Zurich Jazz Talks #16

It’s hard to imagine the Swiss jazz scene without Marianne Racine. So we met with her and chatted about home, unforgettable experiences, the responsibility as a bandleader, her many years of teaching and the time after that. She even told us what she sings in the shower.

Marianne Racine is a Swedish singer, pianist and composer who landed in Switzerland for love in 1984. Through the DRS big band and the legendary “Kindliorchester” of the Schmid brothers, she made her first contacts in the Swiss jazz scene, of which she is now an integral part. Marianne Racine’s repertoire with her various formations includes straight ahead vocal jazz, folk songs from her homeland Sweden as well as Switzerland or BossaSambaPop – this with stylistic openness and multilingualism. She is also the initiator of the subject jazz singing at the former Zurich Jazz School and was for many years the main lecturer for jazz singing at the present Zurich University of the Arts.