Max Raabe & Palast Orchester

Max Raabe & Palast Orchester

Max Raabe

& Palast Orchester

Friday, April 3, 8:00pm
at Davies Symphony Hall

Max Raabe
1920s German Cabaret Series: Max Raabe & Palast Orchester  

Max Raabe & Palast Orchester

Max Raabe

& Palast Orchester

Friday, April 3, 8:00pm
at Davies Symphony Hall

Max Raabe and Palast Orchester
1920s German Cabaret Series: Max Raabe & Palast Orchester  

Max Raabe & Palast Orchester

In the 1920s and early 30s, Berlin was a roiling cauldron of creative energy where avant-garde art movements intersected with popular culture, birthing theatrical and musical forms that continue to influence our world today. Walking a narrow line between madcap kitsch and sublime musicality, Max Raabe and Palast Orchester evoke the heady, dancing-on-knife-point mood of the Weimar Republic. A conservatory- trained baritone besotted with the Weimar era vocal style exemplified by the Comedian Harmonists, Raabe interprets vintage hits while also writing original songs and reinventing contemporary pop tunes in a retro style, such as “Oops!... I Did It Again” from Britney Spears and “Sex Bomb” by Tom Jones. With his slicked back hair and ingratiating stage presence, Raabe is a master entertainer whose irony-laced performances combine arresting spectacle with sophisticated, jazz-steeped arrangements. The resulting music is consistently dizzying, delightful and devilishly catchy. Backed by his polished 12-piece orchestra, Raabe possesses a supremely flexible voice, full and resonant in lower registers and pure and clear in his falsetto range. His latest album, Küssen kann man nicht alleine (One cannot kiss alone), was produced by German new wave icon Annette Humpe, who gives his music a sleek and sensuous sheen. Expect a party from a bygone era, and don’t be surprised if the audience dresses up in true Art Deco style!

Artist Personnel

Max Raabe vocals
Bernd Frank clarinet, tenor sax
Rainer Fox clarinet, baritone
  saxophone, vocals
Johannes Ernst clarinet, alto sax
Sven Bährens clarinet, alto sax
Thomas Huder trumpet, vocals
Michael Enders trumpet, vocals
Jörn Ranke trombone, viola, vocals
Cecilia Crisafulli violin
Ulrich Hoffmeier guitar, banjo, violin
Ian Wekwerth piano
Bernd Hugo Dieterich double bass,
  sousaphone
Vincent Riewe drums, percussion

Artist Website

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"In the grand style of performers from Germany’s Weimar Republic, Max Raabe likes to party like it’s 1929. " — The New York Times
"An androgynous figure in white tie and tails, he projects an air of elegant nonchalance as he stands poised before his fox-trotting orchestra. " — San Francisco Chronicle