Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Berlin, Day 5

My friends follow me everywhere...(in Friedrichshain)
My friends follow me everywhere, even here in Friedrichshain
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After a morning/early afternoon of studying and a late lunch at Cafe V (awesome!) we headed off to Friedrichshain to visit musician Jürg Bariletti.

Dinner at Cafe V
Lunch at Cafe V

In Berlin, the smaller the dachshund, the bigger the...erm...tail!
In Berlin, the smaller the dachshund, the bigger the tail.

At the remants of the wall in Friedrichshain.
On the way to Jürg's, at the remnants of the wall in Friedrichshain.

Turns out I own many things in Germany...
Turns out I own many things in Germany.

Jürg and Phil
Jürg Bariletti and Phil.

In the background you see Jürg's invented instrument, the Klangkoffer. The original version was created for a theater performance about childhood. For various reasons that he explained to us, he felt the need to always be ready to move, to have a packed bag. This amazing instrument grew out of that childhood idea as it folds into the box entirely. Every sound source is acoustic, but then amplified via a series of piezo pickups through a custom amplification system/mixer designed and built by his father.

Jürg Bariletti's Klangkoffer
Jürg Bariletti's Klangkoffer

Jürg Bariletti's Klangkoffer
Jürg Bariletti's Klangkoffer, gurgling water device with double reed system.

Jürg Bariletti's Klangkoffer
Jürg Bariletti's Klangkoffer

Jürg and Phil ran a new music venue for many years, called Stralau 68. We went to see what it looked like now.

Phil and Jürg at their old venue, Stralau 68
Phil and Jürg at their old venue, Stralau 68

Stralau 68
Stralau 68

Stralau 68
Stralau 68

Stralau 68
Stralau 68

Stralau 68
Stralau 68

Beach volleyball in Berlin...
Beach volleyball in Berlin.

The strangest thing, they import sand to create these beach volleyball courts in the city. If you don't look at the surrounding area, you could be in Santa Monica, California.

A whole mini-Santa Monica...
A whole mini-Santa Monica...

Jürg said this was a special building...I asked why....
Jürg said this was a special building...I asked why....

the other side shares the story...it survived the war...
the other side shares the story...it survived the war...

After that, we went to Wendel to see some electronic music. Two wonderfully beautiful sets by Ian Rogers and Tom Hall from Brisbane, Australia.

Ian Rogers, at Wendel
Ian Rogers, at Wendel

Ian Rogers, at Wendel
Ian Rogers, at Wendel

Tom Hall, at Wendel
Tom Hall, at Wendel

Tom Hall, at Wendel
Tom Hall, at Wendel

Phil and percussionist Harald Thiemann at Wendel
Phil and percussionist Harald Thiemann sitting outside after the show at Wendel. We (Jürg, Harald, Phil and me) will be performing as a quartet on the 21st of August under the band name, "schwarzenegger."

2 comments:

kate said...

What the heck is in that lunch??

Jeff Kaiser said...

PVD! (Pure Vegan Deliciousness!) Curried Seitan with shredded vegetables... :-) Followed with an equally delicious hefeweizen...