There is music that creates a world of its own; That enthralls and takes you on a journey.
With the 12 works on her debut album STARS AT EYE-HEIGHT, Tabeah throws open an unpretentiously intimate and rich chapter of her music and voice. Recorded with an ensemble of 12, including her band, a string trio and a brass trio, this album is driven by a longing for inner aliveness and a playful urge toward wildness and freedom. Almost pop, not quite post-rock, but with classical string arrangements and soundtrack-ripe melodies, this work could be considered world music.
Spherical and orchestral guitar with string sounds moved by a strong rhythm section and soaring vocals conjure an arc of suspense lifting into new territories.
The huge lion in Poetic Machine is fed up with the pettiness of this disfunctional world so he flies off to bigger horizons. In Just For Now Tabeah sings of her urge to wildly romp around the forest instead of being driven by achievements, bursting past learned patterns to discover something more essential. Ancient Longing plays out in the desert and moves to the core longing of her soul. Paper Piano humorously turns the world upside down to see it from a different perspective.
Fantastical, provocative and deeply soulful, the unique intimacy of this music opens and transports the listener.
The singer and composer Tabea Mangelsdorf (Tabeah) has travelled and lived in many places including USA, Brazil, Israel-Palestine and India with a sense of adventure and interest in its people. The stories and experiences of these journeys flow into the songs of her music with a poetic and strong call for awareness and change.
released April 21, 2017
Tabea Mangelsdorf (vocals, songwriting, arrangements, production)
Christian Grothe (guitars, electronics, co-production)
David K. Ehlers (piano, synthesizer)
Claas-Henning Dörries (bass, double bass)
Simon Jonas Jurczewski (drums)
Strings on all songs except Poetic Machine:
Laura Rodríguez Fonseca (violin I)
Mariana Hernández (violin II)
Susanne Knast (cello)
guests Roar Loud And Fly
Gregor Lener (tromp)
Lorenz Schönle (baritone sax)
Jonas Winter (alto sax)
Guests on The End:
Gregor Lener (flugelhorn)
Jonas Winter (alto sax)
Shabnam Parvaresh (bass clarinet)
Charles Clemens (double bass)
Guests on Just For Now:
Shabnam Parvaresh (flute, clarinet, bass clarinet)
Gregor Lener (tromp, flugelhorn)
Charles Clements (double bass) on The End, Schlaflied für Anne and Ancient Longing
Pedro Campos (double bass) on parts of Moon Rising, Poetic Machine
recorded in may 2016 at Mühle der Freundschaft, Osnabrück by Martin Schmeing
additional recordings by Christian Grothe
produced and edited by Tabea Mangelsdorf and Christian Grothe
mixed and mastered by Steffen Lütke at Fattoria Musica, Osnabrück
Just For Now, The End, Paper Piano mixed by Paul Evans at Greenhouse Studios, Iceland
artwork by Shabnam Parvaresh
Photography by Liudmila Jeremies