Jisun what should we do lyrically

There is probably always a bit of glitter in this place. This morning, the bright light of early autumn may do its part. Here, on the outskirts of the Reinstorf district of Glonn, is the nucleus of Manuel Kuthans Glitzerbeisl, the point from which the three "Austronauts" - zither player Manuel Kuthan, trumpeter Heinz Dauhrer and drummer Ray Cipolla - regularly start music with their spaceship. It is loaded with an inspiring mix of styles that oscillates somewhere between jazz and indie, reggae and classic zither playing, spiced with sarcastic abuse and a good portion of Viennese nastiness. And when you have experienced that glittering moment at a performance in which "a bond arises in which everyone is aware of the soul of the other", as Manuel Kuthan puts it, when it glitters, then you return satisfied to your starting point back. They prefer to experience such moments in a "Beisl", which means nothing else than an inn.

It goes without saying that everything will be different this year. Farmers Club Sonnenhausen, Fraunhofer-Theater Munich, Schrottgalerie Glonn, Inn-Kaufhaus Wasserburg - as far as the incomplete list of concert cancellations that has determined the year of the three musicians so far. A live stream from the scrap gallery in July was a ray of hope, but only a stale substitute for all those gigs where "the audience is sitting on our instruments. That's how we like it best," explains drummer Reiner Ewert, alias Ray Cipolla. Of course, that doesn't fit any hygiene concept, which forces the Austronaut ship "into dry dock".

Where at least the creativity has not been drained, if the direct exchange with the fans is missing. Music continues to be played on the first floor of the old house that Manuel Kuthan lives with his partner Not only, but above all, the cabaret is stuck because of the corona-related restrictions. He asks the crucial question: "Quo vadis, culture?"

Despite all the headwinds, you always have the feeling that something is becoming, growing and flourishing when the three of them sit together between bright yellow goldenrod and similarly colored autumn fields in front of Kuthan's front door. This is where characters and word games emerge, and that's how we get to music together. "I find a melody and Ray says there's a reggae rhythm to go with it," says Kuthan. Between them, on an old wooden table, lies their first CD together, "Wahlium One". Something like that from the functioning creative workshop. Everything was done by myself, even the design, in which Kuthan's mother Karin Patzak helped as graphic supervisor. Kuthan himself drew the figures. Diagonally behind the table is a self-made puppet theater, in whose window "Heinzi, the Wiaschdlmann" leans - it too sprang from the imagination of the all-round artist Kuthan. He has trained as a puppet maker, wood sculptor and illustrator, has performed with his puppet theater and has been to clown festivals with comedian Sebastian Scheule.

At the age of eight, in 1985, Kuthan began to learn dulcimer, then, at the age of eleven, to play the zither with Roman Messerer. For a long time, folk music was his main musical occupation - he worked as a carer for the Munich association "Learn to live together". Together with Andreas Waldschütz, he was the driving force behind the Kerschbam zither music, active as a zither player and composer for various folk music ensembles, including appearances on radio and television. Kuthan took the stage with the actor Günther Maria Halmer, played in the Mozarteum in Salzburg, at zither festivals in Austria and Bavaria, and worked as a zither lecturer in Vorarlberg.

A creative "explosion", however, he says, that he experienced when he met Ray Cipolla, who learned to play the drums with Joe Kukula, played in various rock-jazz-fusion formations and with necropolis pays homage to the krautrock. Five years ago, Kuthan and Cipolla ran into each other in the Glonner Wiesmühle, a year and a half later they started making music together. And when the trumpeter Heinz Dauhrer joined them, an experienced comrade among others Veterinary Street Jazz Band, Glitzerbeisl was born. Kuthan had long felt the temptation to go beyond folk music. "I don't come from a traditional household," he says, "my parents were hippies". Allan Parsons and Frank Zappa were playing, no zither music. Kuthan began to compose himself early, "songs and texts from my life" - only the audience was missing.

It is different now. Even at the Skatewoodstock in Pfaffing the trio would have been booked - "a lifelong dream", says Kuthan, who has been on the skateboard for as long as he has played the zither, 32 years until now. And of course the performance would also have boosted sales of the CD that Glitzerbeisl recorded in February in the Munich mastermix studio. The release party for the work should have been at Fraunhofer, in which Kuthan, as a copywriter, has packed a lot of what concerns him - and what defines him. Including a powerful shot of bitter humor, which he absorbed with his mother's milk as a child from Viennese parents, a healthy skepticism towards the powerful and big-headed, but also great respect for friendship and for life. And again and again in front of the mountains - something that his grandfather taught the former ski instructor. He wrapped the whole thing sometimes lyrically, sometimes in hearty onomatopoeic tirades, musically staged by the entire band. Kuthan writes the melodies, Cipolla takes care of the groove and Dauhrer adds fine jazzy solos as "whipped cream".

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