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Julie Comparini

Contralto. Early and new music.

Interdisciplinary theater projects.

Multimedia concert
A Fotokunst Bremen production
Sunday, October 1st, 2017, 7:00 pm
Kultursaal der Arbeitnehmerkamer, Bürgerstraße 1, 28195 Bremen

Photo: Library of Congress
Photo: Library of Congress

Long unconquered by humankind, the sea is the birthplace of a rich multitude of myths and legends. Its more sinister side inspired many Romantic-era poets and artists, both serving as a metaphor for unpredictable and often brutal emotional states and being a source of very real danger. Sailors, fishermen, adventurers and travellers alike often perished in its depths, as the vast number of shipwrecks still rotting on the ocean floor can attest to. There live, according to ancient legends, the fantastic creatures of the deep: nymphs, mermaids, sea monsters, or kings and queens of sunken continents in their glass-walled underwater palaces. These eerie and mythical worlds illustrate, in abstract form, our primal fear of the sea.

At the beginning lush and poetical, the musical works in this programme gradually evolve into ominous fantasies and realistic images of the sea's hidden perils.

Andrea Lauren Brown, Manja Stephan, Anna Terterjan, soprano
Nina Böhlke, Julie Comparini, Kerstin Stöcker, contralto
Barbara Kler, piano
Musical Direction: Julie Comparini
Visuals: Peter Schenk

Reservations: 0421-3 63 01-970 / anmeldung@arbeitnehmerkammer.de
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Foto © Felix Patzelt
Foto © Felix Patzelt

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The "Stadtteil-Oper" Menuchims Reise

Osterholz-Tenever may not be Bremen's most glamorous neighborhood, but it is home to an extraordinary opera project that brings the students of the Gesamtschule-Ost together with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the women of the Mütterzentrum, refugees living in temporary housing, faculty of the Gesamtschule-Ost, students and professors of the Hochschule für Künste and international soloists.

This year's Stadteil-Oper focuses on the USA and Eastern Europe. It is the story (adapted from Joseph Roth's novel Hiob) of the Singers, a Jewish family in a schtetl in what is now Russia at the beginning of the 20th century. Faced with poverty, oppression and conflict, they emigrate to America, but must leave their youngest son behind. As the Second World War begins, their daughter Miriam embarks on a dangerous journey to bring Menuchim to New York and reunite the family.

With music by Gustav Mahler, Sergej Prokoview, George Gershwin, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Erich Zeisl and other Eastern European composers who found a new life in America.

Stage Direction: Alexander Radulescu
Musical Direction: Barbara Rucha
Vocal Coach: Inka Neus
Costumes and Makeup: Christin Bokelmann
Stage Design: Sven Rose, Miriam Walter, Benedikt Jährling, Laura Baumann
Libretto: Lena Becker

With: Rafael Bruck (Mendel Singer), Julie Comparini (Deborah Singer), Pia Bohnert (Miriam Singer), Sheldon Baxter (Mac)
and soloists, choir und orchestra from the Gesamtschule Bremen-Ost

More information (in German) at the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie web site
or the Stadtteil-Oper Blog.

Photo © Felix Patzelt
Photo © Felix Patzelt

Bertolt Brecht was one of the most influential German poets and playwrights of the 20th century. Collaborative projects with musicians and composers were an integral part of his work. Many of Brecht's texts question the role of the individual in society. What is a person worth? From what source do people draw their sense of self-worth? What happens in a society where people's worth goes unrecognized? "Auf ein Wort" features song settings by Hanns Eisler and Paul Dessau on these and related themes.

The concert location is the "Altes Pumpwerk", a unique space built in Bremen's former water works, now a water museum. It is possible -- and recommended -- to visit the museum before the concert.

Julie Comparini, voice
Alexander Seemann, piano and accordeon
Felix Patzelt, guitar

February 10, 2017, 8:00 pm (Einlass: 7:00 pm)
Altes Pumpwerk
Salzburger Straße 12
28219 Bremen

Admission: €15 / €10 students and seniors
Reservations by telephone: 0421 363636

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Where do musical traditions have their "home" and how can music define or create that home? Musicians from fourteen countries around the world show how different musical traditions can interact, influence each other and be a force for social and political change.

Hayden Chisholm from New Zealand explores the landscape of German folk music in "Sound of Heimat" (D 2012; in German, Thursday. 26.Jan / 19:30, with guests Hayden Chisholm, Loni Kuisle and Peter Schenk from the Arbeitnehmerkammer Bremen). "Blackhearts" follows Black Metal fans from around the world who have found their spiritual home in Norway (NOR 2016, 83 Min., orig. with English subtitles; 27. Jan. / 22:30). Crossover projects and new directions for old traditions save the careers of the musicians in "Song of Lahore" (USA 2015, orig. with English subtitles; 27.Jan /18:00.), make 19th-century opera contemporary in "La Bohème am Kap" (SA 2015, Xhosa with German subtitles; 28. Jan. / 18:00), drive political movements in "Sumé - The Sound of a Revolution" (Greenland 2014, orig. with English subtitles; 29. Jan. / 18:00) and fight for freedom and peace in the face of repression in "Mali Blues" (D 2016, French with German subtitles; 28.Jan / 20:30 with director Lutz Gregor) and "Electro Chaabi" (Egypt/F 2013, orig. with German subtitles; 28.Jan. / 22:30). Globalisation and the practically endless possibilities afforded by the digital era play a central role in "Presenting Princess Shaw" (ISR 2016, 80 Min., in English; 29. Jan / 20:30.)

Highlight of the festival: the 1925 Indian-German co-production "The Light of Asia" ("Die Leuchte Asiens") with a newly composed live soundtrack. Celebrated Indian and world music expert Willy Schwarz and composer Riccardo Castagnola combine classical Indian music with contemporary electronics and create a musical bridge between historiy and cultures. (27.Jan. / 20:30 * with live music. Made possible with the generous support the Indian Embassy in Berlin.

All films and events take place in Bremen's communal cinema City 46, Birkenstraße 1, 28195 Bremen. For more information about the program and the festival, visit the MFF website.

Alan at Fugue for Thought was so happy with my contributions to the René Leibowitz article that I was asked to be a guest on his podcast! We talk about my musical (and non-musical) background, working with early and new music, the piece "Explanation of Metaphors", the "Cabaret Voltaire" operetta and musical life in general. It's a wonderful interview and you can listen to it on iTunes or via the Fugue for Thought blog.

By the way, the Cabaret Voltaire operetta was recorded on video and we are currently crowdfunding a DVD production. The DVD is planned for limited, non-commercial release, so if you want one, please donate to the crowdfunding effort at the link below!

World Premiere of a new operetta by Peter Stangel (Music) and Jürgen von Stenglin (Text).

Zürich in 1916: the avant-garde art movement DADA opens the Cabaret Voltaire, a new establishment for the advancement of DADA art and performance. At the same time -- and on the other side of the street -- lives Vladimir Ilitsch Lenin in Swiss exile. Tristan Tzara and Lenin, James Joyce and Emmy Hennings, love, spies, nobles and a butler all have their appearances in Cabaret Voltaire. A musical-theatrical homage to Zürich at a time when even the strangest artistic meetings were possible, with a tip of the hat to Offenbach and Weill.

Dominik Wilgenbus as narrator and nine singers, along with the taschenphilharmonie and video projections by Cornelia von Seidlein bring the audience on a wild ride through the world of avant-garde intellectual entertainment.

With Adam Sanchez (Graf Emanuele di Pedroso), Julian Freibott (Hugo Ball), Andrea Lauren Brown (Monique-Fleur Schneidegger), Peter Pruchniewitz (Vladimir Lenin), Julie Comparini (Emmy Hennings), Giulio Alvise Caselli (Tristan Tzara) u.a.

More information on the taschenphilharmonie website!

Photo © J. Marc Reichow
Photo © J. Marc Reichow

There's a great article on René Leibowitz's work Explanation of Metaphors up at the blog Fugue for Thought. A sample excerpt of the live performance of this work can be found on my Audio page, but it's worth buying the piece, or the whole album -- "René Leibowitz Compositeur" -- on iTunes or as a beautiful double-CD edition from Divox.

Is the EU a housing syndicate or a house full of roommates? Robert Griess' latest program is a cabaret frenzy of comic figures: do-gooders hunting down privileges, the superrich straddled between tax evasion and charity galas, artists haunted by the threat of creative prostitution, and "Alfons von Ascheberg-Aldenhoven", Germany's craziest financial consultant.

With cabaret artist Robert Griess, singer Julie Comparini, physicist Dr. Felix Patzelt, the Bremer Kaffeehaus-Orchester and Peter Schenk from the Arbeitnehmerkammer.

Pay at the exit - as much as you want!

Saturday, November 28, 2015 Kultursaal der Arbeitnehmerkammer Bürgerstraße 1, 28195 Bremen

Reservations: 0421-36 30 19 70 or anmeldung@arbeitnehmerkammer.de

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