Side By Side With You

There’s this moment when the lights in the concert hall are dimmed, the last cough fades away and the polyphonic chatter turns into silence. It’s the moment when the conductor lifts his baton. The collective intake of breath before the first note sounds. This moment can’t be compared to the heated atmosphere, the cheering mouths, the hooting fans that herald the first strokes of a rock or Hip Hop concert. On the 14th of September, however, these two different atmospheres are being brought together for one night at the Konzerthaus Berlin. Thanks to conductor JIMEK, rapper Mo Trip and the Berliner Konzerthausorchester. Lebanon meets Poland, flow meets beat, Hip Hop meets classical music. The Polish composer JIMEK enjoyed an education in classical instruments early on, but developed a passion for Jazz and Hip Hop thanks to his parents’ record collection. He tinkered and sampled and realised that an orchestra is the best sample there is. The climax of all this tinkering: the „History of Hip Hop-Medley“ with a full orchestra. This piece will also be played at the Gendarmenmarkt. The focus, however, will lie on the Beirut-born rap poet Mo Trip. Together, they not only re-arranged selected songs from Mo Trips successful albums „Embryo“ and „Mama“ for the orchestra but also wrote three new songs exclusively for these fulminant sounds. Enchanting voices, sophisticated lyrics, pompous tones, the right beat, feelings, atmosphere, melodies. Is it classical music? Is it Hip Hop? Does it matter? Because everything is music and music is everything.
MOTRIP orchestrated by JIMEK |  September 14th 2016, 8 p.m. | Großer Saal, Konzerthaus Berlin, Gendarmenmarkt, 10117 Berlin | Tickets ab 27 € | | Foto: Sascha Haubold



Kategorien: Events | Autor: | Datum: 14. September 2016 | Tags: , , , Keine Kommentare

From sidewalk to skyline

A clear, powerful, hypnotic voice. An uncomplicated soprano without all the nerve-wracking, hysterical trebles. A frugally applied vibrato giving a delicate melody just the right twist. A touch of brittleness in the right places, some smoke, some blues. Before even having taken one look at Alice Phoebe Lou, her voice, accompanied by a guitar, carried through the Mauerpark or wafting along the Warschauer Brücke, will completely enchant you. Alice takes you with her to the wonderland on the streets of the capital. After having independently completed her debut album „Orbit“ she will be performing her jazzy-folky-bluesy arrangements on Friday, May 13th in the Passionskirche in Berlin. As in: a real concert with a stage, audience, tickets – the whole shebang. Besides Phoebe’s incomparable vocals, we can look forward to a brilliant show, a celebration of life with many acquainted musicians, dancers and trapeze artists. Tickets are available at a price of 25 Euro a pop here. Or send us an email headlining ‚SOMETIMES I THINK OF SIX IMPOSSIBLE THINGS BEFORE BREAKFAST‘ to Maybe then something crazy could happen and you’ll end up winning 2 tickets.
Concert Alice Phoebe Lou | May 13th 2016 from 7 pm | Passionskirche Berlin, Marheinekeplatz 1, 10961 Berlin | | Video


Kategorien: Events | Autor: | Datum: 11. Mai 2016 | Tags: , , , Keine Kommentare

It’s a piano thing



It’s a piano thing

March 28 is Piano Day – and what a magical day it will be! Last year, Nils Frahm, musician and piano-loving composer with a prosperous penchant for musical experiments, first initiated this festive day in honour of the piano for everyone to participate and get involved in. Now, we’re about to celebrate Piano Day for the second time round: concerts and events throughout the world will pay homage to the keyboard instrument – as in Berlin, as in the lobby of the lovely Michelberger Hotel. Starting on the stroke of midnight, 21 artists will come together for a 24-hour piano marathon. Light-handedly played classical music, experimental electronic sounds, juicy jazz melodies or soft and gentle one-handed virtuosity – either way, the piano is enchanting, touching and moving. Surely, the appearance of Tom Adams will be an emotional highlight. At a concert in the summer of 2014, Nils Frahm had asked pianists in the audience to step on stage to play on his self-built piano. The Englishman followed up on the request and went on to touch the audience’s heart with a fairylike performance. Nils spontaneously joined in and the rest is history! We’re super-excited and look forward to listening, dreaming or – whoever can – playing along.


24 Hour Piano | Michelberger Hotel, Warschauer Strasse 39-40 | | | Facebook


Kategorien: Events | Autor: | Datum: 23. März 2016 | Tags: , , , , Keine Kommentare

Sleep no more


Sleep no more

British composer Max Richter calls his piece SLEEP his »personal lullaby for a frenetic world«. The experimental composition premiers during an overnight performance at Kraftwerk Berlin on 15 of March. Musicians will perform the 8-hour piece scored for piano, strings, vocals and electronics and designed to send the listener into a soft slumber. Wrapped up in blankets or nestled in sleeping bags, the audience is welcome to slowly drift off into a land of dreams. With this extraordinary project Richter intends to explore the effect music has on the subconscious mind. We’re more than willing to help…Although SLEEP is just one of the artistic and discursive experiments featured during MaerzMusik –Festival for Time Issues. The second edition will take place from 11 to 20 March aiming to trace digital forms of time, explore non-analogue temporalities and examine „what happens to our time?“ – a frequently asked question within the rapidness of capitalism. Epic questions demand epic answers, or an epic debate at least. And so, from 19 to 20 March and with a duration of 30 hours, „The Long Now“ is the closing event of the festival. In this „place for the enduring present“, is where avant-garde concerts, contemporary performances, electronic live acts and visual-sonic installations merge to a greater whole. We can let ourselves float from sound to sound as we dare to forget time. If you’d like to join us in this self-experiment send an email titled „THE TIME. THE TIME!“ to We’re giving away 1×2 tickets for the The Long Now. Sweet dreams.
MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues | 11 to 20 March 2016 | Kraftwerk Berlin, Köpenicker Straße 170, 10179 Berlin |


Kategorien: Events | Autor: | Datum: 24. Februar 2016 | Tags: , , , , , Keine Kommentare

Welcome to the moon

Welcome to the moon

We love The National. If you’ve ever had the chance to see the Brooklyn based Indie band play live you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about (their gig in the courtyard of the Michelberger Hotel in Friedrichshain was something else!). Perhaps a little bulky and not everyone’s cuppa at first, but the more you surrender yourself to the soothing rush of guitars and vocals the more essential it will become for the rest of your life. Too dramatic? Well maybe, but it’s the damn truth! The sound of Matt Berninger’s voice is like a warm blanket that wraps itself around you. It’s filled with love and courage, gives comfort and lifts your sprits – it simply makes you feel good. So we’re thrilled that Matt has teamed up with former Menomena member Brent Knopf for a side project called EL VY (spoken like the plural form of Elvis) to record an album and to go on tour together. ‚Return to the Moon‘ is an absolutely brilliant album created by two truly sophisticated indie minds – varied, intelligent, easy to listen to and yet disturbingly warped. Even without the musical backing of The National Matt’s voice sends us into complete and utter bliss! For all we care, he could be singing patient information leaflets or a list of cleaning product ingredients or to us and we’d still be hanging on to his every word. On St Nicholas Sunday, they’ll be heating things up at Berlin’s Astra. So if you’re ready for a musical awakening and keen on seeing us in perfect rapture with a goofy grin plastered on our face, book your ticket here or send an email titled ‚SILENT IVY HOTEL‘ to We’re giving away a pair of guest list tickets for the gig.


EL VY Konzert | Su., 06.12. Astra, Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin | Tickets



Kategorien: Events | Autor: | Datum: 03. Dezember 2015 | Tags: , , , Keine Kommentare

The sum of all


The sum of all

A band is like an everlasting friendship. After finding each other and teaming up in a shared flat in Erfurt, Marbert Rocel have been sharing their fluffy music with the world for 10 years now. And the world is grateful for it. Catch them next on St. Nicholas Day at Badehaus Szimpla, where the charming combo will be presenting their latest studio album: »In The Beginning« is a perfect compilation of lovely melodies suitable for dancing, day-dreaming or making out. The cross-genre sounds will warm your soul, heart and tummy in the cold, crystal clear winter nights to come. Feel electronic beats and organic melodies move (through) your body while the ethereal voice of lead singer Spunk floats above. Marbert Rocel is more than a singer, more than a band. It’s a relationship between four individuals  – each of whom has something to say but together their united power can create much more than the sum of its parts. A utopian dream come true when all things predestined come together in one single perfect moment. We’re giving away a pair of tickets for their gig on December 6th. So, if you’d like to be part of something so small and so incredibly great – at least for one evening – send an email titled ‚THE STORY BEGINS‘ to


Marbert Rocel Konzert | Sun, 6.12. um 19 Uhr | Badehaus Szimpla | Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin | | Tickets | iTunes Photo: Samdra Ludewig


Kategorien: Events | Autor: | Datum: 03. Dezember 2015 | Tags: , , , Keine Kommentare

Blaze of Glory

Blaze of Glory

Gloria is a beautiful name. It is also the Latin word for glory and honour. It’s a biblical term, too, and stands for the Glory of God. These 6 internationally comprehensible letters are obviously of quite some importance and have inspired a number of musicians to write their personal hymn in honour of this mysterious Beauty. Bruce Springsteen has done it. And so have Patti Smith, Them, U2 and many more. It’s hard to believe that no one had the idea to name a band after her before now. Two German guys just wanted to make some music, got together, started a band and called it Gloria. One of them is Mark, the former bass player of “Wir sind Helden”. The other one is Klaas, the offspring of a German hairdressing dynasty and currently Germany’s most cunning entertainer. Together, the two of them make mellow, genuine and actually really good German Pop. At the moment, Gloria are on tour promoting their second album “Geister” and will be playing at the Astra Kulturhaus in Berlin on Sunday. Their concert on October 24th at the Grünspan in Hamburg was sold out so quickly they decided to ad another gig to their tour for the next day at Übel und Gefährlich. Get your tickets here Or send an email titled “Heilige und Hunde” to – we’re giving away a pair of guest list tickets for the Hamburg show on October 25th.
Gloria – Concert | Berlin, 18.10., Astra Kulturhaus | Hamburg, 24.10. / 25.10., Übel & Gefährlich | Tickets 21,50 Euro |



Kategorien: Events | Autor: | Datum: 14. Oktober 2015 | Tags: , , , , , Keine Kommentare

Sea + Air


Sea + Air

The 2 Minute Interview

On the road for three years non stop through the European continent marked by change playing 600 concerts in 22 countries, the Greek-German couple Eleni Zafiriadou & Daniel Benjamin built bridges of melodies and sound between cities, countries and cultures.  SEA + AIR’s new album EVROPI documents the current state of Europe – at times in a way prophetic way but also with a wink. We asked each of them what it’s like being a couple that works and creates art together. Well, then it was all about frozen pizza, public disputes and luminaries. But read for yourself… We sure love them to bits! By the way: SEA + AIR are on promo tour for their new album right now and will be paying at Klunkerkranich on Monday, at Übel und Gefährlich in Hamburg on Tuesday, and at Cord in Munich on Wednesday. We’re giving away a pair of guest list tickets for each venue. Send an email titled ‚MY GHOST IS POP‘ to and tell us where you’d like to go see them.
Name: Eleni Zafiriadou | Daniel Benjamin
Age: thirty-something | 36
City: Freakin’ awesome | Freakenhausen
Job: Performer | Composer
Schuhgröße: 39 | abnormally large!
Favorite note: Can’t stand alone. | 500 Euro note

Would you rather dive or fly?
E: Dive.
D: Fly.

You will be reborn as what?
E: A leopard.
D: As me again, but with an illuminated body.


Who do you admire?  
E: Real characters.
D: The cashier at the supermarket.


You are a couple that lives and works together. What is the greatest challenge?
E: To keep one’s calm.
D: Staying peaceful.


Are your live performances better or worse after a (private) fight?
E: That depends on the song we’re playing.
D: We only argue in public, never in private.


You’re allowed to listen to only one song for the rest of your life. Which one?
E: Arvo Pärt – Fratres
D: U2 – The Unforgettable Fire (affirmative nod, editor’s note.)


Which moment changed everything?
E: The first word.
D: The moment I heard „Darn Floor – Big Bite“ by Daniel Amos.


If you had to choose between being deaf or mute, which would it be?
E: Mute.
D: Mute.


Where did you grow up?
E: At my grandmother’s.
D: I don’t know. One day, I was 6’4 ft.


What is luxury for you?
E: Quality time.
D: Freedom.

Which piece of art would you like possess?
E: Seascape (Wave) by Gerhard Richter
D: A big farm.
If you could change the world overnight, where would you start?
E: With us people.
D: With me. Wait a minute – I can actually do that. haha


With which famous person (dead or alive) would you like to have coffee?
E: My great-grandmother.
D: I don’t like coffee. I’d only grimace and not be able to say a word.


What would you cook for us if we visited you at home?
D: Fakes – a Greek lentil soup.
E: Frozen pizza.


Which super power would you like to have?
E: Being invisible.
D: The power to heal wounds.


A city, a country and a river beginning with the letter „L“:
E: Leipzig, Lala-Land, Love
D: Leipzig, Latvia, Lech


What was the last thing that really moved you?
E: David Lynch’s The Elephant Man.
D: „One Time“ by The Roots


What should no one know about you?
E: The answer to this question.
D: I’ll have no more secrets after this interview…


Which question should we have asked?
D: What makes you happy?
E: The question of „why“.


Last Words:
E: Peace be with you!
D: Something I always like to have. haha (Sure thing! editor’s note)

Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 20. August 2015 | Tags: , , , , , Keine Kommentare

A Family Affair

A Family Affair

We’re going out. Out-out. To a concert. Because on Sunday, the marvellous Dominique Dillon de Byington, or just Dillon, is giving her only concert in Berlin this year on the occasion of “Foreign Affairs 2015” in the Haus der Berliner Festspiele. „A family affair“ is the name of the program being shown. Which pretty much covers the motto for the evening, regarding content as well as set-up. Because contrary to her usual performances, during which Dillon’s voice and Tamer Fahri Özgönenc’s drums alone suffice to create acoustic intoxication, they are now being joined by four further voices. Family Business, so to speak. The production as such is also promising to be special: „Until now, I made a point to stay out of the lime light – for Foreign Affairs I’ll be stepping out of the shadows a bit.” We are looking forward to this eye and ear candy and have a free space +1 on the guest list for one lucky winner. Just send an email titled ‘NOT MY BUSINESS‘ to
Dillon – A Family Affair | 05.07., Berliner Festspiele, Schaperstraße 24, 10719 Berlin | Tickets | Facebook | Photo: Siggi Eggertsson

Dillon The Unknown


Kategorien: Events | Autor: | Datum: 08. Juli 2015 | Tags: , , , , Keine Kommentare

Lara Maria Gräfen


Lara Maria Gräfen

The 2 Minute Interview

Lara Maria Gräfen has been living in sin with Berlin for six years and now it’s getting serious. Surreptitously and on the quiet she’s been establishing her own little empire: her fantastic music-model-lifestyle-blog envie, her very own ample supply of gin and her recently released EP Sein und Haben (To Be and To Have). A true allrounder! Find out more about Lara and enjoy her answers to following questions, stop by and catch her vocal debut at Prince Charles this Saturday. Want dessert first? We’re giving away a pair of two tickets, so send an email to Subject and solution: The city Lara mentions in her answer about her song for eternity.

Name: Lara Maria Gräfen
Age: 26
Location: Berlin
Occupation: Singer & Social Media Manager
Shoe size: 38
Favourite designers: Augustin Teboul & Herr von Eden


Your allowed to keep one single piece of clothing from your wardrobe. Which would it be?
My Alexander Wang cut-out dress I bought in New York two years ago. You can get away with pretty much everything wearing that dress. ;-) 

Whose mind would you like to read?
My own.


Your song for eternity?
Jacques Brel – Amsterdam


What’s your cure for stage fright?
Exploring the exact limit where the gin helps before it starts ruining the songs.

What do you spend too much money on?
90% of my money is most likely spent on good food and even better gin. I can never have enough of a good thing.


What’s the first thing you’d do, if you were invisible?
I’d stand in front of a mirror and sing my song „Spiegelbild“ (reflexion).


Who do you phone most often?
My mother, of course. As it should be.


You never leave the house without…?
Never without an outfit that is suitable for all unreasonale demands of daily life, never without my curiosity for all the quirks of Berlin city life, never without enjoying everything summer has to offer, never without hating everything about winter, never without listening for a new melody that might be hiding in a back alley, never without a certain fear that is hard to describe and never without a smile on my face, hiding everything I just said.

You will be reborn as what?
As Countess Maria Lara. 

With whom would you like to sing a duet?

Amy Winehouse would have definitely been my number one. Of all the German-writing ones still alive, I’d choose Clueso.


What do butterflies have in their tummies when they are in love?
Why does this question make me think of matryoschka dolls?


If we came to visit, what would would you cook for us?
A whole lot. Definitely pasta with caramelized walnuts, blue cheese and rocket.


What are you afraid of?
That all of this will be over someday.


When did you last try something new and what was it?

According to my family, I pretty much try leading a completely new life every day. After all, that’s what life is for.


What should no one know about you?

That I have a weakness for people wanting to find out my secrets…


Which question should we have asked?
That should have been the first question. I would have submitted a catalog of questions similar to yours only then to realize that it might have been a better idea not to suck up to the interviewer before the last question.


Last Words:
To be and to have.


Photo: Sasha Kharchenko


Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 22. April 2015 | Tags: , , , , Keine Kommentare