How Coronavirus is affecting Sujazzstiva

After a good two months retreat to compose nine pieces for my nonet and feeling as if I was turning a corner after some difficult period (it’s hard if I cannot actively play music), I found the rug pulled from under my feet when I heard that our CD recording had to be cancelled.

As a freelance musician, my work is piecemeal and precarious. I don’t have a fixed income and my earnings fluctuate month to month. The financial impact of Covid-19 is severe for us musicians and it goes beyond the loss of wages – it also affects our visibility. Projects such as mine have been in the pipeline for many months and are suddenly put on hold or are no longer possible. The situation is difficult for all of us.

Luckily my album recording is being supported by the Swiss Radio SRF2 and we are going to get another slot at the Hardstudios in Winterthur once this Coronavirus nightmare comes to an end. My special thanks go to Peter Bürli SRF and Moritz Wetter Hardstudios.

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