Three jams based on parts of my Fake African Memories compositions Gogokokoroko, Spryh and Mascara - on stage at the Afrodonia Festival in Cologne.
The Kargyraa Krew: Kolja Simon, Martin Pässler & me, cajon played by Peter Halves. While the polyphonic subtleties I have in mind for the choir versions of my songs will take more time to be realized on stage, these singers instantly add power and liveliness with their performance which is great.
Our outfit was absolutely suitable to the weather.
In the process of forming on ensemble to play my compositions I noticed two paradoxical tendencies of mine:
- a strong interest in collective improvisation and a very collaborative approach towards the music - the whole ensemble pushing the music forward as one body, no ego trips, no vanity
- a strong interest in embodying some kind of freak diva, an alien being that stands out from everybody else
I guess a freak troup were everybody stands out from the others is the solution to this contradiction, and looking at us in these videos I think I´m on the right way...
maybe we can meet us again in Taucha. I left Berlin since one and a half year and live now in a small town near Detmold. The lift is quite better here now in Bad Meinberg instead of the big city Berlin.
All the best, Jens"