Flamencos en route
In the theater season 2014/2015 the renowed dance company from Baden celebrated its 30th anniversary. Since 1984 choreographer Brigitta Luisa Merki understands to combine Flamenco with different artistic directions, visual arts, contemporary dance, and modern lyricism. She explores the possibilities of Flamencos very uniquely and at the hightest level. She has brung back Flamenco, newly interpreted it, and placed it at the highest level of dance art in today's time. The dance group, which combines Spanish and Swiss dance and music productions, rises to new levels of dancing.
tanz&kunst königsfelden is a unique Swiss dance category and has been appointed a cultural highlight since 2010 by the canton Aargau. It emphasises the variety of professional dancing and the combination of music and visual arts under the artistic guidance of choreographer Brigitta Luisa Merki. Every year in May and June productions, which were produced by renowned international and regional artists, choreographs, dancers, musicians, and composers, take place in the monastry Königsfelden. Every two years educational art projects from students and youths from the region Aargau are shown.
After high school and a short detour at college, Adrian Stern attended the Jazz school in Lucerne, which is known to be open for many music styles, not only Jazz. During this time Stern founded his second band, Speedpop. The band existed only for a short time, with a career highlight being the opportunity to publicly play a demo at the Off-Festival, which is part of the Montreux Jazz Festival. He was so fascinated by the vocal sounds of the Swiss language that he decided to complete and send his self-produced demo, which contained exclusively his own songs, to record companies. The demo attracted much interest. Stern was signed by Sony Music and has since then produced his songs with that company.
Guitarist – Composer – Arranger – Promoter – Studio Manager
Nic Niedermann lives for music. As a child of an academy family, his parents were not pleased with his enthusiasim for music. With 18 years old, he started his career as a musician and promoter. In 1989 he founded "Tonic Strings" with Roni Donadio. Over ten years there were concerts with guitar duos all of Europe and in USA.
Today Nic Niedermann is, among other things, a guitar teacher at a high school in Wettingen. Young bands, such as "Al Pride" or "John Caroline", went through his school. He gives them the inspiration and opportunity to be creative during lessons. His goal is to encourage them to be independent when it comes to their music.
Philippe Kahn has occupied himself with music since he was 12 years old. He first occupied himself with the piano, for which he then completed his studies at the Jazz school in Lucerne, St. Gallen, and Zürich. He then became a piano teacher and producer of commercial music (for example: Ovomaltine, Swiss museum of transportation in Lucerne, Swissair, etc). He also produced film music for different German and Swiss documentary films in his studio. A lot revolved around music in his life. He was a pianist in a variety of bars in hotels in Switzerland, worked as a composer and a co-producer for an album, was a musical leader of a music group, and was also a lead musician in a variety of bands spanning from Rock to Jazz. He is a famous artist in the Swiss music scene.
Simon Libsig worked in politics in Zürich and Paris after his studies as a journalist at the Swiss radio DRS before he decided to switch to just writing from then on. The NZZ, a newspaper in Zürich, called him a "Word Magician". The Swiss television declared that, "Simon Libsig has mastered the highest art form of storytelling." The Blick, which is one of the biggest Swiss news website and reports news from Switzerland as well as from all over the world, said that, "Simon Libsig dribbles with words like Christiano Ronaldo dribbles with a ball." Not only did he win Poetry Slams with his texts, but he also won the Swiss Comedy Award 2009 (an audience award). Simon Libsig has a lot on his plate with his seven CDs, four stage programs, and his radio and newspaper columns. He also runs story workshops with over 2,000 students.
Toni Donadio has occupied himself with music since his childhood days. After his music studies at the conservatory in Zürich, he worked mainly as a freelancer for music as a guitarist, composer, and arranger with different music groups. He founded "Tonic Strings" with Nic Niedermann in 1989.
Toni Donadio, manager of the agency, "Tonic Art-Production", initiated the mediation, consultations, and concepts for the cultural events of music groups. Additionally, Toni Donadio has his own music restaurant, the "Prima Vista", which he has led for 11 years with his wife in Baden on Mellinger street. Every year there are about 170 live concerts with national and international bands at his restaurant.