Steve Reich’s “Three Tales”, Konzerthaus, Berlin

I suddenly noticed that Konzerthaus Berlin hosted a work I never heard by a composer I admire: Steve Reich’s “video opera” Three Tales – the video part created by his wife Beryl Korot. The work interprets the development and failures of human ingenuity in three movements: One about the Hindenburg disaster, one about the atomic Read More …

Gerhard Richter retrospective, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin

Finally managed to get in to the very popular Gerhard Richter exhibit at the Neue Nationalgalerie. Strangely, I did not come away as impressed as I expected I would. I do admire Richters technique – and especially his insistence on working in different styles throughout his career – the blurry photorealism he is so well Read More …

Olafur Eliasson: “Innen Stadt Außen”

I went to see Olafur Eliasson’s Innen Stadt Außen exhibit in Martin-Gropius-Bau. Thankfully, the long line of visitors was for the much hyped exhibit of the utterly overrated Frida Kahlo. Well, speaking of overrated, I’m still not sure what to think of the whole Eliasson phenomenon. His work is certainly inventive, powerful and well, it Read More …

Roskilde Festival 2009, day 3 (in English)

I’d already caught the excellent Eagles of Death Metal live at Vega (review here), but still – or precisely because of that – I wouldn’t miss the chance of seeing them again. And their humorously down-to-earth rock’n’roll was just the thing to relieve the traditional Sunday fatigue of the Roskilde Festival crowd. And even while Read More …

Roskilde Festival 2009, day 2 (in English)

One would think that pleasant pop melodies and tribal rhythms on acoustic instruments was a winning combination. But somehow The Dodos managed to grind to a halt too often, rather than induce the expected trancelike state. And eventually, they left me cold. Just the other day I was thinking of Steinski and the brilliant 12″ Read More …

Roskilde Festival 2009, day 1 (in English)

I skipped the Thursday of Roskilde Festival, arriving just in time for the reunited Faith No More on the Orange Stage on Friday. Disappointingly plagued by keyboard trouble (apparently a Macbook/software synth setup) they delivered all the raw energy and quirky inventiveness that made them one of my favourite bands in the nineties. Knowing most Read More …