Biography

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Viktoria Lasaroff 

The soprano Viktoria Lasaroff was born in 1975 in Sofia (Bulgaria). As a little girl, she was already on the stage of the Metropol Theater Berlin.  At the age of 6, she got her first classes of piano and accordion. She continued her musical and vocal formation at the conservatory Georg Friedrich Händel and as a student, at the Institute of the conservatory of Arts Julius Stern in Berlin, where she graduated a music and chant diploma. Since 2000, she has been singing various parts of Operas in the mezzo as well as in the soprano panel.

Her warm and multi-faceted vocal tone and her eclectic talents as an actress gave her the opportunity to play masculine roles like the young seducer Blansac in “La scala di seta” of G.Rossini, as well as the vamp Lavina in the recent production “the goose from Cairo” of W.A. Mozart. She extended her stylistic repertory thanks to private classes in the jazzpanel with Doro Dalg, Judy Niemack and Kara Johnstad and thanks to courses and workshops in the ranges of Brazilian music and singings from the Balkans.

In the recital “Slavinska Dushá” with the Ukrainian pianist Olga Romanchanko, she mixes her Bulgarian roots with her classical culture in songs of Bulgarian composers and other musicians from the Slavic area, and creates an emotional experience of sounds. On the side of the guitarist Andreas Brunn and the Bass singer Klaus Axenkopf, her entire cultural and musical background turns into an agreeable-sounding emotion in an exotic mix of melodies from the Balkans and creative Jazztones.

 

 

Andreas Brunn

Born in Weimar (Germany) in 1964, he has been playing clarinet since the age of six and started learning the guitar at the age of fourteen. Andreas Brunn studied guitar and musicology at the renowned “Franz Liszt” University in Weimar.

His composition ´Two Faces´ won the first prize at the national guitar composing contest Open Strings by the magazine Akustik Gitarre. The guitarist toured on European and Asian festivals. He has worked e.g. with Uli Bartel, Mack Goldsbury, Ralf Siedhoff, Ferenc Snetberger, Stojan Yankoulov, Ateshan Husseinov and Petri Hakala.

Andreas Brunn also took conga-lessons with Topo Gioa and also works as a teacher of ta-ke-ti-na percussion. In the summer of 2004 and 2007 he was artistic director of the cultural project supported by the European Union “Young music caravane – Europe 2004”. With young european musicians, he travelled 7000km both years and played at famous festivals in 10 countries. In 2003, he got a scholarship to Bulgaria from the Senatesadministration for Science, Research and Culture of Berlin and, in 2008, he also got a scholarship to Finland.

 

 Horst Nonnenmacher

The double-bass player Horst Nonnenmacher was born in 1962 in Tübingen (Germany). His first musical experiences started 1979 in a hard rock band. His long range of musical interest brought him to study classical contrabass at the HdK (University of Arts) in Berlin.

As one of the founders of the legendary „Association Urbanétique“ and member of several other current jazz-projects like the „Hannes Zerbe Quartett Bukolik“ or the „Modern Klezmer Quartett“ he established himself as a constant part of the German and also international jazz scene. Among others, he has played together with Paul Bley, Mircea Tiberian, Alexander von Schlippenbach and Sam Rivers. Known as creative musician and composer, Horst Nonnenmacher works with various international artists even beyond the jazz scene. An example for that is his  current afro-brasilian band „Oloyé“ with the brasilian singer Eutália de Carvalho.

Horst Nonnenmacher composed and arranged the music for the vaudeville show „Mythology“ and for the „Carmen Miranda Revuepavillon“. In addition, he is the principal double-bass player at „Junges Orchester der FU Berlin“. Till this day he has a respectable list of musical achievements like numerous international tourings, CD-recordings, live-recordings amongst others with “Nena”, a famous German rock-pop legend. His musical activities are far-reaching so that he gave live-concerts from the USA till Australia and back to Europe and Germany to performances at the “Moers-Festival” and the famous “Jazzfest Berlin”, for example. Horst Nonnenmachers biggest influences are Sirone, Charles Mingus und A.C. Jobim.

Through his contribution in the „Vladimir Karparov Quartett“ and „BalkaNova“ he immerses himself in balkan-rythm.