Jazz on Lake Geneva: Spectacular lake stage on the 58th Jazz Festival in Montreux | EUROtoday

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A stage straight on the Lake Geneva constructed, behind it a panorama of mountains and sundown: the 58th Montreux Jazz Festival started there yesterday night. The stage was inaugurated by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, who warmed up round 5000 followers within the open air with a mixture of jazz, funk, rock and hip hop.

When the solar had set over the lake after an ideal summer season day, multi-talented Jon Batiste arrived in a gold glitter go well with. The jazz musician, who additionally performs pop, classical and R&B, discovered the viewers too tame. “I want to see your body rock!” he shouted to the group and bought lots of the greater than 4,000 folks dancing and singing alongside.

Unique lake stage as an emergency answer

The momentary stage is important as a result of the live performance halls Auditorium Stravinski and Montreux Jazz Lab is closed for renovations. Hundreds of concert events and occasions are scheduled till July twentieth, a lot of them free. More than thirty concert events will likely be broadcast dwell on YouTube. Last 12 months, 250,000 guests got here to the venue.

One of the highlights of this system is Kraftwerk. The pioneers of electropop are scheduled to carry out on July 11, additionally on the lake stage.

The second large stage is within the on line casino. The previous constructing burned down within the Seventies. This impressed the band Deep Purple to put in writing their hit “Smoke on the Water”. The British rock band, based in 1968, will likely be showing in Montreux for the tenth time.

Montreux Legends

Deep Purple is as a lot part of Montreux as Freddie Mercury (1946-1991), the lead singer of Queen. He was there for the primary time in 1978 and later lived in Montreux for a part of his life. A bronze statue on Lake Geneva commemorates the legendary singer.

The identify of the pageant, based in 1967, is deceptive: along with jazz, soul and funk, pop, hip hop, Afrobeats, traditional rock and different musical kinds have been represented there for many years. Montreux is taken into account a launching pad for the careers of many stars. These embody the US rapper Kendrick Lamar and the British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran.

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