The Schumann Song Book live at Bucerius Kunstforum. It was my very first time in Hamburg – what a beautiful city with oh! so many bridges, green parks and water!!! mathias and I were very excited to play at Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival.
We all took the plane at 9:00 from Vienna and just a little while later we arrived at Hamburg Airport, where Linnea Rüter picked us up and was our personal chauffeuse throughout our stay – thank you!This brings me straight to the incredible crew of the Festival – the absolutely professional and friendly backline team, the charming catering ladies in Kiel and the many, many helping hands.
What an honour to experience a festival like this. Thank you and „Chapeux“ to the exceptional artistic director of this exceptional festival Mister Frank Siebert and his sweet dog Freddy : ).
We played at the Bucerius Kunstforum, a beautiful museum right in the middle of town with a photo exhibtion of Anton Corbijn at the moment (check out his portrait of Miles Davis)...what an inspiring venue! We started right on time at eight o’ clock with Sennin and were greeted by a wonderful and open audience that was not afraid to interact and that found mathias‘ comment of being a Swiss protestant very funny : ). We all enjoyed playing very much. Hans and his new basslady were getting along extremely well, especially when they had their solo in Herbstlied. I just love Hans‘ solo in this song – every single time! The one and only Ingrid O brought a new member of her drum family too - the Darabouka – oooh how gooood it sounded in her solo in In my Dreams I‘ve been crying. Our soloist was Mister Stano Paluch on violine, who brings magnificent colours to our Schumann Song Book whenever he is with us – especially in O Freund, mein Schirm, mein Schutz and our crazy Polka Märzveilchen. mathias was very happy with his pianos at the venues too, especially the Steinway at the Bucerius Kunstforum was sending rich soundclouds to everyone - especially to Hans & me, standing right next to it! And of course our sound engineer Thomas was making sure that our soundclouds were floating the right way!
Afterwards we were invited to dinner at the lovely Cafe Paris - you have to go there, it is wonderful and the food is veeery yummy! We were talking, drinking and eating, getting to know the wonderful people behind this special festival. I think we all fell a little bit in love...with the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival and Hamburg, thank you from all of us!
Next stop: Kiel!
P.S. Thank you to Frank Siebert - I will listen to the recording of Nathalie Stutzmann singing O Freund, mein Schirm, mein Schutz for sure.