live @ Harburger Binnenhafenfest
… last saturday we had an event at the “Neue Musikschule” (new music school) in my hometown, where the audience lived to see various kind of styles how you can express in music. It was a teachers’ concert where some of the music teachers present their favorite music. By the way a cello teacher told me that we opened his ears for Rock ‘n Roll ;-). Feels like a “knightly accolade” for me. By the way he will arrange an appointment in Hamburg for us. We are still looking for new venues to play…. Back to the event. Full house and a great mood in the audience although it was hard for some friends of classical music to listen to heavy metal stuff as well as the ancient stuff presented on flute or cello for the Rock ‘n Rollers. But whhat this evening made unique was the diversity and the way the musicians presented their stuff. And at last it was the passion that communicated the great world of black and white music….
What I missed as a photographer (I made some portrait shots of the musicians for their private albums – sorry, no postings permitted – I promised that) was some more light from the front… Here one shot a friend of mine made of me and two no-portrait-shots where I tried to play with the rest of light that was available 😉
Some words from Kari Bremnes (from her myspace site)
"I was born in Svolvær in Lofoten on a December Sunday in 1956.
The West fjord ran straight into the Atlantic, the mountains rose straight out of the ocean, there were summers filled with light and there was the mythical dark season. It was there I got intrigued by dynamics. And by large open spaces.
We saw the big coastal ships arrive and depart twice a day, one northbound and one southbound; Svolvær is located on an island, you know – Austvågøy, right in an eternal arrival and departure. Perhaps this is why ve made so many songs about travelling.
Thanks to a big brother whose friend ordered records from England, it didn't take long before I started listening to Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa, Donovan, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan. Simon and Garfunkel, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Fairport Convention. Virtually all the time. I didn't think of becoming a professional musician, people in Svolvær were engaged on different forms of physical labour.
But as a nineteen-year-old I was ready for a different life and took the Skutvik ferry across the West fjord, the bus across Hamarøy, the train from Fauske to Trondheim, and finally the train to Oslo – I've always been drawn to cities. We're talking about the year 1977. Here I took lessons with an actor and worked in a psychiatric hospital while wondering what do to next. Gradually I started studying and obtained a B.A. consisting of Nordic language and literature, history and theatre studies.
I was a poor student. My focus was on music. The songs were queueing in my head. While they waited to exit I made a recording together with Ola, after epoch-making meetings with Erik Bye and Otto Nielsen at NRK (the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation). At the same time I worked as a journalist, first at Nationen, then in the culture department of Aftenposten.
The year 1986 turned out to be a turning-point for me. I had asked the composer Petter Henriksen if he could set music to some of Tove Ditlefsen's finest poems. It turned out to be som unbelievably powerful songs. I first made a radio programme about Ditlefsen and used the songs in that programme. Then I asked for a meeting with Erik Hillestad, director of the record company Kirkelig Kulturverksted, in order to publish them as a record. No, thank you, said Erik. More than once. Eventually he said yes. We went to a studio that autumn, with Iver and Audun Kleive. My Wild Heart. My first solo album. I still remember the dizzy feeling.
The rest is discography, great experiences with fantastic musicians, meeting with the audience. Tours. Across Norway, across Japan (a surrealistic experience lasting five weeks), Germany, France, Austria.
The rest is the road forward."
… and here some of my photos of an amazing singer and her unique musicians…
Hallgrim Bratberg (guitar and vocals)
"…Hello Mr. Hastedt,
You already have a ticket to the concert? Photography is not a problem – the first three songs without a flash. I will file a photo permission for you at the entrance.
With best wishes from Bremen….(name)"
This is the text of an e-mail that reached my inbox a few minutes ago. It will be the first time I tried to get a permission to make some legal shoots on a concert with an SLR – and I was successful!!!
By the way it's the sold out German tour of the norwegian singer Kari Bremnes. Her work is worth to be listened to! Her last concert was one of the best gigs I lived to see in my life. Here a live recording from somewhere in Germany. Enjoy it!!!
I'll be back later when the job has been done 😉 …
what's up dawg?
Why don't you send us packing out of the laundry? Why do you shave your skull? Why's the corridor full of basses and equipment? What about your
handheld? It nervs!!!! What does it mean – ringtone? We want the silence back! Some strange gear in your handbag – you never use to wear it if you go out! Gig? What's that? Take care of your ears (tinnitus!) but play loooud! Arena?? WHAT??? It's a venue? What's that? Whatever – we don't care what you do but don't forget our yum yum before you leave us!!! You got it, Servant?! OMG "Blackout" – some hard rockin' stuff – too loud for us!! OK ok – enjoy your show and say "hi" to the guys – particularly your guitarist and tell him – and the drummer too – they shouldn't play too loud 'cause the singer will lose his voice while trying to bear up! And be so kind as to perform the song "Don't let the bed bugs bite!" You got it SERVANT????? Have a good time, don't forget your slogan "Don't play drunk" and welcome back (if you're not too noisy when you arrive. We need to sleep)…..