I’m writing this while admiring picturesque views on a train from Munich to Salzburg . I’m installing an exhibition at Periscope:Project:Space this week- which I’ll post about later.
We had a great weekend in Munich and the highlight was definitely Die Lange Nacht Der Musik or in english The Long Night of Music. From 8pm to 3am literally hundreds of music gigs & concerts take place across Salzburg. You pay 15euro for a wristband and it allows you access to all of the venues and the special shuttle buses that run through out the night.
We started the evening off at Arts & Boards a nice arty bar with a gallery down stairs (which had a flashing mannequin – I kid you not!). After chilling out to some cool jazz with great improvs we headed to Agnes Neun. This was a small cosy pub squeezed to the brim with revellers listening to Derek O’Reilly – an Irish singer armed with his guitar & a host of traditional Irish songs.
After a wee sing song we made our way to Steinheil 16. The singer, Alison Degbe, was incredible. Dressed in a long black dress she was striking with a powerful & soulful voice to match. (I’d also recommend here for food too – reasonably priced & big portions!)
Our next venue was Carl Orff Auditorium- a complete contrast to the other places we’d been. The event was a series of performances that explore music & it’s boundaries with art & science. We stayed for three performances which were all experimental and included a woman using nonsense words & verbal sounds which were looped, a grand piano hooked up to an oscillator & a trio of clarinet, double bass & piano with a balloon thrown in for good measure!
Afterwards we hopped on a shuttle bus & stumbled upon Cafe Camera. We ended our evening here with a german band called Löwe. They had a nineties indie feel and had everyone singing along – me included, even though I can’t speak a word of German! Here’s a wee snippet on youtube…
It was fun nacht der musik & 15 euro well spent! Now, back to the train views….