Johannes Rühl, the owner of Villa Rosa, is a german researcher in alpine ethnomusicology and a curator for musical programs since many years. From 2008 to 2019 he was the artistic director of the festival Alpentöne and researcher and teacher at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, school of music. Beside his activities in the Villa Rosa he is involved in different projects worldwide:
Alles Liebe, Dein_e… „Letters from the 900th to the 1000th anniversary year of the city of Freiburg“ – The past months have been turbulent and the pandemic has caused quite a stir. The city of Freiburg (Germany) 900 year’s anniversary also remained anything but unaffected by this, and new projects had to be created that could be carried out even under the difficult conditions of a pandemic and – in the best case scenario – would offer the opportunity to deal with it and its consequences with the great participation and to reflect on this extraordinary time. With „Letters from the 900th to the 1000th anniversary year of the city of Freiburg“ such a pandemic compatible project was found. Until the official end of the jubilee in July 2021, letters from Freiburg and from all over the world will be collected, the recipients of which have probably not yet been born today. Because the letters will not end up in the hands of the respective addressees for another 100 years…
Building Bridges – The Magic of Diversity in Music – 2014 / 2015 / 2016 / 2017 / 2018 / 2019 / 2020 /2021 In Ascona, under the Monte Verità, is situated the Centro Incontri Umani. Every year in autumn musicians of the world meet in search of a common musical language.They come from different musical cultures, with no previous relationships and having never met before. It’s a unique moment of mutual knowledge, charming and moving in equal measure, both for the musicians as well as their audience. – A project of the Centro Incontri Umani.
Landis & Gyr Stiftung Residency in London. February 2020 and September 2020.
Teatro San Materno Ascona muscial program curated by Johannes Rühl (since 2019)
Festival de Música de Alturas Lima, Ayacucho, Cusco, Cajamarca… (Peru) People living in mountains have different music, worldwide. Since 2016 FIMA tries to find a common thought in this human expression. Program: Liana Cisneros, Johannes Rühl
Internationales Musikfestival Alpentöne Altdorf (Switzerland, Uri) where since 1999 traditional forms find a contemporary way of musical expressions. (2008-2019)
MAKAN Egyptian Swiss Music exchange – Cairo – in cooperation with norient – Residence of Swiss musicians together with the Cairo based Mazaher ensemble in 2019. Intensive musical exchange and common concert in the Egyptian Center for Culture and Arts – Makan in Cairo. Curated by Ahmed El Maghrabi and Johannes Rühl. Read the full artikle Wie klingt Musik ohne Kontext?.
Label Suisse Festival Lausanne is a muscal event dedicated to the Swiss scene in all its diversity. (since 2018)
Prix suisse de musique Member of the jury (since 2020)
Co-founder of Freiburger Filmforum While studying social anthropology (with strong interest in the the upcoming „visual anthropology“) 1985 we started in Freiburg with the first german filmfestival for anthropological fimmmaking.