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  Geoff Berner - We Are Going To Bremen To Be Musicians

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Release Date: 26.10.15

Label: Oriente

 

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Geoff Berner
We Are Going To Bremen To Be Musicians

A Compendium of Klezmer-Punk Strategies Against Despair

Was für ein skurriler Zeitgenosse! Die Musik von Geoff Berner verbindet Klezmer mit Punk, politischer Satireund Balkan-Tanzrhythmen. Seine beißenden, intelligenten Lieder können Weinen, Lachen und Zähneknirschen auslösen - oder auch das Bedürfnis, ein Fenster einzuwerfen. Meistens alles gleichzeitig.

"We Are Going To Bremen To Be Musicians" ist Berners erstes Originalalbum seit vier Jahren. Mit seinen Worten: "kraftvolle Aufheiterungsmedizin, für die man sein Gehirn nicht ausschalten muß". Während der Ochsentour durch tausende von Clubs, Bars, Cafés und Festivals hat sich der Kanadier in Amerika und Europa einen wahren Kultstatus erarbeitet. Mit seiner auf sehr eigene Weise unwiderstehlichen Bühnenpräsenz gelingt es ihm, ein vergnügliches Chaos zu veranstalten. "Sein typisches Publikum", so Berner, seien "sonderbare, Bücher lesende Menschen, die gern trinken. Der Anteil von Physikern sei dabei überraschend hoch."

"We Are Going To Bremen To Be Musicians" bezieht sich natürlich auf das Grimm'sche Märchen von den Bremer Stadtmusikanten. Darin laufen vier in die Jahre gekommene, mit dem Tod bedrohte Nutztiere ihren Herren fort, in der zweifelhaften Hoffnung, Stadtmusikanten zu werden und dadurch Freiheit zu erlangen. Eine absurde Erzählung von irrationalen Hoffnungen und Optimismus im Angesicht des Schreckens ("etwas Besseres als den Tod finden wir überall") - und genau hier liegt die Verbindung zu den Liedern des Albums, das Berner als "strategischen Leitfaden gegen die Hoffnungslosigkeit" beschreibt. Diese Strategien schließen Liebe ein ("I Don't Feel So Mad At God When I See You In Your Summer Dress"), Erlösung ( "Swing A Chicken 3 Times Over Your Head") und pure Schadenfre ("Dance And Celebrate")

Singer/songwriter/accordionist/novelist Geoff Berner's music combines klezmer (for the uninitiated, the folk music of Eastern European Jews), punk, political satire and Balkan dance rhythms. He writes sharp, literate songs that can make you want to weep, laugh, grind your teeth, or kick out a window. Often all at the same time

"We Are Going To Bremen To Be Musicians" is his first original album in 4 years. He says that it's "meant to be powerful cheering-up medicine that you don't have to turn your brain off for." Berner has built a serious cult following throughout North America and Europe, by touring relentlessly through thousands of bars, cafes and festivals. With his weirdly compelling stage presence, he has a strange ability to create fun chaos. He describes his typical audience members as "Odd, bookish people who like to drink. There's a surprising number of physicists"

"We Are Going To Bremen To Be Musicians" is a reference to the old German folk tale about elderly farm animals threatened with death, who run away from their masters in the hope of achieving freedom and becoming Town Musicians. It's an absurd tale of irrational hope and optimism in the face of horror, and that's where the story connects with the songs on the album. "I would describe the record as a compendium of strategies against despair," says Berner. Some of the strategies offered include: Love, as in the song "I Don't Feel So Mad At God When I See You In Your Summer Dress"; Redemption, as described in "Swing A Chicken 3 Times Over Your Head", and pure Schadenfreude, as depicted in "Dance And Celebrate (The Misfortunes of People We Hate")

Musicians:
Geoff Berner: Accordion and lead vocals
Wayne Adams: All drums and percussion, vocals
Brigitte Dajczer and Diona Davies: "Les Mitraillettes" - violins and vocals
Josh Dolgin: Piano and vocals
Keith Rose: Bass and vocals
Michael Winograd: Clarinet
Guest vocals on "Condos" by Joe Keithley

Youtube-Videoclip "When DD Gets Her Donkey"
YouTube-Videoclip "Swing a Chicken"

Category: Klezmer, Punk

 

 Tracks 
 

01

Swing a Chicken 3 Times Over Your Head

04:23

 

02

Dance and Celebrate

05:12

03

When DD Gets Her Donkey, Everything Will Be Alright

04:45

04

Condos

04:45

05

Es Brent

03:01

06

Ikh Krakh Tomid Arayn In Der Zelber Mashin

02:57

07

Thank You, No Thank You

04:26

08

When Chanukah Comes To Town

04:29

09

I Don't Feel So Mad At God When I See You In Your Summer Dress

03:06

10

We Are On Our Way To Bremen

06:41

11

Slouching Towards Bremen

10:12

 
 
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