In addition to numerous open-air live performances, Bardentreffen gives its audiences an opportunity to experience a selection of musicians from the official festival programme in dialogue. For our series “Encore – Musicians in Dialogue”, guests from all over the world are invited for informal chats with journalists, far from the festival bustle. In a 30-minute interview, the journalists will try to lure the musicians into giving an insight into their everyday lives. This year, the talks will be held in Burgtheater, in the Hall of Honour of the Old City Gall, and in Herrenschießhaus.
Artists invited include Bukahara (moderator Nadia Kailouli), Shantel (moderator Andreas Radlmaier), Nedim Hazar with Eko Fresh (moderator Alexander Jungkunz) and Maxi Pongratz (moderator Daniel Peter). In the context of the screening of his documentary, Kimmo Pohjonen (moderator Daniel Peter) from Finland has also been invited to a talk.
Wherever Cologne neo-folk and world musicians Bukhara appear on stage, any boundaries are simply and enthusiastically torn down by instruments. They try their hands in Arabic-Balkan, Reggae and Swing with a merry swapping of instruments. The violin may determine the harmony, a trombone test its abilities as a tuba, and – before you know it – the guitarist suddenly sits at the percussion set.