Little Update, Big Year

Ladies and Gentlemen,

To start where I left off, the end of October - Bremen!! It was a fantastic time, during the week I was there I gave a concert and workshop at the Bremen HFK. The concert had a full audience and the workshop gave me the opportunity to meet some incredible classical players. I was lucky enough to be hosted by Andreas Lieberg, Classical guitarist extraordinaire, we spent many evenings together discussing the finer points of technique and interpretation. I learnt a lot from him about the Classical approach, philosophies and the historical context of Tango! - Thank you Andreas! This visit gave me great new idea’s for future repertoire. 

Now, onto November..

What a month! I went to LEICO Studios earlier this year to record, since then I have been working along side some very profound artists to make my CD project come to life. I sat in the art studio of Samuel Buri who created the CD cover art work, stood in the photography studio of Serge hasenböhler whom did the photography and then corresponded to New Zealand to design pro James Fitzgerald who did the layout. The end result could not have been better. I feel very lucky to be able to have worked along side such great artists. Now it is here!!! My new CD - ‘Home’ 

November also gave me the opportunity to play with a new band! Walti Huber and the Jetsam 5. Both concerts where great - sold out shows, beautiful venues and great musicians. One of the highlights with them was performing along side 11 other musicians during their CD release show in Lörrach, Germany.


In these last months I have also had the pleasure of playing on a regular basis with the gents from Klischee, in particular lead singer and showman William which has been a great creative outlet! New things on the way.. 

I went along to the Guitars & More expo and sat at the booth of my good friends ‘Guitar-Repairs Urs Winkler’ and was introduced properly to Maestro Guitars, this is where I fell completely in love. Ladies and gentlemen, what an incredible make of guitars! Aesthetically, feel, neck, set up, sound, responsiveness, versatility - this guitar has it all, so after a little help from the ‘Guitar-Repairs Urs Winkler’ team I became a very appreciative ambassador for Maestro Guitars!!

During this year I also had the huge pleasure of playing and working along side the incredible 'Celine Huber' on a regular basis. December saw us perform our first series of shows. Thank you Celine for all of the music! More to come in 2018!

2017 was a such a great year for so many reasons. I went on 3 tours, performed 63 shows, played concerts with 7 different bands though out the last 12 months. I performed in Switzerland, Germany, France, U.K, Luxembourg and Spain, created a CD, became an official ambassador for Maestro Guitars (Singapore), Guitar-Repairs Urs Winkler (Switzerland), Right!OnStraps (Spain) and Schertler Acoustics (Switzerland). Looking back, some of the biggest highlights of this time was meeting many new dedicated musicians. They have given me a consistent source of inspiration to improve and work hard. So from me to you - Thank you!!! 

Now, onto 2018 - Next year will kick off with a bang! I travel back to New Zealand for a tour through out the country. I cannot wait to re-connect with old friends and fantastic musicians over there!! - But more to come on this a little later.

So for now - Have a great start to your new year.
Z.

Picking up my new Maestro Guitar from Urs Winkler himself! 

Picking up my new Maestro Guitar from Urs Winkler himself! 

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The tour poster!

The tour poster!

September & October, you beauty!

Hello everyone!! 

Since my last update it has been busy! I went to Freudenberg, Germany (right on the border to Luxembourg!) and stayed with some good friends while I recorded my first CD! What an experience! The team at LEICO Studio's were fantastic, welcoming, fun and professional to work with. 
My friends with whom I stayed with also happened to have a guitar collection of 150 acoustic, electric and jazz top guitars.. As hard as I tried I could not play them all. 

Once I returned back to Switzerland from my CD recording I went straight into preparing for the ZeitRaume Basel Architecture and Contemporary Music Festival. I performed twice, once to open the festival and again in the evening of the second day. I performed on behalf of the fantastic team at the Swiss Foundation For Young Musicians.

The whole festival was just plain awesome. During the opening ceremony they lifted (by crane!) a grand piano 100 metres into the air to place it where the concerts would take place! I had the challenge and privilege of providing music for the lift. 

The second performance was in the glass room on top of the Sudhaus Warteck (for those of you who don't live in Basel, its a very tall tower that over looks the whole of Basel, beautiful!). The concert was great, intimate and acoustic. 

The following week I went to the Music-Akademie in Basel and hung out with the amazing Fred Frith for a two hour long improv workshop. He blew me away with his approach to improvising and musical ideas. Needless to say I went home and practiced very hard afterwards.

In the last week of September I was lucky enough to perform at the prestigious Basel Plucks Festival for the closing apero of the event.

Now.. Onto October...

I was lucky enough to meet up with the lads from Klischee, one of Switzerlands biggest and best electro swing bands. We traveled together to Zurich and crashed the office of Watson with a small impromptu concert, it was a great laugh and fantastic to play some gypsy swing! 

After this I traveled back to Basel to play a show with the gents at Xipenda, for a few hours of afro cuban grooving!

This now brings us to today!! With plenty of rehearsals coming it means there are plenty of gigs coming up to! The next concert will take place in Bremen, Germany at the Musik Akademie fur Alt Musik, where I shall perform a concert and host a 4 hour guitar clinic. 

I can't wait!! 

So, until soon!! 
A very happy guitar player,

Z.

News/Updates and Adventures

Hello everyone! 

It has been 3 months since my last update (slack, I know!!) so there is a lot to tell you!

Locally (in Basel) I have had the pleasure of hosting a new event in Basel called the 'Landestelle Acoustic Nights', they have been so fun to play and if you have been to that area you will know that the location is fantastic. 

Aside from a few local shows and the Acoustic Nights I have been abroad a lot! I have played in Germany Luxembourg and Spain. All of the shows have been fantastic and as always, there have been a tonne of new people to meet and many fantastic musicians to play with. 

I have also discovered what may possibly be the best acoustic guitar shop in Switzerland. The team at 'Urs Winkler Guitar Repairs' did the best refretting and set up I've had the pleasure of experiencing, not to mention they had one of the most exquisite acoustic guitar collections I have ever seen. I would highly recommend these guys!!

Two big highlights worth mentioning would be performing at the 'Estavayer Le Lac Swing In The Wind Jazz Festival'. This was awesome! The atmosphere and location were just incredible, not to mention the amazing Biréli Lagréne played there as well (if you don't know him, please look him up!).

The other highlight was a 10 day tour of Spain. I performed alongside the Spain artist 'Amarlea' for 4 shows in Murcia and Aguilas. Once of the concerts was in an open air castle.. Happy with that!!

So, now that you are all up to speed here is a little of whats to come! 

I head into the recording studio next week to work on my first E.P!
I have been booked for a Switzerland based festival of Architecture and Contemporary music and a big tour is coming together for January and February next year with a very special guest.. But more of that to come soon.

So until then!!!!
Z.