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© Virginia Schoch-Andrews

During an evening of dining and discussing, we explore the family history of Steven Schoch and his mother, Virginia. In the first part of On a Good Note, the focus was on Virginia's upbringing in apartheid-era South Africa. The menu of the second part offers a blend of personal and political narratives: Navigating the challenges of being a single parent in Switzerland, Steven's late trans mother and his own coming out are all talking points. A thought-provoking and engaging evening that looks at the courage to embrace new beginnings – buoyed by singer Jasmin Albash, who has prepared and rehearsed songs especially for this memorable occasion. 


Virginia Schoch-Andrews grew up in St. Joseph's Home for Children in Johannesburg, South Africa, during apartheid and went to the same convent school run by English nuns. The school itself is located in Sophia Town, which is considered the cradle of the uprisings against apartheid. She then worked as a kindergarten teacher and took care of her parents, siblings and daughter. She came to Switzerland in 1984 and trained as a school child care worker at BKE. Most recently she worked for ARGE Integration Ostschweiz as a school house supervisor in Riethüsli St.Gallen. Today, after her retirement, Virginia is pursuing training in end-of-life care and caring for relatives. She sings passionately at funerals and is an actress in various theatre and film productions.

Steven Schoch (he,they) is a visual artist, actor, choreographer and dancer as well as a singer. Raised in St. Gallen, he currently lives and works in Basel. He studied Fine Arts in Basel and Expanded Theatre in Bern. His work usually moves between performance/theatre and installation and is characterised by its interdisciplinary approaches. His themes deal with our everyday existence, which is characterised by contradictions. Among other things, power structures, identity dispositives and transcendental knowledge are examined for their aesthetics with different means. From 2015 to 2017, he was a member of the jury for the Basel-Stadt Promotion Prize. In 2014, he received the work contribution of the Canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden. The cantons of St. Gallen and Appenzell Ausserrhoden purchased works by him in 2015 and 2016. In 2017, he received the DanceWeb dance scholarship in Vienna. In 2019, he was nominated for the Performance Prize Switzerland. In 2021 he received the Förderpreis Basel-Stadt. Steven Schoch regularly has solo and group exhibitions as well as performances in Switzerland and abroad, for example in the exhibition New Swiss Performance Now in Kunsthalle Basel, at the Festival Les Urbaines in Lausanne, Staging Alterity in Shanghai and Aré Festival in Yerevan, Armenia. Most recently, he premiered the production Moontalker at Kaserne Basel.

Jasmin Albash is a versatile artist who is on the road as a singer, producer and vocal and beatmaking coach. She plays and sings in various bands (Jasmin Albash - solo project, Kallemi & Sijada Sessions), teaches at her vocal school SING OUT LOUD! and works for Helvetiarockt. Albash has received extensive professional training in music, including at WIAM Winterthur and the Complete Vocal Institute in Copenhagen. For her outstanding achievements and contribution to the music scene, Jasmin Albash received the Thurgau Cultural Promotion Award in 2021.



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Steven Schoch, Virginia Schoch-Andrews, Jasmin Albash

Music and vocal coaching

Jasmin Albash