Guro von Germeten
Kaizer Orchestras creepy little sister, a female Tom Waits, Kurt Weill’s great grandchild, Kate Bush on Piaf- pills or the woman that brings a blush to Stephen King face: the Norwegian singer Guro von Germeten, and her little red accordion, stands out as delightfully burlesque with melodic boldness and French Second World War-ambiance. Her music never lacks passion, nor decadence, and her classically trained «crying cat in the night-voice» brings you every song, as was it her last in life; screaming, whispering or just by sounding extremely beautifully, all with a twist of Balkan beats, Circus jazz and a touch of Film noir. Remember: it is all about having Bad Dreams and Good Nightmares.
Quotes and tales about the girl with the red accordion:
“Her voice sounds like Kate Bush on Piaf- pills” -Frode Hermanrud, Oppland arbeiderblad
”She is an accordion siren” – Geoff Berner, new- klezmer legend
“It is sensual, hot and very nontraditional. Actually; it’s amazingly liberating, and totally wonderful.“ Hamar Arbeiderblad
“We found her in the French resistance army, she does things not done since the Second World War” -Are Fevang- Ila Auto
Guro von Germeten is one of Norways most original and personal artist. Being something as nontraditional as a singer/songwriter playing the accordion, and creating timeless songs, she gets inspired by old heroes like Jacques Brel and Edith Piaf, as well as more conteporary Tom Waits and Emir Kusturica. Her music has created a lot of attention, and is an intense form of Chansons, spiced with Balkan rhythms and Klezmertunes. And as a live artist she is especially known for her vibrant stage presence, strong lyrics, a heart made of pure passion, and a great, big voice.
The last years have been very eventful for Guro von Germeten; she has performed more than 300 concerts in and outside Norway including festivals as Oslo World Music Festival, Vienna International Accordion Festival, Slottsfjell and By:Larm. She has been touring Germany, Switzerland and Russia, as well as making live performances on TV-shows such as Sommeråpent, Førkveld and twice at the opening the Norwegian elections. She even honoured The Lady herself: Aung San Suui Kyi, when she finally visited Norway to receive her Nobel Peace Prize. Guro von Germetens first album: Bad Dreams and Good Nightmares was released in October 2010. In January 2013 she will release her second album with her band Schwindelfrei Orchestra.
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