Since his birth, he has been mentally handicapped and is suffering of cerebral disturbance. But behind his drums he moves absolutely free and doesn’t know any rhythm. He is the one, who lays the foundations of the band’s ability to make special improvisations. There is Franco Scagnet, Minister of Police Department. His handicap is being deaf together with being autistic.
He only plays his vibraphone, whenever he thinks it would fit. There are almost no other musicians, being handicapped like Franco, who are on stage that often. There is Martin Baumer, Minister of Health. His handicap is called down-syndrom and since he was a child, he has been convinced originally coming from Mongolia. Therefore he is an expert of traditional Swiss Folkmusic and Freejazz.
As an Ethno-Singer he plays the accordion and the trumpet. There is Roland Atherr, Minister of Indoor. He is mentally handicapped and loves his moustache. He plays the piano and the keyboard.
Significant is his impressive deep voice when he sings and finds the tone. There is Massimo Schilling, Minister of Outdoor. He is mentally and physically handicapped. He plays the guitar. He swings the groove and likes playing electronic sounds.
Where ever he is, people are talking a lot, too. Finally, there is Heinz Büchel, Captain of “dieRegierung”. He isn’t handicapped. He plays the double-bass and says: we listen and react more and more sensitively when playing music together.
Since 1981 we have been living together as a big family. In 2005 we decided to do without financial help of our state. That means, making music is one part which is important for our living costs. Another part is entertaining guests in our “factory”, where we cook, serve and make music.
Beside making music the members of “dieRegierung” are quite talented in painting pictures. For further information about “dieRegierung” and especially the places we have made music please go to our homepage http://www.die-regierung.ch. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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