A young ensemble, avoiding the label of a youth formation, Shama, led from its inception by the expert hand of Pierre-Elie Jacquemettaz, its founder, stands out in the small world of Valaisan choirs. From the sources of the Dranse to the heart of Valais and up to Lausanne, passing through Chablais, its members travel every week to rehearse and cultivate together the emotions conveyed on paper by various Swiss and foreign composers, from yesterday and today.
With 24 years of history, through its repertoire encompassing both popular and modern, as well as older, local or exotic pieces, Shama always aims, during each of its performances, to nurture the presence of each of its choristers through the messages conveyed in letters and notes by different authors and carried by the pieces performed. The unmistakable imprint of the conductor is omnipresent. Shama never leaves anyone indifferent; it inspires, moves, disturbs, but it leaves a mark.
By the way, what does Shama mean? It refers to a tropical bird, a cousin of thrushes and blackbirds, known for the richness of its song and its ability to imitate the songs of other species.
A meaningful name and emblem!