Saz me up, Scotty!

29. Dezember 2008

When my wife attended a conference in Istanbul, she hit upon the idea of presenting me with a saz. The saz is a traditional lute-type instrument in Turkey and the Middle East. It looks like this:

sazr

Naturally, I simply had to write a track with a saz part in it.

Here it is:

Caught In A Mirage


Oldies, but goodies?

29. Dezember 2008

Hier sind zwei Aufnahmen aus dem Jahr 1996:

Tässä kaksi biisiä vuodelta 1996:

Here are two recordings from 1996:

I Don’t Know How You Do It

What I’m Talking About

Ein herzliches Dankeschön an Sebastian Bunge für die Gitarrenlinie im Intro!


My Father Jaroslav: the Missing Link

29. Dezember 2008

I caught the music bug off my father Jaroslav, who was a drummer.

He started off in (what was then) Czechoslovakia in the Sixties. Jaro emmigrated to the West in 1969, while he was playing the Jazz Clubs and US Army Bases in Austria, Switzerland and southern Germany with Prague’s Reduta Jazz Revival Band.

In the Seventies my father was with one of Germany’s best showbands Die Studiker.

Sadly, my parents divorced in the late Seventies, and Jaro left Germany for Australia. I haven’t heard from him since…

Here are two pictures from the mid-Seventies. In the promo-picture you can spot Jaroslav in the second row (fourth from left overall). Behind his right shoulder (the guy in the last row at the far left) is organist Werner Becker, known to many in Germany as the easy-listening band-leader Anthony Ventura.

jaroslav-berka-1studiker-1974

That’s what Anthony Ventura looked like on his records:

anthony-ventura

A big thank you to my uncle Karel for tracking me down, and to my uncle Pavel for providing me with the old photos of Jaro.