Pascal Auberson’s recommendations
Singer, pianist, percussionist, guitarist, composer and respectable actor, not to mention a speaker, before Slam was even heard of, Pascal Auberson is a complete artist. Or rather an anartist, as he was once called by a journalist.
Born in 1952 into a family of musicians, he began studying music at the Conservatory and then won a position with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande before taking first place in the “chanson française” category at the Festival de Spa. This event would send his career in another direction! So it was on to Paris, glory, a few disappointments, joining Piano Seven formed by François Lindemann, the Big Bang with Jean-François Bovard and the Big Band de Lausanne, and the opening ceremony for Expo 02. Plus two new albums: Kélomes and Le meilleur de Pascal Auberson (a “best of” album).
“In no time at all, you move from the snow to the lake, to the sea, to the ocean… Lausanne's closeness to the earth is sometimes so beautiful it can nearly keep you from living.”
For you, Lausanne is
The city where my two children were born. A city in which it takes 10 minutes to get to the almost unspoilt natural environment in the Jorat forest or to go down to the edge of the lake. I feel a strong rhythm beating away inside me when I take the Petite Corniche to head down to the lake. “In no time at all, you move from the snow to the lake, to the sea, to the ocean…Lausanne's closeness to the earth is sometimes so beautiful it can nearly keep you from living.”
The Hermitage, Sauvabelin From Le Flon where I work, I love heading up towards the tunnel and then to the park at the Hermitage and from there to Sauvabelin. When I’m feeling fit, I climb all the way up to the Chalet des Enfants. I spend a lot of time walking to get the words together in my head; I don't know how to find the right words without walking.
Le Flon I’ve been in Le Flon for ten years, since the city started to open up the heart of Lausanne to bring the underground river back up into the light of day. I would have preferred for them to put together a public garden instead of a parking lot… Nonetheless, during the work it was like travelling without leaving home.
Le Pur The restaurant Le Pur is heading for good things. I like meeting people there in the late afternoon in their large armchairs on the terrace. Their fish is excellent, a happy alternative to a croûte au fromage.
L’Orchidée A small, unassuming bistro on Rue de l’Ale. The staff are wonderful and their simple Vietnamese soup is delicious.
Le Cygne An example of successful integration. The smoke of nargilehs mingles with the aromas of white wine, while infectious North African music plays in the background. The owner is Moroccan and her husband offers wonderful brasserie-style cuisine and a marvellous selection of tripe.
Elikan A delicious butcher’s on Rue de l’Ale. The owner is Italian and he likes to chat. He doesn’t sell pork but his marinated lamb kebabs are divine. I love Rue de l’Ale, an area which reminds me of the Goutte d’Or neighbourhood in Paris.
Service de la culture
Place de la Palud
Hôtel de Ville
Case postale 6904
Phone +41 21 315 25 25
Fax +41 21 315 20 30
tl: Saint-François, Bel-Air
m1: Lausanne-Flon; m2: Riponne-M. Béjart