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Creative Journeys: Q&A with singer-songwriter-musician Matt Mathews

Geneva-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Matt Mathews has played on stage and in clubs across Switzerland and Europe with the groups “Exphase” and “The Exciters”. His first solo album “Promised Land”, released in May 2016, received extensive air play on Radio Swiss Pop, Rete3, Radio Chablais, TVM3 and Leman Bleu. Matt’s new 4-track EP will arrive early in 2019 and he’s booked for a series of live concerts with his band in Carouge through November. His intimate, sensitive lyrics, sung in both English and French, connect with listeners through the memories, feelings and hopes they inspire. In this Q&A he talks about where he finds inspiration and what’s important to him in life.

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Bienvenue chez Jazz & Co.’s 2016 lineup at the Château de Coppet

Next up: Jazz & Blues singer Sydney Ellis, Friday, 18 November 2016. There’s no better antidote to the February blues (I write this as wet snow pellets hit my office window) than to indulge in some music of the same variety to lift your spirits and ease your mind. So the timing couldn’t be better for Jazz & Co., organizers of the annual series of jazz and blues concerts in the caves of the Château de Coppet, to launch their new line-up of performers for 2016, starting this weekend. Immerse yourself in African rhythms to jazz classics Friday, February 12, 2016 – Roland Tchakounte Singing in bamiléké (the Cameroonian mother tongue), Roland Tchakounte‘s deep, rich voice takes you on a trip to the roots of his music, full of magic and authenticity, offering haunting and original blues melodies that are a mixture of African rhythms and the “music of the devil”. Friday, 11 March, 2016 – Mellow Baku Mellow Baku has memories of the music her mother played her since her birth…and possibly before. The trademark sound of this young singer/songwriter is a unique blend of contemporary jazz laced with reggae melodies. She’s a virtuoso …

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Break out the band! Geneva’s summer season of free concerts gets underway

  Fête de la Musique This weekend, from 19–21 June, Geneva’s most popular music festival, the Fête de la Musique, ushers in the city’s impressive Summer music season with more than 600 free concerts at some 30 locations on both banks of Lake Geneva. Not only is this the ideal moment to enjoy top-notch music (and dance) from a huge spectrum of musical genres, it’s also a chance to do so in some unique locations, a few rarely frequented by the public. I’ve listened to: flamenco (and watched wonderful dancers accompany it) in the courtyard of the Art and History Museum; Django Reinhardt jazz (à la “Chocolat”) on a hill overlooking the Vieille Ville; a harp and piano duet in a medieval chapel; and Klezmer in the shadow of Cathédrale St. Pierre. You can consult the daily programme (by day or by Commune) and check out the special events organized for young listeners here. (Both photos of Fête de la Musique by J.C. Hernandez.) Summer Concerts in the Old Town This series has a shortened season this summer with only five one-hour concerts taking place every day at 12:30 …

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Get set to swing at Jazz & Co. in the cellars of the Château de Coppet

Boogie Woogie, Swing and Blues in the 2015 lineup The schedule of concerts organized last year by “Jazz and Co.” for its annual jazz season in the caves at the Château de Coppet was a stellar one. We went along for two of the four events — the first, with superb Swedish jazz guitarist Gustav Lundgren, backed by The Swingstation Trio, and the last, with award-winning Canadian Steve Strongman — were both outstanding, offering musicianship of the highest quality. The lineup for 2015 has just been announced and the emphasis this year is heavy on old-fashioned Swing jazz and Boogie Woogie (with dashes of the Blues mixed in). On 13 February, the Swing Project Quartet takes the stage to pay homage in their usual improvisational style to the great American composers Gershwin, Berlin, Porter, and Rodgers. Then on 24 April the “Swiss Ambassador of Boogie-Woogie”, Silvan Zingg (who has accompanied Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, as well as both B.B. King and Carlos Santana at the 2011 Montreux Jazz Festival) will bring his jazz and Blues piano classics to the cave. On 2 October the Fats Boys trio will play classics originated by …