from "Phoenix Physics" by Barbara Duchow
You cannot break away from your own story, but many of us try. Even if that means moving to other continents and embracing foreign cultures - just to touch, to feel, to understand your very own roots. This is what the songs are about. They also relate the pain of expulsion and deprivation of rights. They tell the story of a externally disposed uprooting and a subsequent loss of one's own compass.
born 1966 in Hamburg, is an internationally working performer, coach and director actually based in Hamburg, Toulouse and New York.
Her current project delivers a touching insight into a life story that defies pre-assembled patterns in search of breaking free of an inconvenient lineage.
In her bold electro-pop-rock-show, Duchow unfolds stories of alienation and blindness, displacement and pain, revenge and forgiveness, resurrection of the dark and surprising brightness of disappointment.
As Duchow allows helplessness, anger and disappointment to sweep comfortably through her stories, the moments of joy and love take on power and depth. The marginal stories of her own family, neighbours, friends or chance encounters , establish a counterweight to forced collective narratives, undiscussed political correctness and the ignorance of inherited pain. This understanding may begin to allow the search for heart-facing ecstasy that acknowledges and overcomes even the darkest abysm.
Duchows examination of the heritage of the war becomes very important as she begins to understand her own generation as the grandchildren of the Second World War.
Barbara Duchow travelled a lot in her life; as a seeker, a lover, a fugitive, a soulsister, as an artist, teacher and coach. She has always been confronted with the necessity to acquaint herself with the unspoken while opening hearts with her soothing tones. She bridges seamlessly between local and foreigner, stranger to friend. The intrinsic charm of this special love lies in the passionate and open atmosphere of Duchows voice which doesn't touch judgement even if you listen to it several times. There is always a shine of the fairy between the worlds who is focused entirely on you.
(Photo by Hannah Kreuser).
The American Lone Kent, born in Germany, brought up in Vietnam, Thailand, Lebanon, Greece, France and Scotland to name just a few, lived and worked on the East Coast and in San Francisco after his studies at Berkley College of Music in Boston. He has worked with artists throughout Europe including experimental new music composer Hector Zazou. Now based in Toulouse, Kent is the composer and the leader of "GuitarKestra“, a 12 piece guitar band. Since 2014 he has worked with Barbara Duchow sharing development of most of the „Lunattack“ repertoire.
Fred Cash Jr., born in Chicago, attended the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and soon graduated to performing with his father Fred Cash Sr. all over the world. Cash has now recorded and performed with many artists includeing Jean-Paul Bourelly, Alicia Keys and Toshi Reagon.
Born 1987 in Béziers, France, Sébastien Gisbert begins to study drums at the age of 5 at the music school of his village Capestang. The permanent search of new sounds urges him to get into groups of all styles like National Orchestra of the Capitole of Toulouse, Tunisian Symphonic Orchestra, The "Saqueboutiers of Toulouse", Funcky Style Brass, Daltin Trio, Loud Cloud and Daniel Guichard.
The canadian Ian Mardon performs as a soloist and chamber musician in Germany and North America. He devotes a substantial portion of his energies to chamber music and serves as an artistic director and first violinist of the Hamburg Chamber Players. Mardon received his Master of Music degree at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Mardon plays a Guadagnini from 1775.
Arnaldo González, born 1986 in Caracas, Venezuela, studied Fine Art in Venezuela and Germany. In his work he deals with his place as an immigrant and experiments with a permanent transformation of self-perception. His videos for „Lunattack“ strongly illustrate the songs and resonate with Duchows issues of an acquirement of the strange and a sustained relocation of oneself.
Multimedia Performance Art Band
Text by Claudia Fischer
Photography by Roy Coaster, David Madry and Arnaldo González.
Producer, co-composing and singing: Barbara Duchow. Composition, music production and all instruments by Lone Kent. Lyrics, songwriting assisting: James Snow and Lone Kent. Video artwork by Arnaldo González.
Phone: Germany +49(0) 1702766727
Barbara Duchow Productions