Pop, rock & jazz
Sunday, 21/04/2024 / 08:00 PM / Theater Freiburg
In 2018, Kat Frankie played a solo acoustic set at the Elbjazz Festival in Hamburg in the main church of St. Katharinen opposite the Speicherstadt. The natural reverberation in the sacred space, made her dark voice particularly effective. That's why the Berlin-based Australian singer, songwriter and producer decided to dedicate the second half of the show to an a cappella experiment. Together with five female singers, she performed seven songs, five of which were arranged especially for this performance. Frankie had already incorporated the other two into her shows as a cappella parts before. She gave the reason for this in an interview with Deutschlandfunk: "Singing is physical. When we sing, our bodies move, vibrate, we harmonize with other people. And that is a very beautiful feeling." The audience in the Hanseatic city, at least, was euphoric. Frankie was surprised by this reaction, but also convinced that there was still much to explore here: in 2019, the "BODIES" EP was released, and in January 2020, the now eight-member ensemble made its full-length debut at the sold-out RBB Sendesaal in Berlin, followed by four concerts, also sold out, at venues such as the Elbphilharmonie and the Konzerthaus Dortmund. Two more sold-out Volksbühnen concerts were to follow in Berlin in April 2020. But these no longer came about due to Corona. Since then, the singer has spent a lot of time producing soundtracks, practicing painting and recording her fifth album, "Shiny Things," which was released last year. But always she was waiting to bring the BODIES back on stage - after all, it was the pandemic that forced Kat Frankie to stop her heart project on stage in the meantime and to live out her creativity elsewhere. "There are no instruments, which is incredibly liberating for some reason. When there are eight people on stage - eight bodies, eight voices and nothing else - the usual structures and expectations don't seem to apply," she says of the live experience. "I'm a songwriter, and the stage show carries my song DNA. But there are also pieces I've written about autonomy, labor and colonization. Big, dramatic songs and very beautiful, almost tender, harmonic moments. I hardly think there is anything like it," says Kat Frankie. Full of new ideas and concepts, the musician can't wait to go on another extensive tour with BODIES in October.