The Hamburg Express ist die englischsprachige Lokalzeitung der Stadt Hamburg. Sie erscheint derzeit Online im wöchentlichen Rhythmus (aktualisierung jeweils Montags). Freie Mitarbeit zwischen Februar und Oktober 2007 in den Ressorts “Society & Culture”, “Entertainment” sowie “Hamburg International Community” (Rubrik “Person der Woche”). Hier eine Auswahl an Artikeln.
When Vision Becomes Reality. Groundbreaking of the new Elbphilharmonie
When Vision Becomes Reality. Groundbreaking of the new Elbphilharmonie | 10.04.2007
”About 700 of the city’s high and mighty spent their lunch-time in the dark halls of Kaispeicher A on Monday, April 2, eager to witness the groundbreaking of Hamburg’s future landmark – the new Elbphilharmonie. Welcoming the guests, a faint smell of vinegar wafted through the entrance hall of the venue. The smell, a relict of the building’s original use as a storage facility for cacao-beans up to the 1990s, was the day’s most tangible link to the building’s past. Musical performances by NDR-Brass and the percussion ensemble “HotSchrott” on the other hand showed its way to the future. …”
NDR Symphony Orchestra in New York
NDR Symphony Orchestra in New York | 03.04.2007
”Bravos and standing ovations were New York’s reaction to listening to Hamburg’s NDR Symphony Orchestra play Carnegie Hall. After two performances in the concert hall on March 26 and 27, and though quite a few seats remained empty, critics and audience alike were full of praise. “Brahms’ First, on Monday, and its Mahler’s First, on Tuesday, crackled with the kind of enlivening visceral energy and sheer volume that are too rarely encountered in the rarefied precincts of symphony concerts,” raves New York Times critic Allan Kozinn. …”
Arts and Ice: Cape Farewell at Kampnagel
Arts and Ice: Cape Farewell at Kampnagel | 26.03.2007
”Ding ….…. Dong . Whooosh …… Crack ………….…. Dingdongdong …. Ding ……… Ice cracks on video, crystal icicles reverb through speakers. The sounds are floating through the cold air of Kampnagel 3. They are peaceful, meditative. They create a soundscape ideal for contemplation, and set the atmosphere for a chilly encounter with the Arctic, with art, and with climate change.
“We sometimes think of nature as being slow, but we’re missing it all the time. It’s very, very fast,” says Max Eastly, creator of the Soundscape called ‘Ice Field.’…”
The 70s revisited – Dark Star Orchestra rocks the Fabrik
The 70s revisited – Dark Star Orchestra rocks the Fabrik | 19.03.2007
”Imagine getting on board a time-machine on a regular weekday in Hamburg, Germany. The machine starts on March 15, 2007, 8pm. Then, within no time, you find yourself in New York on May 4, 1977 in The Palladium, listening to the 1,371st concert of the band The Grateful Dead. This is what happened to the audience frequenting the Fabrik last Thursday, eager to listen to the Dark Star Orchestra, a Chicago-based Grateful Dead tribute band, known for performing original concert sets. …”
Black is the colour
Black is the colour | 12.03.2007
”It was December 1915 in Petrograd, now called St. Petersburg, when Russian artist Kasimir Malewitsch presented his “Black Square on White Background” for the first time. His need to explain the piece with the sentence “it was no empty square … but rather the sentiment of emptiness” summed up the school of suprematism, which was founded on the painting. Now an exhibition at Hamburger Kunsthalle presents homage to Malewitsch, examining different aspects of the “Black Square” and its artistic reception in Russia as well as in Europe and the United States. For that, aside from Malewitsch’s work, 29 other artists like Alexander Rodtschenko, Yves Klein or Jean Tinguely are shown. …”
Don’t Panic! – Jamie T concert at Molotow
Don’t Panic! – Jamie T concert at Molotow | 12.03.2007
”Up and down and up and down. The whole room was jumping up and down in the hothouse called “Molotow” on Wednesday night, March 7. The reason: Jamie T, young singer from London and supposedly the British hot new thing in all matters music is on the stage, grinning and enjoying the audience’s reaction to his performance.
Though only in his early twenties, Jamie T is a natural on the stage, possibly because he does not care whether or not his accent is understood (he’s from Wimbledon), whether or not his music is pure (he mixes pop with punk with singer-songwriter or electro elements), whether or not one of his fans gets up on the stage (to successfully stage dive), or whether or not his encore is a repetition of a song already played earlier. After all, he reasons, ‘that’s what happens when you’ve only got out one record…’…”
At home in wilderness
At home in wilderness | 05.03.2007
”Majestically the mountains rise in the distance, clouds sweeping around their peaks. Small waterfalls, some rays of sunlight and trees complete the landscape. In a lake, nature mirrors its own grandeur. This is manifest destiny, it’s American nature, it’s wilderness, and the sublime. And all of it is gathered in one painting: “In the Mountains” by Albert Bierstadt. Bierstadt, like Thomas Cole, Frederick Edwin Church or Asher Brown Durand, is part of group which came to be known as the Hudson River School – the first real American school of art.
Sixty paintings of the School, which revolutionized American landscape painting, are now shown in New World – Creating an American Art, an exhibition presented by Hamburg’s Bucerius Kunst Forum. …”