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wintermaerchen – sound too cold to listen to

the debut album „wintermaerchen“ of my group ORkAaN FAbLeS hit stores in november 2003. it’s a collection of fairytales and songs catching the mysticism of the world of everlasting ice and it‘s many surreal creatures.

wintermaerchen ORkAaN FAbLeS

wintermaerchen ORkAaN FAbLeS

the sounds on this album are so cold, you will have to break them off your speakers and melt them in the fire to be able to listen to them!

we recorded the album in munich at realistic sound in a couple of days. because we’ve been playing live quite a bit the recording process was pretty smooth and quick. we got the recording of the instruments out of the way quickly so we could focus on the voice. since german ist not hester’s native language (dutch is), the most important part was to coach her along to get her german pronounciation right. she is incredibly versatile with her voice which helped a lot getting her through the sometimes heavy lyrics. of course you can still hear that german is not her native language but I think her accent adds even more of a mysterious touch to the music and the stories.

after the album was done we did a two night release gig in munich at a place called “tube”

to spice things up a bit and because hester wanted to fully concentrate on her laptop performance we asked anna clarin ( daughter of german actor hans clarin) to be the voice of the tales. she did an incredible job and the performances were received very well.

the audiobook “wintermärchen” is available at itunes, amazon, and other stores…

The Hare and the Dog

shortly after the rouge&noir performances I presented  yet another performance with hester boverhuis on vocals/laptop. „the hare and the dog“ tells fairytales from various cultures.

we performed this on easter 2003. it was originally thought to be a fairy tale afternoon for children. but we soon discovered that making music for children is extremely difficult and that we, at that point, were not able to accopmlish the task. so we stuck to who we were and wrote music that fits adults and makes the fairy tales we wanted to present sound as crazy as possible.  reading fairy tales from all over the world was extreme fun and I learned more about myself and the world than ever before. I got cought up in the world of funny creatures and weird stories that my whole life began to be cut like all the stories combined. more of that in another post…

so, “the hare and the dog” was a success and our audiences were more than swept away.

The World’s eerie Sound

„the world’s eerie sound“ (german: der welt schauriger klang) is a follow up performance I did with the same lineup at the performance series „bewegungsfreiheit“ (freedom of movement) at literaturhaus in munich, making the audience drift with all senses into a magical world of fairytales both dreary and cheerful.

bewegungsfreiheit

bewegungsfreiheit

hester at bewegungsfreiheit

hester at bewegungsfreiheit

Literaturhaus is an organisation that promotes the written word of both german and international writers. their mission is to create a space for dialogue, from current themes and authors to the fundamental questions of literature.

In their own words:

“A meeting place for book-sippers and page-nibblers, movie-talkers and flaneure, penny-a-liners and foehn detectives, frugal feasters and starving artists, radar thinkers and daydreamers, portly poets and docile fools, in short:
A retreat in the thicket of the city for all who keep an ear out for jingles or simply wish to wait a little longer for Godot.”

But the waiting here is no torture. it’s a lot of fun since their events are amazing and always a great chance to meet cool and interesting people.

world's eerie sound

world's eerie sound

we had a several chances to play there in 2003. one was this performance of yet another set of eerie fairy tales.  they gave us carte blanche to present ourselves, so we put together not only music and a performance that included me cooking and eating scrambled eggs (we miked the mini stove and used the sound of cooking eggs as soundeffect)!

yeah, we saw the bookworms make funny faces at that, haha…

we also put some crazy visuals to the music. they were gracefully executed by munich based visual designer birgit nagengast.

dinner on stage

dinner on stage