Concerts 2018

Rathaus Zeven, "BürgerService", Am Markt 4, 27404 Zeven, Tel.: 04281/716-261

All events take place in the Zeven Townhall.

Friday May 18nd, 2018 at 8 PM
Duo Friend `n Fellow
Constanze Friend - Sopran
Thomas Fellow - Gitarre

Admision fees:
Adults € 13
Pupils and Students € 10

Photo: Ulrike Moennig

When they met for the first time in 1991, it was a musical blessing for CONSTANZE FRIEND with her magic timbre and THOMAS FELLOW with his grooving virtuosity.

FRIEND N FELLOW belong to the inventors of ACOUSTIC SOUL. Their formation is special and unusual. The sound of a band is compacted into just two instruments: voice and guitar. With their original compositions coloured by divine poetry and their distinctive interpretations of cover songs they are able to captivate their audiences again and again, leading them into new spheres.

They recorded their debut CD, HOME, with the blues legend LUTHER ALLISON in a church. He was fascinated by the two musicians and called their music “music of the new century”. A very intense collaboration and friendship developed between them. In the meantime, FRIEND N FELLOW have produced 11 CDs, of which many have also been released on vinyl. Their last live album, SILVER, released in 2016, carries their unmistakeable handwriting: it is timeless, full of energy and far from all the other music trends.

Experiencing FRIEND N FELLOW live in 2018 is a revelation. Their blend of jazz, blues, country and soul coalesces with their improvisation, virtuosity, performing esprit and their humour.

With their intense and almost dream-like synergy, these two exceptional musicians are able to captivate their listeners and touch their hearts and souls.

In fall 2017 the CD box “Song Collection 1995-2003” was released by Doctor Heart Music, and combines all publications and musical treasures of the early years, including the first CD “Fairy Godmother” that was only on sale at concerts up until now.

“This German duo conjures up the rich sound of an entire band.”
(Audio, HiFi Magazine)

Saturday May 19th, 2018 at 8 PM
Part 1:
Leandro Riva – Solo Guitar Tango

Part 2:
Evelin Gramel - Sopran
Thomas Brendgens-Mönkemeyer – Jazz Guitar

Admision fees:
Adults € 10
Pupils and Students € 8

Leandro Riva

Photo: L. Bravo

The guitar is in Argentina and throughout Latin America the folklore instrument par excellence and belongs to the tango music since its origin. Around 1920, with the incoming immigrants from Europe, the situation of the tango music began to change. It went from small venues to the larger halls, clubs and even theatres. This made possible the creation of the "Orquesta Típica", a new musical formation with aesthetics oriented towards Europe. Because of this development, the guitar loses its main role and from now on it is used in small tango formations or as accompaniment of the tango singer.

This situation did not change until the technology made it possible to amplify the sound of the guitar so that it could become part of the orchestra again, where it plays rhythm, harmony and melody.

As part of this development, the figure of the tango guitarist established in the 1950s, especially through Roberto Grela, Ubaldo de Lío, Aníbal Arias, Horacio Malvicino, which are considered references of contemporary tango guitar.

The Argentine guitarist Leandro Riva presents a repertoire with arrangements of tango music from different eras. From the traditional tangos and milongas with their unmistakable folkloristic sound of the „Pampa Criolla" over pieces of the „golden era" of the tango to the avant-garde compositions of Astor Piazzolla.


Evelyn Gramel - Sopran
Thomas Brendgens-Mönkemeyer – Jazz Guitar

Photo: Heidemarie Mönkemeyer


Sunday May 20th, 2018 at 8 PM
Stefan Volpp – Solo Guitar Classic

Admision fees:
Adults € 10
Pupils and Students € 8

Photo: Cornelius Specht

His reportoire includes arrangements of the piano music by Johannes Brahms, guitar classics like Dionisio Aguado's virtuosic Andante & Rondo Op.2 No.2 or Benjamin Britten's dreamy Nocturnal Op.70.

Monday May 21st, 2018 at 4 PM
Final Recital: Student Recital

Admision free!