Jazzfestival Saalfelden 2023 / artists in residence

As part of the artist in residence programme, the Jazzfestival Saalfelden invites two artists each year to bring several projects to different stages during the festival and thus present themselves to a larger audience. This year, the Japanese koto player Michiyo Yagi and the Swiss vocalist Andreas Schaerer have been selected for this.

Andreas Schaerer
From singing shepherd to beginnings as a punk guitarist and to internationally celebrated "vocal phenomenon" (The Guardian). Andreas Schaerer always puts his vocal superpowers in the service of music - as artist in residence at the Jazzfestival Saalfelden 2023 with four different, partly brand new, always poetically radical and sometimes "astronomically pulsating" formations. The Swiss, who already „learned to fly with Hildegard“, has invited such diverse musicians as the Finnish guitarist Kalle Kalima, the American bassist Tim Lefebvre, his Swedish colleague Björn Meyer, the Swiss drummer Julian Sartorius (Sophie Hunger, Matthew Herbert) and the Serbian "Professor of Creative Music Technology" Svetlana Maraš. Sensational? True.


Friday, 18.08.2023, Mainstage at 7:45 p.m.
Andreas Schaerer / Kalle Kalima / Tim Lefebvre
Switzerland, Finland, USA
Andreas Schaerer - voice
Kalle Kalima - guitar
Tim Lefebvre - bass

Saturday, 19.08.2023, Shortcuts at 1:00 p.m.
Stellar Stutter
Andreas Schaerer - voice
Svetlana Maraš - electronics
Björn Meyer - bass
Julian Sartorius - drums

Saturday, 19.08.2023, Otto Gruberhalle at 8:30 p.m.
Switzerland, USA
Andreas Schaerer - voice
Tim Lefebvre – bass

Michiyo Yagi
An imperial court instrument as a manga and anime star: the "arched zither" koto has a very lively tradition in Japan. No one plays this instrument, still too rarely heard in Europe, in the international improvisation scene like Michiyo Yagi. The exceptional musician from Tokoname has been studying the koto since the age of six and has also played it in rock, avant-pop and with John Zorn, Bill Laswell, Billy Bang or Peter Brötzmann. At the Jazzfestival Saalfelden 2023, the versatile multi-singer will present herself this year as artist in residence with three very different bands: with drummer and percussionist Hamid Drake on the Mainstage and twice with her electronic formation Dōjō, once with Norwegian jazz guitarist and electronic musician Eivind Aarset and also with his compatriot Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (Atomic, The Thing, Motorpsycho) on the bass.


Thursday, 17.08.2023, Shortcuts at 9:30 p.m.
Dōjō & Eivind Aarset
Japan, Norway
Michiyo Yagi - 21- and 17-string kotos, electronics, voice
Tamaya Honda - drums
Eivind Aarset - electric guitar, electronics

Friday, 18.08.2023, Otto-Gruberhalle at 4:00 p.m.
Dōjō & Ingebrigt Håker Flaten
Japan, Norway
Michiyo Yagi - 21- and 17-string kotos, electronics, voice
Tamaya Honda - drums
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten - bass, bass guitar, electronics

Sunday, 20.08.2023, Mainstage at 4:45 p.m.
Michiyo Yagi & Hamid Drake
Japan, USA
Michiyo Yagi - 21- and 17-string kotos, electronics, voice
Hamid Drake - drums, voice

Programme subject to change.

Further information on the artists in residence: https://www.jazzsaalfelden.com/en/Festival/Artist%20in%20Residence

Tickets for these concerts can be ordered online at: https://tickets.jazzsaalfelden.com/.
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Photo: Michiyo Yagi by ​Mirei Sakaki