Verbier Festival
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Feel the ALTernative ‘buzz en altitude’ with music that pushes boundaries of Verbier Festival’s programming into the worlds of contemporary, jazz, world and electronic music.

fest’off programme

Les Gondoliers de Verbier

Saturday 22 July
9:30 am to noon
Le Châble – Verbier – Ruinettes
Free with a transport ticket or the Verbier Infinite Playground Pass

Welcome into the tiniest concert hall in the world !  In one of the most breath-taking scenery, you’ll be attending short musical rendez-vous, during your cable-car lift.

En Terrasse

22 July to 6 August
2 pm to 2:45 pm

From Academy jams to Valaisan brass bands, these open-air performances are the perfect dessert for your midday meal. Discover regional musicians in addition to Verbier Festival Academy, Verbier Festival Orchestra and Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra musicians who dig deep into their bags of musical tricks to perform a mix of classical and non-classical tunes.

Place Blanche

Saturday 22 July
Verbier Festival Academy and Orchestras musicians
Restaurant Scalco

Sunday 23 July
Woodwind quintet (musicians of the VFO)
Chez Martin

Fanfaribole

Around the New World—an evening of music and wine—pianist Victoria Harmadjieva invites you to experience the “sweet intoxication of life”, a tasteful epilogue to her research on bitterness as taste and feeling with piano music by notable composers from North and South America.

Monday 24 July
Ebonit Saxophone Quartet (Verbier Festival Academy band)
En Altitude: La Marmotte

Tuesday 25 July
Sugar Swing
Place Blanche

Wednesday 26 July
Verbier Festival Academy and Orchestras musicians
Vinabagnes

Thursday 27 July
Verbier Festival Academy and Orchestras musicians
Restaurant Scalco

Friday 28 July
Gilgul
En Altitude: Chez Dany

Saturday 29 July
Brass Band Jeunesses Saint Cecilia
Jardin, Hôtel de la Poste

Sunday 30 July
Yolanda Almodovar Quintet
Chalet d’Adrien

Monday 31 July
Louis Matute Quartet
Place Centrale

Tuesday 1er August
Pedja Muzijevic, piano
Haydn Dialogues
Hors Terrasse: Farm Club

Wednesday 2 August
Verbier Festival Academy musicians (Neva Foundation students)
Place Blanche

Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra
En Altitude : La Chaux

Thursday 3 August
Opera Sing-a-Long
Chez Martin
Join the choir! Members of the public are invited to prepare for this opera singa-long on 2 August at Chalet Orny from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.

Friday 4 August
Musica Latina: Sylvain Rohner & friends
Vinabagnes

Saturday 5 August
Zorá String Quartet (Verbier Festival Academy band)
En altitude: Chalet d’Adrien

Zorá String Quartet

Sunday 6 August
Verbier Festival Academy and Orchestras musicians
Restaurant Scalco

ALT Concerts

Ouverture des portes: 21h30
Concerts: 22h

Friday 21 July: Swing Maniak jazz manouche
W Living Room (W Verbier)

Created by two passionate guitarists: Greg and Nicolas, the collective “Swing Maniak” pays tribute to gypsy jazz, style made famous by Django Reinhardt who was able to combine Gypsy music and jazz in the 1930s. Accompanied on double bass by Sam Pont, this collective has more than 300 concerts to their credit including Cully Jazz and a tour of Nepal.

Saturday 22 JulyBaiju Bhatt & Red Sun jazz-world
Le Farinet Après Ski Bar

For his latest project, Indo-Swiss violinist Baiju Bhatt has surrounded himself with an explosive rhythm section and a fiery quintet to explore the links between the worlds of jazz, rock and world music. The group’s trademark power of expression, deep sensitivity, high energy and humour is reflected in its original compositions.

Sunday 23 July: Erkalium electro-jazz
Crock No Name

Erkalium is a trio of young musicians who create clean harmonies steeped in electronic influences, techno and jazz. This combination awakens sleepy and strange sensitive sound textures and dense rhythms that hypnotize through the veil of crystalline piano notes. Minimalism and poetry in motion.

Thursday 27 July: Victoria Harmandjieva : Autour du nouveau monde piano-dégustation
Farm Club

With Around the New World—an evening of music and wine—pianist Victoria Harmadjieva invites you to experience the “sweet intoxication of life”, a tasteful epilogue to her research on bitterness as taste and feeling with piano music by notable composers from North and South America.

Friday 28 July: Gilgul Balkan-Klezmer jazz
Crock No Name

Gilgul brings together a quintet of musical nomads from a variety of backgrounds: Balkan, Klezmer, Gypsy, etc. Performing both personal arrangements and original compositions the band is innovative yet rooted in tradition.

Saturday 29 July: Yolanda Almodovar Quintet flamenco, jazz et musique cubaine
Le Farinet Après Ski Bar

Yolanda Almodovar has been sharing her intense and passionate flamenco ‘cante’ throughout Europe for more than 20 years. Joined by a trio of musicians and dancer Lucie Fernandez, the quintet intermingles flamenco with jazz and Cuban music.

Sunday 30 July: Kaan Bulak & Julien Quentin electro classique
Farm Club

Multifaceted, award-winning pianist Julien Quentin and composer Kaan Bulak premiere a fusion of their diverse talents with the aim of revealing common foundations of music. Imagine a mixture of concert hall and an underground electro-club and you will begin to understand this collaboration featuring special guest, Quatuor Ebène violist Adrien Boisseau. This evening of polyrhythmic beats brings together an electroacoustic interpretation of composed classical elements and improvised beats.

Monday 31 July: Louis Matute Quartet swing jazz
Crock No Name

Ring in ‘Fête Nationale’ with this quartet of ‘swinging’ Swiss musicians. Band leader and guitarist Louis Matute’s compositions are influenced by modern music while still respecting the origins of swing. With Yohan Jacquier on tenor saxophone, Noé Franklé on drums and Virgile Rosselet on double bass, the band has formed a strong friendship that is felt in the energy of its performances.

Tuesday 1 August: Philippe Quint & Friends: Noche de Tango
Le Farinet Après Ski Bar

This evening of Nuevo Tango features Grammy-nominated violinist Philippe Quint, the music of Astor Piazzolla and and a spicy contingent of string players from the Verbier Festival Academy and Orchestra. Muy caliente!

Friday 4 August: SUPER-JAM! en partenariat avec Verbier Culturefest
Crock No Name

Improvisations led by The Swinging Ladies and featuring musicians of the Verbier Festival Academy and Orchestras.

Saturday 5 August: Florian Favre feat. Fred Heisler «Neo.magnet»
explosive jazz
Farm Club

Florian Favre (piano, fender rhodes, synths) and Frederik Heisler (percussion) deconstruct pop music to deliver highly-flammable mixture sounds. Jazz with a side of electromagnetic energy, propelled by two astonishing musicians.

Sunday 6 August: AFTER HOURS
Lost Heritage Live organique, techno-créatif
Étoile Rouge, 13h

With Lost Heritage, François Vasseur and Pierre Chataignon offer a live performance featuring keyboards and machines. As producers and performers, they create a rich and powerful aesthetic by connecting Detroit techno-scene influences with classical music. Inspired by Carl Craig, Steve Reich, Henrik Schwarz, and Jeff Mills’ ‘futurist statement’ the duo bring a unique and intense artistic vision to techno.

Verbier Festival Orchestra musicians collaborate in late night chamber music concerts.