Sarah Buechi was raised in a musical family and started playing the violin and piano at the age of five. After an award for a self-written musical theater project at the Kantonsschule Glarus she decided to take music on as a profession. After graduating from Lucerne's prestigious Musikhochschule (HSLU) with two distinctions, she took a lengthy sabbatical in Bangalore immersing herself in South Indian Classical Music and Rhythm with the renowned gurus R.A. Ramamani and T.A.S. Mani, performing at festivals, on the radio and on the 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 (Unit Records, 2010) is the first 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, Izumi Kimura, Christy Doran, Christoph Haberer, Stefan Bauer, Christoph Stiefel, Niels Klein, Matthias Schriefl amongst others. This led her to concerts, workshops and tours in Europe, South Amercia, USA, Canada, China and India.
Sarah taught at the Jazz vocal department at Newpark Music Centre (now DCU), Dublin for four years (2008-2013), lived after that in London (2013-2015) and studied at the Complete Vocal Institute, Copenhagen (2012-2015). In Switzerland in 2005 she was awarded the Friedl-Wald-Foundation prize, was nominated for the ZKB jazz prize in 2010, received three times the Irish Travel and Training award for musical researches in Ghana, Paris, New York (2010/2011) and has been supported by the Àrvore foundation from 2017-2020 .
Back in Switzerland, she taught at the MKZ, Zurich (2015-2018), at the Jazz vocal department of the WIAM, Winterthur (2016-2018) and is now Dozentin at the Jazz vocal department of the Lucerne university for applied sciences and arts (HSLU) since September 2018.
In October 2022 she released her sixth album as a band leader on Intakt Records and collaborates with established musicians in various other projects around the world.
Sarah Buechi on Intakt Records