Saturday, December 7, 2013

Max Raabe & Palast Orchester!

Happy Holidays!
Who could have imagined that by discovering a dusty old 78 vinyl record a career path would be chosen?
Six City Tour Supports New Deutsche Grammophon Album,
Golden Age, Available February 25, 2014
Tour Dates Include Miami, Atlanta and New York's Carnegie Hall
December 2, 2013 – (New York, NY) -- Berlin's famed crooner Max Raabe and his 12-piece Palast Orchester will bring their collection of meticulously recreated songs from the Weimar era of 1920s Germany as well as the Great American Songbook to six US cities beginning March 2, 2014 in Fairfax, VA and continuing to Carnegie Hall; Princeton, NJ; Kennett Square, PA; Atlanta, GA and finishing in Miami, FL on March 9, 2014. The tour will support their upcoming release on Deutsche Grammophon, Golden Age, which draws from the era between the two world wars and features timeless classics like Singing in the Rain, Dream a Little Dream and Cheek to Cheek as well as tongue-in-cheek interpretations of pop favorites Sex Bomb and Oops...I Did it Again.
For over a decade, audiences have been delighted by Max Raabe & Palast Orchester's unforgettable live performances. "Suffused with nostalgia yet played straight" (Time Out New York) the performers stroll onto the stage dressed in black-tie and perform the music of the Weimar era with vigor and class. Max Raabe is a born entertainer who introduces each tune by giving proper credit to the composers and period while keeping the audience rolling in the aisles with his signature deadpan humor. Playing "the most elegant kind of pop music" (San Francisco Chronicle) Max Raabe & Palast Orchester have already sold more than a million albums around the world. "Raabe & Co. disarm, charm with impeccable glamour… meticulously channels swinging interwar decadence into a contemporary thrill." (The Boston Globe)
Dashing, dapper and debonair, Max Raabe might have walked straight out of the Golden Age of Berlin in the 1920s. With his elegant poise, suave sophistication and silky-smooth baritone, he brings to life the songs and style of a bygone age. His ageless Peter Pan looks and impeccable style on and offstage have already made him a legend in his native Germany. In America multi-city tours and enthusiastic coverage have earned him a similar reputation.  Highlights in the US include sold-out performances at Carnegie Hall, and appearances in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta, Seattle, Cleveland and beyond. Max Raabe is not only a unique talent, but a very funny man. He has even traded quips with Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street. His passion was first roused by a record he found in his parents' cupboard: a humorous instrumental called I'm Crazy About Hilde. Before long he was collecting 78s in flea markets and junk shops. By the age of 16 he was an expert on the songs and styles of the Weimar era, his enthusiasm fuelled by black-and-white films featuring music, dance and comedy.  In his early 20s Max moved to Berlin to study opera, dreaming of becoming a baritone, moonlighting with a friend to perform the 1920s songs he loved so much at bars and student parties.
After graduating, he made a handful of appearances in Carmina Burana at the Berlin Philharmonie, but quickly realized his true love remained the music of the 1920s and, surprised to find that there was no ensemble performing such songs, he formed with fellow students the Palast Orchester to play them. The songs and music are treated with the utmost reverence. “Every note and every phrase is polished like a diamond" says Max Raabe. “We all studied classical music and we interpret the music in the same way we would interpret Beethoven. We take the music seriously – but we don't take ourselves seriously.” Therein lies the appeal of Max Raabe, a man out of time, yet entirely in tune with today's Recession-hit world, where – just like Berlin in the 1920s – we all want to take our minds off austerity with a night of good old-fashioned entertainment.
For a taste of Max Raabe & Palast Orchester, check out this video:
Additional information: Their album Golden Age on  Deutsche Grammophon will be released in the US on February 25, 2014 and is available from Europe on iTunes and Amazon.
March 2, 2014 Fairfax, VA
Center For the Arts, George Mason University
March 3, 2014 New York, NY
Carnegie Hall
March 5, 2014 Princeton, NJ
McCarter Theatre Center
March 6, 2014 Kennett Square, PA
Longwood Gardens Ballroom
March 8, 2014 Atlanta, GA
Rialto Center for the Arts, Georgia State University
March 9, 2014 Miami, FL
The Knight Concert Hall, Arsht Center for the Performing Arts