These are people and places we think you will find interesting.
Daniela Romacker has rediscovered the existence
of a universal language which translates into a emotional, primal sound.
During the concerts she has held all over the world, the artist moves
from the sounds of Asia and the Middle East to those of nomad populations,
from India to Egypt, from Nubia to Sindh. "My violin - explained the
violinist - was made for me in 1994 by Cavaceppi. Since I started
playing this rather singular violin, it has allowed me to discover
new musical colours and depths which have been my inspiration when
choosing these types of compositions. The tunes come from all over,
from Russia, other East-European countries, Spain and France. Daniela
has recorded a live CD - "Méditation" in which not even one note has
been edited in the recording studio. This is an extraordinary offering
by a violinist who succeeds in getting inside your head and passing
through your soul. Visit her site at www.daniroma.net and listen.
Pirate Jenny's is a unique monthly international
musical cabaret and chanson night that has run since December 1994 at
the Vortex Jazz Bar, Stoke Newington, London. Programmed and hosted by
English chansonnier Des de Moor, the club has provided a platform for
a huge range of talented performers from Britain and abroad: chanteurs
and chanteuses, cabarettists and cabarettistes, chansonniers and chansonnières,
singer-songwriters, theatre song performers, actor-singers, and even
a few performance artists and poets, by turns boldly dramatic, hilariously
comic, passionately political and hauntingly moving.
Unique in its kind, the Arciliuto theatre, is a place
exclusively dedicated to music and poetry. "The life and soul of our
work consists of upholding language and dialect and presenting
music and poetry that has not been lost to time."
Kabarett Simpl, Wien
It is with real pleasure that I introduce you
to the famous Kabarett Simpl of Vienna, a household name among lovers
of the genre. It is arguably
the foremost purveyor of wit and humour in German Language entertainment.
My own interest in the Simpl is closely connected with its history as
for some time in the twenties it belonged to my father Karl Müller and
it is there my mother, the well-known chansonniere, Rosl Berndt often
The Simpl opened in 1912 under the name of BierKabaret Simplicissimus.
Food and drink was good and the programme of variety acts popular so
the Viennese fondly adopted it as their SIMPL. The programme consisted
of recitations, operetta hits, chansons, piano improvisations and more.
the twenties and thirties Kleinrevue and Kabaretrevue were played under
the artistic direction of Karl Farkas. He and Fritz Grünbaum developed
a double act scoring off each other, a style not dissimilar to the English
team of Morecombe and Wise. The entrance in Vienna of Adolf Hitler in
March 1938 put and end to this inspired partnership. Farkas managed to
escape to the US; Grünbaum was killed at Buchenwald. Mother always spoke
of him as the most intelligent and erudite man she had ever met. It is
said that the "Aryan" artists who kept the Simpl going during the war,
which was the Nazi time, managed to smuggle slightly critical, satirical
material past the authorities. In 1950, Farkas came back to impose his
artistic directorship successfully until his death in 1971.
Flossmann, a doctor in law, with tremendous theatrical flair, provided
the artistic management in the Farkas tradition of Kabaretrevue. In 1993,
his business partner Albert Schmidleitner took over and made an inspired
choice by appointing Michael Niavarani artistic director.
was born in 1968 in Vienna. In 1983 he appeared for the first time on
stage at the theatre in Aversperg. In 1986 he started his professional
training with Dany Sigel and Michael Mohapp and soon became one of the
most popular artists in theatre, film and TV. Michael's delightful mixture
of purest Viennese vernacular and Persian fantasy (or mystery) can be
appreciated in the Jek Shabe Irani, the Austrian-Persian comedy show
available on CD. In 1993 he followed Martin Flossmann to the Simpl as
artistic director, author and performer. It was an excellent appointment
and brought consistent success to both himself and the Simpl.
Niavarani is delightful to know off-stage, too courteous, charming, interested
and interesting. There is not a trace of conceit lesser performers can
often display. In January 2001, Michael Niavarani and Albert Schmidleitner
hosted a little party in honour of my mother, Rosl Berndt. On that occasion
her beautiful picture was hung between her great friends Karl Farkus
and Fritz Grünbaum.
When in Vienna a visit to the Simpl is surely a highlight
for any aficionado of humour and intelligent comment on events performed
by an all-round
talented cast. But book well ahead as performances sell out quickly.
In Gelsenkirchen Maegie Koreeen ran the Claire Waldorff Stage of Intimate
Theatre and Cabaret-Entertainment. Gelsenkirchen's International Chanson
Diva is a multi-talent, an all-round artist. At the tender age of 14
she sang "Je ne regrette rien" on stage; with Jacques Brel's "Amsterdam" she
won the 1973 Young Generation prize of First German Television. This
was followed in 1976 by "Ringelnatz" evenings (whose verses
she had set to music) in the National Cabaret Theatre in Berlin.
In 1978 she won first prize for chansons in a national competition. Her
first LP "I am built that way" was a great success and was
followed by "My Bathtub", for which she received the People's
Special prize. She appeared on many stages with songs such as "I'll
pull out your front tooth for your birhday"; Ringelnatz's "Deep
Nonsense", Jacques Brel's "Living Upright", "the
Soul of Chansons" and further "Chansons, Chansons". Critics
and Public were equally enraptured. In memory of the great performer
Claire Waldorff she founded the Claire Waldorff Theatre in Gelsenkirchen
in 1989. Her biography of the cheeky life of the Cabaret Queen Claire
Waldorff "Always straight to the point" is obtainable at the
publishers DROSTE in Düsseldorf.
Maegie Koreen has recently put together a fascinating exhibition "The
Art of the Chanteuse" and is now working on the completion of her
biography of Grete Keller, the famous Viennese Chanteuse.
Maegie Koreeen wrote about the music of the
Viennese Chanteuse Liesl Müller: "When playing her CDs I was
delighted to hear a surprising voice, of the kind you no longer hear
nowadays, culturally and musically
to be placed somewhere between "Piano Bar" and "Concert
Hall". In German speaking areas this field of art has not found
any new protagonists since the seventies and Grete Keller."
Ben Waters is widely acknowledged as one of the most
exciting piano players in Europe today. Ben’s live shows have been compared
to Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Jimi Hendrix.