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Rhythmus Coach

Stephan Rigert studied drums and percussion in Switzerland, Senegal, Togo, Guinea, Mali, Ivory Coast, Cuba and the USA. Stephan Rigert has been working as a music teacher in Switzerland and Europe for more than 30 years. He is the author of eight percussion teaching books and founder of international music projects such as Lamba Percussion Ensemble, Talking Drums, Different Colors, Between, Different Moods, Drum and Voice. Stephan Rigert has been participating in many studio productions and contributed to more than 30 CD productions and film soundtracks. With his own label he has been actively contributing to the creative exchange between artists of different cultures. Artistic collaboration were realized with Rhany Krija (Sting), Leon Duncan (Monty Alexander), Cindy Blackman (Carlos Santana), Paul Mc Candless (Oregon), Christoph Stiefel (Andreas Vollenweider), Daniel Pezzotti (Zurich Opera Orchestra), Anindo Chatterjee (Ravi Shankar), Tiacoh Sadia (Myriam Makeba), Oumou Kouyaté (Salif Keita), Moriba Koita (Mory Kanté).

 

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Instrumental Coach

Sandro Schneebeli was born in 1974 in Lugano. In 1994 he moved to the Swiss German city Berne, where he studied music at the “Swiss Jazz School”. At the same time he started to work professionally as a freelance guitarist, composer and producer. He is often invited abroad to perform within various music projects, in particular in the United States, Madagascar, India, Greece, Italy, Australia, New Zeland, Kosovo, Lussemburg, England, Perù, Egypt, Belgium, Spain and Germany. As a versatile musician blessed with a great musical and stylistically sensibility, he has played and still plays with Brazilian, Indian, Jamaican, American, Swiss, Capo Verde, Egyptian and Argentine musicians. For example: Victor Lewis, Paul McCandless, Bobby Watson, Eugenio Finardi,Giora Feidmann, Rupak Kulkarni, Claudio Taddei, George Robert, Rahni Krija, Daniele di Bonaventura, John Boutté, Sandy Patton, MIT Symphony Orchestra of Boston.

Nominate for the Swiss Jazz Award 2012.
 

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Rhythmus Coach

Since his earliest childhood, his
life revolves around rhythms 
and percussion instruments. 
From the age of 12 he regularly attends lessons and workshops with renowned musicians such as Adama Dramé, Louis Cesar Ewande, Stephan Rigert, Willy Kotoun, Eliel Lazo, Harouna Dembelé and many more. At the age of 19, Manu Siebs moved to Berne to get in touch with the local music scene. A close exchange with various artists from Senegal (Mory Samb, Ibou Ndiaye, Abou Konté, Caro Diallo, Saf Sap etc.) was quickly established. Four times Manuel Siebs visits Senegal to play with different formations at weddings, christenings and other celebrations. In 2010 Manuel Siebs starts his studies at the Lucerne School of Music - (Institute Jazz). In June 2015 he successfully completed his Master of Arts in Music Pedagogy there. 
He plays concerts in various projects all over Europe and West Africa. Live performances and/or studio productions with: The Faranas, Discosaster, Klischée, ETH Big Band, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Greis, Stephan Rigert's Talking Drums, La Diferente and much more.


 

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Vocal Coach

Brigitte Wullimann (vocal), born in Zurich, began to teach classical singing during her school days. A little later she discovers her love for jazz. After studying English at the university Zurich, she decided to establish a professional vocal career. Brigitte Wullimann studied vocals at the "Hochschule für Musik und Theater" in Bern with Sandy Patton, Denise Bregnard and Andy Scherrer. In October 2005 she graduated in performance and pedagogy. She has participated in several master classes, including the "New York Voices", Dianne Reeves, Mark Murphy. Brigitte Wullimann plays in various band projects, from jazz over pop, funk to cabaret:"Havana del Alma","Take This","The Voices","Udo Jürgens & Pepe Lienhard Orchester","Swiss Jazz Orchestra" etc.

 

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Vocal Coach

Kent Stetler was born 1974 near Toronto, Canada. After his compulsory schooling, Kent learns about the international dance and show group "Up With People" (UWP). Spontaneously he decides to join the dancers, musicians and singers for a total of 2 years and to tour the globe with them. A musical journey that will lead him to the Swiss capital at the end. He enrolled at the Jazz School Bern with a major in saxophone. Unsatisfied with his choice, he replaces the saxophone with his voice and hits the nail on the head. Pepe Lienhard discovers the young talent and hires him without hesitation as the lead singer of his band. Through Pepe, Kent Stetler gets to know another great player in international showbiz: Udo Jürgens. The star is enthusiastic about the versatile singer. Soon the duet "What I want to tell you/the music played" will be created, which will warm up the heart and euphoria of over 400,000 spectators on the European tour. He spends countless hours composing on the piano and recording CDs in the recording studio.

 

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Instrumental Coach

Rama Bozzini

Rama Bozzini was born in 1978 in Lugano. At the age of six he developed his passion for music. The first instrument he discovered was the piano. During the next 10 years he regularly visits classical piano lessons, and started also practicing on saxophone and trumpet. At the age of fifteen he found his true musical purpose with the guitar. He started to take lessons at various music schools and private teachers. Rama Bozzini began his studies at the “Swiss Jazz School” in Bern in 2004. In 2008 he successfully completed his studies there with a master's degree in composition and a teaching. He played with various well-known bands (Jazz, Funk, Rock, Reggae and Contemporary Music) and performed on big stages and events such as "Musikfestival Albenga", "Anima Jazz Festival" Bologna, or "Estival Jazz"  Lugano. He teaches at private and state schools, conducts a choir, organizes improvisation workshops and has been director of "Filarmonica Altomalcantone" since 2011.

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Vocal Coach

Chiara Fratus

Chiara Fratus was born in 1982 in Northern Italy, on her beloved Lake Maggiore. Always enamored with music, especially with the American country, folk and blues songwriting tradition and fascinated by its strong communicative power, she begins studying guitar and voice privately during her formative years.

After high school, she moves to England and deepens her studies at Dartington College of Music and Performing Arts - Devon and in 2006 she enters the faculty of music at The University of Salford - Manchester - graduating in "Popular Music and Performance".

Back in Italy, she stars her career performing as a solo artist on vocals and guitar, searching for her style and her own voice. She collaborates with several national artists in live concerts and lending her voice to studio projects and original materials In 2019 she approaches with great interest the world of theater, singing, playing and arranging the music for the theater play"Strega".

In 2009 she is invited to perform for the opening ceremony of the Homeless World Cup in Milan and in 2019 for the International Dressage Paralympics CPEDI.

She currently continues her piano, harmony and composition studies.

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Vocal Coach

The singer and vocal artist Bruno Amstad started singing in various rock, funk and soul bands in the 80s.

Due to a lack of singing teachers in this field, he developed various vocal techniques autodidactic. Experimenting with the voice has become an integral part of Amstad's work.

In the 90s, he discovered his love for improvisation, played in various bands (now more in the jazz field) and began to sound his voice to the limits.

Inspired by ethnic singing from different cultures, Amstad soon developed his own language and thus his unmistakable style.

Amstad is one of the few singers who understand their vocals as well as conventional vocals as an instrument and fully explore the infinite variety of the voice.

Another important element in Amstad's work are the electronics, that he uses in many projects. With live-sampling of the voice, he creates orchestral soundscapes, rich grooves and groaning basses, which become the foundation for his vocal excursions.