A man in Jeans and a T-Shirt opens in expectation of his apartment door. Prior to that, just a Arabic is played-Andalusian folk song. Like the other inhabitants of the house he has seen at the entrance to the notice that here, today, in a Live concert. Around the staircase of people standing in front of their homes and listen to the concert of the contra-bassist Nicola Vock and the flutist Johanna-Leonore Dahlhoff.
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“Music delivery service” is the name of the offer, the chamber Philharmonic orchestra of Frankfurt, the multi-family houses can be Sunday afternoon home order. In various parts of the city of Frankfurt, the musicians appear to be second-or third-and bring music to people who were not able to experience due to the pandemic, often for a whole year live.
“I can’t remember when I last heard Live music,” says Yvonne Gornik, who lives on the first floor and the musician has ordered, after they had discovered on Instagram. You are filming the concert with their cell phone, while her husband holds the joint Baby, has become the music up. The other spectators in the narrow stairwell is not visible, but in the end, the applause resounds to the music inside down, played on the ground floor.
“It was beautiful to hear live music, and it does support a good musician,” says Gornik. The concert is free, but the neighbors have each other collected money, the press, the Duo goodbye in an envelope in the Hand. These features, because although the concert series is supported by Kulturamt Frankfurt financially, they like a lot of musicians financially among the many unusual exposures.
“At the beginning of the pandemic, everything has been canceled, often without failure fees, I asked myself, why do I practice this profession at all. Since we play live again, I know it,” says Nicola Vock. It plays not only a double bass, but is also the Executive Director of the chamber orchestra, and is in charge of the artistic Management. Together with her colleague, cellist Sylvia Demgenski, she had, in the last autumn, the idea of the staircase concerts. Earlier in the summer, the members of the 26-piece orchestra played outside in Frankfurt “neighborhood music”. “We have considered from the beginning of the pandemic, how can we stay live,” says Vock.
Thus, the chamber Philharmonic is not alone. Also, in stairwells, the arts, the Frankfurt-based “Jerusalem Duo graced in March 2020”. The musical Couple who had previously started an international career, occurred spontaneously in the private staircase, and then in houses in the whole of Germany. It played a full 45-minute concerts with a diverse Repertoire of Klezmer music, Pop, and classical music. In Munich there should be, according to Nicola Vock similar concerts in the houses.
“A Live Stream with a Live concert comparable. During the Stream, the energy of the audience is missing, in the end no one claps and the musicians are feeling lost. It is bleak,” says flutist Dahlhoff. Since the pandemic, they feel the Live experience even more intense, as in the case of the staircase, house concerts, a greater proximity to the audience. “Some of them are speechless with emotion, a woman, for which our appearance was a birthday surprise, began to cry. Many write to us then, which has made the music with them,” says Dahlhoff. A Live Stream was also, for many, a freelance musician, an expensive affair. Not everyone would have the necessary Equipment.
“We play in each of the stairs house the same program, but each Time, it is a different concert”
Nicola Vock eats a banana and rolls on the side of your giant bass on the Frankfurt Kennedy Avenue to the next concert. Your colleague has to do with the flute easier. Just ten minutes a Mini-concert, the Duo moves on to play this afternoon in less than three hours, a total of six hallways. In the districts of Westend and Most other members of the Philharmonic chamber orchestra of music-making in parallel, so the demand is very high. A total of 200 concerts given by the orchestra members and musicians already in stairwells. The dates are fully booked well in advance.
Therefore, the next house will be happy, the more that an appointment was today cancelled at short notice and they were able to little bit please from the waiting list. “Music delivery service!”, call the music on the inside of the front door and are led by some of the residents in the backyard, because it is this Sunday warm enough to play outside. Sitting there, and young families with small children most of the time. It is distributed in champagne, coffee and cake, and it feels almost like a normal neighborhood, except that all wear a mask and keep a distance.
Vock and Dahlhoff reject the sparkling wine gratefully. You have to lose your tight program is no time and place on the middle of the lawn. Again, you first play the folk song, “La Cumparsita” by Gerardo Matos Rodriguez and the last waltz no 2 from Suite no 2 for Jazz orchestra by Shostakovich. On the balconies, people stand up and applaud. A little Boy is screaming: “I want to play the Cello”. Resident of the house Ulrike Sedlak, ordered by the musician, is that the concert was a bit short, excited but still: “a year Ago, all were so sated, as I would not have known how many neighbors commitments, but now you will be happy about every variety, and even the kids will like classical music,” she says.
Not all stairways and hallways, the Live music was so good, also because not all of the residents about the planned concert know. “Sometimes just to hear the order, and the other on your door. Once someone makes loud against the music,” says Vock and laughs. It’s not like you to know what awaits you at the concerts. “Once the inhabitants received us in the evening, another Time, then again in sweatpants,” she says. It was but the Great thing about these concerts, adds her colleague. “We play in each of the stairs house the same program, but each Time, it is a different concert”.
The chamber Philharmonic try for a long time, even before the Corona, the boundary between the musicians and the audience should be abolished. The Concert gap between musicians and listeners feel as outdated and work on new concepts to the audience in a direct encounter. The staircase concerts to give it to that’s why that may be the pandemic, though, you pause, starting in April, for the time being. Should be played, but more. Starting in April, Frankfurt can order a 12-piece string orchestra and brass quintet in their backyards.