April 22, 2022—VERBIER (Switzerland)—The Verbier Festival’s ‘Unlimited’ division—now known simply as ‘UNLTD’—today announced the line-up of its Summer 2022 programme.
UNLTD is the Verbier Festival’s creativity spark plug—an inventive concept that aims to disrupt norms, push boundaries, and awaken musical curiosity. It shines a spotlight on emerging talent and engaging interactive performances with cross-generational appeal, and complements the Festival’s mainstage programme each summer. Throughout the year, UNLTD brings together a group of dynamic and forward-thinking alumni of the Verbier Festival Academy— the UNLTD Collective—to develop and present innovative original projects in communities and cities across Europe.
“UNLTD is about creativity and curiosity,” explains Stephen McHolm, Director of both the Verbier Festival Academy & UNLTD. “It celebrates artists and artistic projects that take risks and that speak to audiences in new ways.”
The 2022 summer edition of UNLTD does just that, with a programme that spans six distinct themes:
Inventive musical nightcaps, presented in an intimate cabaret setting, to awaken musical curiosity.
- Drôles d’Oiseaux: Unique vocal concerts by invited ‘strange birds’ explore the worlds of classical, cabaret, surrealism and burlesque.
- Schubertiad in da club Classical
- Anne Sofie von Otter Cabaret
- L’Autre bal Masqué Surrealism
- Catherine D’Oex Burlesque
- Secret Concerts: A rare chance to hear some of the Verbier Festival’s stars up-close—identities remain secret until artists take the stage.
- Ultraviolet: Performances that transcend boundaries and shine a new light on classical music and musical expectations.
- Florian Favre: The Rite of Spring Revisited Jazz / Electronics
- Beam me up!: Artificial Intelligence Jam in collaboration with IRCAM, the Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music
- Cesar Merveille & Julien Quentin of MidiMinuit Classical / Electronics
- Thomas Enhco & Vassilena Serafimova Bach MirrorClassical / Jazz
Two high octane concerts presented in the valley below Verbier at Le Châble’s Espace St-Marc.
- Roberto Fonseca offers a creative bridge between traditional Cuban music and the sound of a new era. He is well-known for both his creative solo projects and collaborations with members of Buena Vista Social Club, Gilles Peterson, Mayra Andrade, Raul Midón and Fatoumata Diawara.
- Kellylee Evans has been winning over audiences with forays into jazz, R&B, hip-hop and pop since her success at the 2004 Thelonius Monk Competition. A one-of-a-kind allure that touches psychedelic pop and contagious soul groove.
Humankind’s connection to both nature and music is as natural as breathing, making Verbier the ideal location to exhale.
- Balades Musicales featuring musical guided walks high above Verbier, a concert by the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra on the slopes of La Chaux, and a musical sunrise atop majestic Mont-Fort.
- Music, Healing, Meditation: Three mornings when music meets meditation and yoga.
UNLTD Kids give children and their families the opportunity to engage with music through play and interaction. Concentration of activities on 23 and 24 July: Verbier Festival Family Weekend.
- Le Voyage de Hänsel et Gretel: An immersive musical walk through an enchanted forest during which a re-telling of the classic Grimm Brothers tale set is set to the music of Humperdinck’s popular opera. (narration in French)
- Petit Labo Musical: Introduction to music and musical instruments for kids aged 0 to 8 and their families.
- Boule de neige / Théâtre de la Toupine: A travelling cabinet of curiosities, integrated into a vintage gondola egg.
- Storytellers: In a new workshop each day, children study the story of Hänsel and Gretel and learn about classical music and musical instruments while creating illustrations that will be animated during a public performance.
- Opera Dahu: Using Humperdinck’s Hänsel and Gretel as a starting point, children create their own performance day by day from opera excerpts adapted especially for them.
Discussions, interviews and films about music and its role in our daily lives.
Talks & Docs: Intimate and up-close chats and interviews with the Verbier Festival’s top artists and musical experts plus a screening of the 2021 documentary, Janine Jansen: Falling for Stradivari.
Classical Code Crackers: New ways of demystifying classical music.
- Symphony Graphique: The Visual Listening Guide: a new way to easily discover a symphonic work visually, and without any previous musical training.
- Vous trouvez ça classique A series of concerts for those who want to discover and understand classical music, hosted by conductor Mathieu Herzog.
Family-friendly concerts throughout the town of Verbier
- Chill Out Concerts : Discover the new talents of today on the streets of Verbier are while enjoying your afternoon apéro.
- Veillées musicales : Tales and legends told by actor René-Claude Emery with musical guests, the UNLTD Collective.
Details about the UNLTD programme can be found online at unltd.verbierfestival.com. Tickets are available now and registration for workshops are now open.
This 29th edition of the Verbier Festival is made possible with the support of many philanthropic, corporate and public funders, notably Madame Aline Foriel-Destezet, The Friends of the Verbier Festival, the Festival’s major donors, including its Chairman’s Circle, the Commune de Val de Bagnes, Loterie Romande, Canton du Valais, and its loyal Principal Sponsors Bank Julius Baer and SICPA.
The Verbier Festival is a classical music festival that encourages sharing between great musicians and young aspiring artists from around the world. It is committed to excellence in music performance and education through its highly respected artistic programme, Academy and community engagement programmes.