XJazz presents a great double bill this May with NDW band Palais Schaumburg and Gudrun Gut sharing the legendary stage at SO36.
Palais Schaumburg was a new wave band from Hamburg. The style was classified as Neue Deutsche Welle, and strongly characterized by their avant garde music and dadaistic attitude.The band was originally formed in 1980, featuring Timo Blunck, Holger Hiller, Thomas Fehlmann, and percussionist F.M. Einheit. The group’s name stands for Das Palais Schaumburg in Bonn, the Cold War era residence of the German chancellor.
Einheit left the group, eventually to join Einstürzende Neubauten and was replaced by Ralf Hertwig prior to Palais Schaumburg’s first full-length album Palais Schaumburg which was produced by David Cunningham and released in 1981. Shortly after it was released, Hiller left the band and started his solo career. He was replaced with Moritz von Oswald and vocalist Walther Thielsch.The group made several singles and albums throughout early 1980s, when their avant garde sounds were heavily influenced by funk, especially in albums Lupa and Parlez-Vous Schaumburg.
Gudrun Gut’s story spans many years, scenes, and sounds, from the “ingenious dilettantes” subculture of early 1980’s Berlin as part of Mania D, Einstürzende Neubauten, and Malaria! to Matador into an expansive solo catalog of later work. Her talents extend beyond musician, however, to include founding record labels (the influential imprints Moabit Musik and Monika Enterprise), radio presenter and producer together with Thomas Fehlmann (10 years Oceanclub Radio for RadioEins), club nights (progressive electronic pop collective Oceanclub), festival curation (with Fehlmann/Meteo on MarkeB, or now UM-Festival) and the recent experimental feminist collaborations (Monika Werkstatt).
Projects have included collaborations with Antye Greie (AGF) and Hans-Joachim Irmler of Faust, participating on the advisory committee for Musicboard Berlin, since 2016 part of the artist funding jury of Initiative Musik DE, performing at The Royal Albert Hall with Âme as part of an Innervisions label night. 2018/9 new celebrated solo album MOMENT with concerts in Saudi Arabia, China, Russia, Spain, Romania, France and Germany. 2019 she received the ‘Listen to Berlin Award’ for development and support of the Berlin musicscene.
Palais Schaumburg and Gudrun Gut LIVE
Saurday 9th May 2020 | Doors 22:00 / Gudrun Gut 22:30 / Palais Schaumburg 23:15 CET
SO36 | Oranienstr. 190 | 10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Photo credit: Michael von Gimbut