Eliana Burki to play Alphorn to mark 60 yrs of Indo-Swiss friendship

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New Delhi, Oct 8 (UNI) To commemorate 60 years of 'Indo-Swiss Friendship Treaty,' the Swiss Embassy here will hold a jazz concert featuring Eliana Burki on the Alphorn in the 'Innovation in Traditional Jazz' series of concerts being organised all over the country.

While the venerated Eliana Burki would embellish the 'Alphorn', the Swiss national instrument, her six-member band would include Arnaud Francelet on the 'Bass', Samuel Siegenthaler - Guitar, Adriano Regazzin - Keyboard, Anthony LoGerfo - Drums and percussion and Astrid Van der Haegen - Management and technicals.

In Delhi, the concert will be held at the India International Centre on October 17 and the following day at the Embassy of Switzerland.

Speaking about the concert, Sarah Berry, Coordinator - '60 Years Jubilee Swiss-Indian Friendship Treaty' told UNI that 24-year-old Eliana Burki brings with her the Swiss national instrument's grace and poise.

''Apart from contemporary music, Ms Burki plays pop, Jazz, a c1assic blend of traditional and modern and has to her credit performences at Montreux JAZZ festival and Basel Music festival in Switzerland, besides several other successful tours to London, Paris, Tokyo, Singapore and Los Angeles.'' In her own words, ''It is very important for me to show the people that the Alphorn is not a synonym for mountains, folkloric costumes and dusty traditions'' because she loves to wear trendy clothing and play latino and jazz rhythms instead of traditional melodies, said Ms Berry.

''She has infact brought fresh breeze in the Alphorn scene,'' Sarah said adding that when young Eliana starts playing funk and blues on her traditional instrument, people understand that the 'Alphorn' has finally arrived in modern times.

''Eliana and her Alphorn are a unique and absolute blend that evoke the fond images of snow-capped mountains, green pastures, meandering pathways, lakes, cows, cow bells, yoddlers and of course watches, cheese and chocolates when one remembers Switzerland.

The Swiss Alphorn, an instrument belonging to the traditional herdsman, is a massive horn carved from solid softwood, generally spruce but also pine, and has only 16 available notes spread over five octaves.

Mostly a challenge to its 'players', playing a simple melody on the Alphorn is quite a challenge, let alone improvising over the changes to a jazz standard, as it is typically used in a pastoral setting with mostly older gentlemen in lederhosen (traditional leather trousers) playing it.

''This is where the uniqueness of Eliana Burki comes in,'' she adds.


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