a powerful musical adventure

 ……. Hans Zimmer, born in Frankfurt 1957 – the man behind over 160 film scores since 1980’s – his big breakthrough was with “Rain Man”, 1988.

Just now is on his second European tour, he did one last year .. but I missed out. So yesterday I got the chance to enjoy some powerful music in more than one way at Forum in Copenhagen. There were times the whole venue were vibrating, like being on a powerful rock concert, 3 drummers and 6 guitarists. 

Very simple set up … with use of his musicians (friends), borrowed orchestra and choir from the Bolshoi Opera in Minsk and light – a spectacular show were created. 

He introduced us to the man … that helped him to an Oscar … for Lion King, Lebo M. Hans met him when he was working at a car wash in Hollywood and found out that he was a  South African producer and composer – Hans introduced him to Disney. Hans said he wasn’t really a good car cleaner.

He also had Tina Goa, a Chinese cellist and erhuist (a two-stringed bowed musical instrument) from Shanghai. She has developed an international multi-faceted performance and recording career as a cellist, electric cellist, erhuist, and composer is known for her distinctive sound, … in his group of friends – he used her talent to create the score to “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”.  

His friends are fantastic musicians from all the world that he use all the time in the studio.

Not one empty chair and we all left very high on our musical adventure. 

I personally think that every score they played was a bit too long … I’m not complaining, but I would have loved to listen to more different scores … because he has done so many great ones. Like “Pearl Harbor, “The Last Samurai”, “Black Rain”, “12 Years A Slave” … and more and more and more and more. 

What we enjoyed was: “Driving Miss Daisy”, Sherlock Holmes, Madagascar, CrimsonTide, Angels & Demons, Gladiator, The Da Vinci Code, Lion King, Pirates of the Caribbean, True Romance, Rain Man, Thelma & Louise, Man of Steel, The Red Thin Line, The Amazing Spider Man 2, The Dark Knight and Interstellar.

When I listen to music I could see the movie’s storyline for my eyes. My seat wasn’t the best in the house (about 50 meter from the stage) , but I had a great view … they didn’t use any big screens.

It was very difficult to capture the action, because of the flashing lights. No cameras was allowed really, but how can they stop all mobile phones … so long as we didn’t use flash we were okay.

Hans Zimmer has an endless passion for music … a passion he shared with all 9000 of us yesterday. A passion worth every Danish krona I spent yesterday.

“Why get up in the morning unless you’re going to have an adventure?”
Hans Zimmer 

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7 thoughts on “a powerful musical adventure

  1. 🙂 OMG, dear Wivi,
    I would have loved to have been there!
    What an opportunity to hear Hans Zimmer play live.
    Sounds like you had a great evening.
    Many hugs xo 🙂

  2. So lucky you got to see Hans ZImmer. What a treat. He and the whole ensemble also toured Melbourne and Australia recently. I wasn’t able to go but wow, it sounded amazing. The whole place literally vibrating is something – that is sheer passion and dedication for art and music right there. Ah, so you’re the kind the more songs the better….well, me too. You get the feeling like you are going on a ride and being a part of a story with a long score or song. But with more songs, you sort of get different a feel of different personalities and eras presented by the composer.

    Very well done with all the photos, given there was flashing lights. Looks like the close-ups turned out very well and that last shot is amazing. I was at a couple of concerts recently and I thought my photos could be better (will be sharing them on my blog over the next two upcoming posts). Haha, agree with you about mobile phones. They take great photos these days 😀

    • Yes, I was so upset that missed him last summer … so when I was in Budapest and saw that he was preforming there next month I looked it up straight away and lucky to get a ticket. Sold out in Stockholm too, but it was cheaper and a lot easier for me to take the train to Copenhagen anyhow. Got pretty a good seat, but the venue in Copenhagen isn’t so big as in Stockholm.
      I like the last shot too … but it was one of the most difficult to take. It’s very hard to get sharp pictures when the room is so dark as it’s on concerts. Was lucky with Michael Bublé a couple of years ago, because I was sitting on 5th row.
      Anyhow the music is the most important thing. So glad I got the chance to see him alive.
      Yes, smart phones take really great photos – but I don’t have one. I prefer an old fashion phone that only rings .. and my Canon. I don’t need to be reached all the time. I like to have a life. *laughing.
      I haven’t see all the movies he has done music too .. but still I know the music. I also pick up film music, even if it’s his. Have a great weekend, Mabel.

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