Avo Sessions

ARTS CHANNEL – Monday 14 December, 9.30pm

German chanteuse Ute Lemper performs in the intimate setting of the AVO Sessions Festival in Basel, Switzerland.

ARTS CHANNEL – Sunday 13 December, 8.30pm

American rockers The Hooters perform in the intimate atmosphere of the AVO Sessions Festival in Basel, Switzerland.

ARTS CHANNEL – Sunday 22 November, 8.30pm

Cyndi Lauper, American Emmy- and Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, and actress in film, television, and theatre burst onto the world stage as the quintessential girl who wants to have fun. After more than 20 sterling years and global record sales in excess of 25 million, she has proven that she has the heart and soul to keep her legion of fans compelled by her every creative move. With her newly minted collection, Bring Ya To The Brink, Cyndi firmly asserts her position as one of the most beguiling, innovative, and downright exciting recording artists of this – and or any other – generation.

ARTS CHANNEL – Sunday 15 November, 8.30pm

Mark Knopfler was originally best-known as the lead guitarist and vocalist for the band Dire Straits, which he founded in 1977. Since the final Dire Straits album in 1991, Knopfler has continued to record and produce albums as a solo artist, under his own name. Additionally, he has performed as a guest on works by other artists, including Bob Dylan, Bryan Ferry, Eric Clapton, Jools Holland, Steely Dan and the late Chet Atkins. He has produced albums for artists such as Tina Turner, Randy Newman, Bob Dylan and Emmylou Harris. The music to several films were scored by him, including Local Hero, The Princess Bride, Cal, Last Exit to Brooklyn and Wag the Dog. To support his fifth solo studio-album Kill to Get Crimson, Knopfler commenced a world tour. And one of the most respected fingerstyle guitarists of the modern rock era also performed at Avo Session in Basel, Switzerland.

ARTS CHANNEL – Friday 13 November, 9.30pm

Lucinda Williams plays at Avo Session in Basel, Switzerland. With three Grammy Awards for an early career country album through to contemporary folk and more latterly for Best Female Rock Performance in 2002.

ARTS CHANNEL – Sunday 8 November, 8.30pm

Gary Moore is acknowledged as one of the finest musicians that the British Isles has ever produced. In a career that dates back to the 1960s, there are few musical genres that he has not turned his adroit musical hand to, and has graced the line-ups ever several notable rock bands, Thin Lizzy, Colosseum II and Skid Row to name but three. With his latest studio album “Close As You Get”, Gary continues in a direction not too dissimilar from Old, New, Ballads, Blues mixing original tunes with some interesting Blues covers that Gary has rediscovered “Close As You Get” shows Moore’s exceptional talent as a guitarist and is destined to be one of the finest blues and guitar albums of the last years.

ARTS CHANNEL – Monday 26 October, 9.30pm

For almost ten years we heard nothing from Dani Klein, vocalist with Vaya Con Dios. “The Promise”, the latest album from the Belgian singer, is a stunning comeback, and once again her warm deep voice has become an essential presence.

ARTS CHANNEL – Thursday 15 October, 9.30pm

On Beauty & Crime, Suzanne Vega’s Blue Note Records debut, the Manhattan native uses New York City as the backdrop for a collection of eleven new songs that juxtapose acoustic guitar-driven melodies with coolly synthesized beats; intensely personal lyrics with compelling, short story-like narratives; images of today’s scarred cityscape with memories of Vega’s old Upper West Side ‘hood and Lower East Side haunts.

ARTS CHANNEL – Monday 12 October, 9.30pm

Founded in 2004 by Marcella Puppini after she was inspired by the French animated film Les Triplettes de Belleville. The Puppini Sisters are a musical trio specializing in 1940s-style close harmony vocal music. The group has sought to be associated with a burlesque revival.

ARTS CHANNEL – Monday 5 October, 9.30pm

Patti Austin crosses all musical genres, has 16 solo albums to her credit, and has performed her award nominated hit songs on the Grammys and Oscars. Her 1998 Jazz Album “In and out of Love” spent almost two years on the contemporary jazz charts. With live performances, along with her appearances with symphony orchestras throughout the world, Austin can look at her latest accomplishments with much justifiable pride.