Think Switzerland and you think delicious chocolate, fabulous mountains, time pieces and punctuality. Yet when you step into the shuttle at Zurich airport, you are reminded; chimes, bells and folk music. The first time I got into the shuttle and heard the gentle sound of cows lowing I was rather startled, then followed the sound of bells and chimes and suddenly I was high up in the grassy pastures with Heidi! I had not realised quite how emotive Swiss ‘sounds’ are!
As a consequence I am particularly excited about tonight as the Hauser is hosting the first of a stretch of Fridays – all the way through to September in fact – showcasing 19th century Swiss folk music revived. Apparently until quite recently much of this music had been unheard for years – now thanks to Norient, the network for local and global sounds and media culture, these old tunes have been retrieved, dusted down and given a new lease of life.
Of course the best way to enjoy the sounds of Switzerland revived is to grill some exotic meats on a hot stone at your table. Now well known, the Hot Stone buffet is a draw card in its own right, with 12 different meats to choose from and a range of homemade sauces, this must be one of the most pleasant ways to spend a Friday evening that I know of!