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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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YLE performance

It’s here! The Finnish National Broadcasting company’s Omatuntoklubi documentary features a live take on La Beauté, along with some extremely beautiful material shot in the studio. The song starts at 1:05, and there’s some merry babbling at the end by a songbird who’s just come off the stage. Easy, the spoken word is not.

– Laura

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“We still have Berlin”

Thank you Berlin! What a great trip full of great people, wonderful audiences and uplifting experiences! We had luck on our side, too, for in spite of the weather forecast predicting a huge thunderstorm for the night of our Amphitheater concert, there was just a light spray of rain. For the first time, we presented the original Dowson poem as an intro for Cynara!, and it felt just great onstage. Now we are burning to make our show even more lush with poems, stories and theatrical elements as well as some new songs. It will be a productive winter.

Time for some Berlin travel tips! For truly great American cocktail classics in suitably austere surroundings, we recommend the Redwood bar. Also, we adored the quirky museum Designpanoptikum – surreales Museum für industrielle Objekte, it’s definitely worth a visit!

We have no words to describe what a pleasure this trip was, but fortunately we have plenty of pictures. Here are some of them, see more on our Facebook! It might be that we’re returning to Berlin sooner than expected, but shhh – it’s still in the making. In the meantime, we’re working hard on the visuals of a music video of a very special song – we try to make it as vivid and rich as possible, so stay tuned!

– Laura & Jere

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Cynara! live at 12 Grad, Berlin

Here is a video posted on Youtube by the lovely Sylvia Kasprzak from our April pop-up show at 12 Grad, Berlin’s prettiest Steampunk bar! We had such a lovely time there, and it shows.

Berlin was so good to us we cannot wait to return to play at Aphitheater im Monbijoupark, a lovely wooden venue in the heart of the city, on 19th August! Our upcoming concert there has rekindled my dangerous obsession with amphitheatres (I used to study classical Greek,you know), and it may not be long before you start seeing the results here and on our Facebook. Not telling yet!

Here’s our new concert poster though, which combines Juha’s Bonnie & Clyde portrait with Jere’s Art Nouveau design:

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Enjoy the sun, sweethearts, we intend to! Plenty of time for brooding in the winter, now’s the time for sea, sun and shandy.

– Laura

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July 12, 2013 · 3:12 pm

Liquid Bridge time-lapse

Spring has finally come to Helsinki! Here’s a charming time-lapse video shot at the Liquid Bridge Live | Three Voices concert with Julia Marcell and Catself. It was a wonderful afternoon show in Arkadia International Bookshop, and we’re looking forward to working some more with Liquid Bridge later on!

Oh, and cocktail time tomorrow! Promise.

Liquid Bridge Live | Three Voices from Liquid Bridge on Vimeo.

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Strawberry Gin – Live!

Another live video from the album release, this time it’s Strawberry Gin – and that’s what the ladies are drinking to the right of the camera! Our lovely Vilac toy piano makes a comeback, this time played by Martiina Laaksonen.

Happy Women’s Day ladies, don’t give up the fight for your Love’s Last Adieu!

-Laura

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News Item N:o 2 – Live footage!

We played our 1920’s inspired News Item N:o 2 for the first time with the whole band at the Mascot Moth release party. Not bad, huh?

Notice the dancing flappers and the opportune moment the bartender has selected for shaking a Strawberry Gin cocktail! Oh, what a night it was. We’ll have to host these kinds of parties more often.

Time for some song trivia! The title of the song is an allusion to a two-line poem by Dorothy Parker:

News Item

Men seldom make passes
At girls who wear glasses.

– Dorothy Parker

– Laura

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Mascot Moth album release party!

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Last Tuesday we were celebrating the release of Mascot Moth in 1920’s speakeasy style in Ravintola Suola, Helsinki. What a wonderful evening filled with cocktails, charleston and chanson! The bartenders were mixing three of our custom cocktails for our speakeasy guests: Café de Abejas, Strawberry Gin and Stepping on Roses.

After our set the lovely ladies from Helsinki Traditional Jazz Dance Company showed us how to do the Charleston in style. Needless to say, we partied like we were in the silent movies! This was the first time we played live together with both Ilari and Saara, and it felt just wonderful – we’ll be posting some ex tempore live material soon. Here are a few pictures by the wonderful Saara Olkkonen. You can see more photos from the party here.

– Laura & Jere

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Café de Abejas in ROOM and serve

Helena Karjalainen, a Swedish decor blogger and photographer, took some beautiful pictures of us in Helsinki Vintage! See her photos and read her impressions in ROOM and serve.

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Helsinki Vintage

On Sunday we performed for the first time as a trio with Ilari at Helsinki Vintage. What a lovely day! Between sets we enjoyed browsing the stalls bursting with beautiful objects, and seeing a vintage fashion show by Fintage. Here are some pictures of us onstage (pics by Juha/Reunanen Photography).

We brought home an amazing sequin dress that you are sure to see on me in the near future. All the hats were too small for Jere (that’s how brainy he is!), but he was happy to find an antique Hapag suitcase that will serve us as a microphone case.

In the meantime, we are busy recording the album and will be posting all about it very soon!

– Laura

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