Erika Stucky received the Grand Prix de musique from Alain Berset on Thursday at the Opéra de Lausanne. “A choice which was imposed clearly”, said Laurence Desarzens, president of the federal jury of music.
In the room, former Federal Councilor Ruth Dreifuss attended the ceremony, like Isabelle Chassot, director of the Federal Office of Culture. The public, handpicked, wore a red cloth mask offered by the Opera at the entrance.
During the ceremony, several laureates performed on stage such as Romande Emilie Zoe, rapper Big Zis, pianist Francesco Piemontesi or guitarist Christy Doran in duet with winner of the Swiss Grand Prix for music, Erika Stucky.
From Hendrix to Yodle
Equipped with a shovel that she transformed into an instrument, Erika Stucky and her sidekick embarked on an interpretation of a piece by Jimmy Hendrix before ending up in yodeling, after having invoked Krishna. Shortly before, she reacted strongly when Alain Berset presented her with her prize: “The Haut-Valaisanne in me cannot accept it -” so much money “, but the American does not sulk her joy -” I ‘ m so happy, I accept that price so much “.
When Alain Berset spoke of Haut-Valaisanne, he mentioned that the people who attended his concert at the Swiss Pavilion at Expo 2010 in Shanghai still had not recovered. The tone then became more serious when he spoke of the “toxic” effect of the pandemic on music: “Federal Council measures do not cure everything”. Before rebounding on the confidence that he had in this sector, “in his capacity to innovate, to create, to disturb and to find new paths which are not without exit”.
Comedian Vincent Veillon and journalist Claire Mudry led this evening in German and French, where 5 prizes, endowed with significant amounts, were awarded to Erika Stucki (100,000 francs) and to the 14 other laureates (25,000 francs each).
Label Suisse kicks off
This award ceremony opens the Label Suisse festival which is held every two years in Lausanne. Musician Erika Stucky will perform at the Docks on Friday evening with the Balkan fanfare of the Traktorkestar, a group that has already accompanied Stephan Eicher.
Among the fifteen winners of the Swiss Music Prize 2020, five others will also perform during the festival: the Vevey saxophonist and performer Antoine Chessex, the Biel improviser and wind instrument player Hans Koch, the variable geometry ensemble of the Swiss Chamber Concerts, the Lausanne singer and guitarist Emilie Zoé and the Basel composer, teacher and musicologist Rudolf Kelterborn.
The sixty concerts scheduled between Friday and Sunday will take place as planned. Wearing a mask is now compulsory on all festival sites. To comply with the new health rules in the canton of Vaud, Label Suisse has canceled the after-parties that were planned at D! Club: the canton indeed decided on Wednesday to close nightclubs to fight against the coronavirus.