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vox fabualae – stories, music, performance

vox fabulae is all about stories. These stories are told through music and words, and the words are in English. The Basel-based group blends theater and concert and attracts audiences of Swiss and expatriates alike.

At the center of the performances is the storyteller, played by Madeline Del Real. The American actress grew up in Basel and studied in New York and London. Through imaginative staging and an expressive voice she brings to life not only the central narrator but all the other characters who pass through the tales. “I always strive to take part in diverse expressions of theater, and collaborate with different types of artists,” she says of working with vox fabulae.

The other members of the group are musicians. The music is not meant as background but instead tells the story in its own way. Flutist Micaela Grau Durán coaxes melodies, whistle tones, and rustling breath effects out of her instrument. A contemporary music specialist, she is a founding member of Ensemble Lemniscate and studied both in Basel and in her native Argentina. Flute is accompanied by piano, played by Rebekkah Laeuchli using chopsticks, sticky tack, and a right-angle screwdriver in addition to the traditional fingers on keys approach.

All of the stories are created by the members of vox fabulae themselves. Elia Navarro from Barcelona is the resident composer and sound artist. She currently attends the Basel school of art while also studying composition with Erik Oña at the music academy.

“I am very excited about being part of the ensemble,” says Navarro. “This way of telling stories through different media is totally open and there is a lot of space for experimentation.”

The ensemble debuted their first full-length performance in a concert series this past May with two stories, The Spring and She, I. The texts were written by the group’s pianist, Rebekkah Laeuchli, and ranged from surreal to humorous to tragic. This summer the ensemble will be working together on new material for their upcoming concert season in autumn.

“We want to do something a little bit different,” says Laeuchli. “Funny, and bizarre. We’re very excited about this next story.”

Catch vox fabulae’s next performance on 19 November at a B4 Office Concert, produced by the Swiss Foundation for the Vocal Arts. The concert is free and begins at 12:30 at Bernoullistrasse 4. For more information visit the ensemble’s website: www.voxfabulae.com.

vox fabulaeEnsemble members:
Elia Navarro, composer and sound artist. Rebekkah Laeuchli, writer and pianist. Madeline Del Real, actor.
Micaela Grau Durán, flutist.

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Contact Information:

www.voxfabulae.com rebekkah@laeuchli.com
https://www.facebook.com/voxfabulae
https://twitter.com/voxfabulae

Klosterberg Festival 2014

The Klosterbergfest 2014 is on! Don’t miss the food, music, and fun!! For more information, click here!

klosterberg

The Klosterbergfest is legendary in Basel!

What is it?

A three-day, multi-cultural street party festival: Live music, caipirinhas (of course!), gourmet food from around the world, and more! The goal is to raise money for street children in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The money will be used to provide the children opportunities for growth and enhancement. So far, over 20,000 people have benefited with elementary and advanced training from these generous donations from Basel.

Join the fun!

Source: http://www.baselinsider.ch/jahreshighlights/klosterbergfest.html

Summer Never Ends…

Work and school are already back into the swing of things, but it’s not too late for one last gorgeous summer night. Here’s one more way to celebrate the season with the Spätsommerfest this weekend—the last weekend of the summer!

What: Spätsommerfest 2013
When: Friday, 13 September • 17 – 22 HR
Where: CO13 Werkstätten • Colmarerstrasse 13 • 4055 Basel

There aren’t very many (if any) other places in the world that can put together an evening like this. But CO13 (Colmarerstrasse 13) is itself a very unique place. Their workshops specialize in bikes, fashion, house maintenance, office services, and gourmet food. Where else would you find all that in one spot?

At Spätsommerfest 2013, you can check out the latest bike models and be the first to see the new Winter Collection 2013 at their boutique, with a special summer fest discount for guests. Come hungry for American Barbecue at the CO13 Bistro.

And of course the night wouldn’t be complete without music. The evening’s musical guest is world-class singer/songwriter Roli Frei and the Soulful Desert. Roli Frei is a legend in Basel, his music spanning a variety of styles from blues, to pop, to soul and gospel—all with strong, moving melodies and heartfelt lyrics.

CO 13Stop by www.co13.ch for more info and to find out all about who they are and what they do.

Youth Culture!

Photo by jkf.ch.

Lucky ’13 has been a great year for special events in Basel.

Not only has it brought the annual summer favourites like National Day fireworks and music on the Rhein, it also happens to be the year for Basel’s biggest youth culture festival—the Jugendkulturfestival Basel. Taking place every two years, the JKF is an exhilarating marathon of sights, sounds, and adrenaline. And it all happens this weekend, 30 and 31 August.

Watch Basel come alive in a whole new way as the entire city becomes a stage for music, art, drama, sports, and fashion. There’s a music video showcase and Swiss short film showcase at the Gässli Film Festival; Freestyle and Theater at the Literaturhaus; DJs at Elisabethenkirche and bands in Barfüsserplatz; Taekwando at Münsterplatz; and more than 150 different events from 1700 artists all around town.

Some 60,000 youth turn out for this two-day celebration of everything new and trending—and to set some new trends of their own. It starts Friday afternoon and goes until early Sunday morning, so be sure to catch something! It’s fun for youth and families and seriously cool.

For more info, stop by the JKF website: www.jkf.ch.JKF

Live Music

If you’re looking for a concert or any good live music, Basel is the place to find it. It’s very welcoming to musicians of all kinds, from street musicians playing Strauss on Freiestrasse, to independent singer-songwriters at the corner café, to famed bands like Journey at Pratteln’s Z7 Konzertfabrik (Concert Factory). Here are some places you might catch a favorite artist, or discover the next big act in Basel and beyond.

Venues

Z7 Konzertfabrik

A venue for bigger names like Swiss acts Adrian Stern and Plüsch as well as international bands like Porcupine Tree and Iron Butterfly. Also features harder rock and metal bands. 

Kraftwerkstrasse 7 • 4133 Pratteln, Basel
Tel: +41 61 821 48 00
www.z-7.ch

Parterre Kultur

One of Basel’s exclusive restaurants and live music venues, Parterre features musicians and singer-songwriters from all over the world for an up-close-and-personal concert experience. Also hosts Open Mic Nights on Wednesdays.

Tram 8 to “Kaserne”
Klybeckstrasse 1b • 4057 Basel
Tel: +41 61 695 89 91
www.parterre.net

Sommercasino

Sommercasino © schoeband
A main venue for younger fans, featuring rock, punk, alternative, hardcore, metalcore, hip-hop, and ska bands from Switzerland, the US, and the UK, among others. They host free Twenty Plus-Party Tunes parties on Saturday nights for  adults 20 years and older.

Münchensteinerstrasse 1 • 4052 Basel
Tel: +41 61 313 60 70
www.sommercasino.ch
 

Kuppel

Another of Basel’s unique venues, complete with disco balls, a sparkling chandelier right above the audience, and a bright, glowing dome topping the building. The lineup is eclectic and inclusive, offering New Wave, Pop, Rock, Disco, Electro, Glam, Indie, and more. Performers include Swiss singer-songwriter legend Roli Frei and Britain’s The Drops. 

Binningerstrasse 14 • 4051 Basel
Tel: +41 61 564 66 00
www.kuppel.ch

Avo Session

THE music festival in Basel. Each year, it welcomes some of the top names of all time to its Festival Hall at Basel Fair: Mary J. Blige, Liza Minnelli, P!nk, Tom Jones, Paul Anka, and KT Tunstall to name just a few. This unique festival gives you the chance to see artists up close in a relaxed candle-lit atmosphere, and with only 1,500 seats, you may want to buy your tickets far in advance!

Festival Hall, Basel Fair
Grenzacherstrasse 79 • 4058 Basel
061 686 44 44
www.avo.ch

Stoffero

A well-known café serving up cappuccinos, sandwiches, and fresh daily specials, Stoffero also holds live music certain nights of the week. Although quite small, it’s an ideal venue for smaller and acoustic acts from all over the world. Be sure to try their famous panini!

Stänzlergasse 3 • 4051 Basel
Tel: +41 61 281 56 56

Open Air

Summer is a prime time for live music in Basel. The weather is perfect for open-air concerts, and music festivals spring up all around the country like wildflowers. On the steps by the Rhein or on the grass under the stars, you’ll hardly find even one night without music. Some events are free…although a generous tip is always welcomed.

Im Fluss

Each year from about the last week of July to the middle of August, a barge is set up on the Rhein for Im Fluss Open-air Concerts, featuring a different band each night. The concerts center around local and national acts, though some of the artists come from as far away as the UK, Canada, and the US. 
The Rhein River (Outside Café Spitz and Best Western Hotel Merian)

Rheingasse 13 • 4058 Basel
Tel: +41 61 681 80 90
www.imfluss.ch

Kaserne

One of the best known places in Basel for all varieties of arts and culture, music, theater, and dance, and a top venue in the city for summer open-air concerts. Their neighboring restaurant, the KaBar, is a popular stop for lunch, evening apéros, and ‘Snack Attacks.’ 

Klybeckstrasse 1 • 4057 Basel
Tel: +41 61 681 47 17
www.kaserne-basel.ch