When I posted on Facebook that I would take my canoe on tour to Copenhagen a friend immediately suggested Rasmus Ahlmark Jensen should come and play. We met behind Christiania and recorded three songs, while around us people where playing polo kayak, paddling on SUPs and driving small motorboats around, so we had to do some tracks a couple of times. It was a really nice day and my favorite song is “Sirens” a story set at sea, so what better song to sing on a canoe….
Salamanda is a band from Flensburg, the town I went to school in. They have just finished their first album and are currently looking to release it. We met on short notice when I decided to take a trip to Flensburg for the last weekend of our family holiday. The setting was Ostseebad, a beach I used to jog to in winter to take a short swim in the ice cold water and spent a lot of time in summer with friends. It was pretty windy and in one take I was afraid the canoe might be blown out to the baltic see, never to be seen again with this promising band on board. In the end we did two songs, the first one is “Visions of Thunder”. Enjoy:
Most of the time the musicians I take on my canoe need a couple of takes before we have a take of a song they are happy with. Sometimes a boat passes or someone screams something from the side. Most of the times people are simply a bit overwhelmed with the sound under the bridge and need some time to adjust their playing to the surrounding. With Irish artist Maria-Faith it was a whole different experience. We sat on the canoe, she played the three songs she had prepared and we were done. Here is the one I enjoyed most, also because of the amazing lights…
I got daniel recommended by another musician, he told me her voice was awesome. And it turned out to be. We did a total of eighteen!!! takes of various songs because that day it seemed all everyone wanted to do was to drive speedboats on the landwehrkanal…the final take of this song, called “fire” and written the very same morning, went uninterrupted. I think this could well be a full o radio hit but see for yourself and enjoy:
When thinking to come to Copenhagen for a couple of concerts I asked my high-school friend Christoph if he could recommend any bands/ solo artist, since he is in the Danish music business. From a number of bands I picked marstal:lidell. I had not seen them live, but I thought it would be interesting to see what they would make of the setting…
The session was held behind Christiania, in Christianshavn. Unfortunately the marxophone (yeah, I know, to be honest I didn’t know it was called that before either!) is rather loud, but hey!, it is a live take on a canoe!!! The song is dedicated to Jonas Thomsen Sekyere R.I.P..
I am on holiday right now (actually just visiting friends and family) in nothern germany and denmark, and when planing the trip I thought about taking the canoe on the roof of my father’s car we’ve borrowed. Then I got the idea that I could do some canoe concerts in the different places we would go… The first of these concerts, which I will post when they are ready, so outside my normal one-video-every-friday routine, is of the band called Friedrich Jr. from a place very close to where I grew up, in the most northern part of Germany. My brother recently joined the group and they play just the music to be heard on a canoe on a nice lake in a warm northern summer evening. It was the first time I had three musicians in the canoe, while paddling from the very back. it worked out very well…enjoy:
It might sound strange, but after I had done about seven or eight Canoe Concerts and especially after Rhob Cunninghams performance, I don’t really have to find musicians anymore, they find me. With a lot of requests, I mixed it up the other day and had asked one of the musicians if he was ready for the session the next day. I had thought we had a date, but it was actually with someone else. Anyway, he apologized and said he didn’t have the songs ready yet. I thought that this was a bit of a shame and he could have told me earlier. So he told me that a friend was interested, and he immediately jumped in. AN hour later I found out that the guy I did actually have a date with the next day was someone else and still coming. So I did two concerts and the guy that jumped in is Michael de la Fontaine. I have to say I am really happy this happened. Enjoy:
Since I have started the project I already had musicians not only from various regions of this planet but also with very different approaches to music and the role music plays in their lives. On the one end are people that play mostly for themselves or friends. On the other end are the professionals. One of the them is Ray Mann, who has performed with astounding people like Al Green and Lauryn Hill. That he can do without them just fine you can hear here:
10 Concerts, yeah! Marie and Sebastian are friends from a co-living project I am in. They have both played music in very different projects for years before starting a common project when their kids left them much less time to play. so now they spend their evenings writing these beautiful songs. Like this one:
Last weekend we had our open session for 48 Hours Neukölln. Some of the footage will be online at some point. Afterwards I was on my way back with the canoe when my brother and I heard the the football game between Brazil and Chile would be decided in a penalty shoot out. So we stopped and watched it with about eighty other people at a little “Imbiss” on Ohlauer Str. Here we met Stig Pham Huu Tri who walked by with a guitar. We asked if he was interested to play and so he did…We did a couple of takes, but only the first one was under good light conditions. I like it because we also had some unexpected audience and I especially like the ending with two swans appearing…enjoy: