Und Alles Wird Blau
This is a dream come true. Twenty Years after writing my first songs in my child’s room I am allowed to record my very first music video with my own string ensemble. “Und Alles Wird Blau” was filmed in one of the most beautiful and secretive locations in my hometown Berlin, the Krematorium in Treptow. Right beneath our feet of this surrealistic structure, are beloved prepared for their last journey, saying goodbye to this world, to find peace in the graveyard right next to these halls. A mighty and holy place for a song that want to celebrate our lives most beautiful fact: never ending change.
I Have Seen Your Soul
To sum up: there are different ways to meet people. Colleagues, friends, partner, affairs, romances.. But which of those meetings will be the long lasting ones? Which of them are we going to remember? I personally feel that there are some meetings in which we have the tendency to open ourselves, to share our secrets or to show our vulnerability. Real meetings take place when the façade has been snatched away through sincerity. And maybe, just for a short moment, the wonderful satisfying feeling of being able to look inside the soul of somebody can be experienced.
Save Me & I Save You
„Save Me & I Save You“ is a piece from a particularly inspiring time. It tells about the mutual attempt of two people to save themselves and to make the other happy. The attempt is called “relationship”. A mission that is doomed to fail – and here I may sound like a fortune cookies maker – each person has to save the self first, before leading a deep and satisfying relationship with someone else. The relic of this time represents the knowledge that has changed my life, and a couple of the most beautiful and intense memories of my life.
Go, Fly Forever
There is an image, in which a wizard is leaving a dove flying out into freedom. And this very image stood in front of my eyes when I wrote “Go, Fly forever”. Actually, I did not leave a dove flying out into freedom, but two beloved people. My father and my grandfather, who both passed away within one year. With this piece I wish them a pleasant, peaceful and maybe also exciting trip. It was a wonderful time and you both have influenced me deeply. I am sure we will see each other again. I have several things to tell you.
Does Martin have an identical twin brother? When in 2014 I got the idea for this video and I actually wrote the song “Lifelines” for four hands, I had to realize that my body only disposes of two hands. Thanks to the editing of the video my amazing twin brother was born. The great thing is: to this point I was not properly aware that “Lifelines” would have become the most popular song amongst mines with more than four million plays on different channels. So, if you imaginary brother come to hear this, thank you for playing with me!
„Blue Ivory“ is a piece dedicated to the wonderful lightness of being. This lightness is something that I have to develop out of me. This lightness is not always here, but despite this it is increasing. It visits me in unexpected moments and disappears in the same way. This piece helps me to take lightness back to me. I sit in front of the piano, I move my hands in the rhythm of the three-four time and I feel a little better, like I would be dancing all day long. I consider this feeling the biggest gift that a piano can make us.
The Sound of White
„The Sound of White“ is a tribute to the winter. When in Berlin the sky becomes grey and the sun hides, music becomes a need in order not to end up as a victim of the winter melancholy. Instead lingering together on the streets, people hurry through the cold weather to reach their warm nest as soon as possible. And when this music resounds, it takes us through this time, with the awareness that later in spring the sky will come out again. This might be my most nostalgic piece.
Source of Joy
I had the honor to play the piece in very special moments. In moments, where two people decided to take responsibility for each other, and to make the promise to be there forever for each other. When fathers accompanied their daughters for the last time to their sons-in-law. Or shortly after all the present people could witness that a “yes” from both parts was running through the room. May the shared journey of the bridal couple resound as joyful as this piece. Thanks to all piano lovers couples for inviting me and for this extraordinary experience.
If each piece could have a character, “Wie Gemalt” would be simplicity. Sometimes artists do have big egos. “Look, how virtuously I can play” says a little voice inside me, that craves for attention and would like to impress people. The soul of a piece often lays between tones, and the less they sound, the more are they to be heard. Therefore, “Wie Gemalt” is a small piece for peace, with the recurring memory to play just for the music. One can say, “everything is good they way it is”.
Dragostea Din Tei
I have dedicated this piece to a dead friend, who has suddenly and too early been torn away from our lives: Jamie Janisch. We both have been bound by the love for music and by the dream to work with it. His love for music and how he followed it has moved me deeply. Jamie and others allowed many penniless young musicians to record in his recording studio, what without his help would not have taken place. His compassionate nature strongly bound to his music makes him an unforgettable person to me. He will always be among us.