12 deep and not so deep questions for LACF2014 visitors
by Florian Städtler, reporting from Stockholm, #VBontour
Some might remember my blog post about my “A Cappella World Tour 2012″, when I was lucky to plan and direct a cappella performances at a corporate roadshow in Mainz, Hong Kong, Baltimore and Sao Paolo. Probably the closest I yet came to the thing I would call “the time of my life”, at least my professional life. These jobs are quite exciting as you get deep insight into the world of huge corporations and how they use art to communicate to their stakeholders in a more “soulful”, inspiring way. So after I introduced those guys to the art of “making-400-salespeople-learn-and-record-a-song-in-20-minutes”, they hired me for more jobs of that kind. Before I even knew it, I had turned into a scriptwriter and event director, bridging the linguistic and communicative gap between the corporate and arts world.
Working at an international corporate event as a director of a business theatre play and a staged “activist flashmob”, I’ve stayed in Stockholm for the whole of this week and when it all was over yesterday evening, I finally had some time to meet two very good friends, The Real Group’s Anders Edenroth and Morten Vinther. We realized that we will very soon meet again, which made us even happier: At the Kulturbörse Freiburg’s “A Cappella Special”, one of Germany’s most prominent showcases on January 29th and, even before that at the London A Cappella Festival 2014, 23rd-25th of January, where they will return after their fantastic London debut two years ago.
Meeting at Urban Deli, a restaurant/deli-shop mix in the hot-spot neighborhood of Södermalm, we soon discussed all the world and his brother, starting from challenges of funeral performances to national stereotypes, the concept of individualistic education and Swedish “Knäckebröd”. Inspired by two very intelligent and witty friends, I’ve collected some questions taken right out of this conversation, that will have to be discussed further with all the other intelligent and witty people at LACF2014 after-show parties and #LACFextra events. We are happy to hear your immediate comments, too, feel free to utter them in the comments section of in Vocal Blog’s Facebook group!
1. Is Swedish “Knäckebröd” better than Finnish?
2. The world has to change, as the current system destroy the environment and the spirit of community sacrificed to economics. Who will realize AND ACT first: The Europeans? The Chinese? The Americans?
3. How can we get to an educational system that fits the whole variety of talent that human beings offer? Away from the “educational mass production” and around the problem of measuring learnings in a unified way?
4. Why is Stephen Fry so fascinating? Because of his wonderful language skills? Because his remarkable openness regarding his homosexuality? Because of his fantastic acting and public speaking? Because of this beautiful documentary “Stephen Fry in America”? Because of this stunning documentary of his own bipolar disorder?
5. How can you deal with a promoter who exercises his power by constantly smiling and expressing his enthusiasm while not even managing to warm a vegetable soup backstage? And should every musician be able to heat vegetable soup on a stove by himself?
6. What are the true virtues of a tour manager?
7. Is English beer better than its reputation as being “lukewarm cervisia” (“Asterix in Britain”)?
8. Did you know that Willy Eteson, former tenor and business director of The Swingle Singers and his long-time choir singing friends annually slaughter a pig to produce sausage and all kind of other British delicacies? (Keep an eye on him at King’s Place, I’m pretty sure he’ll have his doggy/piggy bag with very special treats ready in 2014, too.)
9. What percentage of national stereotypes are actually true? Is everything in Sweden based on “consensus”? Are the Danish the happiest people in the world? Are the Germany efficient and do they have that very bad sense of humour?
10. Do we tend to think that none of these stereotypes are true, because our artistic, aca-harmonic community gives us a false impression of how open-minded and polyglot people from all countries are?
11. Who was the first person to join Florian Städtler for a Vocal Jog? a) Anders Edenroth or b) Morten Vinther?
12. What are questions you would like to discuss at LACF2014?
You think this is pretty random? Of course it is – it’s what three guys at a bar in Stockholm came up with in 2 hours and with (only) six Swedish beers in total. Find better questions, if you can. And maybe even answers…
Hi, I’m Florian Städtler, a cappella agent, blogger, event director and scriptwriter. You might want to follow Vocal Blog and I don’t want to stop you doing so. Check out the Facebook group and fan page as well as Twitter, my shop Acappellazone and the respective YouTube channel. See you in London next week, there are tickets left, but I recommend making this call now…