Her second Kaléko album is titled "In der fernsten der Fernen" and will be released on Sept. 08, 2023. Tour from September 2023
Dota hits the nerve of her time, or several at once, with her music that bounces and dances, pauses, jumps off the quarry pond jetty, swims and dives. She mixes folk and indietronica and lets her love for Brazilian music flash here and there. Her lyrics touch with immediacy, Dota doesn't talk about the ivory tower, but about the people here and now and their small triumphs and big abysses, their inadequacies to try to be close and to move in company. She wins the Fred Jay Prize and the German Record Critics' Award, she unintentionally writes little hymns, makes record after record, always imagining her best song in the future, and earns the title of hardest touring woman in German show business. At one of the concerts, a fan slips her a booklet by Mascha Kaléko. Dota is thrilled by the directness of the poems, the brevity of the language and makes a plan to make music out of the texts. The simple elegance and timeless radiance of her poetry fit Dota Kehr like a glove. And not only for her. In keeping with the poems and their sensitive settings, Dota has brought wonderful duet partners into the studio: In addition to Alin Coen, Uta Köbernick, Felix Meyer, Max Prosa, Karl die Große and Francesco Wilking (of the Höchsten Eisenbahn), Konstantin Wecker and Hannes Wader are also on board as Dota's duet partners.
And of course there was more to discover in Kaléko's poetry collections, essays, miscellaneous notes and diary entries. Enough for a second album, again with well-known collaborators. DOTAs second Kaléko album is entitled "In der fernsten der Fernen" and will be released on 08.09.2023 as studio guests are among others: Gisbert zu Knyphausen, Dirk von Lowtzow (Tocotronic), Funny van Dannen and Sarah Lesch.
Dota and her band have given the poems an extra layer, new colors, sometimes contrasting with the text, and have managed the feat that while listening to the songs, you never once think of poetry with musical accompaniment. Dota has brought Mascha Kaléko's lyrics into our time, even more: they sound as if they were written now, in this form.
Mascha Kaléko began writing in Berlin in the twenties of the last century; the early poems are pointed sketches of everyday life in Berlinese. This sister in the spirit of a Joachim Ringelnatz or Erich Kästner created her intimate, sometimes ironic, often heart-breakingly soulful metropolitan poetry in Berlin in the 1920s and 30s, before she had to emigrate to New York as a German Jew.
Starting in September 2023, DOTA will go on tour with her second Kaléko album "In der fernsten der Fernen." Joining her will be duet partner Wencke Wollny aka Charlemagne, who will also contribute saxophone and bass clarinet, Janis Görlich (drums), Jan Rohrbach (guitar) and Jörg Holdinghausen (bass). There will be songs from the two Kaléko albums and some of the band's own pieces. Acoustic, concertante, rousing: "KALÈKO" is a musically outstanding tribute to the wonderful work of Mascha Kaléko by one of the most interesting current German-language bands!
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