This Würzburg Harbor Summer Festival 2022 is programmatically so (diverse) rich – even for the creators and organizers it is difficult to name their hit, their main attraction, after almost two weeks. Special events such as songs on a summer evening, family Sunday with a well-attended concert at noon, a young port. . . and loud different music styles from evening to evening: “For us, what was special about this year’s port summer is that we managed to reach such a diverse target group,” says Sophia Kippes from the city’s culture department.
As for the audience, the Web Web x Max Herre concerts, the men from Quadro Nuevo and Les Yeux D’La Tête, were the strongest evenings in terms of the number of tickets sold. There were 800 to 1000 guests sitting, playing and dancing on the steps of the old port.
Here’s a look at three of the many advantages that tried and tested combine with the extraordinary.
Proven world musicians without fear of water: Quadro Nuevo
How easy is Germany’s victory 7-1 in football with Brazil? Quite casual, quite casual, quite comfortable – especially when Quadro Nuevo is on the pitch, that is, on the stage. The band, which has been touring the world for almost three decades, knows how to charm and charm with musical ease. And because the saxophonist Mulo Francel and his three brothers-in-arms, who play the accordion, trumpet, bass, drums and guitar, like to complement their written pieces with world music classics and compositions by musician friends, there is always a little introduction to working on clarifying and broadening horizons.
Jazz, tango, oriental music – pretty good, pretty reliable, always beautiful. A band you love to hear live over and over again. Quadro Nuevo took advantage of the forced pandemic hiatus to produce children’s song CDs and spirits – the ‘culture shop’, or merchandise stall, is adequately stocked. Before the break, the ad promises that “if he plays the last song, one of us will jump into the Icarus Sea.”
Does one jump? After beautiful sounds, crisp rhythms and soul-flattering pieces, Mulo Francel puts down the saxophone, grabs the viewer and jumps with shouts into the warm Main. Addition? Then she’s in panties.
Maximum impossible musical mix: Minyo Crusaders from Japan
It’s hard to imagine a much more improbable mix: traditional Japanese folk songs, called minyo as they are (or rather were) sung by miners, sumo wrestlers or sailors and South American, Caribbean and African rhythms, jazz, some rock and very cool It’s Japanese Minyo Crusaders team.
It sounds exactly as you imagine it: artistically complex melodies that sound infinite and a little strange to western ears, lined – no: combined with almost everything rhythmic and melodic, i.e. cumbia, son, salsa, odd and even meters against myself. It is incredibly captivating and at the same time almost inevitably encourages you to dance together. This is what everyone does on the stairs to a specially practiced choreography.
Freddy Tsukamoto sings hypnotic melodies that deal with love and other life situations with a huge range and characteristically light timbre (you can check it online, no one explains it). Guitarist and band leader Katsumi Tanaka flirts with his incomplete knowledge of foreign languages: “We are Minyo Crusaders” reads over and over from his pile of notes. And: “Thank you Wurzbach!”
There is also a saxophone, trumpet, bass, keyboards and lots of drums. The team that Ry Cooder is said to have named as one of the best in the area is truly superb quality. There is no more impressive, fun way to demonstrate the global power of music. So much perfection, so much slack. Italians call it sprezzatura, which means it can give heavy objects a light appearance. But it may be one cultural connection too many.
Deceptively romantic musette battles: Les Yeux d’la Tête from Paris
From Wurzbach to Würzbürg: Les Yeux d’la Tête from Paris, France, will play Thursday for a nearly sold-out audience, initially at temperatures reaching thirty. The name of the band comes from the phrase “Ça coûte les yeux de la tête” – it costs the eyes of the head. Means: Something is very expensive. Les Yeux d’la Tête, who were already at Hafensommer in 2018, play a very danceable mix of musette, klezmer, Balkan and Latin sounds, Iberian and Arabic sprinkles, rock and of course chanson.
Which doesn’t mean you can’t throw lightning from Led Zeppelin to Deep Purple, from Nirvana to Britney Spears: “I don’t speak English.” In addition to the known difficulties of the French in learning foreign languages, the fast, funny and often sarcastic lyrics tell about freedom of speech (“Laisse-moi chanter”), the madness of the new media (“Bonne nouvelle”, “Like me”) and of course love.
On their impossibility: “M’en veux pas” is a romantic-sounding musette waltz (to which several couples in the audience hug tightly), but revolves around one line of the text: “Don’t be angry with me if I can’t love. But I can sing for you. “And they can sing and they also play: Benoît Savard (vocals, guitar), Eddy Lopez (saxophone), Émilien Pottier (bass), Xavier Hamon (drums) and Rodrigue Fernandes (accordion) are a well-practiced band live The audience is excited.
Final sprint this weekend: what’s next
The last summer port weekend in 2022 will once again tempt you with great diversity. On Saturday, from 19.30, two charismatic singers will enter the floating stage: Wallis Bird and Janine Cathrein with their band Black Sea Dahu. Irish artist Wallis Bird, based in Berlin, cultivates a mixture of rock, pop, soul and Irish folk. Black Sea Dahu from Zurich, on the other hand, plays a melodic, guitar-driven indie folk. The Munich Jazzrausch Bigband will conclude the event on Sunday at 20:00 with its fusion of house, techno and jazz.
More information and tickets at www.hafensommer-wuerzburg.de