After an award for a self-written musical theater she decided to take music as a profession. After graduating from Lucerne`s prestigious Musikhochschule with two distinctions, she took a lengthy sabbatical in Bangalore immersing herself in South Indian Classical Music and Rhythm with concerts on festivals, radio and television. The results are apparent in her use of its demanding rhythmic and vocal techniques in a Jazz context.
Out of her own projects THALi is the one that brought Sarah Buechi to the attention of the Swiss Jazz Scene and intern to international musical collaborations with outstanding personalities like Steve Coleman, Dave Liebman, Lucas Niggli, Nils Wogram, Ronan Guilfoyle, Christy Doran and Christoph Stiefel. This brought her onto concerts, workshops and tours within Europe, the USA, Canada, China and India.
Sarah has been head of the Jazz vocal department at Newpark Music Centre, Dublin for four years, currently lives in London and studies at the Complete Vocal Institute, Copenhagen. In Switzerland in 2005 she was awarded the Friedl-Wald-Foundation prize and three times she was awarded the Irish Travel and Training award for musical researches in Ghana, Paris, New York and Copenhagen.
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Reels to Ragas, RTE Radio Ireland“This evolving artist is already making inroads in bridging the two traditions, jazz and traditional Indian music, to create an arresting fusion of styles. ”