Sound acrobatics on a traditional instrument
The dulcimer is a stringed instrument of alpine folk music, which possibly came to Europe from the eastern Mediterranean area. Barbara Schirmer celebrates the original instrument, which is no longer often heard in this country, in her own unique way. She conjures up new, never-heard sounds on the dulcimer, for example by playing with Chinese chopsticks or letting glasses slide over the strings. Her four-stick technique is also a feast for the ears and eyes. Barbara Schirmer is the only female dulcimer player in the world who has mastered this polyphonic sound acrobatics.
From north to south, from east to west
With her repertoire Barbara Schirmer spans a musical arc from traditional sounds from Appenzell to Eastern European melodies and South American catchy tunes. In addition, she also performs humorous original compositions, such as the homage to an ugly tomcat with seven lives, the five-day week blues or the folk song that gets lost on the motorway.
The "dulcimer revolutionary"
Barbara Schirmer has achieved international fame as a soloist on the dulcimer. For her innovative playing, she was awarded the title "Dulcimer Revolutionary" in a concert review in the German FAZ. Her solo album FALTER made it onto the shortlist for the German Record Critics' Prize. The newspaper Der Bund praised her playing as a "blessing hacked onto the board".
As soloist or in a duo with cello
You can also book this unique musician in a rare formation with a cellist. Whether as a soloist or in a duo: you and your guests will be thrilled by Barbara Schirmer's dulcimer artistry.
Take a listen
Included in the price
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Barbara Schirmer solo on the dulcimer or in a duo with cellist Carlo Niederhauser
Size of audiance10 to 1000 people
Space requirements3 x 3 meters (for solo performances)
Area of application
All of Switzerland
Stage or platform, good light
English, German, French, Italian, Spanisch