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Kai Bienert

Life In Berlin: A Look Into Indian Carnatic Music At Maerzmuzik

"If I sing (sings C major scale), you would probably be able to relate yourself to a scale that moves in a major scale of C major, or which ever scale that I am in." This is Ramesh Vinakayam. He is in Berlin from Chennai, India to participate in the annual Maerzmusik festival.

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In Berlin, Revolutionaries Of Sound Meet At MaerzMusik

Mar 6, 2012

The Haus der Berliner Festspiele is brimming with activity as staff prepare for one of the world's largest avant-garde music festivals, MaerzMusik, which begins this Saturday and continues for two weeks.

Matthias Osterwold, the Artistic Director, says MaerzMusik is unique in bringing cutting edge music to the general public.

"Many of the things we present are somehow new, so they can't be based on conventional patterns of perception."

Hungary Revisited At The Konzerthaus Berlin

Feb 29, 2012

The concert cycle "All'Ongarese" augurs promisingly for the Konzerthaus Berlin under its future Music Director and Chief Conductor Ivan Fischer, who has set out to stress a common tradition of Slavic repertoire as he enters the position next season.

Among several new initiatives recently unveiled under the motto "Open," the cycle, which took place February 18 -26, explored Hungarian and Hungarian-inspired music from Brahms to contemporary composers.

Flirting With Autobiography: Michael Ondaatje In Berlin

Feb 27, 2012

On Wednesday night, literary lovers flocked to the Akademie Der Künste on Pariser Platz to hear the words of one of the most well-known and respected authors of our time.

Joined by German translators, in co-operation with the Canadian Embassy, Michael Ondaatje, author of literary classics like The English Patient and Anil's Ghost was present to read from and comment on his newest book, The Cat's Table.

The evening served as the book's German premiere and is now available to German audiences under the title Katzentisch.

At The Berlinale, Smaller Films Make A Stir

Feb 23, 2012

The prizes at the 62nd Berlinale have been handed out. The stars have left the city, but there are some films that resonate after their screenings.

It's been 50 years since an Indonesian film was included in the Berlinale competition program. This year, Postcards from the Zoo, by filmmaker Edwin, marked the comeback.

Postcards from the Zoo is a poetic tale of a young woman, Lana, who, as a little girl, is left behind by her father in the Jakarta zoo. She is raised by the giraffe keeper.

'Caesar Must Die' Wins Top Honor At The Berlinale

Feb 21, 2012

"Caesar Must Die," the film by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, won the top prize - the Golden Bear - for best film at the 62nd Berlinale.

Mostly shot in black and white, the filmmaker brothers document the performance of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar by inmates of the Roman high security prison, Rebibbia.

A chorus represents the most democratic of musical institutions. The ability to blend one's voice overrides individual sound, liturgical repertoire tends to dominate, and, in many religious organizations, pretty much anyone can join.

The 62nd Berlinale opened with a gala at the Berlinale Palast and the world premiere of "Farewell my Queen."

International stars walked down the red carpet at subzero temperatures, cheered by film fans who endured the cold for hours just to get a glimpse at the celebrities.

Earlier that day, the International Jury faced questions from the press.

This year's Jury President, British filmmaker, Mike Leigh, even spoke about the weather.

The Ultimate Berlin Sport: Roller Derby

Feb 16, 2012

Attention Berlin! Superheroes, cowgirls, and cosmonauts are taking over your city this weekend!

On Saturday, the Berlin Bombshells will be opening the Roller Derby season at Arena Berlin.

Afro-Soul With A Conscience Climbs the World Music Charts

Feb 15, 2012

Mike Russell, from Washington D.C., MFA Kera, from Madagascar and Senegal, and Reinhard Katemann, from Germany, make up the Afro-Soul band Black Heritage.

"It's very important to participate in Black History month," Mike Russel says. "There's still a long way to go in the African-American community. I've had friends that have lost sons and daughters to violence. And you start to figure, have people gotten used to it? It's not something to get used to."

In Berlin, Netizens Protest Against 'ACTA'

Feb 15, 2012

Thousands of netizens braved the cold streets of Berlin on Saturday as part of a day of global protests against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).


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If you look down your nose at Jägermeister, youll be in good company at the Destille Craft Sprits Festival this weekend at the Heeresbäckerei on Köpenicker Str. 16. It's two days devoted to tasting and talking about artisanal spirits - the first trade fair of this kind in Europe. The festival is April 1st through 2nd.

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