Music from Germany – Andreas Bourani

Andreas Bourani , a singer/songwriter from Augsburg /Germany with german/eyptian roots. The 27 year old Bourani released his first album in 2011 and had with the song “Nur in meinem Kopf ” a number one hit single in Germany. After his first success , he seemed to have disappeared ,  until May 2014 , when he released his new single “Auf uns” which became the official german world championship song 2014 and if you have watched the final between Argentina and Germany you could hear it after the game when the officials gave the cup to the german team.

Today the german team came back to Berlin/germany and half a million people waited on the street to welcome them , at least 400000 in front of the Brandenburger Tor , where Bourani opened the welcome party with his song.

and in better quality the official video from the song

In 2011 i had the honour to see Bourani in a Mini Concert , about 100 invited  guests have been there here is my report ( in german from 2011 ) Bourani changed a little bit , his haircut is shorter than 2011.

 http://dinnerfornoone.wordpress.com/2012/04/22/andreas-bourani-minikonzert-tuttlingen/

 

Music from Germany – Brothers of Ivory

Brothers of Ivory - a band founded 2012 in Schorndorf /South Germany . The Trio is playing a mix of southern and alternative rock ,always impressed by the blues . In 2013 they´ve played a lot of gigs in germany and switzerland

Here is their song “Revolution “

Indeed the right name of the band is “Brothers of Ivory ” not (Brothers of Irony :-) ) excuse me ! haha it was late and i didn´t check it , when i wrote it down .

 

 

Music from the Netherlands – Bakermat

Bakermat, an alias for young Dutch producer Lodewijk Fluttert, had a quick rise. In just three months he gained a lot of views, likes and followers with his productions. He has always had an obsession with music, in many genres. From an early age the young Bakermat was into jazz and blues and discovered house music at the age of 12. By fanatically listening to every track that was posted on blogspots he had quickly built up a huge library. When he was 18, he went to the University of Utrecht to study Psychology. It was there that he discovered deep house and producing his own music.

His sets are filled with joy and happiness, and are always melodic. Saxophones, flutes, trumpets, Bakermat tries to use them frequently. The combination of these jazz instruments with deep house music is what makes Bakermat’s style unique. (from his Homepage Biography )

The song “One day ” has been in 2012 a  No.1 summer hit in the Netherlands

 

Music from the UK – Fad Gadget

Frank Tovey (born September 8, 1956 in London, † April 3, 2002 ibid; actually John Francis Tovey) was a British musician and pioneer of the British New Wave movement. He was also known by his pseudonym Fad Gadget.

He published in 1979 under the pseudonym Fad Gadget Tovey his debut single Back to Nature. Gadget was the first artist of the newly founded  Mute Records label. There were other gadget singles like Ricky’s hand, Fireside Favourite, Make Room / Lady Shave or Collapsing New People (the last single with the Berlin-based band Einstürzende Neubauten as guest musician). Until 1984, he published four albums Gadget Fireside Favourites (1980), Incontinent (1981), Under the Flag (1982) and Gag (1984).

In 1980, the then-unknown band Depeche Mode has bee  the opening act of gadget. After that concert Depeche Mode were taken at Mute Records.. Despite the high recognition he enjoys in the electronic music scene of the 1980s, his reputation remained rather low.

 

Music from Ireland – L´Orkestina

ORKESTINA, as the name suggests, is a mini-balcan-gypsy orchestra, specialising in the fusion of east european music with the languages of the west: jazz and Irish music.ORKESTINA is made up of musicians from various countries, a fact which peppers its compositions and arrangements with a rich diversity and colour. It’s founder and leader, Colum Pettit (Cork, Ireland) has put together a multiethnic, multicoloured group which include styles and flavours from all over Europe. At the moment, ORKESTINA is a quartet made up of an Irish violinist, an accordinist and double bass from Catalunya and a bulgarian maestro of the Gadulka. The combined musical influences and virtuosity of these four musicians deliver a repertoire in which the various musical styles of eastern and western europe are mixed together to produce a seamless whole.

Here is their song ” Jewish Gypsy”

Music from Romania – Taraf de Haidouks

Taraf de Haïdouks are a Romanian gypsy combo consisting of 13 Roma musicians. These are from the 3000-strong community Clejani in the middle of the historical region of Wallachia in Romania’s south-east, about 40 km south of Bucharest, near the Bulgarian border.

The name of the combo goes back to Taraf (= band) and Hajdú (Heiducken a people  fighting for freedom ) , just so: Hajdú-orchestra.

The music is a combination of diferent influences of Balkan and Gypsy Music from Romania , former Yougoslavia Bulgaria mixed with components of oriental music from Turkey and Greece:

In 2002 the world famous violonist and head of the band Nicolae Neacsu, born 1924 died .

45 minutes of Gypsy Power Music

Music from the UK – Bliss

Bliss (German: happiness, bliss) is an English rock and pop band from London. Bliss was founded in 1986 by Rachel Morrison (vocals) and Paul Ralphes (bass)  in Coventry and was later added, with others , as with today’s London music producer Tom E Morrison as a guitarist. In 2007, the band released the best-of-album Spirit of Man. Two German musician, guitarist Tom E Morrison and drummer Michael Witzel  came 1990 on the band.

For Those who love the sound of Enya or Fleetwood Mac

Here is their song “Desert Sun” chill out music at his finest !

 

Music from France – Scarlett O´Hanna

Described as a format-killer composer, singer and producer with eclectic sensitivity, SCARLETT O’HANNA originates from France where she started to learn the piano at 6 and as a kid grew up listening to The Police, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Charles Trenet and Chopin. She forms a band in 2003, Cobson, records one album and plays mostly in France for about 7 years before splitting it up. O’Hanna gets noticed with minimal and mostly instrumental Cheap Bling Bling, first EP under her name, right before leaving France in 2010. She opens for Scout Niblett, Emily Jane White or Laura Veirs and then records 8-track album IMPOSTOR with Rudy Coclet in Brussels. In March 2011 Wilco invites her on a leg of their European tour as their support. While unsigned in Europe, Cocoheart records in Japan releases a special edition album featuring both records.

Few months ago Scarlett went back to France to record ROMANCE FLOATS in La Frette studios. (from her Homepage )

Here is her song “Dramamine”

Music from Germany – Quadro Nuevo

Quadro Nuevo , an instrumental quartet , founded 1996 in Salzburg/Austria , a group from germany , the european answer of argentinian tango.

They won several prizes, gave already over 3000 concerts all over the world . They play in concert halls , pubs and on festivals , but they often practise their music also as street muscians.

Here is their song “Nature Boy”