Summer in the park!
Here are some upcoming dates:
17.08. Sommerhausen Festival
20.08. Sommer im Park Vellmar
21.08. Zu Gast im Park Bad Zwischenahn
…for more dates check the >live< section!
We hope to see you soon,
|20 Sep 2019||The Beatles Close-Up||Bad Grönenbach, 20:00 Postsaal||Postsaal||Tickets|
|22 Sep 2019||Ludwigsburger Festspiele||Haigerloch Bad Imnau, 19:00 Fürstensaal im Hotel Fürstenhof||Fürstensaal im Hotel Fürstenhof||Tickets|
|12 Okt 2019||The Beatles Close-Up||Vogtsburg, 19:00 Turn- und Festhalle||Turn- und Festhalle|
|30 Okt 2019||The Beatles Close-Up||Neumünster, 20:00 Altes Stahlwerk||Altes Stahlwerk||Tickets|
|15 Nov 2019||Oberkochen dell' Arte||Oberkochen, 20:00 Bürgersaal||Bürgersaal|
|16 Nov 2019||The Beatles Close-Up - Termin verschoben auf den 16.11.2019!||Trebbin, 19:30 Der kleine Glaspalast||Der kleine Glaspalast||Tickets|
|01 Dez 2019||Voix La||Gray (F), tba Théâtre Gray||Théâtre Gray|
|05 Dez 2019||Olot (ES), tba tba||tba|
|10 Jan 2020||A women thing||Westhofen, tba Gut Leben||Gut Leben|
|12 Jan 2020||The Beatles Close-Up reduced to the vox||Schwülper, 11:15 Bürgerhaus Groß Schwülper||Bürgerhaus Groß Schwülper|
|08 Mär 2020||The Beatles Close-Up||Rietberg, 18:00 Theater Rietberg||Theater Rietberg|
|02 Apr 2020||Les Brünettes Best Of||Osnabrück, tba Blue Note||Blue Note|
|26 Apr 2020||The Beatles Close-Up reduced to the vox||Dassel am Solling (Nds), tba Kirche Dassel||Kirche Dassel|
|01 Mai 2020||Doppelkonzert mit Jazzica||Kiel, tba Kulturforum Kiel||Kulturforum Kiel|
Les Brünettes – The Beatles Close-Up
Following their successful programme entitled ‘A Women Thing’, a congenial homage to their musical heroines, Les Brünettes felt ready for a ‘boys thing’. And who better to choose than the epitome of all boys groups, the Beatles? Seen through the eyes of four women, we are treated to an exhilarating close-up of the Fab Four’s life and music.
The mystery of the Beatles is something musicians, fans, biographers and contemporaries are still trying to fathom: How did these four apparently ordinary lads from Liverpool become the catalyst for the yearnings of an entire generation? It must have had to do with the fact that they were a real band, a gang, something that transcended the sum of its parts. As their two preceding albums have shown, this distinction also applies to Les Brünettes. Furthermore, each of the Beatles was a songwriter and solo singer in his own right and contributed his musical ideas to the band, lending the music an incredible diversity. Taking the same liberties, Les Brünettes have always been on the lookout for new musical territories beyond the a cappella mainstream.
To get even closer to the Beatles’ spirit, Les Brünettes recorded their album at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London – the very place where Paul, George, Ringo and John wrote and recorded many of their greatest hits.
It is a pure joy to hear Les Brünettes place their impressive vocal skills in the service of these timeless songs, and not only for real die-hard Beatles fans. Taking their inspiration from the Fab Four, the arrangements involve highly creative, playful and sometimes tongue-in-cheek flights of fancy. The girls dust off popular hits, discover lesser-known tracks and link songs together in surprising ways. With its scolding, bickering and laughter, the verging on slapstick Penny Lane takes us back to the lively Liverpool scene of the sixties, while minimalistic elements and electronic-inspired beats ensure that Let It Be veers clear of any kitsch. The ever-present Bach mingles with the beleaguered Lady Madonna and a nonchalant Latino tells the story of Peace & Love on John and Yoko’s honeymoon. Imagine, written by Lennon after the band broke up, resonates all the more when these four women deliver it sacred hymn-style.
In their own songs, Les Brünettes describe what it is about the Beatles that holds them in its thrall. Who is the Fool On The Hill? Isn’t he wiser than all of us and who would he be today? How did the girl feel leaving her oppressive home (inspired by She’s Leaving Home)? What thoughts were going through the Beatles’ minds at the time of their break-up? And finally, there is a song for Yoko Ono, one of the most outstanding women in the whole Beatles saga who had to suffer envy, hatred and even the assassination of her husband without ever wavering from her work as a creative and inspiring artist.
On stage, Les Brünettes deliver a rousing, sensual and high-powered performance spanning the Beatles’ entire musical spectrum, from early light-hearted and ingenious simplicity to subsequent complex song structures and instrumentation. Short scenes, dialogues and film clips provide a dramatic framework for the music, putting an ironic, whimsical and reflective, yet always unexpected, spotlight on the world’s most famous pop band.
Each of the four exquisite singers contributes her own personal approach to the Beatles. Despite, or perhaps thanks to their great respect for the Fab Four’s musical genius, the show never digresses into nostalgic wallowing. Carried along by the sumptuous harmonies of the four female voices, the new programme is a comprehensive work of art that rocks, grooves and swings – and aims directly for the heart.
Even at the most lofty of heights, Juliette’s crystal-clear soprano is breezy and subtle, adding an amazing brilliance to the sound of Les Brünettes. The French singer writes her own chansons and jazz numbers, presenting them with irresistible charm.
Born in Alsace, Juliette grew up in a musical family who played, sung and listened to classical music, jazz and, of course, chansons. It comes as no surprise then that Juliette’s style is a blend of all of these influences. Her voice combines the levity and imagination of a Marilyn Monroe with the depth of a Sarah Vaughan. Her pieces are soundscapes involving complex harmonies and rhythms and her lyrics are tinged with a hint of wistful nostalgia.
Juliette studied acting and dramaturgy at the Ècole Nationale de Musique, Danse et Théâtre Mulhouse. In 2012, she obtained a bachelor degree in Jazz Vocals from the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts and in 2014 a master degree from the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar.
As the front woman of the French swing-chanson band Moi et les autres, Juliette Brousset regularly performs live and often features with the band on the radio (for instance on the Kulturlunch programme broadcast from the Hessischer Rundfunk studio). Juliette is often invited by major orchestras (among them Mannheimer Bläserphilharmonie, Kicks n’ Sticks Big Band Mannheim, Stadtorchester Villingen) to sing solo on her own chanson and jazz arrangements.
Stephanie, the all-rounder among Les Brünettes, has a velvety voice that is equally at home in the bass range and lead soprano. Sometimes humorous, sometimes reflective, her compositions cover an equally diverse range.
Someone was always singing in Stephanie’s family: When she was small, her mother sang her good-night songs in bed. They also listened to CDs of her famous aunt Jule who Stephanie saw in concert when she was still young. Emulating Whitney Houston, one of the greatest voices of our times, Stephanie never stopped singing and started discovering the world through her own songs while sitting at her parents’ piano. Stephanie captures fresh musical impressions, encounters and beautiful words that melt on the tongue, transforms them and brings them to life in her music.
She received her bachelor degree from the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts and her master degree from the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar.
Stephanie is the frontwoman of Stephanie Neigel & Band who are set to release their third studio album featuring original songs in 2017. Her duo Neigelböhlen performs musical versions of poems while her Neigel meets Stelter duo focuses on the rediscovery of songs written by herself and her vocal partner Daniel Stelter. As well as being a popular ‘side-woman’ in bands such as the Paul Fox Collective from Luxembourg, Stephanie has played at the Sapporo Jazz Festival in Japan, has worked with Al Jarreau, the HR-Bigband and Tanita Tikaram and has played studio concerts for SR and SWR. Thanks to her extensive experience in the big-band world, both as a soloist and as an ensemble member, she works as a vocal coach and lecturer for Capitol Mannheim, Jazzhausschule Köln and the University of Music in Osnabrück.
The distinctive and sensitive vocals of Les Brünettes’ first Alto and Mezzosoprano add a bright transparency to the quartet’s sound. Her groovy songs are amazingly catchy and surprisingly complex at the same time.
With both her parents classical string players and her older brother a drummer, Julia was destined from birth to become a musician. She started off with classical piano, but preferred to listen to pop songs on the radio instead of practising her sonatas. The musical diversity surrounding her soon bore fruit: She took her inspiration from sources as varied as US songwriters such as James Taylor and Joni Mitchell, compositions by Kurt Weil, Ravel’s work and not least her own songs. The latter are an organic blend of the diverse influences of classical, pop and jazz, and include all the ingredients that go towards making a good song. In 2011, Julia received her master degree in jazz vocals from the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts where she had also completed her Bachelor degree two years previously. She has been employed as soloist by various big bands, orchestras and choirs (among them Erstes Akkordeonorchester Freiburg, Kammerchor Mannheim, Ansbacher
Kammerorchester), has been singing for years in various line-ups from jazz quintets to pop trios, has composed music for the a cappella beatbox textbook ‘beatbox your choir’ (Schott Verlag) and
has been a member of the panel of judges at Jugend Musiziert. On top of this, she has a teaching position in the field of pop and jazz vocal school music at the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts. In 2013, together with Sandy Patton, she substituted for Prof. Ann Malcolm, taking over her repertoire semester at the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts.
Lisa’s smoky, exhilarating voice provides the solid foundation to the Brünettes sound. Her arrangements and compositions reflect her soul background.
Lisa grew up in thoroughly musical environment: As a child, she sang along with the songs on her dad’s extensive Beatles collection or watched musicals, such as High Society, with him until she could sing along with the entire soundtrack. Thanks to her grandfather Peter Herbolzheimer, the famous leader of renowned big bands, jazz was part of the family’s everyday life. Julia’s musical vocation thus ran in the family. Her powerful vocals reflect the role music plays in her life: it is both her life elixir and her life expression. She writes predominantly about things that move her, in the language she feels most at home in: German.
In June 2011, Lisa completed her studies in jazz vocals at the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts and received her master degree from the University of Music in Weimar in October 2012.
Lisa sang in a TV show for many years and has performed in a number of her own pop and jazz line-ups, both as lead singer and background singer. She has also sung with big bands and orchestras, most recently with Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg, and is a sought-after recording artist in the pop/jazz fields. On the ‘Manfred Krug – seine Lieder’ tribute album, which is coming out in 2017, she sings alongside artists such as Ulrich Tukur, Jan Josef Liefers and Jan Plewka.
Lisa Herbolzheimer, Julia Pellegrini, Stephanie Neigel & Juliette Brousset
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