Luxembourg percussionist Pascal Schumacher talked to Delano about new jazz festival “Reset”, taking place from 11-13 January.
Jess Bauldry: How did this new festival come about?
Pascal Schumacher: About a year ago I was approached by Ainhoa Achutegui to come up with a new type of festival that reflects the original mission of Neimënster which was deeply anchored in the CCRN’s identity since the very beginning, to be a meeting place for jazz.
What message did you want to convey with the festival name?
The idea is simple…a total reset to the very beginning of the new year. New energies and new encounters to give birth to musical moments.
The promotional material says the festival is pitched at three kinds of music lovers with a show for each type. What was the thinking behind this?
I wouldn’t speak about three kinds of music lovers. The initial idea was to have three unique musical experiences and three distinctive ways to meet our beautiful musicians. The real music lovers will show up the first night and then fall in love with the remarkable personalities of our eight artists and come back the following nights.
The festival features eight musicians from around Europe. Does that mean you won’t be performing? If so, do you plan to organise more events for 2018?
I won’t be performing in the festival. I chose Luxembourg’s Pit Dahm to represent Luxembourg. The role I wanted to have in this first edition of “Reset” was to put together a “dreamteam” which will give us all a dazzling start to the new year.
“Reset is hosted at Neimënster with Veronika Harcsa (HUN) vocals, Jan Brauer (DE) electronics, Airelle Besson (F) trumpet, Tineka Postma (NL) saxophone, Myrddin De Cauter (B) guitar and clarinet, Daniel Herskedal (NOR) on tuba, Luzia Von Wyl (CH) on piano and Pit Dahm (L) on drums. Click here to find out more.