Josephine Foster + Tomi Simatupang at Ausland / Wednesday, 11.05.2016

Josephine Foster heads to Berlin in support of her new album “No More Lamps In The Morning”. “Performing solo, her songs are an even more delicate blend of old time Americana folk, with subtle echoes of music hall and a voice that gestures towards her early-career operatic ambitions.” Russell Warfield

“No More Lamps In the Morning” is a new folk route for Josephine, a stripped down starsailor vector connecting heller to highwater. Foster, on nylon string guitar, and husband Victor Herrero, accompanying on Portuguese guitar, together weave intimate readings of songs spanning Foster’s songwriting career including selections from recent albums “This Coming Gladness” (2008) and “I’m a Dreamer” (2013) and back to Born Heller (2004).

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Foster’s new route is a free, chromatic music, a tuneful montana of mind–an expansive harmonic space dominated by Rif mountain on the horizon. As highwater as the music is, as broad the stylistic palette of the musicians, the music really exists in service of the lyrics. Two of the songs on No More Lamps are poems by Rudyard Kipling and James Joyce given musical settings by Foster.

The rest arguably are musical settings of her own poems strengthened in a fiery crucible of guitars (and on 2 tracks Gyða Valtýsdóttir’s cello) in which dissonant notes bend and quaver as wirefork embers, dying without affecting the glowing tonal fire which unites contrary forces in a Moroccan speakeasy.


Tomi Simatupang was born and raised on the Island of Java in Indonesia. He moved to Europe in 1991 and studied Jazz since his early teens. Later on he was drawn into western songwriting. In 2007 Tomi shifted his artistic focus to Javanese music. This raised in him questions about intonation, which brought him to the study of Harry Partch’s tome  “Genesis Of a Music” and to the Univerity Of Arts in Berlin where he studied intonation.

In 2005 filmmaker Uli M Schueppel, known for his work with Einstürzende Neubauten and Nick Cave, portrayed Tomi in the movie BerlinSong, which was nominated for a prize at the 2007 Berlinale. Today Simatupang gives concerts and workshops and engages in different forms of  social,  environmental and political activsm through his art. Tomi is also  still often booked by acclaimed artists as a side-man and instrumentalist.

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Josephine Foster + Tomi Simatupang

Wednesday, 11th May 2016 | 20:00 CET
Ausland | Lychener Str. 60 | 10437 Berlin/Prenzlauer Berg | | |


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