There is a certain effortlessness in the way cellist and singer-songwriter Mela Marie Spaemann combines elements from different musical backgrounds with her own characteristic timbre. As a one-woman band, she builds multi-layered, soulful stories with just her voice, cello and loop station to accompany her on stage. In her programme GAP she presents new songs from the upcoming album of the same title, while introducing some arrangements of her Piazolla cello solo transcriptions as well as a number in which her musical train of thought leads her from Cassado's Prelude through an arabic melody to a hebrew song.
“The moment I heard Marie Spaemann's songs I was enchanted and fascinated at the vast amount of talent. The combination of superb cello playing, a wonderful and unique vocal timbre and captivating song writing, together with her brilliant use of looping makes her an artist of the highest caliber.” - Aleksey Igudesman
When Marie Spaemann (cello and voice) and Christian Bakanic (accordion) perform together, two very different musical worlds meet in an intimate and stirring encounter with the audience. Soul and jazz, classical, Tango Nuevo and World Music come together and fuse in refreshing original compositions, songs and exciting new interpretations, performed with the ease of the true virtuoso.
“From atmospheric colours to bassline grooves and percussive elements, Spaemann and Bakanic plumb the depths of their instruments’ acoustic possibilities while Bakanic’ breath-taking improvisations and Marie Spaemann’s voice generate an urgency and intensity which is genuinely moving.” - Tino Schulter