Sounds of the Sidewalk

Sundays from 13 July to 3 August 2014 on arte

13.07.2014 12:55 - 03.08.2014 14:00  arte

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Sounds of the Sidewalk

Sundays from 13 July to 3 August 2014 on arte

13.07.2014 12:55 - 03.08.2014 14:00 arte

You can find them standing in walkways, in front of bars or in the Paris metro, playing rock music, classical, Latin American or Caribbean rhythms on the world’s largest public stage: the street. This series is dedicated to street musicians in Europe "on the road" with artists of life, dropouts and virtuosos. In this format, stories of talents and the characters behind them are found in the street.

FELIX MEYER AND HIS BAND – In one of the four episodes we meet a singer-songwriter, who has achieved what most buskers dream about: Felix Meyer was discovered by a music producer in 2011 in a German pedestrian zone. Label contract, publisher and booking agency followed suit. But Felix Meyer and his band still unfold their stage carpet in every shopping street between Stralsund, Montpellier and Dubrovnik. Because on the road, Felix Meyer says, „half the universe passes by in front of you”.
Air date: 13 July 2014, 12:55 pm on arte.                   

THE MUSICANS OF THE PARIS METRO – The next stop is the Parisian underground: In the tunnels of the Paris Metro, the place where Keziah Jones‘ career once began, today we hear the “homemade” chansons of „Bazar et Bémols“. The mischievous French monsieurs have succeeded in a casting with a total of 2000 applicants. Together with 300 other casting graduates they are the Metro Musicians in Paris and as such are allowed to play their music in the world’s most famous metro tunnels.
Air date: 20 July 2014, 1:10 pm on arte.

LIGHT IN BABYLON – The series continues further East at the Eurasian border, where the multicultural music of the Israeli-French-Turkish trio Light in Babylon resonates in the politically heated streets of Istanbul. With pressing rhythms they enthrall the passers-by and lend them their voices, with lyrics that talk about the search for identity, home and freedom.
Air date: 27 July 2014, 1:00 pm on arte.

KLAUS THE VIOLINIST – A former nobleman, the now dropout Klaus the Violinist at 70 still postulates revolution instead of pension: This episode features the political bard Klaus the Violinist: With line and fiddlestick, regardless of wind and weather he has protested with voice and violin at public demonstrations, in every pedestrian zone – 40 years with the fiddle against the Lehman Brothers of this world.
Air date: 03 August 2014, around 1 pm on arte.

A production of Accentus Music in co-production with ZDF, in co-operation with ARTE. 
© 2014

Sounds of the Sidewalk – On the Road with Buskers.
A series in four parts by Günter Atteln & Anne-Kathrin Peitz 
(4 x 26 min)

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