Ils Fränzlis da Tschlin
Swiss music prize 2019
In 1983, Men Steiner, the musician from Scuol, decided to record old songs from the Engadine on vinyl, backed by Fränzli folk music. He asked clarinettist Domenic Janett to put together a band. Ils Fränzlis da Tschlin was thus born, starting with a clarinet, cornet, double bass, viola and violin. Five well-trained musicians took to the road performing in choirs, jazz and folk bands, orchestras and schools in the Engadine and the lowlands. Madlaina Janett Flurin has meanwhile replaced Flurin Caviezel on the viola, Anna Staschia Janett Men Steiner on the violin, and the sound of Cristina Janett's cello has replaced Duri Janett's melancholic cornet. Domenic Janett has played the clarinet for 35 years and his brother Curdin has played bass and accordion for just as long. Curdin is the father of the violist and the cellist, his brother the father of the violinist.