Helge Schneider in the state capital – UnserTirol24

Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and brute humorist Helge Schneider appeared as a guest at Innsbruck’s bustling conference on Tuesday night. On this first Austrian concert of his current tour, which will take him to other Austrian cities and many concert destinations in Germany, he was surprisingly quiet, but with a chaotic enthusiasm for improvisation.

Helge Schneider begins his concert tour in Innsbruck – FILE PHOTO: APA / HERBERT PFARRHOFER

Perhaps the general calm tone of the evening was due to the minimal preparation of the concert, which Schneider aptly put under the motto of “A Man and His Guitar”, like the whole tour. Schneider immediately played so simply at the beginning of the concert, when he asked his “guitar”, played by longtime guitarist Sandro Giampetro, to play the first note with the wand.

She was often allowed to accompany Helge Schneider’s funny, partially improvised stories and spontaneous ideas with a few chords. Most of the time, however, his “guitar” provided Giampietro with a solid, open foundation, made up of blues, jazz and rock elements, which Schneider used as a springboard to break up his songs with enjoyment and then bring them back to half the concert hall. -Been completed.

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The principle of half-completed work, understood as the unbridled desire to initiate songs and ideas, to explore possibilities, and sometimes to get lost in the process, can apply to Schneider’s very own mechanical ingenuity. Among other things, he played guitar, piano, drums and double bass – the results were very different. However, this openness to the results has always led to very funny moments of surprise that have never been pure slapstick.

Instead, Schneider was clearly interested in resolving the differences between killer serious jazz and irreverent, chaotic sitcom. In a piece by jazz legend Duke Ellington, which he performed himself on vibraphone, he incorporates some absurd foreign material beyond the composer’s intent, some of which are reminiscent of well-known children’s songs.

“Sausage Seller” and the Popes

This is how one met the passionate jazz musician Helge Schneider, who understood jazz as a complex, open system into which almost any style or genre could be nourished. During the concert one of them met, for example, the “sausage seller”, the “telephone operator”, the popes on the other side of the street or the eagles kidnapping young children in the Tyrolean mountains. A first person narrator who is in love and spends time with his loved ones on the sofa can also be heard.

In addition, he imitated and exaggerated styles, such as psychedelic rock, expressive rock, or passionate and passionate singers with a direct attraction toward intercourse. It was almost a miracle that Schneider was able to drink as much mint tea as Bodo Austerling and eat apple pie. Schneider hasn’t forgotten “Katzenklo”, his biggest hit to date, which he gently broke apart.

The audience thanked him profusely for all this. They laughed at the correct points in their notes, basking in the 66-year-old’s enthusiasm for the play, and eventually slapped him back on stage for an encore. After the concert, which lasted nearly two hours, the musician did not allow his fans more than a short story about his reluctance to play in Mozart in Salzburg tomorrow, Wednesday, and finally played the piano chord on an “old piano”.

APA / UT24

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