Marena Whitcher's Shady Midnight Orchestra

Live Act Jazz Experimental Pop Avantgarde
Marena Whitcher's Shady Midnight Orchestra - Jazz Experimental Pop Avantgarde Live Act in Zürich

Marena Whitcher's Shady Midnight Orchestra Short Info

Carving her niche in the young Swiss jazz scene, 25 year-old Marena Whitcher from
Zurich, is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. Her excursions into every
imaginable und inconceivable vocal dimension are eccentric and theatrical, counterpointed
by her exploration of sinister and melancholy realms. This year's recipient of
the prestigious art-prize granted by the Berlin Academy of Arts, Marena Whitcher has
arranged a mosaic of facets in her elaborate Shady Midnight Orchestra, issuing her
first album, entitled Ghostology.
Ghosts and spirits have haunted all different ages, cultures and fields of art. Marena
Whitcher is also fascinated with these timeless creatures. Always restless, they shift between
life and death, sadness and euphoria, torment and intrigue.
This clash of opposites drives and informs Marena's personal investigation of ghostly
escapades. Composing in a poetic jazz/avant-garde pop style that consistently departs
from conventions, her inquisitive spirit arranges a unique ensemble of three voices,
bass clarinet, piano, double bass, and drums, seasoned with curiosities discovered in a
trove filled with such treasures as a glass harp, a music box or a broken dictaphone.
The most prominent feature of Marena's ghost-jazz are the stories she tells with her
transforming voice; stories of dancing skeletons, soldiers frozen in time, and a strange
ocean child captures her listeners.
In Ghostology Marena Whitcher with her Shady Midnight Orchestra not only expands
every piece to the breaking point, it also weaves improvisational moments, storytelling,
and bizarre spectacles into a Gesamtkunstwerk, a cohesive artistic statement that conjures
spirits to guide us on a risky journey into the unknown.

Carving her niche in the young Swiss jazz scene, 25 year-old Marena Whitcher from
Zurich, is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. Her excursions into every
imaginable und inconceivable vocal dimension are eccentric and theatrical, counterpointed
by her exploration of sinister and melancholy realms. This year's recipient of
the prestigious art-prize granted by the Berlin Academy of Arts, Marena Whitcher has
arranged a mosaic of facets in her elaborate Shady Midnight Orchestra, issuing her
first album, entitled Ghostology.
Ghosts and spirits have haunted all different ages, cultures and fields of art. Marena
Whitcher is also fasc...

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Past Gigs Marena Whitcher's Shady Midnight Orchestra

  • 01 | 2016 Isebähnli Baden
  • 11 | 2015 Mehrspur Zürich
  • 11 | 2015 SRF Fernsehstudios TEDx Zürich
  • 09 | 2015 Altes Krematorium -Friedhof Sihlfeld Die Lange Nacht der Zürcher Museen
  • 04 | 2015 Moods Zürich ZKB Jazzpreis
  • 04 | 2015 bee-flat im Progr Release Show
  • 04 | 2015 Chrämerhuus Langenthal
  • 04 | 2015 Dimensione Winterthur
  • 03 | 2015 Akademie der Künste Berlin
  • 10 | 2014 Mehrspur Zürich
  • 10 | 2014 Sonarraum Bern
  • 10 | 2014 Coq d'Or Olten
  • 09 | 2014 Jazz in a Nutshell Winterthur
  • 04 | 2013 Jenseits im Viadukt Zürich
  • 04 | 2013 Mehrspur Zürich

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  • Sound Midnight Raven
  • Sound Last Chance For A Ghost Dance
  • Sound Ice Soldiers

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546 Fans
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6,130 Plays
73 Follower

Origin

  • Zürich CH

Founded

  • 2013

Members

  • Marena Whitcher Composition, vocals, guitar, glass harp
  • Lisa Hasler Vocals, toys
  • Marina Sobyanina Vocals, toys
  • Nils Fischer Bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, vocals
  • Maximilian Grossenbacher Double bass
  • Nicolas Stocker Drums, percussion
  • Luzius Schuler Piano

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