INDIE FOLK / MODERN ROOTS MUSIC

 

"...eine jetztzeitige, urbane Rückschau

auf die Wurzeln der Popmusik,

melancholisch, selbstironisch, subtil."

- Stefan Hentz, DIE ZEIT

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EN

 

There once was a time in North America, a time long forgotten, when coal miners would send a little yellow bird into the mine shafts. If the canary sang and returned from the depths, it was a good sign but if it went silent, a bad one because if its song stopped and the bird didn’t return, it was too dangerous and the miners had to retrace their steps. Not to mention, the bird was no longer.

 

 

We know this is true. It’s on Wikipedia.

 

 

Just as true is the fact that not too long ago, a band named Yellow Bird got together. At that time, this story was unbeknownst to them. Manon Kahle, who writes a large number of Yellow Bird's songs, is North American. But in Vermont, where she grew up, coal is just something you get in your stocking at Christmas.

 

 

At the heart of the State of Vermont, there's a little town called Berlin. It has 2,887 inhabitants and is split in two by interstate 89. East and West Berlin. This is true but not interesting. Or moreover irrelevant, as Yellow Bird's five members met in Berlin, Germany; the big, dirty and beautiful city where people eat sausage without the skin, dump it in red sludge and call it Currywurst.

 

 

It’s also a place where people from all over the world meet to work out their fundamentally different social and cultural backgrounds together. This stew spews out a lot of art and music. The shimmering proof: Yellow Bird!

 

 

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Im tiefsten Innern Nordamerikas, in einer Zeit, an die sich niemand mehr erinnert, sandten die Bergarbeiter der Kohleminen yellow birds also Kanarienvögel in noch unerschlossene Stollen. Sangen die Vögel dort, kamen sie gar zurück, war das ein gutes Zeichen, wurde es still, ein schlechtes, da die putzigen Zeitgenossen dann wohl von giftigen aus dem Gestein oder Erdreich ausgetretenen Gasen zum Schweigen gebracht worden waren und ein weiteres Vordringen nicht günstig schien.

 

Das ist kein Märchen, es steht auf Wikipedia. Genauso wahr ist es, dass sich vor nicht allzulanger Zeit eine Band mit dem Namen Yellow Bird zusammentat, ohne von dieser Geschichte zu wissen. Manon Kahle, die bei Yellow Bird einen Großteil der Lieder schreibt, ist zwar US-Amerikanerin, aber in Vermont, wo sie aufwuchs, kennt man Minen nur im Bleistift. Dafür gibt es im Herzen des Staates eine Stadt mit Namen Berlin. Sie zählt 2.887 Einwohner und wird von der Autobahn (Interstate 89) in zwei Teile geteilt. Ost- und Westberlin. Soweit so spitzfindig und unerheblich, denn die vier Mitglieder von Yellow Bird lernten sich in unserem Berlin, dem großen, dreckigen und wunderschönen kennen, wo man icke sagt und Würste ohne Darm in roter Pampe isst.

 

Dass in dieser Stadt seit jeher gerade deshalb besondere Musik entsteht, weil Leute aus aller Welt zusammentreffen, um sich an ihren grundverschiedenen Sozialisationen abzuarbeiten, leuchtet ein, oder? Nein? Neuster, schillerndster Beleg dieser These: Yellow Bird!

 

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T H E B A N D

MANON KAHLE (USA)

vocals, fiddle, ukulele, banjo

 

LUCIA CADOTSCH (Switzerland)

vocals, percussion

 

RONNY GRAUPE (Germany)

guitar (a & e), bass, banjo

 

ULI KEMPENDORFF (Germany)

clarinet, bass clarinet

 

MICHAEL GRIENER (Germany)

drums, spoons, percussion

 

 

 

 

N E W S

09/03/2016

We're planning a new album full of original songs! At the end of March, we're testing out H1 Studios for our recordings in June. Thank you all for your support so far!

 

04/10/2015

We have a new cut of the beautiful Beelitz Heilstätten shoot from last year. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ju6AHxBofSQ

 

12/07/15

Yellow Bird has a Bandcamp site where you can buy digital downloads of our album, SING!

http://yellowbirdmusic.bandcamp.com/releases

 

03/06/15

Yellow Bird just got a nice write-up in the NZZ. Here's the article by Ueli Bernays: http://www.nzz.ch/zuerich/zuercher_kultur/zeitspruenge-1.18554066

 

30/05/15

Yellow Bird 's *new* trailer from the Roter Salon in Berlin can be seen here! Yellow Bird at the Roter Salon

 

04/05/15

Yellow Bird was just featured on: Ö1-Sendung Diagonals Feiner Musiksalon!

 

17/03/15

Yellow Bird's Shame & Scorn animation video is now on tape.tv !

 

05/03/15

Tune in to SWR2 / RADIOPHON – Musikcollagen from Christoph Wagner at on March 5th from 21:03 -22:00 and hear Yellow Bird in fantastic company.

 

22/2/2015

Album Release Concert at the Roter Salon in Berlin!

 

19/2/15

Hear Yellow Bird at Radioeins on 19/2/15 at 19h30!

 

19/12/14

The new TEASER for our album 'Sing' is out!

 

19/12/14

Tonight at 5:30pm EST, we're doing an interview at 'Three Bags Full' on WOOL Black Sheep Radio in Bellows Falls, Vermont.

 

19/12/14

Our new home-made video is on-line! You can have a look here.

 

6/12/14

Tonight Yellow Bird's 'Freight Train' can be heard here: B.K.A. #41 mit DJ Anna

Samstag 6.12.2014 20:00 - 21:00h

*Bands **Klatsch ***Ausgehtipps

http://reboot.fm/

http://amstart.tv/goinout.html

http://reboot.fm/category/musik-magazin/bka

 

27/11/14

Lucia was featured in an article in "Die Zeit" today, with a nice little blurb about Yellow Bird as well!

 

19/8/14

Our new Music Video is up! Thanks to Detsky Graffam at K17 Films, Mark Romaine, Petra Niefind and the beautiful Beelitz Heilstätten. Here's the link: Yellow Bird - Bury me beneath the willow

 

4/8/14

Our first music video is on its way! We got to film at the amazing Beelitz Heilstätten with Detsky Graffam and Mark Romaine

 

26/5/14

We have an animation music video:

Yellow Bird Animation Music Video

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Wir haben ein Musik-Video:

Yellow Bird Animation Music Video

 

22/5/14

We have new photos by photographer Michael Zalewski !

Check them out here.

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Wir haben neue Fotos von Michael Zalewski !

Schaut sie euch hier an.

 

1/3/14

We just got news that one of our songs will be on the Lufthansa playlist this summer. Yellow Bird is going to fly!

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Wir haben gerade erfahren, dass ein Lied von uns im Sommer bei der Lufthansa Playlist zu hören sein wird. Yellow Bird fliegt!

 

 

26/2/14

We've been working on an album, now signed by Enja/Yellowbird Records and it'll come out in January. Now we've got to warm up for the album release!

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Wir haben in den letzten Monaten eine Platte aufgenommen, die im Januar bei Enja/Yellowbird erscheinen wird. Jetzt spielen wir uns langsam wieder warm!