Watching Take That perform at the 02 Arena in London, from the comfort of the local cinema was a spectacular experience. Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald, (or to quote a part of their opening speech: “…what’s left of Take That”), prove that they are still brilliantly talented artists, even as a threesome. Continue reading
In Germany they are known as the stars of the popular television series ‘Tatort München’, but Miroslav Nemec, Udo Wachtveitl and their former colleague Michael Fitz are not only gifted actors, they’re also passionate musicians. On Saturday the 20th of December 2014 they held a benefit concert in the ‘Muffathalle’ in Munich, in honour of their friend Klaus Kreuzeder. The famous German saxophonist died in November of this year. Kreuzeder contracted Polio when he was very young and, despite sitting in a wheelchair, managed to perform on stage and touch people’s lives with both his talent and personality. The profits of the concert will go the aid of the ‘Polio Initiative Europa’.
A few weeks ago I was listening to a German radio station and this 80’s song came on. I had heard it before, but for some reason the realization of ‘this song is awesome!’ hadn’t sunk in yet. I rushed to my laptop, found the playlist and discovered it was ‘All You Zombies’ by The Hooters. That evening I could hardly stop listening to their music. I can now safely say this band from Philadelphia has a secure spot in the top three of my all time favourite artists. And here is why…
There are many different ways in which an audience can experience live music. There are huge concerts with thousands of people, musicals, festivals and many more. The live music experience German singer-songwriter Michael Fitz offers, doesn’t fit into the categories I mentioned. Where many artists put the emphasize on the show, their fame or a party atmosphere, Michael puts the focus where it should be: on the music. Continue reading