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Smislovie Gallyucinacii
German-Russian Festival
reviewed by Gary Levinson

Smislovie Gallyucinacii (Смысловые Галлюцинации) is a five-piece Russian rock group, that comes from Ekaterinburg. Their name means Thought Hallucinations, (more…)

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Helge Schneider
Schlosshof
Alzey, Germany
reviewed by Jutta Ziegler M. A.

Helge Schneider, a virtuoso piano player cum comedian cum singer-songwriter from Germany’s Ruhr area; and Alzey, a sleepy little district town some 30 kilometres from Mainz, were two worlds that were going to collide, it seemed to me, as I first read this year’s Da Capo Festival programme. (more…)

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Triakel
Brotfabrik, Frankfurt, Germany
reviewed by Jutta Ziegler

Their songs were about sorrow and pain, about unrequited love and disappointed lovers, and about a birthday party that ends in turmoil. Triakel, the three-piece band from Östersund, central Sweden, have tracked down most of their lyrics in archives of traditional Swedish folklore, or have learned them from their grandparents and ancestors. (more…)

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Zimbel-Duo Honovitsch
From Classic to Folklore
reviewed by Gary Levinson

Multicultural societies are unquestionably more interesting than homogeneous societies. In spite of the recent increase in the appearance of reactionary “the American way is the best way” groups, the “ethnic cleansing” of certain political groups, and - probably the most extreme - the “pure Islam or death” Taliban group, other cultures have tastes, smells, sights, and sounds that enrich one’s own cultural experience. Unfortunately in the West we live in a society that embraces the predominantly American commercial pseudo-culture, limiting our exposure to other cultural groups. To limit the blandness of this culture, one can seek out small, little publicized events, and sometimes doing this, find a real gem of a concert and an embellishing cultural experience. The “From Classic to Folklore” concert by the Zimbel-Duo Honovitsch was one such gem. (more…)

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Nine Rain
MEXartes festival
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
Reviewed by Oxana Dudina

In case there were any doubts about the benefits of Multiculturalism, Nine Rain offers a startlingly positive proof. As incongruous as it may seem to put an American saxophone player, and a German electric bass player together with a Mexican rock band, the result is superb. This international group creates a unified sound interlacing jazz, rock and Latin American rhythms. (more…)

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PHILIPPOPOLIS
reviewed by Oxana Dudina

A group of men dressed as monks, each with a lit candle, came out into the church harmoniously singing the traditional orthodox prayer “Lord, have mercy upon us!” (more…)

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Apocalyptica
KuZ
reviewed by Gary Levinson

Apocalyptica, a group of 4 classical Finnish musicians, play hard rock (a.k.a. metal) on classical cellos. It makes for a most unusual concert. While there is a certain monotony to the musical tone, the range of melodies they play, their own creations as well as covers of Metallica, Nazareth, etc., is just fantastic. Definitely worth seeing.

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David Broza
by Oxana Doudina
with Gary Levinson

You give yourself up to the power of music when a wonderful musical master is on the stage.

With 21 albums (including gold, platinum and multi-platinum releases) behind him, he has already been acknowledged by a large audience in Israel - his homeland - where it is estimated that one in three families owns one of his records, in Spain, and in the USA where he previously lived and found subjects for his songs. (more…)

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Vaerttinae
Frankfurter Hof
reviewed by Jutta Ziegler

Lucky the person who could understand the Karelian dialect of Finnish. Vaerttinae are a six-piece band plus three female singers from the Eastern part of Finland, near the Russian border. Their particular vernacular is difficult to understand even for native speakers. It was no surprise, then, that Vaerttinae’s exotic- sounding lyrics had a stunning effect on the audience. The three vocalists made good use of their high, but agreeable voices, giving an excellent performance of melancholy numbers rooted in the Russian tradition, several quick-paced dance tunes, and a traditional wedding song as well as arrangements for two or three voices and a cappella singing. (more…)

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