You all probably know this: I’m a singer. And I’m in a lovely group in Munich with a choir, orchestra and Big Band, English Speaking Music Ensembles e.V. (ESME). We do two big concerts a year and our winter concert is quickly approaching.
Do you need a big blast of Christmas cheer, right in the face? Wanna support live music made by your fellow expats? Just looking for a way to spend a Sunday evening in Munich? There are still tickets left through München Ticket, but they’re going fast!
We’re in a particular, perennial pile-up of post-easter holidays right now. It starts with Good Friday (Karfreitag), which careens into Easter Sunday and Monday, then in the middle is International Labor Day (Tag der Arbeit – always May 1). We’re in the bad patch now, with Ascension last week (Christihimmelfahrt), then Pentecost on the 28th (Pfingsten, another Sunday-Monday combo) and finally, Corpus Christi (Fronleichnam, or ‘happy cadaver’ as the direct translation would suggest) on June 7th. All days when everything is closed and, often, when your whole doctor’s office or Kindergarten takes two weeks off. Continue reading Le Jour du Grand Prix…
I’ve never put this on the blog before, but I thought it might be fun to give it a try. Once.
I’m in a choir and we’re having a Christmas concert in Munich. It’s a pretty good group with a variety of musical abilities and an eclectic program of songs. There’s also an orchestra and Big Band doing instrumental pieces.
If you’re going to be in Munich that day and have a couple of hours to kill, check out the details at the TT Orchestra & Singers website. The venue is somewhat small (fewer than 300 seats), so buying tickets ahead of time is probably a good idea. Any questions? Feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me directly through the ‘Contact’ link above.
So there’s this music blog the Heidelbergerin turned me on to. That blog is now more or less defunct, but one of the last gems I learned about through it was The Like.
I took a listen to some of their earlier stuff after falling out of my chair sampling their album Release Me, and it didn’t appeal to me as much. It would seem Mark Ronson's and Dap-Kings' influence on their sound is a really, really good thing.
I like the sound of bands like The Cyrkle and early Who. The Rubber Souly, mid-60s, not-quite-Strawberry-Alarm-Clock sound is a good fit for a retro girl-group act like theirs.
Here’s the first track which attracted me to them:
But how did those people in the video steal all my dance moves?
This just in (though I think Sarah told me about it some time ago and today I was reminded of it again): Funk legend Fred Wesley and the New JB’s are playing at Alte Mälzerei in Regensburg on Friday, April 16th. Do you know who this guy is? He was James Brown’s band leader, composer, arranger, etc., and later went on to collaborate with Parliament / Funkadelic and Bootsy Collins. He is working on some neat Klezmer-Funk fusion stuff under the moniker Abraham Inc.
This show promises to be one not to miss. Who’s with me on this one?
Here’s a sampler:
Now that the Bürgerfest 2009 has come and gone, I want to share with you my favorite band names and genre descriptions from the actual, official Bürgerfest 2009 program. These are all real. Even the typos, if there are any.
Hey, when did this happen? I’ve been waiting around for this for like a YEAR! I already bought a bunch of albums at less than five euros a pop…stand by for some recommendations after I’ve had a solid listen.