Media love, Spring 2014

Time for a media update for the spring! Sorry international sweethearts, these are all in Finnish except for the last one.

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Helsingin Sanomat, 24th May 2014.

Helsingin Sanomat, 24th May 2014.

Finland’s biggest newspaper Helsingin Sanomat wrote a great review about our first show Kammerkabarett in Savoy-teatteri last week! Pertti Avola thought our decadence was captivating, what joy! Read the review above or on their webpage: LINK

Kujerruksia culture blog

Kujerruksia culture blog, 21st May 2014.

Kujerruksia, which was just listed as the most popular cultural blog in Finland (hooray!), loved Kammerkabarett too. Moreover, she liked the slightly twisted tone of the show, which is something we absolutely love to hear! Read more impressions in her blog: LINK

Radio Helsinki interview 20th May 2014.

Radio Helsinki interview, 20th May 2014.

The day before the show, we visited Njassa at Radio Helsinki with our lovely Muse Noora to talk about Kammerkabarett and to play a couple of our songs live in the studio. It was a lovely summer day, and we were suitably intoxicated by coffee and sun. Listen to the interview part here: LINK

Glue music blog, 11th March 2014.

Glue music blog, 11th March 2014.

And here’s the inimitable and influential music blog GLUE writing about our new music video for The Captain and the Widow (in English!): LINK
“The duo not only crafts very emotive songs and has great songwriting chops, but also knows how to mix, stir and shake a good cocktail”, he writes. We may have to shake a Strawberry Gin for this guy one day soon…

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That’s all for now, although next week I’m to be interviewed about being an independent artist for Kirkko&Kaupunki. I’ll post the interview as soon as it comes out!

Oh, and summer plans! We have just agreed with Jere that we simply need to make some live videos of some of the new songs soon. There, I’ve said it out loud, and now we must make it happen. We also have some positively outrageous ideas for new cover songs for our summer repertoire, and it just might be that some of those end up on Youtube as well. I repeat. Positively outrageous.

Stay bright, sweets!

- Laura

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KAMMERKABARETT (THANK YOU!)

What a night, what a night, what a beautiful night! Thank you for being so numerous, thank you for your overwhelming comments, it felt just as magical to us too! And yes, we do want it to happen again just as bad, stay tuned and we’ll figure something out! We are so fortunate to be able to do these things, and it’s all thanks to our wonderful team – Noora, Ilari, Saara, Roy, Luca, Martiina, Vera, Alisa, Juha, and all the people who have helped us is mysterious little and big ways – and YOU.

And YES we are making a new album and YES all the new songs you heard at Savoy are going to be on it. One word: Fall. In the meantime, we’re switching to summer mode – see our upcoming concerts, there are more being added every week! And once again thank you all, what amazing sweethearts you are!

Your loving and devoted

- Laura & Jere

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KAMMERKABARETT (part 2)

Finally! Only two weeks until the premiere of KAMMERKABARETT on Wednesday 21st May, and we finally know what it’s going to look like! Meet Noora Palotie, our fabulous Muse! Special thanks to Alisa Kaksonen from TS-Salonki for the hair and makeup AND the Flowers of Evil. There are still some good seats left! Buy your tickets here at Lippupalvelu: http://bit.ly/1ombXLi

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Italian Escapade!

We recently came back from a week’s journey in Milan and Florence. Needless to say it was fantastic and yes, by all means be jealous.

Climbing on top of Brunelleschi’s dome. Wandering in a maze of mirrors. Collecting paintings of decapitated heads and pretty ladies (Judith and Salome are the salt of my art museums). Taking a secret photo of the floor of La Cappella dei Principi. Spending the night in and learning to tie a bow-tie. Queuing for cheap seats at La Scala. Having a Negroni or two at Santo Spirito. Walking and looking and tasting and hearing, connecting and remembering.

I take it back. Don’t be jealous. Go see the world.

Just GO.

- Laura

“I was but nineteen years then, and so was the century.”
- Benvenuto Cellini, Autobiography

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KAMMERKABARETT (part 1)

The Finnish flyer for our premiere at Savoy-teatteri.

The Finnish flyer for our premiere at Savoy-teatteri in May.

Short and sweet, here’s what: We’re making a show! It’s premiering in May at the Savoy Theater in Helsinki! It’s going to have an entr’acte! It’s called KAMMERKABARETT!

It’s going to be romantic, and funny, and sad, and slightly surreal, and beautiful. We’re getting a trapeze, and veils, and hats and stop-motion videos onstage, and it’s all magical and fun and challenging and serious work. There are some new faces doing new things – like Noora Palotie, our Muse and my long-lost sister (that’s her up there in the hoop), her sweetheart Roy Boswell who’s in charge of technical affairs I understand very little about, his friend Luca Sirviö who designs the lighting, and Vera Schneider who has already measured the entire band for some lovely gowns and vested handsomeness.

We could not be more excited. Me and Jere are constantly at work –  bouncing ideas off one another and everyone around us. For my part, I’m starting to worry: Am I going to have any friends at the end of Spring? Everytime I see anyone, all my news are related to the promo video we’re planning to make, the technical difficulties our video art is facing, and how happy I am about my new KAMMERKABARETT family. I thought album making was immersive, but this is a whole new deep.

Anyway, we’re soon posting pictures of our pre-production, everyone in the Helsinki area come and see our premiere at Savoy-teatteri on the 21st of May! You can buy tickets here at Lippupalvelu.

Oh, and by the way: We have been increasingly active on Twitter and Instagram lately (I finally updated my iPhone), go follow us at the links!

Love,

- Laura

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“The Captain & the Widow” Music Video!

“She’s wearing her favourite dress, the one that he bought.
And she’s put on her dancing shoes, she’s put on her rouge…”

Looking for something to fight the February blues? Here it is, our brand new, self-made music video for our ballad “The Captain and the Widow”! It’s a sad and romantic song full of longing, and so is the video, shot in September in two beautiful locations: In the deserted villas of Kruunuvuori and at Laura’s grandparents. It took us a while to finish, but here it is now, just in time for Valentine’s Day:

Take care of your Valentines and Valentinos, sweethearts! We are working hard on our first show KAMMERKABARETT, which premieres in Savoy-teatteri, Helsinki in May. Soon we’ll tell you all about it!

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January Cocktail: Two Divas and a Play

We’ve reached Epiphany, in Finnish called ‘Loppiainen’, which traditionally ends the Christmas time and is a public holiday. In contemporary thought, by Loppiainen you should really have run through the Christmas leftovers, and started concentrating on those ‘new year, new life’ resolutions. We don’t make those. But we have had an excess of about everything during the holidays, so January’s cocktail recipe is based on what is reputed to have been the favorite digestif and cure-all of both the Queen Mother and Queen Elizabeth II.

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Recently Laura and I have been stocking our personal bar with fun stuff,  eau-de-vie de poire being among the lot. We’ve also been experimenting with Dubonnet, trying it out in the Bijou, the Negroni and such. We also tried the classic Dubonnet Cocktail, or Zaza, as it is also known. Although it was the favorite daily tonic for a few queens, and while gin does mix with anything, Zaza, in our humble opinion, leaves something to wish for. A Bentley, for example, when using good Calva works better.

Searching for more recipes for Dubonnet, I stumbled upon a rather strange version of the Diabola on the web page of a known Swedish vodka brand. This version had gin, Dubonnet and Pear eau-de-vie (see where this is going?). I call the Swedish version strange, because the Diabola, as it appears in Harry Craddock’s The Savoy Cocktail Book calls for gin, Dubonnet and orgeat syrup. Now neither one of these sound like they have anything to do with the Devil. The latter, possibly originally made with Old Tom or Genever, is probably very sweet and perhaps more angelic than diabolic.

I was intrigued, however, by the idea of mixing Dubonnet and the pear brandy. I was also fixated on the name the creator had chosen for the drink. For the while I thought I was making a Diabola with a twist. I wanted to add something to the mix that would make it more devilish in taste.

So I went through our bitters and our spices, and thought of introducing chili in to the mix, but luckily decided against it. I also discarded bitters, since I didn’t really want to introduce more flavors or destroy the balance between the pear and dubonnet – I rather wanted to find something to tie them together. I was getting the feeling that I was looking for something specific – I could almost taste it, but couldn’t quite grasp what it was. That is, until I picked up an empty bag of allspice. I knew I wanted to use pepper. But black pepper would be too strong, white would not work either, and rosepepper would introduce too much flavor. At last I picked up a bag of green peppers, the one variety I have the least experience of. The aroma was rich but not overpowering, and the taste was rather fine, almost non-existent.

As I started making the drink, I realised I was not making a Diabola at all – losing the orgeat syrup kind of takes us back to Zaza. So, while making this seasoned Zaza, I started wondering about the name Zaza (I was having a very name oriented day!) and it’s possible origins. What I discovered was two American actresses and one play. The actresses were Mrs. Leslie Carter, known as the ‘Sarah Bernhardt of the US‘, and Claudette Colbert, once the highest paid actress in Hollywood and the leading lady of Paramount for two decades. And the play? Zaza, a story of a prostitute who becomes a music hall entertainer and the mistress of a married man. The play was written in 1890s by the French playwrights Pierre Berton and Jules Simon, and made in to an opera by Ruggero Leoncavallo two years later.

At this point I knew I was absolutely making a Zaza, in homage to the ladies Carter, Colbert and Zaza and the music halls and cabarets of Paris.

♦Pear’n’Pepper Zaza♦

1 part gin (Laura prefers Seagram’s)
2 parts Dubonnet Rouge
A generous dash of G.E. Massenez Poire Williams
Crushed green pepper pods

Place a few uncrushed pepper pods at the bottom of a chilled coupé glass. Stir the drink with ice and strain in to the glass.

Don’t bother double straining – the few crushed peppers that might end up in the glass just add to the taste. Also, don’t overdo the pepper – you want to create a strong spicy scent, but you don’t want the drink to become unpleasantly ‘hot’ or peppery.

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