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SAVOY 7.4.2017

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Sweethearts! Exactly one month to go until we take over the stage of Savoy Theatre!  Get you tickets from lippu.fi and tell us you’re coming at the Facebook event (in Finnish)!

Chanson cabaret band Café de Abejas returns to Savoy Theatre with a new show featuring burlesque artist Armi Von Vep. Music, burlesque, performance arts, storytelling and magic mix in an evening of decadence, romance and humour.

Finland’s only chanson-cabaret-dandy-band Café de Abejas was formed in 2011. Their witty, elegant songwriting evokes the spirit of Weimar-era cabaret. The band has released two albums, Mascot Moth (2013) and Is This Casablanca? (2015). At Savoy Theatre they’ll also perform new songs from the forthcoming third album.

Armi Von Vep
is a burlesque and performance artist, GoGo dancer, art model and midwife. Von Vep was the 1
st runner up of ‘Burlesque Entertainer of the Year’ competition in Berlin Burlesque Week 2016, and is returning this year to perform at the main gala.

Laura Reunanen – Vocals
J.W. Ralli – Guitar, vocals
Saara Viika – Cello
Ilari Launonen – Percussions
Armi Von Vep – Burlesque and performance art

Savoy Theatre, Kasarmikatu 46-48 HELSINKI
(Duration 2 hours incl. intermission)

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STILL IN YOUR SHADE 20.11.2016

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Still in your shade on kahden, ensinäkemältä varsin erilaisen yhtyeen yhteinen tutkimusmatka siihen, mikä musiikissa puhuttelee ja miten – ja ketä. Barokkiyhtye Detritus ja kabareebändi Café de Abejas kertovat yhdessä samaa tarinaa, kumpikin omalla musiikillisella kielellään sekä yhteistä kieltä etsien.

Työnimellä Biomassa kulkeva projekti haluaa herätellä yleisöä miettimään, mikä eri musiikkilajeissa puhuttelee ja kuinka paljon kuuntelemme silmillä. Saako toisen musiikilliselle reviirille mennä? Ohjaako musiikki tanssia vai päinvastoin? Muuttuuko kuulemamme sen mukaan mitä näemme? Uskomme, että valo ohjaa varjoa, mutta onko se niin?

Still in your shade leikkii ajatuksella varjostamisesta ja varjossa olosta: Kumpikin musiikkilaji – barokki ja kabaree – ovat valtavirran varjossa, ja esityksessä yhtyeet kertovat yhteistä tarinaa toisiaan valaisten ja varjostaen. Liikettä varjoihin luo tanssija Tero Hytönen.

Su 20.11.2016 klo 19
Topeliuksenkatu 16
Liput ovelta 10€ / 5€
Väliaikatarjoilu.
Tervetuloa!

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IN ENGLISH

Still in your shade combines Baroque music, modern cabaret and contemporary dance in a fresh mix of light and shade.
Detritus and Café de Abejas play the music of Thessier, Moulinie, Purcell and Café de Abejas. Dance by Tero Hytönen.

Sunday 20th November, 7 pm
Topeliuksenkatu 16, Helsinki

Tickets 10€ / 5€ from the door.
Welcome!

Facebook event

Detritus
Milla Mäkinen, laulu
Jannika Lahin, viulut
Martti Laivuori, gamba ja sello
Kaisamaija Uljas, barokkibanjot

Café de Abejas
Laura Reunanen, laulu
J. W. Ralli, kitara ja laulu
Saara Viika, sello
Ilari Launonen, perkussiot

Tero Hytönen, tanssi

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Lyrics and a New Video!

A lot of you Sweethearts have been asking us if we could put our lyrics up online. So, there is now a page titled lyrics under the music tab of these pages! The videos have also been moved under the same tab – and we just added a live video of “Waiting for the Roses” to the videos page! Enjoy!

Here’s a link to the lyrics!

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Album Release and Preview

It’s been a week since the release party at Andorra, and we’re feeling absolutely exhilarated! The old movie theatre was packed, and we had a blast, and people were enjoying themselves, and the guys at the bar were short staffed but happy about the turn out and everything just went exceptionally well. And! We managed to get some decent video footage for a change, so expect to see a few live videos soon.

Andorra, album release party 2015. Photo by Timo Kirves

Andorra, album release party 2015. Photo by Timo Kirves.

So, the CD is out, yes it is! You can listen to the album below (the whole thing of course!) and buy a download or a CD at our BOUTIQUE. The album will also be available at the precious few CD stores left in Helsinki, and is hitting Spotify, iTunes and Deezer this week. For international orders, order through the BOUTIQUE or contact us directly.

Oh! A few darling bloggers already got whiff of our shenanigans! Kujerruksia went to the album release party and loved it (In Finnish). Glue wants you to listen to Zaza (In English).

That’s all, folks! – for now.

Cheerfully yours,

– Laura, Jere, Ilari & Saara

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Welcome to Casablanca!

Dear broads and bos, Welcome to Casablanca!

The album release party for Is This Casablanca? is getting close, and the release date is set for 6th of February, 2015. The album will be available as a CD or a digital download from our Bandcamp page and through iTunes, Spotify and Deezer. In Finland the CD can be bought from the few independent record stores still left in Helsinki, starting from the end of February. You can also get it from one of our shows, signed and doodled on by the whole mob. For international orders of the CD, please contact us via e-mail, contact[at]cafedeabejas.com.

Here are a few tracks from the new album for you to savor, Sweethearts. The first one is called Go Gently, a song on the chanson side of things. The second, Zaza, gives a feel for our penchant for all things cabaret. Please enjoy responsibly, and take a look at the photos below to really get in the mood!

The delightful Armi Von Vepp.

The delightful Armi Von Vep.

-Jere

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Studio diary 2014, part 8

We’ve had quite an evening! The crowdfunding campaign is now over, and we exceeded our goal by almost one third. The thousandth fan just liked us on Facebook. We’ve got the album artwork ready and the album mastered tomorrow.  I’ve kind of let the last studio diary entry slide. Let’s fix that, now that we can rest relatively easy with the album ready to be sent to the people of Jakebox in Sweden, who’ll be taking care of the pressing and printing.

Ilari is an amazing guy. He has some serious musical know-how, and he thinks quick. Real quick. He also doesn’t really rule anything out without trying. Hence the crowbar. And the steel plate (see below). It also turns out he’s very good at whistling, finger snaps and rhythmic clapping, which are all very difficult things to do well. We love Ilari.

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We found this steel plate lying around…

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…and Ilari turned it into kettle drums and thunder.

We also love Saara, our wonderful cellist. One of the things she contributed on the album was the almost impromptu arrangement for Zaza, including the “car horn” sound and the smoky, sordinoed jazz passage, all written out and rehearsed in a few, measley hours. For this I’m ever greatful, because the song turned out to be, for once, exactly as it should be. Saara’s also wonderful at being awesome.

Saara in the studio, rehearsing a Christmas special.

We must also not forget our Muse. During the recordings we performed with her a few times live, and she’s just a magnificent, funny, energetic person to be around. She also did some screaming, yelling, giggling and whispering (trés demure!) on a track, which is our vision of how an old dancehall band might’ve sounded if they’ve just suddenly invented heavy metal in the middle of playing a set. The inspiration for the song and Noora’s voice on the song come from Louis Feuillade‘s 1915 movie, Les Vampires. It’s actually not a single movie, but one of the first crime series in the world. A part of the album artwork also gives a not-so-subtle nod to Les Vampires.

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Virgina Woolf and rum go well together, apparently.

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Some inspiration – and solace – was provided by Brecht’s Threepenny Novel, Life of Galileo and The Good Person of Szechwan.

I think I mentioned in a previous post that we’ve been busy outside the studio as well. We’ve of course played gigs, private and public, and also been on stage for a fahsion show, where Laura was being pretty, I was being a roadie for Saara who was playing a solo piece on stage. We also played at a party in a hotel, where we were involved in a mystery crime! And somehow we managed to take some photos for the album cover, too (well, mostly in the middle of the night!).

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Laura some hours before the fashion show, trying on a reindeer leather dress by Jukka Rintala.

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Must be the first time the backstage was accessed with a keycard, and the catering included poached eggs.

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Ilari and Laura looking through frames during an all nighter.

Then we got this lovely fellow called Joel Kupiainen play some clarinet on the album. The song he plays on has an outro pinched from another song we did for a radio drama, which was broadcasted on the Finnish Broadcasting Company’s Radio 1 in the summer. I think Joel actually came up with the melody for the outro, so we wanted him to play it on the album as well. This is, by the way, a Café de Abejas song with three distorted guitar tracks. And other stuff.

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Trying out different approaches. We went with the ‘over the top discordant’ one.

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Accordeoniste?

MORE DISTORTION!

MORE DISTORTION!

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Glockenspieliste?

And finally, we’ve got all the songs ready and we can sit down with Janne at E-Studio for a 9 to 5 mixing session.

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Checklist, with designated days for each detail.

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Feeling that the songs are in good hands. Gold and platinum records, from the 80’s until 00’s.

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Laura and some serious hardware.

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We lasted from 9 a.m. until lunch with a single cup of coffee.  After lunch we downed a pot, each.

There are many people we wish to thank for making this album happen, but probably none so much as our grand patrons, Harri & Terttu, who’ve given us their full support from the very beginning, and let us rehearse at their city apartment, and record at their cottage, and have just been all round encouraging and most helpful.

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Getting the final ‘go ahead’.

We’ve decided to call the album “Is this Casablanca?”. It’s also a track on the album, and a song we played, according to the setlist, on the very first full-lenght Café de Abejas gig ever. That was before the first album came out. So the songs been in the making for quite some time, but like Laura put it, “We just weren’t ready for the song before”. It makes a good title, and certainly conjures up images. For the title’s sake, and for other reasons, I’d like to acknowledge the influencers and inspirators for this album: John Donne, Pierre Berton and Charles Simon, Louis Feuillade, Bertolt Brecht, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Dorothy Parker, Concha Piquer, Serge, Charles, Bogie, Bergman and Bacall, Raymond Chandler, John Keats and Danny Elfman. There might well be others, others we’re not even aware of. But you might find it fun to return to this list once you have the album in your hands, and hunt down details – I think you might enjoy it as much as we’ve enjoyed writing these songs.

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-Jere

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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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