Swiss Afrobeat band Professor Wouassa has a new album titled Grow Yes Yes! on Matasuna Records.The album brings together the leading Swiss Afrobeat musicians.
Tobias Huber is one of the musicians behind the 1001 Ways project. He was born in Vevey in 1969. He received his first violin lessons from his father Klaus Huber an avant-garde composer.
From 1979 – 1984 Huber studied with Volker Biesenbender Mustapha Tettey Addy Ali Akbar Khan Sultan Khan and Zakir Hussain. During that time he traveled and studied in India. he also performed for a live TV concert broadcast for Amnesty International in Berne.
In the period of 1985-1998 Tobias Huber and his brother Michael Huber worked together on several music and puppetry projects. They performed at various international puppetry festivals
At the same time Tobias Huber worked with other musicians and dancers. In 1993 11 Ways released its album Live Moment with Hilarius Dauag.
In 1994 Huber worked on the CD production Paradiso Gregoriano with Jean Singgellos (Koch Records). The following year another collaboration with Singgellos followed Project Prophetizz.Huber also worked on music for TV ads including one for coffee machine maker Cacci.
11Ways recorded an album in1996 in Amsterdam with producer Paul Downs who had worked with Youssou N’Dour. 11 Ways also performed live throughout Switzerland and later collaborated in a series of concerts with the African group Farafina (Burkina Faso).
In 1999 Huber produced and engineered the CDs Myria and Tunga by Farafina at the 11 Ways Studio.
In 2 there were concerts and recordings with Hilarius Dauag (1001 Ways) featuring Barney Palm a former member of l;egendary Swiss band Brain ticket. that same year Huber recorded the CD Signs with Yvonne Guldimann.
World’s voices was released in 23 remixed by Jay Guru (Cafe del Mar). Huber participated as co-producer with Omega III of New York on the release of Nobilis Mysterium (Prophetizz). That same year11 Ways performed at the World Performing Arts Festival in Lahore Pakistan.
1er Festival Internacional de Alturas – Lima, Perú, noviembre 2014 (Asociación Arte de Alturas, 2015)
This album features artists from across the globe who participated in the first Festival Internacional de Alturas (Highland Festival) held in Lima, Peru. The festival celebrates the rich and varied musical traditions of the peoples who live in the high mountainous areas of the world.
The selection includes artists from South American countries that share the Andes mountain range: Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Colombia and Argentina. Europe is represented by artists from countries that border the Alps: Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy and Germany. The great Himalayas range is represented by an Indian act from Kashmir.
The diversity of sounds is quite striking. The album opens with Swiss band Alphorn who use the traditional alphorn (a really long trumpet-like instrument) in a contemporary fashion.
Track 2 features Peruvian vocalist Consuelo Jerí accompanied by Ricardo Villanueva, delivering music derived from the Ayacucho region.
Probably the most familiar from the Andes are the pan flute and charango ensembles. Los Jaukas (Perú) perform traditional Andean music using string instruments and flute.
Andrea Capezzuoli e Compagnia deliver an accordion-driven call and response northern Italian folk song combined with a jazz.
Argentina’s Mariana Carrizo performs a passionate Argentine folk song accompanied by a drum.
Freddy Torrealba is a charango virtuoso from Chile who demonstrates his admirable technique. He’s one of the finest charango players in the world.
Peruvians Jean Pierre Magnet (saxophone) and Luciano Quispe (harp) perform jazz-infused Andean music with an unusual instrumentation consisting of saxophone and harp.
Kofelgschroa represents the music of the Bavarian Alps of Germany. The quartet plays brass and accordion music inspired by traditional music.
Rabab Instrumental Group is a quintet from Srinagar (India). They perform traditional music using the rabab lute and clay drums.
Colombian act Dueto Vivir Cantando includes Fernando Salazar and Lucho Vergara. They play a melodic Colombian Andean song using vocals and guitars.
Andrés “Chimango” Lares is an Andean fiddler who accompanies traditional folk dancers. He performs a brief traditional tune.
French musician Laurence Bourdin specializes in the electroacoustic hurdy gurdy. His style crosses numerous boundaries, from medieval music to Occitan folk and jazz fusion.
Marcelo Peña is a quena (traditional Andean flute) maestro. He’s joined by charango virtuoso Wilson Molina. They represent the new vision of Andean traditions of Bolivia.
Peruvian act Conjunto Pancho Gómez Negrón are preservationists of the Chumbivilcas high plains traditional music.
The album closes with traditional yodeling music by Austrian folk band Alma.
The álbum 1er Festival Internacional de Alturas – Lima, Perú, noviembre 2014 presents a fascinating portrait of the diversity of traditional music from the highlands of the planet.