German cabaret music from Vienna to Berlin with Tora Augestad and a Northern Norwegian super-sextet under the direction of Trygve Brøske Saftige. Raw and unadorned versions of music written at a time when Europe is on the brink of war.
The 14 years from the establishment of the Weimar Republic to Hitler's takeover of power 14 years later were an artistic and political heyday in Berlin. The city was to regain its status as "Weltstadt", a world city. After hyperinflation was over in 1923, Berlin experienced its 'golden years', a ten-year period with a vibrant arts and culture life and liberal attitudes for the most part.
The cabaret as an entertainment and art form played an important, albeit mythic, role in these most prosperous and fatal years of the European interwar period. In his quest for day-to-day news and a satirical look at his time, it was bittersweet in its irony, seeking an honesty in its dissemination more than a glamorous superficiality.
It may seem as if the cabaret, when it is to be recreated today, gets a glimpse of the glamor it did not have. If you dive into the material you will find an important time color and a repertoire that has transcended its genre and influenced the vocal storytelling of our time.
Based on the wartime cabaret and lounge music, lines are drawn back to Arnold Schönberg's cabaret song "Brettl - Lieder" and excerpts from Pierrot Lunaire. Musically, the juicy, raw and unadorned versions of music are written at a time when Europe is on the edge of the cliff. In the notebook is music by Mischa Spoliansky, Friedrich Holländer, Arnold Schönberg, Kurt Weill and Hanns Eisler.
Pianist and Chaplain Trygve Brøske arranges a selection of songs for an ensemble that qualifies for the concept of super-sextet Tor Johan Bøen and Øyvind Nussle on violin, Lazar Miletic on viola, Hans Urban Andersen on cello and double bassist Knut Erik Sundquist. A wooden blower will also come into the group.
And last but not least, mezzo-soprano Tora Augestad, one of Europe's foremost interpreters of this tradition. She recently received the Spellemann Award with the Oslo Philharmonic, and for many years has developed this repertoire with her own group Music for a while.
This set-up is also a collaboration with the ILIOS festival in Harstad.