Mixing it up - even with languages.

Sophie Hunger – Live At Paleo Festival 2013, Nyon – Nights At The Roundtable: Rock Without Borders/Festival Edition

Mixing it up - even with languages.

Sophie Hunger.  Mixing it up – even with languages.

I just ran across this one from the Paleo Festival in Nyon, Switzerland which was recorded on July 13, 2013.

Sophie Hunger is from Zurich and she was a surprise  hit at the 2008 Montreux Festival. Her sound is a mixture of a lot of different influences. And so is her singing, which goes from French to English to German, sometimes within the same song. She also had the distinction of being the first Swiss act to play the John Peel stage at Glastonbury in 2010. Since then, she’s toured a lot throughout Europe and has made a few appearances in Canada.

Her fourth album, The Danger of Light was issued in 2012 and her first North American release was in 2011.

Hunger plays guitar, blues harp, piano and composes most of her songs in British English, French, Swiss German, German and Swiss Italian. In 2006, over a few days, she home-recorded her solo début album, Sketches on Sea, three tracks of which featured trombonist Michael Flury (ex-Keller’s 10). The album was initially self-released in 2006, then re-released the following year on Gentlemen Records.

Flury became an impermanent band member and, since before 2007, Hunger has played with multi-instrumentalist Christian Prader (flute, piano, guitar). Her band also includes drummer Marc Erbetta and bassist Simon Gerber. Former drummers include: Alberto Malo, Julian Sartorius and Dominik Chansorn. Former bassists include Balz Bachmann.

So Sophie Hunger, hitting the ripe old age of 30, has a pretty impressive track record.

Tonight’s post features Sophie recorded on July 23rd before an enthusiastic crowd – complete with encore.

Good stuff, and further evidence there’s a lot happening in other parts of the world.

Stay tuned.




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