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“One of Europe´s great proponents of balkan dub.” The Age (Melbourne)
“[Dunkelbunt] made the crossover from electronics to Balkan sounds.“ New York Times (New York)
“Balkan goodness from Vienna” Cape Time (Cape Town)
[dunkelbunt] aka Ulf Lindemann, born in 1979 in Hamburg (D), lives and works as a DJ, composer, producer, radio editor and mixer of spices in Vienna (A) since 2001. His name [dunkelbunt] represents diversity and the ongoing search for ever new musical fusions and styles. [dunkelbunt]´s list of cooperations with bands and musicians seems to be as extensive as the musical waters he crosses.
Being a gifted piano player himself [dunkelbunt] redevelops his own distinctive style and musical sense with every musical influence and every ethnic group he comes across.
Since 2006 Ulf Lindemann travels the world on behalf of his music: cities like New York, San Fransisco, Istanbul, Paris, Melbourne, or Kapstadt were just a few of the stops on his 2007/08 tour to promote his debut album MORGENLANDFAHRT.
MORGENLANDFAHRT is a mélange of Dub, Reggae, Klezmer, Jazz, Electronics, Trip Hop and Break Beats – woven with a Balkan twist. Numerous co-operations with both Viennese and international musicians from the Balkan and Klezmer scenes have enriched many of the tracks on the album, namely performers like 5nizza, Fanfare Ciocarlia, Amsterdam Klezmer band, Harry Stojka, Östblocket, MC Killo Killo, Orient Expressions and many more.
MORGENLANDFAHRT is also a result of Ulf´s move from Hamburg to Vienna in 2001. Initially inspired by the rich electronic music scene in Vienna, he quickly encountered the special Viennese musical diversity ranging from the traditional music from the Balkan to the Orient. This historically grown “Melange” of cultural influences from the near and far eastern neighbours has ever since been a specialty of Vienna which gives it an open-minded and pulsating character. Something you can inhale everyday at Vienna’s famous Naschmarkt with it’s babel-esque mix of languages, foods and goods to buy.
It was this side of Vienna, which let Ulf discover his second passion: he mixes and blends exquisite spices from India, Africa, South America and Europe. Both following old recipes and inventing his own he creates Berbere (Ethiopia), Ras el Hanout (Morocco), Coffespiece, Tandori Masala (India), Cinq-epices (China), bread herbs (Austria), herbal salt and many more.
In a certain way cooking and composing seems to be something very similar to [dunkelbunt]. Basically he simply uses different ingredients: herbs or instruments, sounds or colours, taste, smell, or look. It all comes down to the search for an harmoniuos whole. Nuances will come with the seasoning. Food is both – one fort he body, the other fort he soul.
Although the musical essence rests upon the South-eastern corners of Europe, sounds from all around this planet are to be enjoyed: from Vienna to the Balkans, through Anatolia and the Middle East, India, North Africa, not to mention South America, to Jamaica and straight to the swinging North American Thirties.
Answering the question how he himself would describe his sound Lindemann says:
„The world offers a breathtaking plurality of music. It wouldn´t cross my mind to settle for only one style. When DJing I am travelling around the world together with my audience carried on by the music. Timelessly we are dancing through Countries and Continents getting drunk with the infinite beauty of the music. I consider myself an intermediary searching for soulful music and its magic to share it with other people.”
Currently [dunkelbunt] is working on a remix album to be released in autumn 2009 on the German world-music label Piranha Records.
The new single CINAMMON GIRL is the first herold of the upcoming album: here [dunkelbunt] combines swing and electronics with the brass-sounds of the Boban I Marco Markovic Orkestar.
The maxi-single also comes with several remixes of the [dunkelbunt] classic THE CHOCOLATE BUTTERFLY by Stefano Miele (Italy), Vono Box (Hungary) and Solo Moderna (Neatherlands).
Please find current Tourdates on our Bandpage or under “events”!
[dunkelbunt] Tourdates 2009
#16.01. – Kolding (DK) – Pitstop
#17.01. – Copenhagen (DK) – Rust
#30.01. – Budapest (HU) – A38
#31.01. – Wuppertal – Viertelbar
#14.02. – Freiburg – KGB Bar
#20.02. – Istanbul – Ghetto
#21.02. – Istanbul – Ghetto
#26.02. – Paris – Le Divan Du Monde
#27.02. – Hannover – 3 Raum
#28.02. – Hamburg – XXX
#13.02. – Klagenfurt – ((STEREO)) CLUB
#14.02. – Ljubiljana – Metelkova
[dunkelbunt] Tourdates 2008
27.01.08 – Sidney (AU)
02.02.08 – Melbourne (AU) The Laundry
24.02.08 – Hamburg (G) Mandarin
14.03.08 – Vienna (A) Uni f Angewandte Kunst
15.03.08 – Malmö (S) Inkost
20.03.08 – Capetown (ZA) Oriental Plaza – Balkanology Festival
29.03.08 – Vienna (A) OST Klub
04.04.08 – Istanbul (TR) Ghetto
11.04.08 – Salzburg (A) Jazzit
12.04.08 – Vienna (A) Rote Bar Volkstheater
18.04.08 – Genth (BE)
19.04.08 – Munich (G) Zerwirk Saal
26.04.08 – Neußerling (A) Noppenair Festival
30.04.08 – Vienna (A) OST Klub
01.05.08 – Linz (A) Musik Pavilon
19.05.08 – London (UK) Cargo – Balkan Fever Festival London
21.05.08 – Vienna (A) OST Klub
23.05.08 – Pettenbach (A)
24.05.08 – Haag (A) Summerrize 08 Festival
27.05.08 – Leibnitz (A) Querdenken
28.05.08 – Vienna (A) Tüwifestival
31.05.08 – Vienna (A) Badeschiff
20.06.08 – Berlin (G) Cafe Burger
21.06.08 – Greifswald (G) Fete de la Musique
22.06.08 – Freiburg (G) Delicous Offbeat Vibration Festival
26.06.08 – Vienna (A) Badeschiff CINNAMON GIRL RELEASE PARTY
28.06.08 – Cologne (G) Gebäude 9
04.07.08 – Roskilde (DK) Roskilde Festival
05.07.08 – Roskilde (DK) Roskilde Festival
11.07.08 – Badalona – Centre el Genis (ESP)
12.07.08 – Canet De Mar Beach (ESP)
13.07.08 – Canet De Mar Beach (ESP)
15.07.08 – Barcelona (ESP) Side Car
19.07.08 – Alcalá la Real (ESP) Etnosur Festival
24.07.08 – Vienna (A) Badeschiff
26.07.08 – Gnynia (PT) Globaltica Festival
30.08.08 – Vienna (A) Piranha Bar (Summerstage)
05.09.08 – San Fransico (US) Annual Get Freaky Afterburn Festival
06.09.08 – Fairfax (US) Groove Garden Festival
07.09.08 – San Fransisco (US) Soul Cocina Family Meal
09.09.08 – Portland (US) Crown Room
11.09.08 – San Fransisco (US) Elbo Room – Afroliscous
12.09.08 – Laytonville (US) Earthdance
20.09.08 – Toronto (CA) Toronto Small World Music Festival – Supermarket
20.09.08 – Harvest Festival (CA)
23.09.08 – Chicago (US) Chicago Cultural Center (Chicago World Music Festival)
23.09.08 – Chicago (US) Empty Bottle (Chicago World Music Festival)
24.09.08 – Chicago (US) Conaway Center (Chicago World Music Festival)
26.09.08 – New York (US) NYC Gypsy Festival – Drom
27.09.08 – New York (US) with Nickodemus – 88 Palace
03.10.08 – Linz (A) Solaris Bar
04.10.08 – Vienna (A) OST Klub – Deladapclub
11.10.08 – Berlin (GE) Roter Salon
17.10.08 – Aarhus (DK) with Analogic – Train
18.10.08 – Copenhagen (DK) with Analogic – Rust
26.10.08 – Vienna (A) Ost Klub
01.11.08 – Vienna (A) Ost Klub – Deladapclub
30.10.08 – Linz (A)
07.11.08 – Salzburg (A) with Amsterdam Klezmer Band – Jazzit
15.11.08 – Vienna (A) with Dirty Haris Pilton – Ost Klub
15.11.08 – Vienna (A) with Amsterdam Klezmer Band – Bunkerei
28.11.08 – Istanbul (TR) Ghetto
04.12.08 – Moscow (RU)
06.12.08 – Vienna (A) OST Klub – Deladapclub
13.12.08 – Berlin (GE)
19.12.08 – St. Pölten (A) with Puppini Sisters – Haydn Saal