Postings by Tod Machover from Lucerne, Switzerland
February 16, 2015. Here’s my full Fasnacht costume – provided by friends at the LUCERNE FESTIVAL, as well as the (very loud) scene right outside my hotel window – at 12:30 pm. People told me that this medieval, super-quiet and discrete hotel would become one of the epicenters of Fasnacht…and boy, were they right!!!!
Out on the streets at Fasnacht, Lucerne. Crazy and funky, and a total confetti mess. Got great audio recordings, and the best things seem to be happening in the side streets…as always. Just warmed up a bit and am on my way out there again!!
February 17, 2015. Evening becomes darker (duh!) and weirder at Fasnacht in Lucerne, with noise everywhere, multiple bands playing Ivesian counterpoint further complexified by the rushing river, bottlenecks on twisting medieval streets so you can’t move even if you want to, individuals and families with indelible “costumes” and political statements, harshness as well as adventure in the air. Nothing quite like it that I know of.
I first heard the Barfuess-Fäger Guggenmusik group rehearsal months ago, and was thrilled to hear their performance blossom and explode these past two days. I joined the Barfuess-Fäger Guggenmusik group at their celebratory party near the end of Fasnacht. They serenaded friends, family and supporters, and exuded musical passion and human warmth. They are my kind of adopted family in Lucerne!
February 18, 2015. I’m on my way back to Boston after a 2-day immersion in Lucerne’s Fasnacht. What an incredible experience, as this quiet, gentle, water-infused town explodes into celebration and noise, sometimes fun and quirky, other times quite dark. The spirit and the sound of Lucerne during these past two days has been totally different from what I’ve been hearing on other visits, and this will definitely have an effect on A SYMPHONY FOR LUCERNE, which is evolving and developing as I write.