It’s showtime, Baby!

Marco Ponce Kärgel at Hotel Bogota / NACHT trifft TAGEBUCHt

A premiere of a special kind. Would that work? My pictures with the songs of Andreas Albrecht, that have a high atmospheric density and lyrics (in German!) that are very elementary and dominating? Would the images interfere the music or the music drown the pictures?

What we definitly didn’t want to do was one of those “every 5 seconds changes the picture” slideshows with some instrumental flavor enhancers. The compositions should communicate with the pictures at eye level. There are parts in the show where the images kind of comment on the lyrics as well as parts where the music carries the photographs literally to a whole other level. Since a few weeks we have fought with every single image slice and fading length and worked one or the other night on fine tuning and polishing up the final technical issues.

NACHT trifft TAGEBUCHt, Hotel Bogota

Just in time for yesterday’s opening at Hotel Bogota, everything was ready and maybe I was the one, who was the most overwhelmed by the result. It is a big fortune and great honor to work with such great professional musicians like Andreas Albrecht and Marco Ponce Kärgel. And one was obvious right after the final cord of yesterday’s performance: it was certainly not the last time we where working together for a performance like this.

Andreas Albrecht at Hotel Bogota / NACHT trifft TAGEBUCHt

What a great relief, what a big experience. Wonderful. Thanks to a great audience and a very special venue – the Hotel Bogota.
Most of the songs are from Andreas’ latest album TAGEBUCHt. Order it here, it’s outstanding.

Marco Ponce Kärgel at Hotel Bogota / NACHT trifft TAGEBUCHt

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from the series NACHT by Christian Reister

Check my website or Seconds2Real’s latest blogpost for information about my next exhibition at Hotel Bogota, Berlin.
Save the date of the opening: April 26th – with a very special performance of Andreas Albrecht and Marco Ponce Kärgel playing live music to slideshows from my NACHT series. It’s going to be an exciting experiment.

A Song for the Weekend

When I first heard some of the new songs from Andreas Albrechts new album, there was this one among them with the title “Nacht” (“Night”). A current photo project I’m working on has the same working title and much of a related athmosphere. So when Andreas came up with the idea making some kind of photo film video for the song with my photographs I first tried to bring it together with my new photographs but soon realized that this would not work. I always find it extremly difficult to combine music with lyrics and photography in a really cross-fertilizing way. In most cases there is always one medium “too loud” – either the images are too clear and strong to let space for lyrics or vice versa. So we decided to drop that idea and try to be as open as possible taking photos along a long shared trip through a Berlin summer night. We went by bike and feet, finally had a few hundreds of photos and Andreas would just take them home and do whatever he wanted to to with them. Full screen view recommended.