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What drove the artist that he named his program "Gerd Baumann's Parade". "Ambush" hostess Assunta Tammelleo was the first to fail. She announces the band as "Paraade", as one says it in good German with a long A, instead of the cooler English "pareid", as it was probably in the spirit of the inventor. For a moment Gerd Baumann looks a little puzzled, but is not at a loss for a quick-witted answer: "Now I know how to pronounce it." There is of course a lot of weird humor in the concert title with the false genitive S, of which Baumann brings a large portion with him.
The man with flowing hair, the daring Henri Quatre beard and a high nonchalance factor lets your gaze wander over the completely sold-out "ambush". "I'm overwhelmed," says the award-winning film composer, who wrote the music for all of Marcus H. Rosenmüller's films and who will celebrate the concert premiere with a new formation in the Geltinger pub on Friday evening. "It has been my dream for ten years to play these movie songs live." You have to know: Baumann didn't just write soundtracks, but real songs with lyrics that are very popular with the fans.
When he is not busy composing, Baumann can be found at the Munich University of Music, where he teaches students how to arrange sheet music. Or in between at a band rehearsal for Three quarters of bloodwhere he and Sebastian Horn (Bananafishbones) and Benny Schäfer plays. Today, however, as he says, he has all of his personal favorite songs from the first hit movie "Who dies earlier", the hippie comedy "Summer in Orange" and the coming-of-age trilogy "Best Time / Best Area". A few previously unreleased items are also included. Just like the title suggests, the Baumann Hit Parade.
Baumann didn't come alone. He has his guitar with him and bandmates like Sam Hylton, whose almost student-like appearance belies the fact that he is an accomplished jazz pianist and also a colleague from college. The next one is the sovereign drummer Maria Moling (Ganes, Me + Marie). Last in the introductory round, but in favor of the audience in terms of applause, is the double bass player Benny Schäfer, a musical native of the region and with his band max.bab practically grown in ambush.
Rosenmüller's typical directional trick is that he builds the songs into the film in such a way that they run on the radio, so to speak, and often on the side while the actors are talking. "And then they are always so quiet and between many dialogues, that annoyed me at first," says Baumann. But now songs like "Something's Rising", "What if", "Banana Jack", "Martha", "Disappear" can develop their full effect because they are fully played out and sung by Baumann himself. Musically, he moves between many genres: blues, folk, country, a bit of Cat Stevens and the typical Bananafishbones sound comes through again and again, because they have been involved in the cinema productions.
Incidentally, there is nothing Bavarian in Baumann's personal hit list, almost everything is in English. Many pieces are calm, then groovy and often a bit weird. No street hits, but sophisticated melodies that envelop you emotionally and warmly and the sound of which goes well in the ear. Simply timelessly beautiful songs.
Baumann is clearly feeling good, chatting and joking with the audience. Because the songs are often about heartbreak, he asks in the hall who is currently lovesick. Some of the predominantly over forty-year-olds actually dare to get up. But he can also laugh at himself. "I was sure of the song here that it would be a world hit," he says of the track "Tricorne". "But in the end I realized that only I like it best."
The mood couldn't be better, listeners cheer and hoot enthusiastically, and at the latest when "Wunderkind" arrives they are completely at Baumann's feet. In the end, they got him to promise to bring the album out for the concert - a request that can only be fully followed. The musicians deny the encore with the uniquely successful transformation of the old "Europe" cracker "The Final Countdown" into a wonderfully quiet ballad. A great evening.
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