Many years ago, when my parents started to build their wooden house, near the Austrian town of Graz, my dad was a student and my mum a fiddle teacher. At the time, they had 100 Schillings (€7) between them! Well, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
I started recording my first solo album AMBER SANDS without being completely sure how to fully finance it because I simply had to, from both a practical and artistic viewpoint!
For the past two years I have been performing my solo project ‘Jodltrip’ around Ireland and Europe. Now, it includes a repertoire of over 20 compositions and songs that combine different folk art forms, such as my native Austrian yodelling, Irish and Swedish traditional music, as well as North Indian Classical Music. These tunes are built on fiddle-singing, thus playing and singing at the same time (often free-style yodeling), and I also use loops.
On account of my mother, I have spent nearly all my life playing music. I first started when I was three years old, walking around with a 3-stringed fiddle, jamming along to everything going. I had an amazing time learning the violin, singing, piano, trumpet etc… playing in national and international orchestras, playing traditional Irish music since moving here over eight years ago, playing folk music from all over the world and learning North Indian Classical Violin in Varanasi/Banares. Now it all seems to come together and my own musical language has formed itself and continues to do so.
I am extremely lucky to be working in a great studio in Sligo with a musician/producer who I highly respect and trust, and to have many outstanding (!!) Irish traditional and world musicians working with me!
Somehow, I have saved enough to afford most of the recording and some guest musicians, but, I can feel the bank notes dwindle already! Most of the CD is recorded by now and ready to enter the public sound world with an album launch in the planning in the Model Sligo Saturday, April 27th 2014!
So, I need a little bit of help along the way to get the funds up to mix, master, duplicate, print CDs and organise a PR campaign! Every little help is really appreciated! I believe in this world! (And music of course :-))
For more info visit: www.claudiaschwab.com or visit my youtube and soundcloud