainly about the UNCOOL Festival 2001 and 2003.
She works with the original photographic system: She uses
a camera without a lens, but a very small opening and long
exposure times. The photos show often a veil effect that
makes reality appear in an impressionistic light. Her videos
are photographs mounted in loops .
The front window of the gallery will be illuminated by series
of photos during the nights (from 30th April to 8th May
2005, Vernissage 5th May 11 am, opening hours 11 am - 6
Her works can be bought at the Tourist Office Valposchiavo
– The Video SECRET PATH shows a springtime train trip
along the Lago Bianco with the music of E-guitarist DAVID
HOTEP (17 CHF).
In the Festival Hall in Poschiavo ROMANO ZALA, DAVID WOHLSCHLAG
and MAURO LARDI show their photographs taken at the previous
UNCOOL Festivals. They also take care of the graphics of
ROGGE will contribute live artistic projections to design
the stage. He uses computer processed video recordings made
during the concert and projected instantly at the screen
behind the musicians.
In collaboration between Götz Rogge, El Ra Records
and the Festival it is planed to publish on DVD the video
material of the concerts of The Sun Ra Arkestra taken during
the last UNCOOL Festival.
Alike previous years the collaboration with the Radio
della Svizzera di Lingua Italiana RTSI – Rete Due
is in preparation and consists in the promotion of the Festival,
the recording of the concerts and broadcasting on Swiss
and European stations. Some of the acoustic material will
also be published on CD.
Published so far: UNCOOL 1999 – Olaf Rupp, LIFE SCIENCE,
How big is your Heart, FMP CD 109, sold out. UNCOOL 2001
– Celestrial Communication Orchestra, Direction: Alan
Silva, HR57 I, II, III, IV, TREASURE BOX, Eremite MTE 039-042.
UNCOOL 2003 – The Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction
of Marshall Allen, MUSIC FOR THE 21st CENTURY, El Ra Records
Music is The Universal Language – but not everybody
is able to speak it. Let’s take advantage of the precious
chance to hear it live, to enjoy it and to understand it
through its authentic presentation that the Festival offers
in great diversity.
Music is The Key to extraordinary brain growth –
but education in school does not take it into account. The
UNCOOL Festival is a step in direction of the musical education
and does not only offer concerts of great beauty but also
a program for the youngest scholars.
Music is the Healing Force of the Universe – Music
is able to evoke joy, satisfaction and happiness –
these are all psychic states of indispensable importance
in life. Music helps to master ones own destiny with creativity.
The UNCOOL Festival is a delicious contribution to an extraordinary
The participation of the international musicians is an offer
to meet some contemporary music cultures of national and
The UNCOOL Festival is a musical, educational and tourist
project – since it attracts during the ante-season
numerous national/international visitors who will like to
return to the distant Valley. Additionally the event provokes
a visibility above average of the Valposchiavo in the local
and foreign press, radio, TV. The Festival is an open window
to the world that shows the beauty of the Poschiavo Valley
and also presents its genuine, ORGANIC products. This is
the chance to spread the word beyond the Swiss border and
the Bernina pass that Valposchiavo is a rare discovery in
the heart of Europe.
To make sure you experience a travel of world culture heritage,
the UNCOOL Festival offers together with the RHÄTISCHE
BAHN® the biglietto musica as a CONTRIBUTION TO NATURE.
biglietto musica FESTIVAL (180 CHF/120 Euro) and biglietto
musica GIORNALIERA (day ticket 60 CHF/40 Euro) allow the
guests to travel fee free on the Bernina line from St. Moritz
or Scuol-Tarasp respectively to Tirano. On top the biglietto
musica FESTIVAL offers the roundtrip from Chur to Poschiavo
(valid from 30th April to 7th May 2005, return journey valid
from 8th to 16th May 2005). The guests could thus leave
their cars at home or in Chur and enjoy the heights flight
of the Rhätische Bahn – a travel of wild alpine
beauty in springtime!
Access to the UNCOOL Festival is free for: children and
youths 0-16 years of age, the local population as well as
all open-air concerts.
The UNCOOL Festival 2005 is evolving in close collaboration
between the culture
association la ciaf and the tourist
authority Valposchiavo and is generously supported by
di Poschiavo and the Culture
Promotion of the Canton of Grisons.
On Saturday 7th May at 11 am we invite the patrons, sponsors
and partners as well as the press, radio, TV to a FARMER’S
BREAKFAST at Il Fienile in Cantone – this is the opportunity
to thank everybody for the generous support and to take
advantage to meet each other.
IF WE CAME FROM NOWHERE HERE
WHY CAN’T WE GO SOMEWHERE THERE
Cornelia Müller, la ciaf