The first time I saw Adam doing a Solo-guitar-concert in Mika’s
Belgium farmhouse I was amazed about the joy he brought to
the audience, the groove in his body, the delicate phrases,
his heavy swing, the fun he obviously had, the accurate, respectfull
way to treat the music, his great own compositions and arrangements.
I was kind of shocked to find so many things in one person.
The next day after his next concert we jammed and had double-joy,
double-fun, double-ideas, double-crazyness but also double
softness. The idea of a Cologne-New York-Duo was born.
I had booked a flight to New York to spend my Summer there
and winning the SHURE JAZZ VOICE competition during the Montreux
Jazz Festival put me on a trip of positive energy, enjoying
the heat of Harlem, the sweat of Jazz in the clubs. Adam invited
me to join him for some gigs, we did some prerecording-sessions
in Brooklyn, choose our all-time-favorite songs, arranged
them, ate good vietnamese food, worked on sounds and percussion.
It was thrilling. And beside the entertainer I met a humble
guy – Adam meditates daily, has a cat, we talked for
ours. It was great. So now I was excited about the things
to come. And: ACOUSTIC MUSIC gave us a real record-deal!
Autumn 2008. Our first tour in Germany – we played small
clubs and big stages, we jammed with Paul Kuhn and Nils Landgren,
played our program for real listeners. The moment of performing
and giving the „new baby“ to a careful audience
is a scary moment. There is no choice – I want to give
everything I feel, want to dive into the music together with
my listeners – and I want to make them sing as well.
I love the energy – sometimes listeners lift up the
stage somehow – a magical moment for me.
Recording in the studio was a challenge. We dreamed to get
the live-experience somehow intuitivly on the record. Some
songs with doing-it-the-first-time-energy just happened. We
had some titels to carefully work on and change the arrangement
for the recording. Not having the audience to participate
Sabine had to sing the 2nd voices herself. Special to me was
the German hip hop song – (now… this is what I
wrote when the idea of dividing it wasn’t there…
maybe you wanna say things about the song? Or whatever? …Adam
did the beatbox-track on the spot, first time, one layer.
I still can’t believe he did that). For “sweetest
taboo” we turned down all the lights, “so danco
samba” got us dancing and our night-time-recording of
“Hit the road Jack” again was a lot of fun.
Mixing, mastering, artwork, booking the tour, doing the website
and loving our music: the album of Adam & Sabine: GIRL