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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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A Creative Opportunity For Fiction Writers Willing To Travel: Bulgaria

Mid Flight by Red Haircrow

Mid Flight by Red Haircrow

Sozopol Fiction Seminars English and Bulgarian Scholarships

Ten scholarships, valued at approximately $1,600 each, to attend the Sozopol Fiction Seminars in Sozopol, Bulgaria, are given annually to five fiction writers working in English and five working in Bulgarian. Tuition, room and board, and some travel expenses are included. Writers of any nationality are eligible.

Using the online submission system, submit 10 to 20 pages of fiction, a curriculum vitae, a personal statement, a writer’s statement, and a letter of reference (sent directly to Sozopol Fiction Seminars by the reference) by March 15. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Sozopol Fiction Seminars, English and Bulgarian Scholarships, 15 Liuben Karavelov Street, 1142 Sofia, Bulgaria (Rep.). Simona Ilieva, Contact.

More from their website:

SCHOLARSHIPS

Five participants writing in English and five writing in Bulgarian language will receive scholarships. A scholarship covers tuition, room and board, in-country transportation, and 50% of international travel expenses.

PROGRAM AND FACULTY

Morning workshops will be led in English by Elizabeth Kostova (US), author of the best-selling novels The Historian (2005) and The Swan Thieves (2010), and in Bulgarian by Vladimir Levchev (BG), author of nineteen poetry collections (four published in the U.S.) and the novels Krali Marko: The Balkan Prince (2006), 2084 (2009) and The Man and the Shadow (2012).

Guest lectures will be provided by Richard Russo (US), a writer and a screenwriter, a Pulitzer Prize winner for the novel Empire Falls (2002), author of the filmed novel Nobody’s Fool (1994), and Vladislav Todorov (BG/US), a writer and a screenwriter, author of the filmed novels Zift (2010) and Zincograph (2010).

The program in Sozopol, Bulgaria, includes also roundtable discussions, meetings with distinguished international and Bulgarian editors, publishers, translators, as well as literary readings.

Follow-up events, organized as part of the long-term program of the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation CapitaLiterature, will take place on 28 and 29 May 2013 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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All E-books 99¢ Oct. 12th-31st at Uninvited Books: “Illuminating Darkness”

October 12 is Aleister Crowley’s 137th birthday and…

To celebrate the Evil One’s birthday, all e-books from Uninvited Books will be 99¢ from the 12th through Halloween!

“I was not content to believe in a personal devil and serve him,” said Aleister Crowley. “I wanted to get hold of him personally and become his chief of staff.”

 

 

October 12th ~ October 31st

Trick or Treat yourself to some of the finest contemporary dark fiction.

http://www.uninvitedbooks.com/page17.html

WOOD by Robert Dunbar

“Literary Horror at its best.” ~ Layers of Thought

GARDENS OF NIGHT  by Greg F. Gifune

“Dark fiction as it is meant to be written.” ~ Literary Mayhem

MARTYRS & MONSTERS by Robert Dunbar

“A masterpiece.” ~ Dark Scribe Magazine

LITTLE BOY LOST by T. M. Wright

“Brilliant.” ~ Horror World

WILLY by Robert Dunbar

“Profound.” ~ The Reading Review

DESCENT by Sandy DeLuca

“Not to be missed.” ~ Nights & Weekends

SHADOWS, Supernatural Tales by Masters of Modern Literature

“Required reading for all horror fans.” ~ Shroud Magazine

U N I N V I T E D   B O O K S

Illuminating Darkness …

www.UninvitedBooks.com

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YAM Magazine’s 2012 LGBT Blogathon Begins June 11th

A great promotional opportunity for those who are or support GLBTIIQ interests:

“Just like last year YAM celebrated Pride Month during the first week of June, with their first EVER LGBT Blogathon event, and the YAM Magazine team is proud to announce that they’re back at it!

Same rules apply! You can talk about ANYTHING entertainment (that goes for film, television, music, books, or anything else you can think of…) that is related to LGBT themes. From anywhere in the world, in any language.

Join them on June 11th – June 17th to share the best of worldwide LGBT entertainment.”

Visit YAM’s website for more details.

Join them!

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The Romance Reviews “Year End Smash” November 1-28th! Lots of prizes and giveaways!

Many publishers and literally hundreds of authors are participating in this year end bash, including me! I’m donating 4 ebooks, winner’s choice of:

 

 

Night Shift
Katrdeshtr’s Redemption
A Lieutenant’s Love
The Angel of Berlin

 

 

 

 

 

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The Angel of Berlin was recently reviewed by author, Valentina Heart at The Romance Reviews and here are a few highlights:

“I never would have thought that such a short story about one stranger rescuing the life of another could win me over so completely. The plot is simple enough, yet it was written so beautifully that it felt as if I’ve never read anything even remotely similar to it…” To read the full review please visit their site.

So remember to drop by during the month of November for the Year End Smash and participate to win. If you’re an author who wishes to participate there may still be time, contact Carole, the admin of the site, so you can promote your work as well!

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