obviously the article loses something with googles translation AND the author thinks she's still in her thirties ;D
Long awaited and hotly contested: Alison Krauss & Union Station played in Berlin Wednesday, 11 July 2012 Christine Heise
This concert was long awaited and hotly contested. Sold out for weeks, it was the best place to cut and thrust in the Schöneberg Apostle Paul's Church, a still fresh sympathy for promotional concert facility in Berlin. Everyone wanted to be as close as possible to it and not miss a nuance of the voice of this extraordinary singer and her virtuoso band. And their blend of skill and charisma, and competence of sentiment is really unique.
The nimble fingers fly over the strings, but the feelings shine more in the darker corners of life. Alison Krauss sings like a nightingale since she was 8 years old and is now in her thirties, still very young and angelic innocence with their small violin at the center of the band. Despite summer temperatures, she wears a black frock coat over a black shirt and sings relaxed friendly and focused their songs. The purity of her voice clear as a bell will be issued by it never used to be vain and narcissistic coloratura, but she serves it in the best sense as a humble instrument. They can also be differentiated emotions in the deepest recesses of this impressive church building to awaken. For this purpose it has fiddelt and brief remarks by the way through the repertoire. It is next to some old songs a re-hearing with the songs of their latest album " Paper Airplane , "which she recorded with exactly the band, with whom she is now on stage. From right: Ron Block on guitar and banjo, which he sensationally well controlled. Dan Tyminski, the George Clooney in the Coen brothers movie " O Brother, Where Art Thou? " and lent his voice itself but also looks good, sings better than anyone and interpret a song like "Dust Bowl Children" written by Peter Rowan can. Later, he will also sing the great "Man of Constant Sorrow," his rich resonant voice is too often seen as the happy bounded Bluegrass weight. Barry Bales on bass, the youngest, and yet for over twenty years of Alison Krauss page, and then The Man Jerry Douglas, dobro player the best in the world, such as Alison Krauss will introduce him later, a kindly-meant superlative thick with truthfulness.
Why do we always play sad songs, quotes Alison Krauss , the question of a fan after the first half of the two-hour concert, because we are so sad people, she says with a laugh yourself. And that is the peculiar effect of this traditional form of music, she taught on the one hand, a music-loving Fidel awareness are with their little acrobatic instrumental passages in the stories of the songs but can all the hard struggle for survival of the ordinary working people. It is contemporary musicians such as Alison Krauss and Union Station due to the archetype of the country again today find so many enthusiastic friends. Since Jerry Douglas itself is a musical event, his new album "Traveler" is out now, he gets in Over a quarter hour of the set by themselves and must show his game art, stormy applause of the admirers of his phenomenal technique. He dominated like no other instrument that literally dazzling the night, for fun, he seeks his reflection in the gleaming metallic body of the instrument.
The setlist includes the songs played some cover versions. Paul Simon's "The Boxer" was mentioned in jest though, remained on the sidelines, but he played the rarely heard "Now That I Found You" by The Foundations, a soul number from the Sixties. An unusual choice, Alison Krauss plays since the early nineties, probably because of its religious content interpretable, and the representative of the genre switch is impressive, to accomplish which the band is able, without changing their sound big. Bluegrass is from these masters of the subject always as a launching pad for an extended term used by music, without falling into the trap of famous songs in-a-bluegrass-style take on her character. Back to the Future, which once called an American music magazine. This modern concept of bluegrass is of course a little at the expense of more traditional roots of understanding, even when the addition was in this beautiful concert challenged almost entirely on guitar accompanied by a minimum of spirituals as well as the beautiful "Down to the River to Pray". To go to their knees.