Thursday, November 25, 2021

Andreas Schärer's solo performance in Dornach

At his solo concert this evening at the Kloster in Dornach (in their Jazz & Soul series), Andreas Schärer did lots of free improvisation as usual, but he also sang compositions by others for the first time in any of his concerts that I have attended. The first was a 400-year-old work by Claudio Monteverdi; the second was Charlie Parker's "Scrapple from the Apple", with scatting mixed with bass lines and mouth trumpet. For Skip James's "Hard Time Killing Floor Blues", Schärer got the crowd humming along in call-and-response three-part harmony. He also told a long story in nonsense language with the intonation and gestures of someone relating an exciting anecdote. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 25 November 2021)

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