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Made in Hamburg: Haspa Music Foundation's Pop-Up Concert

the other shi, Leroy Menace and Julia Vej provided good vibes and good music on the mobile stage in front of the Elbphilharmonie.

The »Made in Hamburg« series has quickly become an audience favourite at the Elbphilharmonie. It offers young, talented Hamburg-based artists a platform in the Recital Hall and represents the diversity of the pop scene.

On 29 September, a small taster for the series, in the form of the »Made in Hamburg« pop-up concert, took place on the Elbphilharmonie forecourt. The Haspa Music Foundation provided its mobile van for the stage and the other shi, the band that kicked off this season's »Made in Hamburg« series in the Recital Hall on 1 October, headlined the event. Singer-songwriter Julia Vej and Hamburg-based rapper Leroy Menace also kept the audience entertained during the free open-air event.

Julia Vej / Julian Trempel

Julia Vej

The afternoon got underway with Hamburg-based singer-songwriter Julia Vej, who sings in German about love and everyday life through stories that are sometimes serious, other times funny, and memorable melodies.

Music has always played an important role in the life of the classically-trained violinist and cultural manager. Julia Vej started writing her own songs a few years ago and has since then been touring the songwriter stages of northern Germany. In 2017 she was commissioned to compose the song »Zu Hause« for the short film »Aloha« (director: Charlotte Rolfes); in April 2018 she released her first album – which was crowdfunded – entitled »Funken«.

Julia Vej / Julian Trempel
Julia Vej / Julian Trempel © Daniel Dittus

Leroy Menace

Having already built up a solid fan base in the USA and Canada, Leroy Menace is proof that Hamburg can also deliver rap in English. But it's also naturally a success in Germany – his hometown fans supported the rapper in abundance at the pop-up concert. Leroy Menace entertained the crowd with laid-back words and a professional stage presence. Above all, the musician provided impressive music, in which he rapped in his smooth voice over refined samples and beats provided by DJ Saint One. Winner of this year's Krach+Getöse music prize, Leroy Menace's latest album »Moon Islands« was released in July.

Leroy Menace / DJ Saint One
Leroy Menace / DJ Saint One © Daniel Dittus

the other shi

Finally, just days before its performance in the Recital Hall, headliner the other shi caused a stir in front of the Elbphilharmonie. The band was the 2017 winner of the Krach+Getöse music prize and since then has taken the stage at numerous national and international festivals. The band's name comes from the Chinese character »shi«, whose countless meanings in English include »yes«, »to be«, »indeed« and »correct«.

At least as many facets can be found in the music of the duo, which is composed of multi-disciplinary artist and singer Alisa Tsybina and sound architect and theatrical music producer Gordian Gleiß. They describe their music as »small, strange jewels of aggressive, melancholic synth-pop«. And on their current album »Bodylotion«, they present songs that are effortlessly cool and catchy, sometimes naive, sometimes melancholic.

the other shi
the other shi © Daniel Dittus

»Made in Hamburg« Series

The »Made in Hamburg« series presents the diverse range of pop music from Hamburg and provides a platform for professional bands and artists at the start of their career in the Elbphilharmonie Recital Hall. The association RockCity Hamburg participates in the selection of the musicians and organises the Krach+Getöse music prize in collaboration with the Haspa Music Foundation.

Haspa Music Foundation

The Haspa Music Foundation has made it its mission to support numerous projects in Hamburg, first and foremost, to contribute to the musical development of children and adolescents. It is therefore a partner of the Elbphilharmonie’s school concerts, which around 20,000 students attended last season. Learn more about the foundation

On the ocassion of the foundation's 10th anniversary, the foundation's van was reconstructed as a mobile stage for live events at the start of the year. Since then and with a variety of acts, the van has brought music to many places in Hamburg.

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