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Classical music in the club

Classical music in the club

07-09-2012 | 12.39

Yellow Lounge started off about 10 years ago in the Berlin club circuit. This classical club night has been growing ever since and nowadays can't be missed in German night life. Yellow Lounge blends DJ and VJ performances with live acts of great classical artists. The classical club night did not only take a hold over Berlin but has also spread its wings to cities like London, Vienna, Stockholm and even outside of Europe in Seoul and New York…This fall (2012) Trouw welcomes three Yellow Lounges to be held in September, October and November.
 
Starting Tuesday September 11th where you can meet French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard and DJ Eva Be from Berlin. We asked Eva Be – known as the First Lady of Dub, House & Techno –some questions about her Yellow Lounge experiences…
 
How have your Yellow Lounge experience(s) been?
My Yellow Lounge experiences were great. It’s always a special thrill for me because normally I come from the house and electronic music scene. It’s very interesting for me to play classical music in an "electronic" environment plus to have an audience ranging from young to old.

Can you explain the difference in DJ experience between a regular club night and a yellow lounge?
In a regular club night the goal is always to get the people dancing on the floor. At the yellow lounges people "just" listen to the music while being on the dance floor, not dancing. I can focus more on the music itself, not thinking about beats per minute etc.
 
What makes the difference besides the music: the audience? The atmosphere?
Well, for example, in Berlin the yellow lounge takes place in famous nightclubs like Berghain, Cookies, etc. and the audience is also a mixture of typical clubbers and classical-fans. That alone is already a special blend.
 
Do you mix classical music with electronic music at a Yellow Lounge or is it pure classical?
Yes I do sometimes, because there is a lot of great electronic music with beautiful classical influences.