As an exception let me write about “exceptions”, because when I saw Il Tempo Gigante play for the first time on a stage on a late Saturday afternoon in Berlin Kreuzberg it was one: October, the air was so cold that you could see the breath of passers-by. From afar, a cluster of people gathered around a window could be seen, pressing their faces and ears to the glass and listening intently to the music being played inside. A small acoustic festival was taking place at the café. Il Tempo Gigante was on stage. I stopped at the window, my appointments in the capital city could wait.
Il Tempo Gigante is just one person, Rolf Hansen from Copenhagen. He uses an electric guitar, a loop station and a mike. His music is layered, building up over minutes and accompanied by lyrical story-telling. The ending of a song is greeted with beaming faces and applause. This was my experience in October in Berlin and it was the same experience when Il Tempo Gigante played at the first festival I organized in Munich.
All this happened over three years ago and a lot has happened since: soon after Il Tempo Gigante played in front of an audience of 300 in Munich, he then toured with Owen Pallett in Germany, Austria and Denmark. He received standing ovations at the Danish Newcomer awards. Due to health reasons he then had to take a break of two years.
Now this musician has completed a new album in just three months time, delighting with his guitar talents as well as his passion. He recorded all the instruments on his album by himself: the guitar, cello and horn to name just a few. Along with his tunes, he tells stories from the north, of loss and burning questions. All this he will combine on tour.
Five concerts are planned for the end of March and beginning of April in the Bavarian alpine region. Not in concert halls, but in cafés, small theaters and clubs – a new approach. Even better than reading about the sound of music coming through a window is being there yourself to hear it.
March 25th, 2014 Aarau – Tuchlaube
March 28th, 2014 Zurich – kafi für Dich
March 29th, 2014 Traunstein – Festung
March 31st , 2014 München – Theater Heppel & Ettlich
April 1st, 2014 Innsbruck, Bäckerei
You can win 2 x 2 Tickets for the concert in Munich! Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Something Good” by 5 pm, March 30th. The winners will be put on the guest list!