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The 105 Lenz-Kubach-Johnson Jazz Trio: 22 Nov. at Gemeinschaftshaus Gropiusstadt

collageAs cozy and welcoming as their 16 November performance at the Kellergalerie was, though the “love” was great, seating was limited. Upcoming on Friday, 22 November, however, there is a larger opportunity for jazz lovers to see the trio in a venue where their music can truly echo!

Located in the Neukölln district of Berlin, Germany, Gemeinschaftshaus Gropiusstadt is a center where cultural development is advocated and encouraged, and the music of The 105 would certainly qualify at culturally enriching and appealing to people from all backgrounds, ethnicities and countries.

Entry begins at 7:30pm and concert begins at 8:00pm.Tickets are 10€ at the door, 8€ in advance, and they usually go fast! Infos und Tickets: 030 90239-1416 oder www@tickets-gemeinschaftshaus.de.

From their website http://kultur-neukoelln.de/gemeinschaftshaus-gropiusstadt-programm.php

From their website

For more information please visit their website: http://kultur-neukoelln.de/gemeinschaftshaus-gropiusstadt-programm-veranstaltung-1766.php

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The Lone Ranger Premiere, Berlin, Germany, 19 July-I Was On The Red Carpet

premiereYou can view me among all the others there, on the official live stream video at the CineStar.de website.

Thousands of people flocked to see the stars arrive, and especially Johnny Depp of course, and I was standing right there and had the opportunity to take several photos, videos and get within arm’s distance as he passed me on the way into the theatre. I am not a fan of Johnny Depp, nor of any film stars or any such people. People are people to me, no matter how much money they have, who they are or who others think they are, nor by material or the items on their resumé. The inside: The Person matters to me. No idolizing.

I don’t know Johnny Depp, so I can’t say if I like him or dislike him. I was just there taking in the moment and to support my Native American Indian bro who was part of the festivities more directly. After we left the red carpet, headed downstairs to the theatres to enjoy complimentary spirits and snacks, among German celebrities of all kinds, while Johnny and the others continued to answer fan questions upstairs and promote the film, I called my mother and said, because I know she likes Johnny and follows film: “You’ll never guess where I am…..”

The full article is now available at Indian Country Today Media Network, as I was covering the event for the multi-media group owned and operated by Native Americans. Naturally, more photos I made of the event will be there.

Questions I’ve been asked:

Weren’t you excited to be so close to him?

It seemed a little surreal, but it was more interesting to be in a small area so strongly focused upon by millions, including those on location and those watching from television, computer or mobile devices.

Does he really look as handsome as he does in photo & film or is that airbrushing or something?

He looked exactly as he does in photo or film where he is just in plain clothes (no make-up or props), but from my psychology training on body language, etc.: he seemed quite tired. Understandable considering they were just at the Toyko premiere July 17th, and had just flown in, besides the generally blasé or negative reviews the film has received.

Did you want to shake his hand?

No, but then I rarely shake hands or touch anyone unless they are very well known to me. It’s an Apache thing. We don’t usually touch anyone in public.

Why didn’t you get his autograph?

I am someone who has only general and rather ephemeral interest in most material things (besides books), so no interest. Besides which, I’d have been kicked off the red carpet for trying any such thing. You are coached and expected to behave in a certain way, within certain parameters.

What did you do after you were off the red carpet?

We all went downstairs to the VIP area as I mentioned above. In comparision to my crazy race in a taxi to get to the red carpet after the call I received, I took the regular public transport home at a leisurely pace; stopped to pick-up a döner kebap for dinner, and laughed every now and then as I walked home as the unbelievability of my walk on the rote teppich.

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Music/Event Review: “The 105 Lenz-Kubach-Johnson Jazz Trio at Luisabad Bibliothek”

Bibliothek Ceiling by Red Haircrow

Bibliothek Ceiling by Red Haircrow

In some ways, as you might imagine, Berlin is a city of contrasts. You have staid Germans, whether young or old, going about their lives and business, primarily interacting with those who look and act like them, besides the Germans who are eclectic, whether young or old, who reach out to and enjoy peoples of all kinds: different cultures, different languages, differences of thoughts and behaviors (among other things). Not knocking the former at all, you have those who can combine and/or appreciate their own culture and music, and those of others. And of course, you have a huge multi-cultural mix of people otherwise.

You also have a distinct slice of ageism here. You see it is advertisements for employees or business partners, start-ups, and projects of all kinds: “We are a hip young team searching for other young people to______.” Fill in the blank, as you will. But the primary attitude prevails in that set that only young people, and usually those under 25 and no older than 30 at most (!) cannot be knowledgeable to trends, or be hip, cool, smart, funny or anything else. If you are older than 30? You are to be dismissed, ignored or blinked at owlishly.

Whatever your ethnicity, your background, your age, or how you felt at the moment…for I came to this venue straight from work and was rather worn-looking, and felt out of place in the crowd of, by majority, “proper” Germans, stylishly dressed, the kind that, unless forced to, never look at or acknowledge you at all if you are not like themselves: The jazz Trio at Luisabad Bibilothek were vivid in a moment outside of time.

The music played by the trio of Uli Lenz (piano), Gerhard Kubach (Bass), and Zam Johnson (Drums) soon took me beyond b, but oundaries, most especially because most of the others didn’t interest me at all. Art transcended comparative age, and the trio were hip, cool and happening, even if the younger crowd have their new slangs and phrases to describe the same.

Mural by Red Haircrow

Mural by Red Haircrow

It was an undeniably beautiful venue, an intimate venue, with probably no  more than seventy-five chairs (at the most) fanned out for the pieces of the trio: piano, bass and drums. Playing jazz favorites like “Morning Star” and “I Cover the Waterfront,” I recognized almost all the music, and on row three, aisle seat, I had a very good view of Zam and the other two players.  The performance was superlative with the musicians clearly displaying, without words, their love for their art and craft, as well as the players who’d gone before them. If you had the “soul,” you could feel the music in the different way than politely nodding.

Seated next to me, on the left, were two older gentleman who obviously “felt” the music.  One was obviously a former drummer whose staccato finger and hand movements on the top of his brown-trousered thighs showed his knowledge of the pieces being played, shadowing Zam’s alternatively slow, hypnotic movements in one set… contrasting to the high energy moves in another. On the old drummer’s farther side was a gentleman with nails carefully trimmed and rounded on long, eloquent fingers which almost perfectly followed Uli Lenz’s playing.

You don’t have to be 20 to be cool or happening. Just because you’re over 3o doesn’t mean you have no appeal, energy or can’t truly “feel the love” anymore. Even if “they” say at Der Spiegel magazine that Leipzig is the New Berlin for hipsters, and that all the young artsy, German musicians are headed that way? I say let them go, if you can’t appreciate the vibrant scene that is still here or if only those who are young are to be considered as worthy.

Sure, I would have felt more comfortable in some basement or backstreet lounge with lowlight, a drink in one hand and perhaps a cigarette in the other, among people willing to look you in the eye and acknowledge you as human just like themselves, but these three guys played their hearts, souls and fingers out, and rocked the venue. They transcended the venue. Lovers of classic jazz mixed with jazzed contemporary? Don’t miss them next time. Check http://105lenzkubachjohnson.com/ and Facebook pages for next.

The Three by Red Haircrow

The Three by Red Haircrow


*All photos were taken by and are copyright to Red Haircrow.



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