THE SATURDAY CONCERT
HEILIG KREUZ KIRCHE
(Church of the Holy Cross)
Live sample from the concert of Chris and Carla
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Ars Harmonica, Poland
The passion for the accordion connected the three musicians
who met in the Music Academy in Katowice (Poland), where
they perfected their own skills under Prof. Joachim
The trio has won numerous national and international competitions.
They have also performed with famous symphony orchestras.
The musicians have a broad range of artistic programmes,
which demonstrates´the tremendous expression and sound
possibility of the accordion. They prove that the accordion is suitable
for every music style. During their concerts we can listen
to J.S.Bach, A.Vivaldi, and A.Piazzolla, but - how to musicians
claim that - the closest to their hearts and the most eagerly performed
is folk music of the Slavonic lineage. The unique
atmosphere of folk music comes from the connection of irregular
rhythms, the specific temperament of the Balkcan music and
vivid harmonies typical for Middle and East Europe.
Ars Harmonica's set list included Leonard's Who by fire. Connect with the band at
Jakub Mietla on the left;
Piotr Chololowicz below on the left and Michal Opeldus on the right. These three photos by Katharina Berger
Chris and Carla, Seattle, USA
Chris Eckman and Carla
Torgerson are the masterminds
of the Walkabouts, a
band from Seattle who have
released more than 20
albums during the last two
decades and who have gained
huge popularity in
Both are engaged in other projects as well. Chris is writing
songs almost every day and has released two solo
CD's. He also works as producer for a couple of bands
and singers (Midnight Choir, Terry Lee Hale, etc ..). He
is now married and living in Slovenia. Carla still lives in
Seattle. She has such a gifted voice that even the popular
English band "The Tindersticks" invited her to sing on
a few of their songs. Carla has studied in Freiburg,
Germany for some semesters. In interviews they often mention the influence of Leonard Cohen on their
labour in song.
"When I was 17 I remember reading a review of "Death
Of A Ladies Man" in Rolling Stone magazine. Rolling
Stone was basically my bible. In the preceding years I
had been turned on to all of my heroes, Young, Reed,
Smith, The Ramones via its reviews section. The review
of Cohen's album was savage. After reading it I thought
to myself, stay away, not for me. Cohen had been at the
top of my list of artists to check out, and suddenly he
completely dropped off the radar for me.
A few years later I met Carla Torgerson at a fish cannery
in the tundra wasteland of Alaska. We started to play
guitar together during the few hours that we had off
from the dull, nosiy assembly line work. One of the first
songs she taught me was "Suzanne." I was completely
awe struck by the words, and of course the wonderful
way she sang the song.
After that I sought out Cohen's stuff in a big way. He
became a distant, invisible mentor, steering me to work
and rework the words of my songs. I have relentlessly
chased his fragile universality and his deep, ragged authority.
I am still involved in the chase, and listening closely
and reverently to everything he releases. There is
much to be learned.
Oh, for the record, even though I don't read Rolling
Stone magazine anymore, I do believe they were right
about "Death Of A Ladies Man."
"I have been singing Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne" since I
was fourteen years old and I never tire of the song.
With every year that I get older, it simply grows in meaning
for me. And yet, I still don't completely understand
the song. That's what is fascinating about all of Leonard’s songs"
On Saturday Chris and Carla performed a selection of their own songs and Leonard's
Avalanche and Suzanne. Their website is at
Elizabeth Laishley, Calgary, Canada
Elizabeth displayed some of her new paintings:
Tennessee Waltz and The Golden Gate.
"Over the last 30 years, the Poetry and Music of Leonard Cohen has given me pleasure and artistic inspiration. Therefore I decided to initiate a series of paintings with which I presume to interpret the songs of Leonard Cohen onto canvas. Just as the writing and music of Leonard Cohen, the paintings are suffused with symbolism, spiritualism, mystery and erotic sensuality. I have tried to bestow Cohen's intense mood and ethereal expression, but still show a glimpse of his macabre humour."
Click here to see these new paintings and a thid one (Because Of).
Visit Elizabeth's website at www.artviewconsulting.ca
Photos © Eija Arjatsalo, except
Ars Harmonica artist photos © Katharina Berger
Henning with Chris and Carla © Christoph Franz
Texts from the Event booklet