Slovak beer

October 8th, 2011 § 0

After a long evening of work, Peter, Miska and I decided to take a drink in the rock bar next door. This is what we found.

slovak beer
slovak beer

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Other Skies

October 7th, 2011 § 0

Wandering in Bratislava a few moments this afternoon, this umbrella and her hair caught my eye.

other skies
other skies

Did the end of summer have to come so sudden and so soon?

The American Indians measured years in summers. An infinite wisdom.

 

MAK Nite 2010: Herman Fink Lamps

September 22nd, 2010 § 0

Dropped by MAK Nite 2010 to see my friend Herman Fink’s exhibition of lamps. Here’s some photos.

Herman Fink two lamps at MAK nite
Herman Fink two lamps at MAK nite
Herman Fink vertical lamp
Herman Fink vertical lamp
Herman Fink pole lamp DJ ART PARTY VIENNA
Herman Fink pole lamp DJ ART PARTY VIENNA
Herman Fink two lamps at MAK nite 1
Herman Fink two lamps at MAK nite 1
Herman Fink closeup triple lamp
Herman Fink closeup triple lamp
Artist Herman Fink with one of his lamps
Artist Herman Fink with one of his lamps

Tanz Baby at Melt

September 19th, 2010 § 1

Another good concert in the fabulous  Melt series from Pazit . The Melt series in the Austellungsraum at 23 Gumpfendorferstrasse is the most vibrant concert series in Vienna now for electronic and experimental music. Pazit focuses usually on strong singer/songwriters and doesn’t really limit the series too much by genre. In the current series of concerts, there’s been real experimental, along with Falco revival Tanz Baby and even almost reggae.

Tanz Baby is a little bit kitsch with David Kleinl going somewhat over the top in his ersatz Falco persona. But like the original Falco, Tanz Baby is playful and fun. Everyone there had a great time.

Here are some photos. 

tanz baby david kleinl bubbles
tanz baby david kleinl bubbles 
tanz baby david kleinl
tanz baby david kleinl

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Neue Donau: World’s Largest Swimming Pool

September 12th, 2010 § 0

I’ve been swimming a lot in the Neue Donau in September. It’s the most fabulous outdoor swimming pool you can imagine. As the weather gets colder, the water actually gets cleaner. There’s nothing like swimming out in the open air as far as the eye can see.

 

neue donau worlds largest swimming pool
neue donau worlds largest swimming pool

 

vienna new city from donauinsel
vienna new city from donauinsel

I purchased a half wetsuit on sale on a lark. It’s been great. I’ve worn it half a dozen times already. You can still swim in the Neue Donau in September but for sport swimming this year (more than 15 minutes) you need a wet suit most days.

 

 

 

 

Paolo Fresu and Ralph Towner at Porgy & Bess: Chiaroscuro tour

March 2nd, 2010 § 0

Superb trumpet play, along with quiet mastery on the guitar. Your ears are there for Paolo Fresu but Ralph Towner makes it all possible.

I bought the Chiaroscuro CD while I was there. Surprisingly the CD is just a shadow of how Fresu and Towner play live together. This is one rare occasion where the live performance clearly outranks what the musicians can do in the studio. I guess you had to be there.

Porgy & Bess artistic director Christoph Huber was very animated after the show as well. It was one of the top five concerts I’ve ever attended there in five years.

Paolo Fresu on trumpet 3
Paolo Fresu on trumpet
Paolo Fresu on trumpet 2
Paolo Fresu on trumpet
Paolo Fresu on trumpet
Paolo Fresu on trumpet

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Elio Gervasi – Geckos: The Extraordinary Ordinary

February 11th, 2010 § 1

Elio Gervasi is the great master of movement among the Vienna choreographers. His work is usually musical, the light design exquisite and artistic direction provoking. Gervasi has a talent to take simple daily objects and make them special.

Tanz Company Gervasi Geckos Kenia Bernai Gonzales Leoni Wahl
Tanz Company Gervasi Geckos Kenia Bernai Gonzales Leoni Wahl

And so it is with Geckos.

Here we meet in the rehearsal hall on Laxenburgerstrasse. The ceilings are a bit lower than in a full theatre, the seating more limited. But no matter, Markus Schwarz’s light makes the space bigger, pouring light through blinds set up between a side room and the main rehearsal space.

Leoni Wahl Salvatore la Ferla
Leoni Wahl Salvatore la Ferla

The décor is a single red armchair which serves as a place for lovers to sit together, for one lover to miss the absent one and for another as a cliff from which she considers self-destruction.

Tanz Company Gervasi Geckos Leoni Wahl psychological tightrope
Tanz Company Gervasi Geckos Leoni Wahl psychological tightrope

Gervasi is working with three dancers here, all excellent. The long and handsome Italian Salvatore la Ferla, the compact Kenia Bernai Gonzales and longtime muse Leoni Wahl.

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Kaffeesiederball 2010 | Nokia N97 Mini High ISO Photos

February 11th, 2010 § 1

Warning: schizophrenic weblog post on the way.

Kaffeesiederball 2010 Nokia N97 Mini high ISO 01
Kaffeesiederball 2010 Nokia N97 Mini high ISO 01

The Kaffeesiederball together with the Opernball are Vienna’s two best balls. It’s a very close call which is better. I’d say the Kaffeesiederball with its 15 live orchestras is more fun, while the Opernball is more glamourous. But the Opernball is fun too, and Kaffeesiederball has glam aplenty. The contrast between both and banal balls like the Artztball (Physicians’ Ball) are striking.

Kaffeesiederball 2010 Nokia N97 Mini high ISO 02
Kaffeesiederball 2010 Nokia N97 Mini high ISO 02

Usually I have some great shots of the Kaffeesiederball but due to an arm strain back at the Austrian Fashion Week which turned into RSI, I’m off the main camera with full lens setup except for special occasions. Quite nice as it means that I can enjoy evenings without trying to capture fleeing time through a lens. Just for fun for a few minutes in the middle of the evening I pulled out the Nokia N97 mini and tried some snaps with it. Definitely not a low-light camera, but I can see that if one caps ISO at 400, the pictures are not at all bad.

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