fredag 13 juni 2014

Pure love for sounds and voices

The creative has a good soil here.
Key persons make a huge contribution in bringing the good things together. Thank you so much initiative makers, crew and leaders of this lovely voice festival, Naturstimmen - Klangfestival in Alt St. Johann, Toggenburg.
The pure love for sounds and voices made a great impact on me.
For example:
This house with a black smith on the bottom floor, powered by a water wheel. Water and fire energy steaming up in the rest of the house.
On the other floors in the house it was room after room filled with  music of many kind. Music therapy, music exploring, music to touch and be touched by. Instruments with pentatonic scales so beginners can feel the happiness of being creative with tones. And vibrations.
On the top floor Irmelin had our course every morning, sharing the songs of the north. Thank you participants who signed up to spend four whole days with us. We had a lovely time with you!

Here's Bernhard Betschart performing his pure yodel from Muotathal. Irmelin had the pleasure to perform together with him on the night out at the lake Schwendisee in the Alps of Toggenburg. Nature gave us blessings of rain and it was pure life being there listening to Beny's yodel answering in with our shepherd calls from the north.

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”
― Mary Oliver

After Toggenburg I continued to Hochdorf to work with cellist Annika Dobler, a long time music partner. We were both members of Rosenbergs Sjua and have several tours together all around in many countries.
The magic linden tree in their garden. Perfect for en evening session with music in the garden.

Last concert was performed in a local church in Hochdorf in the morning, Annika and me singing away in a non-picture-only-colors-and-shapes reformert church. It was a cleansing experince and very etheric.
Then finally, time to just relax!
On my last day in Switzerland I had an afternoon & evening free. We took the train to Luzern. Annika and Alain showed me around to their get-away-places of tranquility in the middle of a city.
Seebad in Luzern.
Seebad in Luzern. My friends grandmother used to come here every day.

My first swim for this summer, in Lake Luzern.

Strolling the streets of Luzern on a summer evening.

Have a beautiful day out there!

onsdag 4 juni 2014

Klangfestival Naturstimmen in Toggenburg, Schweiz, here we come!

Dear folks, Irmelin is on a lovely and powerful journey in Toggenburg, Switzerland. Seeing old friends and making new friends. We have learned how the deep, gritty, real old school yodel goes. Going wild. We have shaken hands with the local people and heard the cow bells from morning to night on the mountain slopes. The real deal.
We have made concert and shared moments of thrill when our calls tear the air, when our soft songs whisperes in your hearts. In the meeting with you lovely audience, we create together. A special song for someone special. It's only happening here and now.

Six brave and skilled students, each one with power in her voice, are in our course of swedish shepherd calls & diddling dance tunes. We are so grateful for being here.

Last night we did our out door concert with voices in shepherd calls, alps, cow horn, natur juuz. Thank you all for coming out there, I think we all felt deep in our hearts how nature and humans and animals are all one together.
A room with a view.

"Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business.” ― Tom Robbins

This machine cleanse your soul.

Participants and Irmelin in our voice course at Naturstimmen Festival 2014.