Favorites of the week – culture

Angry Ballad: Amerasia

Amerasia is a land of no one, unmarked on maps. AMERICAS called in Thailand, which was an “aircraft carrier” for U.S. operations in the Vietnam War, a recreational area for GIs, children they fathered with Asian women – and left behind when they returned to their native existence after the war. Wolf-Eckart Bühler tracked them down in the 1984 film “Amerasia” (DVD, Edition Filmmuseum), after a former GI played by John Anderson across the country – and he knows what it means to be a foreigner by birth , he is a black man. A silent pain lies in the beautiful faces of children – double strangers, the natives see their origin at first glance, the whites do not even notice that they are “different”. A sad, sometimes angry ballad of loneliness and identity, loyalty and betrayal, in memory of John Ford and his “Seekers”, Leo T. Hurwitz, Irving Lerner and Abraham Polonsky. Fritz Gottler

Incredibly good: poet Andreas Reimann

Robert Gernhardt called the verses of poetry “poetry’s” that immediately linger in your memory as if they had always existed – and named things known as “Never more lonely than in August.” Here is a suggestion: “There the hills descend like cows into the valley / and ring at six o’clock.” There is not enough space here to explain why this is so good (anyone can). The poem that begins is called “The Next Landscape” and comes from Andreas Reimann. This, still not universally recognized as a classic in the wider circle of the homeland, is now getting a real work publication that should make it so. With “Der Plunderhund im Land Wunderbunt”, Connewitzer Verlagsbuchhandlung has presented a very thick volume of songs and poems (368 pages, 25 euros).

The three joys of poetry – feeling, ingenuity, form – form a triangular triangle, all true, bright and well-formed. How emotional is a declaration of love that testifies through a farewell: “When we realized in different ways / that we were too strong to endure / in the path defined by our love / farewell was possible without quarreling and lies.” It is hilarious how Reimann honors the ballad poet Schiller with a chorus about the history of his skull: “For all the Schiller curls / that have been swallowed since: the bell.. / The coffin sat very quietly / at midnight in the mass grave. ” You can hear it, it’s written to sing, because Reimann is said to be “East Germany’s Bob Dylan” – he has written about scenes of all kinds, and so it has become a picture of an era since the 1970s. , born in Leipzig in 1946 and since then living there, has a stubborn political biography given so much free spirit, possesses a provocative form of the aristocratic form of the sonnet. He nobly honors a cook and cleaner, recalling their honor: “But he is old, tired of the tulip bouquet / Instead of finding it, he agreed. sitting in the pouring applause. ”Andreas Reimann, let’s applause! Gustav Seibt

Casual dialect: musician Fai Baba

Favorite of the week: Soft voice, extremely loud voice: Fai Baba.

Soft voice, extremely scratchy voice: Fai Baba.

(Photo: Zsigmond Toth)

Why does good music not always come from Germany, but from Switzerland? Something is going particularly well there at the moment, just think of the extremely beautiful album “I Love You”, which Sophie Hunger recorded with Dino Brandão and Faber at Schwyzerdütsch. The album of the musician from Zurich, Fai Baba, “Veränderet” has already been released, which is incomparable in terms of disregard. Fai Baba has been making music in English for a long time and has already reasonably chosen the dialect as well. This brings up such wonderful sentences as: “S Läbe will let go, let go, fight bad degäge a, give Rue”, in the song of the same name “Veränderet”. How this scratchy scratching tongue is constantly rubbed with soft music and also with Fai Baba’s own tearful voice, is truly the most beautiful contrast and the greatest pleasure. Christian Lutz

The Parallel World of Euphony: King’s College Choir, Cambridge

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(Photo: King’s College Cambridge, DDD, 2021)

In 1441, so relatively late, King Henry VI. Today’s King’s College Chapel. The choirs of the Continental Cathedral had already been erected in Aachen, Regensburg, Solothurn, St. Florian, Linz, Halle, Leipzig, Dresden, Freiburg and Augsburg since the eighth century. Henry VI was then 19 years old and had been King of England for eleven years and of France for nine years. Life expectancy was shorter, you had to start earlier. But: Was life more relaxed or more stressful then? As English king, the latter was certainly true, for his life traditionally consisted in the virtuous avoidance of assassination attempts of all kinds. Henry VI may have had his hat built for this purpose, a counter-king, a parallel world in which peace and euphoria reigned, to find peace and tranquility. The latter was provided by a small but professional choir, of men and boys, who in this constellation represent perhaps the best English cathedral choir to date.

The sound of “The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge” is considered continental in his country, too heavy on the chest, but it makes the difference not only for girls choirs, but also for most English church choirs, which always sound a little . many breaths. On the one hand, this is due to biological parameters and, on the other hand, simply the singing technique. When the vocal folds do not close properly, faint air comes in. But this, like many in England, is a welcome and proud tradition.

On his latest CD “Now the Green Blade Riseth” with works that are as rare as they are fascinating by various composers such as William Byrd, Maurice Duruflé, Edward Elgar, John Ireland, Samuel Sebastian Wesley and much less masters known, King’s College Choir shows not only a large range of its repertoire, but also its high technical and musical level. This was never particularly low, but there currently seems to be an above average number of very well-trained and well-trained voices. It also shows in detail like vocal treatment and things like that. But only then can this music reveal its true greatness. Helmut Mauro

Friend Wanted: Conan O’Brien Podcast

Favorite of the Week: Just give him a microphone and a watch: Conan O'Brien, now a podcast

Just give him a microphone and a watch: Conan O’Brien, now a podcast

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Conan O’Brien left at the right time and this is the biggest challenge of a long-term television career. Since 1993 he is one of the biggest late night shows in the US, previously on “Saturday Night Live” and wrote The Simpsons. Now Conan O’Brien podcasts, and as brilliant as to conclude: man never belonged to well-formatted television. Just give him a microphone and an hour to let out his spontaneous, meek, super smart and down-to-earth humor. In “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend” he interviews stars. Improvisation partners include his assistant Sona Movsesian and podcast producer Matt Gourley. And the assembled comedy elite has already been invited, including guitarist Slash and Bruce Springsteen, or Michelle and Barack Obama. Aurelie von Blazekovic

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