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«Neue Volksmusik»
Sunday, 03.11.2013, 20:20
oh what a night...
Kofelgschroa (DE)
Kofel is the name of a 1342 m tall mountain (it resembles the Matterhorn in need of a shave) in upper Bavaria called Oberammergau, where annually Wagner let's loose in den «Festspielen». And Schroa can very possibly only mean «Shout» and now you know what you're in for, at least in part.
Because actually, and as a whole, Kofelgschroa is a band that represents what's called «Neue Volksmusik». They definitely deserve the «new», they're unique, refreshingly different and will happily confound you what with what can be produced with kettle drums, trumpets, tubas, flugelhorn and 1-3-voice singing — a cappella a la Bavarian. Together, they're an eclectic and eccentric package, these guys descending down from the mountain Kofel to the valley of the Mississihl and their music is punky, bubbly and jumpy, their pieces can also meander on forever like the good stuff from The Grateful Dead, here expressing a schizophrenic love of their land and a contemporary, even futuristic approach based on the traditions of it. But they also take it giant steps further than that to all the planet has to offer, from lava drenched mountain sides to the shores of every sea of the world.

Less esoterically, they've stood up against «Right-wing activities in the Oberland» and supported an art happening that demanded attention for the melting of the Alpine glaciers. To ice that point for you, their 2012 cd features the image of a wooly mammoth.

The originators of this wondrous, deceptively simple sound and its beautiful, engaging melodies are Matthias Meichelböck (tenor sax), Martin von Mücke (Helikon tuba), Michael von Mücke (flugelhorn & guitar) and Maxi Pongratz (accordion). They deserve your shout-out even when they say about themselves «We're spare time musicians with time to spare». Which gives us an opportunity for a shout-at them for false modesty: If that is what spare time can produce, let's all have more of it.
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