Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble @ Konzerthaus Berlin: The Unbalance Between Classical Musicians And Others

Hello everybody! I haven’t been writing in ages, I know. Sorry about that. Not that I haven’t been to any concerts, I just didn’t feel like writing. But yesterdays concert got me going again. Brandt Brauer Frick played at Konzerthaus Berlin featuring the electric singers and some classical musicians. Note here, it does make a difference with whom you are on stage. More about that later. Here is one of the songs they played yesterday:

Now, don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed their concert yesterday. Especially the free electric singers. I think they are powerful, inspiring, free and super talented singers. Wayne Snow who acted as a front singer had an easy job putting the cherry on the cake. Which he definitely was. Mmmmhhh what a yummy cherry. The singers were supported by three very fine percussionists, very groovy and compelling to at least move your head to the beat. Much more than moving your head also wasn’t really possible in the rather stiff atmosphere of the Konzerthaus, but they did their best. Lightshow inclusive. The pianist really stood out as well and the tuba. I have no idea about the tuba player though. He or she was so completely covered by that monstrous instrument. I think it was a he though. Fine musician. Whenever I hear tuba I am astonished by its sound and capabilities. Definitely one of the far underestimated instruments.

Not so underestimated but far less outstanding were the three classical musicians in the front. Precisely a cellist, a violinist and a harpist. I am a classical musician myself, so I can say this: what on earth were they doing? Or rather not doing? It seemed as if they were completely immune to a beat. The harpist may be excused because she was so busy counting that she probably didn’t have time to listen and enjoy. Wasted energy from her side because you couldn’t hear the harp anyways. Which I guess wasn’t her fault. The playing of the two strings though suffered from the typical ‘gig-effect’. A term I like to refer to which I have repeatedly seen in classical string players when playing something they consider a ‘gig’ and especially if this gig involves any other music than classical music. For the record a ‘gig’ is an informal often single performance of a musician or a group of musicians. Now, when these classical musicians play a gig they often tend to not take it seriously. Practice gets overrated, things get out of tune and aren’t played with as much passion as classical music. That’s the ‘gig-effect’. What happened yesterday was that this unbalanced performance of highly passionate musicians on one side stood in a big contrast to the rather stiff and unprepared musicians on the other side. The cliché of the classical musician fulfilled. Thank you.

Anyways, the rest was so good that these little things may be overseen. At this point I would put a link to their website but it’s non existent. I mean, it does exist but it’s a one pager and there is no information on it.


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