Concert in Vaterstetten: a hurricane with unconventional sounds – Ebersberg

Kurt Schneeweis understates. Fully. “It itches you,” promises the initiator of the concerts in the town hall of Vaterstetten, even before the first note is struck, the first string is plucked. – You’re not gonna be sitting all evening. Then he says. And he is right. Then there’s concentrated musical power that not only itches but penetrates everyone’s limbs in the room. And that’s a lot. The Reitsberger Halle is not only an original alternative to the town hall, which is no longer in use – you can find each other comfortably crunching in front of the door – but also plenty of space for a concert audience.

He is no longer very young in all the chairs this evening, but is still starving after two years of fasting for the corona culture. Always in Vaterstetten, where the decades-old tradition of town hall concerts has been broken and the budget has been limited so that now there are only four instead of ten or twelve events a year.

One would Swinging G Grafing would be very wrong if it were not for the testimony that they do not at least partially make up for the loss of cultural mass with incredible musical enthusiasm and quality. Just watching the leader of the team, Anja Bernhard, get caught up in her own momentum, or rather a swing, has a smile on her face throughout the evening, makes more than one trauma disappear, that you could drag with you to the room.

The band’s leader Anja Bernhard never gives up, she is both the driving force and the corrector.

(Photo: Christian Endt)

So they’re all “In the Mood” right away, both on stage and in the audience, and it’s hard to believe Bernhard swears that she started this one time with her best song and didn’t always want to end there – what bands do I like? whether they want their audience to be involved or fondly remembered by them is an open question. In any case, the musicians who come from Grafing don’t need any of these things. After the overture it doesn’t get any worse. Moten Swing, a piece by the famous Count Basie, with Moritz Fischer’s baritone saxophone begins cautiously, increases with the distributed use of wind instruments, and finally jumps back to the captivating intermediate finale driven by a rhythm section that is of different ages. It consists of the old bass player Markus Röder and the newcomer Moritz Frahm on drums. Together with Markus Landerer on the piano, the trio creates not only a stable, but also a thrilling, fueling foundation not only for improvised tours of wind instruments, but also for their perfectly coordinated traditional parts in big band classics such as the “American Patrol” adaptation of Glenn Miller or “Watermelon Man” by Herbie Hancock.

Concert in the town hall in Vaterstetten: Felix Dänemkamp and Stefanie Pilcz on tenor saxophone, Markus Röder on bass in the back.

Felix Dänemkamp and Stefanie Pilcz on tenor saxophone, Markus Röder on bass in the back.

(Photo: Christian Endt)

They can prove that Swinging G doesn’t have to be afraid of rhythmic experiments, be it funk, pop or Latin jazz, for example with “Mambo Swing”, a great piece by the Californian band Neoswing. Big Bad Daddy Voodoowhich gives a lot of space to each group of instruments, or the famous “Copacabana”, written by Barry Manilow in the late 1970s. “Let’s imagine for two minutes, re there” on the most famous beach in Brazil. And as if such a trip was not his own experience, Felix Dänekamp, ​​who plays the alto saxophone, turns an imaginary journey into a musical adventure with a wonderfully original solo. One of the welcome variations.

The big band, which was formed in 2003 from a school combo, never lost its fire

The band members were on average 18 years old when they formed, they developed in 2003 from the school formation at the Grafinger Gymnasium. Admittedly, there aren’t many original line-up in today’s 15-piece band, apart from band leader Anja Bernhard, its co-founder Eva Koch (trumpet) and Moritz Fischer (baritone saxophone and vocals) and Markus Landerer for piano. Father and son Markus and Lukas Tristl (trumpet) are old Grafingers too, but what about the band that won Tassilo, a cultural award Suddeutsche Zeitung honored, honored from the beginning, her fire, she did not lose it. And improved over time. Not only does math teacher Bernhard set the pace, he also plays the wing and trumpet, complementing Moritz Fischer’s voice in careful dialogue with her trumpet, for example in the evening’s only really slow piece, Georgia On My Mind. This evening, Stephanie Pilcz will also perform with impressive solos on the alto saxophone, Jana Weidhase (alto saxophone), Birgit Meyer and Thomas Preyer (trombone), and most recently Petra Spelzhaus on the first trumpet.

Concert at the Town Hall in Vaterstetten: Rhythmic clapping - long-forgotten audience pleasure at Reitsberger Halle.

Rhythmic clapping – a long-lost pleasure for the audience at Reitsberger Halle.

(Photo: Christian Endt)

“When something rocks you can feel it,” Anja Bernhard once said, referring to big band music, which is often not very young anymore, but especially when performed as if Swinging G has lost none of its power. This is especially true when the songs played are recent, such as “Hurricane Season” by trombonist, trumpeter and singer Shorty Trombone, who was born in Louisiana in 1986. Shortly after the break, the first listeners are blown out of their seats after a few bars – and some are unable to return to the end. “Rock Around the Clock” – that would be fine for some concert goers, encores are required and the band is happy to do so. – One more time? One more time? Yes! In each case.

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