Tanz-, Kultur- und Therapiezentrum
13
APR
2019

Konzert SONiA

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Samstag, 13. April⋅20:00 VVK 14,– € | AK 16,– € | Beginn 20.00 Uhr | Einlass 19.30 Uhr 

SONiA disappear fear ist ein Liedermacherin aus Baltimore (USA), die seit mehr als 30 Jahren weltweit mit ihren Liedern das Publikum begeistert. Auf 18 ausgezeichneten Alben voller energiegeladener Lieder hat sie ihr Können dokumentiert. 

Oft als “weibliche Dylan” ( ihr Cousin ) beschrieben, hat SONiA den Titel „Spirit of Folk 2017“ erhalten. Weitere Auszeichnungen waren die „Coin of Honor“ vom US Militär für ihre humanitären Anstrengungen, den Grammy für den Song „Me Too“, den GLAMA als beste Künstlerin des Jahres und den GLAAD Award für das beste Album. Von ihre Songs in Spanisch, Hebräisch, Arabisch, Deutsch und Englisch mit vielen Stilrichtungen vom Blues über Orient bis Country & Western hat sie über 1 Millionen Einheiten verkauft.

SONiA´s letzte DoCD „LiVE at MAXiMAL“ war in der Vorrunde für den Grammy als bestes Folk Album des Jahres 2016 und erhielt eine Nominierung als bestes Live-Album ( 1 von 5 ) der unabhängigen US Musiker IMA.  Im Opernhaus von Sydney, in Schutzräume vor Bomben im Nahen Osten, auf dem Woody-Guthrie-Festival und den Phil-Ochs-Nächten, in rauchigen Musik-Pubs, in Bücherstuben und in Wohnzimmerecken hat SONiA das Publikum fasziniert. Sie teilte die Bühne mit vielen ihrer Helden (Bruce Springsteen, Peter, Paul & Mary, Billy Bragg, Chris Thile, Sarah McLachlan, Emmy Lou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Pete Seeger uvm. ).SONiA ist Endorser für international bekannte Markenhersteller (Santa Cruz Guitar, Shubb Capos, Fishman Transducers, Audix Microphones, John Pearse Strings, D’Adarrio,  Monster Cables). Die Presse schreibt: „Die Ehrlichkeit ihrer Lieder berührt die Herzen und Köpfe eines breiten Spektrums der Menschen mit unterschiedlichen sozialen und ethnischen Hintergründen, die sich alle die Vision einer positiven Welt teilen.“ „Diese Stimme, diese Gitarre, fesselnder Sound und Weisheit in ihren Songs erobern die Fans im Sturm.““Ihre Songs sind eine lebendige Huldigung des humanen Geistes in all seinen unendlichen Offenbarungen. Ihre Musik hat einen einzigartigen Sound, der die Einordnung und Katalogisierung zur Zeitverschwendung macht.“ ( Don Kening – Chicago Daily Herald )

Im Anschluss noch ein Interview mit SONiA

SONiA’s Big Year – Baltimore Jewish Times

SONiA’s Big Year Thirty years into her career, Baltimore folk singer Sonia Rutstein is busier than ever

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FEBRUARY 6, 2019
BY CONNOR GRAHAM

Last year, Baltimore-based singer- songwriter Sonia Rutstein was on tour in Europe, driving from Germany to Poland, when she got word of a neo-Nazi rally taking place along her route. What was going to be a two-hour drive took six hours, plenty of time for Rutstein to consider the reason for the delay. Although she was shaken by the situation, there was a silver lining.

“There was a huge, enormous, gigantic backlash,” said Rutstein, 59. “Those people were saying to the world that they are not going to slip backwards into hate speech.”

Relieved as she was by the
counterprotest, it wasn’t long before
there was another brutal display of
anti-Semitism. This time in the United States, and this time deadly, as 11 people were killed during Shabbat services at Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha synagogue in Pittsburgh on the morning of Oct. 27.

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AFTER RELEASING HER 19TH RECORD IN JANUARY, SONIA DISAPPEAR FEAR TOURS GERMANY THROUGH MOST OF THE SPRING. (DAVID STUCK)

The series of hateful events, coming after Charlottesville, shocked Rutstein. Growing up in Pikesville, she existed in a “wonderful bubble” surrounded by fellow Jews, safe from the insidious prejudices against them, she said.

“I was aware of — but very protected from — anti-Semitism,” said Rutstein. “And now to see the world slipping backwards, with what we saw in Charlottesville and in Pittsburgh and in South Carolina and what I saw firsthand this summer in Europe, it hit me really, really hard, and I had to write about it.”

Inspired by these events, Rutstein, who performs under the name SONiA disappear fear (https://www.soniadisappearfear.com/), released her 19th album, “By My Silence (https://www.soniadisappearfear.com/by-my-silence),” on Jan. 15. She will also tour Germany for most of the spring, premiere her first musical in March, and begin writing a book about her life and career once she returns home from her tour.

“I’m amazed. It allows me and encourages me to look back,” Rutstein said about her slew of projects. “So many people who have been in my life the last 30 years are still in it, and it’s really cool.”

The “disappear fear” part of Rutstein’s performing name comes from the band of the same name that she started in 1987 with her sister, Cindy, who ultimately gave up music for motherhood. But Rutstein kept the name when she went solo.

“All of my songs come under the mantra of that idea,” Rutstein said. “When you disappear fear between people, what you have is love and respect.”

Regarding the events that inspired her new album, Rutstein says she’s angry, an emotion that’s served as a creative catalyst throughout her career.

Most people, though, would not describe Rutstein as angry. In conversation, the singer is warm, curious, joking and reflective. Whether she’s geeking out about the specs of her signature series (https://santacruzguitar.com/sonia/) Santa Cruz Guitar Company acoustic guitar or comparing the ethos of punk rock and folk musicians, her enthusiasm, humor and confidence are contagious. It’s no surprise she’s doing big things.

‘By My Silence’

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out,
Because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out, Because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out,
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.

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(DAVID STUCK)