FAI BABA - première partie Dino Brandão
Fri, 19 February
20H30 - (Doors: 19H30)
Solo, Zurich-based musician Fai Baba reproduces the essence of his wild rides in a mix of psychedelic blues, white soul and vintage sounds.
Fai Baba hurtles full speed ahead in his Mustang, raising clouds of dust and Doppler effects charged with garage and psychedelia. Racing in his own Cannonball Run, he draws a musical line in the Wild West, made of opiate blues, distorted country, hallucinatory folk and carefree surf music. An indolent cowboy, Zurich’s Fai Baba is certainly closer to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas than to Heidi, but the roots of rock’n’roll are everywhere. Beating the asphalt, his tracks form long digressions around an axle, performed with reverberating guitars, vintage keyboards and galloping drums, his voice hovering like a ghost above the roar, reminiscent of Tame Impala or Kevin Morby. Fai Baba is fuelled by this highly flammable mixture and alternates energetic compositions and pretty rhymes in cruise control, in an unabashed psychedelic celebration. Solo, the Zurich-based artist will reduce his compositions to their raw emotional core, but without putting the brakes on!
Dino Brandão’s strings his songs like flowing tricks, gliding in perfect balance in a smooth and uncluttered musical ripple.
Dino Brandão’s exotic pop surfs, smooth and flowing, on the concrete volutes of a lunar skate park and glides, slow and sensual along the Langstrasse of Eastern Switzerland as if filmed by Gus Van Sant. Thanks to the perfectly oiled bearings of the guitars, the harmonious grip of the voices and the subtle axle of the pieces of life that the Swiss multi-instrumentalist of Angolan origin narrates, it makes us light as he pops a wheelie to silkily avoid the manholes, the pavements and the cracks of our daily lives. It bends and twists us and, from an ollie to a grab, the 13 tricks of his album Ich liebe dich (2020), released with Faber and Sophie Hunger, offer us the best of music and of Switzerland, i.e. the meeting of voices, sounds, influences and cultures, the coming together of lives and stories in a shared, ethereal and harmonious ride.
Alhambra Room, Geneva
Built between 1918 and 1920 by architect Paul Perrin, this film theatre, originally called Omnia, boasted the country’s first sound cinema installation as early as 1928. It also hosted numerous shows and concerts. Premonitory! Unfortunately, this cosy venue was destined to be demolished to make way for a car park… But, phew! classified as a historical monument and defended by many enthusiasts, it was saved with an ambitious objective: to reconcile the heritage aspects of the site with the requirements of a contemporary concert hall. Carefully renovated, the new 750-seat modular space, in metallic and red colours, was inaugurated in 2015 and is a real showcase for today’s music.