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"Connect with Eric Eckhart at http://www.ericeckhart.com".
100 independent artists came together for one week to record, design, film, promote, mix, master and release Eric Eckhart's new album, all in front of an audience and all without spending ANY money at a former grocery store in Berlin.
DIT: Do-It-Together is a short documentary film about this unique, open source and powerful project that shows how independent artists can work together to build their own alternative music industry.
Find out how you can host a screening of the film at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DIT was produced by 'A Headful of Bees' international artist collective based in Berlin – http://www.aheadfulofbees.com and Orange 'Ear Video Productions – http://www.orange-ear.de
DIT is an open source project and release under a Creative Commons license.
"Produced at Supermarkt, Berlin – http://www.supermarkt-berlin.net"
The last five years in my life were five of the best. That stemmed primarily from the wonderful, warm, creative people I met while living in Berlin. From them came a sense of community, of shared endeavour, and a constant buzz of inspiration.
It was those things that led to the formation of the artist collective, A Headful of Bees, and next week, my delightful and fabulously talented colleages are running Do It Together workshops as part of Berlin Music Week. So if you’re in town, why not go along and pick up a dose of that fantastic momentum that I got from these people? The underlying concept is learning how we as artists can be our own music industry. We’ve seen it work for the shining beacons of DIY/DIT like Amanda Palmer; find out it if can work for you!
5€ gets you into as many sessions as you want on the day (Friday the 7th for the Bees’ workshops), and to be sure you don’t miss out, you can pre-book your tickets here.
And then, to feed your inspiration further, why not check out a splendid assembly of Berlin’s finest singer-songwriters at Lovelite?
And if that’s not enough, there are special Berlin Music Week Sofa Salon living room concerts on the 5th and 7th! So much shiny in such a short time! Be sure to have some surgical-grade duct tape on hand, in case your heart explodes with delight!
Blimey, what a rather large month November has been. Maybe it’s all this buzz of activity that has kept the first snow from falling, which I must say is rather disappointing, even if I have been enjoying the surprise (relative) warmth.
Sandra Sarala pulled off a nigh-impossible four evenings straight of brain-stretchingly diverse performances, under the four points of the Berlin COMPASS. Here are a few Northern snaps from the also fabulously talented Maren Imhoff.
I had a splendid time on Friday evening. It brought together so much of what I love in Berlin – a collaborative spirit, variety of styles, beautifully cosy venue, and an eager audience.
And those things were also abundant in the Headful of Bees‘ Month of Sundays series at Cafe Hilde. Such a delight to feel yourself lifted and evaporated by wonderful music in what feels very much like your own (albeit very large) living room. This round of delights and wonders featured Ken Burke, Wasp Summer, Eric Eckhart, Miss Kenichi, Violetta, Entertainment for the Braindead, Folk’s Sake, Short & Sweet, Seanin, Nina Hynes, Sara Pickin and me (including a surprise bonus set yesterday evening). Ken and Hilde are cooking up more splendours for you next year, so keep your scanners aimed in that direction!
Eric Eckhart on KenFM (“Jungle Ken”) on Fritz radio (Berlin/Potsdam), 30 January 2011, with Ken Burke and mr oCean.
December has made a very impressive start in Germany.
It is the soft new world, formed in a whisper,
tiny wonders breathing through the trees,
both chaos and perfect geometry.
It lays a hush across the city
and all would do well to listen.
It takes all that we hold to be real, unchanging
and solid, and grants us one more chance
to make every detail over again.
It is the childlike play of wind spirits,
laughing silently as they follow and scatter.
It dresses us in sky, puts stars beneath our feet.
mr oCean, Dec. 2010
And with this splendid white fanfare of Winter across the city, I am delighted to invite you all to Eric Eckhart’s final concert of 2010, accompanied by Sam Wareing and me. It’s at St. Gaudy Cafe, Gaudystr. 1, Berlin Prenzlauer Berg. It is also the cafe’s 1st birthday, so will be a kicking affair. Get there early for drinks and maybe even a spot of nosh, and then we’ll belt out some tunes from about 20:30.
To sample the musical delights awaiting you, and to read the latest tour blog entry (the snowy delights and warm hospitality of Munich and Stuttgart), pop by Eric’s electric website.
And while I’m wielding the announcement shoehorn… I’ll be premiering my new song at Joe’s Bar’s open mic on Tuesday evening (7 Dec.) – Schönhauser Allee 157, Berlin Prenzl-Berg, starting 21:00. And come along to Meaganfest on the 11th: friends have organised this to raise money for an expat shoehorn-wielder who’s currently in hospital. It will be 12 hours of music, poetry and comedy, and probably a goodly measure of madness and booze. I’ll be spouting words sometime in the afternoon (details will follow when available). The Community Space @ Schlesische Str 38, Berlin Kreuzberg, 2pm-2am.
I really will get back to poetry, I assure you, dear reader, but there are other shinies afoot! It is time to send Eric Eckhart’s new album, This is where it starts out into the world, with our grand official launch party, this Saturday evening at Volksbar ( just outside where Berlin’s Schoenhauser Tor would have been, had we been playing there a couple of hundred years ago).
We have new arrangements of the songs for you, and I don’t mind telling you that I’m a bit delighted with how it’s sounding. We’d love to see a whole lot of folk there to celebrate with us, and if the music isn’t enough, it’s free entry and there will be cookies!
Regular readers will already know of my enthusiasm for the splendid rootsy and emotive music of our Mr Eckhart, and may recall that the marvellous Ms Sam and I have been performing alongside him as he introduces his new album to the world. Our next show is on Friday evening at Art.Gerecht – one of my all-time favourite music venues and a lovely cafe as well – soft and cosy and always sounding dreamy-good. This concert will feature some surprises for those who’ve heard us before, and abundant goodness for people new to the sounds. Please come along and bring your posse!
Friday 27 August, 20:00
Art.Gerecht, Jungstrasse 14, Berlin Friedrichshain
If you like electric calendars/reminders, you can find the gig on Facebook and MySpace, too.
Hoping to see you there!