For its 7th edition, the festival Les Athénéennes has organised a very tempting evening: a musical exploration in the world of Jazz that should not be missed.
On Friday, June 2nd, the trio of Marc Perrenoud (one of the three directors of the festival) will perform on the stage of the Alhambra, which has been redesigned to meet the festival’s standards in order to celebrate its tenth anniversary. An exceptional pianist, Marc Perrenoud is an exceptional pianist and jazz music is simply in his DNA. After studying at the Conservatory of Geneva, he graduated from the Jazz School of Lausanne at the beginning of the century. His career took off shortly after, notably thanks to the release of the first album of his trio formed with Marco Muller (double bass) and Cyril Regamey (drums). Since then the band has performed during the most renowned festivals such as the Montreux Jazz Festival or the Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York and the three albums of the trio have reached the best Swiss sales in the Jazz category. The fine melodies that escape from the fingers of the genevois pianist will fly to explore the space of the stage (stage which will soon celebrate 100 years of age) to make a colourful jazz music.
Like I told you, a very temping evening especially since two guests will do us the pleasure to be on stage too. Born in the early 80s in Albania, the unclassifiable Elina Duni has lived in Switzerland for over twenty years. The young woman with a powerful and sensual voice will make you travel to her universe with Balkan songs. She often plays with her guitar and sometimes with a piano. Last year, when I saw her perform at Les Athénéennes 2016, Elina had mixed old traditional songs from her country with her own compositions. It was a wonderful discovery and I am looking forward to hearing her again.
David Enhco on the other hand never grows tired of creating musical projects such as Pierre et le Loup with the Amazing Keystone Big Band (which will play the day before) for the Vienna Jazz Festival. Each character in the story is represented by an instrument, going through the strings to the wind instruments. The bitter roundness of the sound that emerges from his trumpet will awaken a desire for freedom sustained by the prodigious rythme of the trio.
Classical music will being this evening with the “lettres intimes”, Janácek’s passionate work of art performed by the talented Voce quartet, followed by Bartók. Count the days like I do!
Photography Marc Perrenoud Trio, © Anne bloom
Friday, June 2nd @ 8pm
Alhambra, Rue de la Rôtisserie 10, 1204 Geneva
Full fare: 50 Chf