Here you've got one of the best living singer-songwriters accompanied by a tight band, strings, brass and woodwinds in stunning audio and video quality. This concert has been the result of a unique cooperation between an amazing artist and his management, a university, a concert organizer, a video production company and countless unpaid volunteers on and off stage. Thank you all for making this happen!
After having worked out Ari Hest's timeless song 'Cranberry Lake' in a band seminar I held at the University of Kassel/Germany during winter in 2010, me and my students watched Ari play in Marburg. After a beer or two I came up with the idea to create orchestral parts for some of his greatest songs together with my students and present them with Ari "himself" in a concert.
What back then sounded like a bold idea that would most likely drown in more drinks, turned out to be one of the best ideas I ever had:
Not even 11 months later we actually went on stage with Ari Hest and played 18 arrangements with him in both a band- and an orchestral instrumentation. We were up to 18 musicians on stage, had 6 cameras running and laid down 20 tracks of audio. Among them are in my opinion some of the best recordings Ari has ever done in his life.
Countless hours of editing later I can now say:
Hello world, enjoy this one-of-a-kind show!
(Musical Director, AV Producer & Director)
Vocals: Marjana Lind, Cindy Walta
Flute: Simone Sörensen
Clarinet & Arrangements: Sandra Müller
Alto Sax: Rebecca Möller
Trumpets: Christoph Liebermann, Gerhard Schott
Trombone: Fabeau Haller
Percussion & Mallets: Marcel Quappen
Drums & Arrangements: Roman Beilharz
Bass: Michael Haupt
El. Guitar: Marvin Erfurth
Piano & Arrangements: Thomas Höhl
Violins: Elina Görzen, Sarah Bader
Viola: Hye Ryung Son
Cello: Mi Sol San
Camera Operators: Michael Walter, Jürgen Grauer, Daniel Walpert, Paul Beigang
Live Sound Engineer: Thorsten Luck
Lighting: Tillmann Eller
Tech. Assistant: Michael Arand
Backstage: Cindy Walta
Additional Scores: Peter Riese, Jürgen Fromm
Post Production: UVASONAR Media Pool
Artist Management: Brickwall Management NYC
Michael Solomon, Shannon Quisenberry
Event Organization: Wolfram Benczek/Schlachthof Kassel, Institut für Musik der Universität Kassel
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