1. Can you tell us about your new album?

My new album “Words of the Wind” features compositions in dialogue with poems by women poets of different generations: Emily Brontë, Alejandra Pizarnik, Anne Carson and Robin Myers. Inspired by their very personal and distinctive styles, I composed a piece for each poem in which I present different timbres and orchestrations. In addition, I present a song with lyrics by myself and two arrangements of pre-existing compositions by Swiss singer Lisette Spinnler and American saxophonist David Binney.
On this album I was encouraged to work with diverse timbres, from jazz combo to string quartet and vocal ensemble, and I also took liberties such as combining a poem with an existing instrumental song and arranging it for strings. The creative process was very playful and I learned a lot along the way.

As for the production, it was a big challenge to work with so many musicians and record very different set ups, but it was also a lot of fun and rewarding to make it happen. More than twenty musicians from the jazz and classical music scene in Basel participated in the album, all of them friends and colleagues that I admire very much, so it’s a great honour to have them on this album.

2. What other projects are you currently involved with?

At the moment, I am slowly composing new music and re/arranging the songs on the album for my band for our tour. In addition, I have an improvisation project with Andrea Neumann, Alfred Zimmerlin and Christian Moser. This meeting was born out of the same curiosity to work with poems but in the free improvisation field and we recorded an album in the same period when I was recording with the other ensembles for “Words of the Wind”. There was a lot of chemistry from the beginning. We went into the studio and we recorded a whole afternoon and we had material that we decided to split up and make into an album. I guess it will be released this fall or maybe early 2025. And we plan to present it live and give some concerts. Without a doubt it’s a project that I would like to continue because the band is wonderful and we have a great time making music together.

And apart from my role as a singer, composer or performer, I also love to organise cultural events. I am involved in a collective that organises a concert series at the Musikwohnhaus Basel, featuring projects from different regions in Switzerland and nearby cities, that might not be so easy to classify into one genre, and encouraging the dialogue and collaboration between music and other arts like video, poetry, etc.

3. What are you currently listening to and what was the last CD or download you bought?

I listen to a lot of different music, and at the same time. Now I’m taking some time to listen to some albums that came out recently, like “Infinite Connections” by Jihye Lee Orchestra or some albums by friends like Song Yi Jeon who released a beautiful album called “Solitary Bloom”. But the last thing I listened to, literally just today, was “La permanencia de los ecos” by Camila Nebbia.
The last CD I bought was “Frakmont” by Luzia von Wyl Ensemble and “The Waves” by Flo and the Murmus. I also bought a vinyl! From a very cool group from Zurich, Anna&Stofner, the album is called “Wenig”, they combine jazz and groove with spoken word in Zurich dialect. And the last download was from the latest album of the Italian trio Piranha, “All ways”.

4. What is your all-time favourite album and why?

I have to admit that these kinds of questions are very difficult for me to answer.  There are so many albums that I hold close to my heart….
I guess I could say “Clics modernos” by Charly García, although it is not a jazz record. When that record plays I get goose bumps, it’s a purely emotional connection that I can’t explain. It’s something to do with Argentine history and culture, I guess.
Another album that holds a special place in my heart is “Unforgettable” by Natalie Cole, because when I was a child I would lock myself in my room and listen to this album over and over again, I learned all the songs on that album and it was one of the bridges that brought me closer to the American Songbook, and vocal jazz.

5. Who has caught your attention recently that we should be listening out for?

Recently at Jazzahead I saw Shuteen Erdenebaatar’s band and it was a beautiful concert, the interaction in the band was great. I think she is definitely an artist who has a lot to offer.