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Ute Lemper

Ute Lemper


Ute Lemper’s career is vast and varied. She has made her mark on the stage, in films, in concert and as a unique recording artist on more than 30 CDs over 30 years of career. She has been universally praised for her interpretations of Berlin Cabaret Songs, the works of Kurt Weill and Berthold Brecht and the Chansons of Marlene Dietrich, Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Leo Ferre, Jacques Prevert, Nino Rota, Astor Piazzolla, and many other and also her own compositions, as well as her portrayals in musicals and plays on Broadway, in Paris, Berlin and in London’s West End.

Ute completed her brand new compositions “9SECRETS” to the words of PAULO COELHO , based on his book ACCRA. This new creation is released on CD this fall 15 on the label EDEL in Germany / Switzerland and Austria and on the label STEINWAY internationally in February 2016. She recorded the new song cycle “9 SECRETS” in NY with the finest musicians from around the world , including exotic instruments as many ancient Arabic guitars, shepard flutes, rebec and percussions. The one and only Gil Goldstein played accordeon and wrote masterful string arrangements.
Ute is very thrilled and honored about his collaboration with Paulo COELHO, who is one of the most important legend authors of our time.

ARTE TV has recorded the world premiere of “9 secrets” LIVE in Germany at the Ruhr Festspiele and will present a 1 hour portrait on MAESTRO in October and broadcast the complete LIVE Concert on ARTE Internet worldwide.

At the same time, as we count 70 years after the end of World War 2 and the liberation of the concentration camps, Ute has conceved a concert as a commemoration of the Holocaust with “Songs for Eternity” , a concert that is dedicated to the songs created in the ghettos and concentration camps between 1942 and 44. She researched with Francesco Lotoro and Orly Beigel an unbelievable collection of songs written in the darkest moments of imprisioned life, facing inhumane cruelties, torture and death.

Her previous creation FOREVER, an homage to the Chilean poet PABLO NERUDA presents her self composed song cycle to his passionate LOVE POEMS. This heartfelt musical masterpiece toured the world and sold many CDs worldwide.

In 2011 and 12 Ute has been touring the world with Ultimo Tango, presenting a journey through the songs of Astor Piazzolla, the fabulous Argentinian composer of Tango Nuevo. Ute sings in the original Spanish but also created adaptations of the songs in German, Franch and English. Stories of love, abandonment, decadence in Buenos Aires, Berlin, Paris and New York. The tour presented the original Astor Piazzolla Sextet from Buenos Aires.
Ute just finished a packed house concert series with the Jazz at Lincoln orchestra and Wynton Marsalis at Rose Hall in NYCity. It was dedicated to the music of Kurt Weill.

Very different is Ute’s other creation, The Bukowski Project, a rather avant-garde, adventurous collage in music and songs of the poetry of Charles Bukowski. This homage to the poet was invented and largely composed by Ute herself with a collaboration of her partner Todd Turkisher and her pianist Vana Gierig.

Ute was nominated for a GRAMMY for her CD : BERLIN DAYS/ PARIS NIGHTS with the VOGLER String Quartet and Stefan Malzew on Piano. It is a beautiful semi classical recording featuring songs between love and war composed by Hans Eisler, Kurt Weill, Brel , Piaf and Piazzolla , also Folksongs in Yiddish and in Russian. The group did an extensive North American Tour in March and April of this year 2012.

Ute was born in Munster, Germany and completed her studies at The Dance Academy in Cologne and the Max Reinhardt Seminary Drama School in Vienna.

While continuously performing and reviving the works of Brecht and Weill over decades Her professional theatre stage debut in a musical was in the original Vienna production of Cats in the roles of Grizabella and Bombalurina. She went on to play Peter Pan in Peter Pan (Berlin) and Sally Bowles in Jerome Savary’s Cabaret (Paris) for which she received the Moliere Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She played Lola in The Blue Angel (Berlin) under the direction of Peter Zadek and Maurice Bejart created a ballet for her, La Mort Subite (Paris). Ute also appeared in many Weill Revues with the Pina Bausch Tanztheater, and she created the part of Velma Kelly in London’s production of Chicago in the West End, for which she was honored with the Laurence Olivier Award, and moved to the Broadway production after one year to receive the American Theatre Award.

Ute Lemper’s solo concerts, which include Kurt Weill / Berthold Brecht Recitals, Dietrich and Piaf / Jacques Brel / Leo Ferre / Kosma / Prevert / Sondheim evenings, and Berlin Cabaret Evening have been produced in prestigious venues throughout the world. Her symphony concerts include The Seven Deadly Sins, Songs from Kurt Weill, Songbook (Michael Nyman) and Songs from Weill, Piaf and Dietrich with the symphony orchestras of London, Israel, Boston, Hollywood, San Francisco, Berlin, The Paris Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Illusions Orchestra (Bruno Fontaine) and the Michael Nyman Band (Michael Nyman). She also appeared in Folksongs with the Luciano Berio Orchestra (Luciano Berio) and with The Matrix Ensemble (Robert Ziegler) performing Berlin Cabaret Songs. She performed with the best symphony orchestras all over the world from Buenos Aires to Sydney.

Her celebrated recordings for DECCA include Ute Lemper Sings Kurt Weill (Vols. I and II), Three Penny Opera, The Seven Deadly Sins, Mahogonny Songspiel, Prospero’s Books (Michael Nyman), Songbook (Michael Nyman/Paul Celan), Illusions (Piaf/Dietrich), City of Strangers (Prever/Sondheim) and Berlin Cabaret Songs (German and English versions). She was named Billboard Magazine’s Crossover Artist of the Year for 1993-1994. In early 2000, Decca/Universal Music released Punishing Kiss, featuring new songs composed for her by Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, Philip Glass, and Nick Cave. Her following release on Decca But One Day, features new arrangements of Weill, Brel, Piazolla, Heymann and Eisler songs, as well as the first recordings of her own compositions, for which she wrote both lyrics and music. She has also recorded Crimes of the Heart, Life is a Cabaret and Ute Lemper Live for CBS Records and for POLYDOR, Espace Indecent, Nuits Etranges and She Has a Heart.

She recorded a Live album and a Live DVD at the Carlyle, one of New York’s hottest Cabaret stages. It was released worldwide on DRG/Koch Records and EDEL Records in Europe.

All That Jazz/The Best of Ute Lemper, which features highlights from her illustrious career to date was released in 1998. It accompanied her playing Velma Kelly in the London production of Kander and Ebb’s Chicago for which she received the 1998 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical. After nine months in London’s West End Ms. Lemper made her Broadway debut in September 1998. A major highlight of her eight months American engagement in Chicago was starring with Chita Rivera in the Las Vegas premiere in March 1999.
Her album “Between yesterday and tomorrow” is entirely self penned music and lyrics and Ute enjoyed to coproduce all of her songs together with her partner in life and work Todd Turkisher.

In film, her many credits include L’Autrichienne (Pierre Granier-Deferre), Prospero’s Books (Peter Greenaway), Moscow Parade (Ivan Dikhovichni), Pret a Porter (Robert Altman), Bogus (Norman Jewison) and the most recent releases, Combat de Fauves (Benoit Lamy), A River Made to Drown In (James Merendino) and Appetite (George Milton). She has appeared on television in Rage/Outrage, The Dreyfus Affair (Arte), Tales from the Crypt (HBO), Ute Lemper Sings Kurt Weill (Bravo), Illusions (Granada), Songbook (Volker Schloendorff), The Wall (Rogers Waters) and The Look of Love (Gillian Lynn).

Ms. Lemper lives in New York with her four children, Max, Stella, Julian and Jonas.

Forget the Domestic. Try the Imported. It’s Less Fizzy.

“The narrowed cat eyes that suddenly widen into a maniacal blue-eyed stare, the pleated platinum hair of a ’40s femme fatale, the deployment of a voice that can rise to a furious yowl by an imperious diva sheathed in black satin: No expressionistic detail was overlooked in Ute Lemper’s new show, a kind of best-of concert, which began a run at 54 Below on Wednesday evening.”

– Stephen Holden, The New York TimesRelated Link

Ute Lemper Seeks Truth and Justice in a Collaboration With Paulo Coelho

“On ‘The 9 Secrets,’ titles like ‘Solitude,’ ‘Beauty,’ ‘Movement,’ ‘Sex,’ and ‘Love’ have a cosmic resonance intensified by Ms. Lemper’s sinous droning melodies and chameleonic voice. That voice is an acquired taste. It can rise to a piercing feline cry or subside to a seductive murmur. But in any language, her tone is imperious, her timbre metallic.”

– Stephen Holden, The New York TimesRelated Link

Review: Heartwarming, heartwrenching and life-affirming music Ute Lemper at Stables

“The quintessential European Ute is fluent in English, French, Spanish as well as her native German and this gives her work a real authenticity as we explored the seedy underside of the nocturnal world with Jacques Brel’s Amsterdam and visit the lonely bars and bistros in the back streets of Paris with a heart rending rendition of Ne Me Quitte Pas.”

– Peter Ormerod, Milton Keynes CitizenRelated Link

 

Paris Days, Berlin Nights – Steinway & Sons | Released 03/20/2012


 

Forever: The Love Poems of Pablo Neruda – Steinway & Sons | Released 08/12/2014


Rendezvous with Marlene

  • This newly created show is based on a three-hour phone conversation between Marlene Dietrich and Ute in 1988 in Paris, 30 years ago. After receiving the French Molière Award for her performance in Cabaret in Paris, Ute had sent a postcard to Marlene, who had lived at 12 Avenue de Montaigne since 1979, essentially apologizing for all the media attention comparing her to the iconic star. Ute was just at the beginning of her career in theatre and music, whereas Ms. Dietrich looked back on a long, fulfilled life of cinema, music, incredible collaborations, love stories and stardom.

    This phone dialogue gave Ute a very personal and secret gift, hearing Marlene talk about her life, her work and style, her love for the poet Rilke, her complicated relationship with Germany, her sorrows and her fascinations.

    In 1992 Ute played Lola in The Blue Angel stage production in Berlin, the role that had made Marlene a star in the film “The Blue Angel” in 1928. Sadly, Marlene passed away in Paris, exactly 6 days before Ute’s opening night. After her glamorous funeral in La Madeleine, Marlene finally came back to Berlin to be put to rest.

    In this tribute, Ute tells us Marlene’s story, along with singing memorable songs from the many chapters of her life, from the early Berlin cabaret years to her fabulous, later Burt Bacharach collaborations. These will include:

    Want to Buy Some Illusions
    Falling in Love Again
    When the World was Young
    Lili Marleen
    Boys in the Backroom
    Laziest Gal in Town
    Das Lied ist aus / Don’ t Ask Me Why
    Naughty Lola
    I Wish You Love
    Ruins of Berlin
    Black Market
    I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face
    One for My Baby
    Dejeuner du Matin
    Ne me Quitte Pas
    Blowing in the Wind
    Sag mir wo die Blumen sind
    Just a Gigolo

Last Tango in Berlin

  • This concert is sort of “The Best of Ute Lemper,” as it touches on all the different musical chapters of her main repertoire, yet also leaves a lot of space for open improvisations and great moments of virtuosity. It also celebrates Ute’s inspiration and play with Jazz and ethnic musical influences.

    The journey starts in Berlin with Ute’s root repertoire of Brecht and Weill and the Berlin Cabaret songs. It continues into the poetic universe of the French chansons by Brel, Piaf, Ferre and further to the Argentinian world of Tango by Astor Piazzolla. Ute walks through the backstreets of Paris, Berlin, New York and Buenos Aires and lets ancient ghosts with new faces tell the stories of the lost, of love, survival, passion, dreams, societies, the past and the future. Ute also performs her own songs to connect the yesterday with the today through her own stories about these places and about life.

Songs for Eternity

  • SONGS FOR ETERNITY
    A Commemoration of the Holocaust

    A collection of songs written by composers and poets from the Ghettos and Concentration camps between 1941 and 1944

    I was in invited on the 27th of January 2015, the day of the liberation of Auschwitz 70 years ago, to sing songs from the Ghettos and Concentration Camps. For this commemoration of the Holocaust in Rome I was introduced to Francesco Lotoro who had dedicated his life to the research of songs and music written in the concentration camps. There is a vast collection of this music and it needs to be remembered for eternity.

    In the following months, as my research continued, I was overwhelmed by the stories behind this catalog. I came across a most unique book, Vevel Pasternak’s Songs Never Silenced (an English transcription of Schmerke Kaczerginsky’s 1948 Yiddish publication Lider fun di Ghettos und Lagern), which gathered heartbreaking songs composed by Jewish survivors of the Ghettos and Concentration camps. I also came across the songbook of Ilse Weber, a writer and poet who perished in Auschwitz after volunteering to be transported from Theresienstadt, so that she could remain alongside her husband and children. Her husband Willi Weber, who had survived Auschwitz and settled in Israel, published in 1991 the songs and poems his late wife had written during the Holocaust. Both music collections were given to me by my dear friend Orly Beigel, who is half Mexican and half Israeli and the child of a Holocaust Survivor.    — By Ute Lemper

    PROGRAM

    Alexander Tamir / SH. Kacserginsky Shtiler, Shtiler “Quiet, Quiet”
    Rikle Glezer / H. Yablokof A Zumer Tog “A Summer Day”
    Unknown / Hanah Haytin A Yiddishe Kind “A Jewish Child”
    Ilse Weber Isch Wandre Durch Theresienstadt
    “I am walking through Theresienstadt”
    Unknown, remembered by Jack Garfein Zi is Mein Herz “This is my heart”
    Unknown from Auschwitz Der Tango Fun Osvientshim “The Tango of Auschwitz”
    Johanna Spector Mein Zawoe “My Will”
    Jascha Rabinovic Wiegenlied “Cradle Song”
    Traditional, arr. Viktor Ullmann Magaritkelech “Daisies”
    A Meidel in die Johren “A Spinster”
    Willy Rosen Auf der Heide “In the fields”
    Du Hast Ja Schon Laegnst ein Andere im Sinn
    “You are already thinking of someone else”
    Unknown from Soznov On a Heym “Without a Home”

    ***

The 9 Secrets

  • After reading Coelho’s book ‘Manuscripts found in Accra’ in the late summer 2013 on my tour through Australia , a coat of peace enwrapped me and a beautiful connection to the soul soothed my heart.

    I had to find him to tell him. Only a month later I performed in Sao Paulo and bumped into an old friend of his, a journalist who immediately put us into contact.

    It turned out that Paulo knew my music for many years and he was pleased to start a journey together. I took the most enthralling phrases out of 9 chapters of ‘Accra’, put them into a poetic frame and then started with the composition of the songs.

    With the utmost pleasure I finished this process only half a year later. I took great care arranging and finding the right atmospheres for the journeys and thep wisdom of each poetic text.

    I dug as deep as I could in my heart to grab the essence of these beautiful lines and capture them into most beautiful melodies and harmonic context.

    Paulo’s book ‘Accra’ is a gift to the world and if I can enhance it only a little bit with this 3rd dimension of musical context and personally heartfelt compassion, I am eternally grateful.

    A recording with arrangements and collaboration by Gil Goldstein and Jamshied Sharifi is scheduled for release in Spring 2016.

    The staging of the work premiered at the Ruhr Festspiele in Germany in May 2015, with beautiful atmospheric screening illustrations by Volker Schloendorff.

Pablo Neruda Love Poems

  • Ute Lemper’s newest creation is a song cycleto the love poems of Pablo Neruda. This very delicate and beautiful songbook is presented mainly in Spanish, but also has adaptations in French and English. It is a fantastic celebration of these especially sensual poems by Neruda who had written them on the Chilean Isla Negra after years in exile.

    Born Ricardo Eliecer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto in 1904, Pablo Neruda took his pen name after the Czech poet Jan Neruda. Neruda became known as a poet in his teens, and wrote in a variety of styles from surrealist to overtly political tones, as well as erotically charged love poems. These poems are what Ute’s Neruda Song Cycle is based on.

    Because of his politically charged activities and writings, when President González Videla outlawed communism in Chile in 1948, Neruda was forced into exile. In 1971 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Neruda also collaborated with Picasso on highly politically inspired works, and Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez once called him “the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language.” In 1973, around the time of the Augusto Pinochet coup d’état, Neruda was diagnosed with cancer and died the same year. Pinochet had denied permission to transform Neruda’s funeral into a public event, however, his legendary status prompted thousands of grieving Chileans to disobey the curfew and crowd the streets.

Paris Days, Berlin Nights

  • Crossing national and stylistic boundaries alike, the Vogler Quartet, Ute Lemper, and clarinetist/pianist Stefan Malzew embark on an exciting journey bringing together Weimar chansons and the classical works they influenced. From Weill to Piazzolla, from Schulhoff to Piaf, these exciting artists present an extraordinary portrait of the cultural melting pot of 1920’s Europe.

    The Vogler Quartet, Germany’s preeminent string quartet, collaborates with internationally renowned cabaret artist Ute Lemper for a one-of-a-kind special project. Europe of the 1920’s was a melting-pot of culture, as musical influences were pouring in from all over the world: This unique collaboration will combine classical repertoire influenced by non-classical elements such as tango and jazz with popular songs of the time by Weimar composers such as Kurt Weill and Hans Eisler. After intermission, we will cross countries and continents to hear “chansons” of Edith Piaf, Astor Piazzolla and more. Brand new arrangements for Ms. Lemper and the Vogler with piano and clarinet will be provided by multi-talented conductor/composer/performer Stefan Malzew, who will also be joining the artists as performer.

The Bukowski Project

  • A journey through the poetry of Charles Bukowski in music and words, based on three poetry books by Bukowski ( the poems kept in their original forms).

    • You get so alone that it just makes sense
    • The last night of the earth poems
    • What matters most is how well you walk through the fire

    I am fascinated by the rather dark universe of Bukowski’s work. The poetry is very situational, like short movies, absolutely unpretentious and very much down to the bone in honesty and realism. It bares the nakedness of a lost soul, lost in a life and in a society that did not care about his survival, and the rage of an angry man, who finds salvation in the bottle and in the words he feeds into his type writer. – UL

Rendezvous with Marlene

  • This newly created show is based on a three-hour phone conversation between Marlene Dietrich and Ute in 1988 in Paris, 30 years ago. After receiving the French Molière Award for her performance in Cabaret in Paris, Ute had sent a postcard to Marlene, who had lived at 12 Avenue de Montaigne since 1979, essentially apologizing for all the media attention comparing her to the iconic star. Ute was just at the beginning of her career in theatre and music, whereas Ms. Dietrich looked back on a long, fulfilled life of cinema, music, incredible collaborations, love stories and stardom.

    This phone dialogue gave Ute a very personal and secret gift, hearing Marlene talk about her life, her work and style, her love for the poet Rilke, her complicated relationship with Germany, her sorrows and her fascinations.

    In 1992 Ute played Lola in The Blue Angel stage production in Berlin, the role that had made Marlene a star in the film “The Blue Angel” in 1928. Sadly, Marlene passed away in Paris, exactly 6 days before Ute’s opening night. After her glamorous funeral in La Madeleine, Marlene finally came back to Berlin to be put to rest.

    In this tribute, Ute tells us Marlene’s story, along with singing memorable songs from the many chapters of her life, from the early Berlin cabaret years to her fabulous, later Burt Bacharach collaborations. These will include:

    Want to Buy Some Illusions
    Falling in Love Again
    When the World was Young
    Lili Marleen
    Boys in the Backroom
    Laziest Gal in Town
    Das Lied ist aus / Don’ t Ask Me Why
    Naughty Lola
    I Wish You Love
    Ruins of Berlin
    Black Market
    I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face
    One for My Baby
    Dejeuner du Matin
    Ne me Quitte Pas
    Blowing in the Wind
    Sag mir wo die Blumen sind
    Just a Gigolo

Last Tango in Berlin

  • This concert is sort of “The Best of Ute Lemper,” as it touches on all the different musical chapters of her main repertoire, yet also leaves a lot of space for open improvisations and great moments of virtuosity. It also celebrates Ute’s inspiration and play with Jazz and ethnic musical influences.

    The journey starts in Berlin with Ute’s root repertoire of Brecht and Weill and the Berlin Cabaret songs. It continues into the poetic universe of the French chansons by Brel, Piaf, Ferre and further to the Argentinian world of Tango by Astor Piazzolla. Ute walks through the backstreets of Paris, Berlin, New York and Buenos Aires and lets ancient ghosts with new faces tell the stories of the lost, of love, survival, passion, dreams, societies, the past and the future. Ute also performs her own songs to connect the yesterday with the today through her own stories about these places and about life.

Songs for Eternity

  • SONGS FOR ETERNITY
    A Commemoration of the Holocaust

    A collection of songs written by composers and poets from the Ghettos and Concentration camps between 1941 and 1944

    I was in invited on the 27th of January 2015, the day of the liberation of Auschwitz 70 years ago, to sing songs from the Ghettos and Concentration Camps. For this commemoration of the Holocaust in Rome I was introduced to Francesco Lotoro who had dedicated his life to the research of songs and music written in the concentration camps. There is a vast collection of this music and it needs to be remembered for eternity.

    In the following months, as my research continued, I was overwhelmed by the stories behind this catalog. I came across a most unique book, Vevel Pasternak’s Songs Never Silenced (an English transcription of Schmerke Kaczerginsky’s 1948 Yiddish publication Lider fun di Ghettos und Lagern), which gathered heartbreaking songs composed by Jewish survivors of the Ghettos and Concentration camps. I also came across the songbook of Ilse Weber, a writer and poet who perished in Auschwitz after volunteering to be transported from Theresienstadt, so that she could remain alongside her husband and children. Her husband Willi Weber, who had survived Auschwitz and settled in Israel, published in 1991 the songs and poems his late wife had written during the Holocaust. Both music collections were given to me by my dear friend Orly Beigel, who is half Mexican and half Israeli and the child of a Holocaust Survivor.    — By Ute Lemper

    PROGRAM

    Alexander Tamir / SH. Kacserginsky Shtiler, Shtiler “Quiet, Quiet”
    Rikle Glezer / H. Yablokof A Zumer Tog “A Summer Day”
    Unknown / Hanah Haytin A Yiddishe Kind “A Jewish Child”
    Ilse Weber Isch Wandre Durch Theresienstadt
    “I am walking through Theresienstadt”
    Unknown, remembered by Jack Garfein Zi is Mein Herz “This is my heart”
    Unknown from Auschwitz Der Tango Fun Osvientshim “The Tango of Auschwitz”
    Johanna Spector Mein Zawoe “My Will”
    Jascha Rabinovic Wiegenlied “Cradle Song”
    Traditional, arr. Viktor Ullmann Magaritkelech “Daisies”
    A Meidel in die Johren “A Spinster”
    Willy Rosen Auf der Heide “In the fields”
    Du Hast Ja Schon Laegnst ein Andere im Sinn
    “You are already thinking of someone else”
    Unknown from Soznov On a Heym “Without a Home”

    ***

The 9 Secrets

  • After reading Coelho’s book ‘Manuscripts found in Accra’ in the late summer 2013 on my tour through Australia , a coat of peace enwrapped me and a beautiful connection to the soul soothed my heart.

    I had to find him to tell him. Only a month later I performed in Sao Paulo and bumped into an old friend of his, a journalist who immediately put us into contact.

    It turned out that Paulo knew my music for many years and he was pleased to start a journey together. I took the most enthralling phrases out of 9 chapters of ‘Accra’, put them into a poetic frame and then started with the composition of the songs.

    With the utmost pleasure I finished this process only half a year later. I took great care arranging and finding the right atmospheres for the journeys and thep wisdom of each poetic text.

    I dug as deep as I could in my heart to grab the essence of these beautiful lines and capture them into most beautiful melodies and harmonic context.

    Paulo’s book ‘Accra’ is a gift to the world and if I can enhance it only a little bit with this 3rd dimension of musical context and personally heartfelt compassion, I am eternally grateful.

    A recording with arrangements and collaboration by Gil Goldstein and Jamshied Sharifi is scheduled for release in Spring 2016.

    The staging of the work premiered at the Ruhr Festspiele in Germany in May 2015, with beautiful atmospheric screening illustrations by Volker Schloendorff.

Pablo Neruda Love Poems

  • Ute Lemper’s newest creation is a song cycleto the love poems of Pablo Neruda. This very delicate and beautiful songbook is presented mainly in Spanish, but also has adaptations in French and English. It is a fantastic celebration of these especially sensual poems by Neruda who had written them on the Chilean Isla Negra after years in exile.

    Born Ricardo Eliecer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto in 1904, Pablo Neruda took his pen name after the Czech poet Jan Neruda. Neruda became known as a poet in his teens, and wrote in a variety of styles from surrealist to overtly political tones, as well as erotically charged love poems. These poems are what Ute’s Neruda Song Cycle is based on.

    Because of his politically charged activities and writings, when President González Videla outlawed communism in Chile in 1948, Neruda was forced into exile. In 1971 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Neruda also collaborated with Picasso on highly politically inspired works, and Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez once called him “the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language.” In 1973, around the time of the Augusto Pinochet coup d’état, Neruda was diagnosed with cancer and died the same year. Pinochet had denied permission to transform Neruda’s funeral into a public event, however, his legendary status prompted thousands of grieving Chileans to disobey the curfew and crowd the streets.

Paris Days, Berlin Nights

  • Crossing national and stylistic boundaries alike, the Vogler Quartet, Ute Lemper, and clarinetist/pianist Stefan Malzew embark on an exciting journey bringing together Weimar chansons and the classical works they influenced. From Weill to Piazzolla, from Schulhoff to Piaf, these exciting artists present an extraordinary portrait of the cultural melting pot of 1920’s Europe.

    The Vogler Quartet, Germany’s preeminent string quartet, collaborates with internationally renowned cabaret artist Ute Lemper for a one-of-a-kind special project. Europe of the 1920’s was a melting-pot of culture, as musical influences were pouring in from all over the world: This unique collaboration will combine classical repertoire influenced by non-classical elements such as tango and jazz with popular songs of the time by Weimar composers such as Kurt Weill and Hans Eisler. After intermission, we will cross countries and continents to hear “chansons” of Edith Piaf, Astor Piazzolla and more. Brand new arrangements for Ms. Lemper and the Vogler with piano and clarinet will be provided by multi-talented conductor/composer/performer Stefan Malzew, who will also be joining the artists as performer.

The Bukowski Project

  • A journey through the poetry of Charles Bukowski in music and words, based on three poetry books by Bukowski ( the poems kept in their original forms).

    • You get so alone that it just makes sense
    • The last night of the earth poems
    • What matters most is how well you walk through the fire

    I am fascinated by the rather dark universe of Bukowski’s work. The poetry is very situational, like short movies, absolutely unpretentious and very much down to the bone in honesty and realism. It bares the nakedness of a lost soul, lost in a life and in a society that did not care about his survival, and the rage of an angry man, who finds salvation in the bottle and in the words he feeds into his type writer. – UL

Audio

Weill: Seven Deadly Sins – Anger

Weill: Seven Deadly Sins – Prologue

Chicago – All That Jazz

Weill: Surabaya Johnny & Mackie Messer

La Vie en Rose

Piazzolla: Oblivion

Video

Documents

Short Biography

Ute Lemper’s career is vast and varied. She has made her mark on the stage, in films, in concert and as a unique recording artist. She has been universally praised for her interpretations of Berlin cabaret songs, the works of Kurt Weill and Berthold Brecht and the French chanson book, as well as her own compositions and the more jazz influenced collaborations and works. In the world of theater, Ute made her mark with her portrayals on Broadway, in Paris and in London’s West End.

Full Biography

Ute Lemper’s career is vast and varied. She has made her mark on the stage, in films, in concert and as a unique recording artist on more than 30 CDs over 30 years of career. She has been universally praised for her interpretations of Berlin Cabaret Songs, the works of Kurt Weill and Berthold Brecht and the Chansons of Marlene Dietrich, Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Leo Ferre, Jacques Prevert, Nino Rota, Astor Piazzolla, and many other and also her own compositions, as well as her portrayals in musicals and plays on Broadway, in Paris, Berlin and in London’s West End.

Ute completed her brand new compositions “9SECRETS” to the words of PAULO COELHO , based on his book ACCRA. This new creation is released on CD this fall 15 on the label EDEL in Germany / Switzerland and Austria and on the label STEINWAY internationally in February 2016. She recorded the new song cycle “9 SECRETS” in NY with the finest musicians from around the world , including exotic instruments as many ancient Arabic guitars, shepard flutes, rebec and percussions. The one and only Gil Goldstein played accordeon and wrote masterful string arrangements.
Ute is very thrilled and honored about his collaboration with Paulo COELHO, who is one of the most important legend authors of our time.

ARTE TV has recorded the world premiere of “9 secrets” LIVE in Germany at the Ruhr Festspiele and will present a 1 hour portrait on MAESTRO in October and broadcast the complete LIVE Concert on ARTE Internet worldwide.

At the same time, as we count 70 years after the end of World War 2 and the liberation of the concentration camps, Ute has conceved a concert as a commemoration of the Holocaust with “Songs for Eternity” , a concert that is dedicated to the songs created in the ghettos and concentration camps between 1942 and 44. She researched with Francesco Lotoro and Orly Beigel an unbelievable collection of songs written in the darkest moments of imprisioned life, facing inhumane cruelties, torture and death.

Her previous creation FOREVER, an homage to the Chilean poet PABLO NERUDA presents her self composed song cycle to his passionate LOVE POEMS. This heartfelt musical masterpiece toured the world and sold many CDs worldwide.

In 2011 and 12 Ute has been touring the world with Ultimo Tango, presenting a journey through the songs of Astor Piazzolla, the fabulous Argentinian composer of Tango Nuevo. Ute sings in the original Spanish but also created adaptations of the songs in German, Franch and English. Stories of love, abandonment, decadence in Buenos Aires, Berlin, Paris and New York. The tour presented the original Astor Piazzolla Sextet from Buenos Aires.
Ute just finished a packed house concert series with the Jazz at Lincoln orchestra and Wynton Marsalis at Rose Hall in NYCity. It was dedicated to the music of Kurt Weill.

Very different is Ute’s other creation, The Bukowski Project, a rather avant-garde, adventurous collage in music and songs of the poetry of Charles Bukowski. This homage to the poet was invented and largely composed by Ute herself with a collaboration of her partner Todd Turkisher and her pianist Vana Gierig.

Ute was nominated for a GRAMMY for her CD : BERLIN DAYS/ PARIS NIGHTS with the VOGLER String Quartet and Stefan Malzew on Piano. It is a beautiful semi classical recording featuring songs between love and war composed by Hans Eisler, Kurt Weill, Brel , Piaf and Piazzolla , also Folksongs in Yiddish and in Russian. The group did an extensive North American Tour in March and April of this year 2012.

Ute was born in Munster, Germany and completed her studies at The Dance Academy in Cologne and the Max Reinhardt Seminary Drama School in Vienna.

While continuously performing and reviving the works of Brecht and Weill over decades Her professional theatre stage debut in a musical was in the original Vienna production of Cats in the roles of Grizabella and Bombalurina. She went on to play Peter Pan in Peter Pan (Berlin) and Sally Bowles in Jerome Savary’s Cabaret (Paris) for which she received the Moliere Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She played Lola in The Blue Angel (Berlin) under the direction of Peter Zadek and Maurice Bejart created a ballet for her, La Mort Subite (Paris). Ute also appeared in many Weill Revues with the Pina Bausch Tanztheater, and she created the part of Velma Kelly in London’s production of Chicago in the West End, for which she was honored with the Laurence Olivier Award, and moved to the Broadway production after one year to receive the American Theatre Award.

Ute Lemper’s solo concerts, which include Kurt Weill / Berthold Brecht Recitals, Dietrich and Piaf / Jacques Brel / Leo Ferre / Kosma / Prevert / Sondheim evenings, and Berlin Cabaret Evening have been produced in prestigious venues throughout the world. Her symphony concerts include The Seven Deadly Sins, Songs from Kurt Weill, Songbook (Michael Nyman) and Songs from Weill, Piaf and Dietrich with the symphony orchestras of London, Israel, Boston, Hollywood, San Francisco, Berlin, The Paris Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Illusions Orchestra (Bruno Fontaine) and the Michael Nyman Band (Michael Nyman). She also appeared in Folksongs with the Luciano Berio Orchestra (Luciano Berio) and with The Matrix Ensemble (Robert Ziegler) performing Berlin Cabaret Songs. She performed with the best symphony orchestras all over the world from Buenos Aires to Sydney.

Her celebrated recordings for DECCA include Ute Lemper Sings Kurt Weill (Vols. I and II), Three Penny Opera, The Seven Deadly Sins, Mahogonny Songspiel, Prospero’s Books (Michael Nyman), Songbook (Michael Nyman/Paul Celan), Illusions (Piaf/Dietrich), City of Strangers (Prever/Sondheim) and Berlin Cabaret Songs (German and English versions). She was named Billboard Magazine’s Crossover Artist of the Year for 1993-1994. In early 2000, Decca/Universal Music released Punishing Kiss, featuring new songs composed for her by Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, Philip Glass, and Nick Cave. Her following release on Decca But One Day, features new arrangements of Weill, Brel, Piazolla, Heymann and Eisler songs, as well as the first recordings of her own compositions, for which she wrote both lyrics and music. She has also recorded Crimes of the Heart, Life is a Cabaret and Ute Lemper Live for CBS Records and for POLYDOR, Espace Indecent, Nuits Etranges and She Has a Heart.

She recorded a Live album and a Live DVD at the Carlyle, one of New York’s hottest Cabaret stages. It was released worldwide on DRG/Koch Records and EDEL Records in Europe.

All That Jazz/The Best of Ute Lemper, which features highlights from her illustrious career to date was released in 1998. It accompanied her playing Velma Kelly in the London production of Kander and Ebb’s Chicago for which she received the 1998 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical. After nine months in London’s West End Ms. Lemper made her Broadway debut in September 1998. A major highlight of her eight months American engagement in Chicago was starring with Chita Rivera in the Las Vegas premiere in March 1999.
Her album “Between yesterday and tomorrow” is entirely self penned music and lyrics and Ute enjoyed to coproduce all of her songs together with her partner in life and work Todd Turkisher.

In film, her many credits include L’Autrichienne (Pierre Granier-Deferre), Prospero’s Books (Peter Greenaway), Moscow Parade (Ivan Dikhovichni), Pret a Porter (Robert Altman), Bogus (Norman Jewison) and the most recent releases, Combat de Fauves (Benoit Lamy), A River Made to Drown In (James Merendino) and Appetite (George Milton). She has appeared on television in Rage/Outrage, The Dreyfus Affair (Arte), Tales from the Crypt (HBO), Ute Lemper Sings Kurt Weill (Bravo), Illusions (Granada), Songbook (Volker Schloendorff), The Wall (Rogers Waters) and The Look of Love (Gillian Lynn).

Ms. Lemper lives in New York with her four children, Max, Stella, Julian and Jonas.