Drøm Videre Violeta

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Kaizers Orchestra

Janove Ottesen might not be used to accompanying elderly breakfasters with piano tunes in a Vienna café. Yet Café Zartl, the location of his two-song performance on a January morning is known for its „open piano“, where guests can play some songs whenever they are up to. So, without too many curious looks from his audience, the singer of the Norwegian Kaizers Orchestra takes a seat at the piano in the center of the room. He laughs, says that he has to think of some more bar-like songs for this situation and soon plays the first chords „Drøm Videre Violeta“ from their new record „Violeta Violeta Vol. 2“. Janove’s voluminous voice and Norwegian lyrics sound trough the café and easily drown out the noisy coffee machine and clanking plates. Some people turn their heads, others just continue eating or reading the newspaper. „Bris“ from Kaizers Orchestra’s 2001-debut „Ompa til du dør“ is the second song of Janove’s performance, and it’s very likely the most powerful solo piano performance the café has seen in a while. Yet the audience seems still caught in Viennese morning lethargy. Honestly, no applause? The appreciators only appear when we’re done with the session, asking for the name of the performer.


  • Posted: February 13, 2012
  • Camera: Michael Luger
  • Sound Recording: Matthias Leihs
  • Post-Production: Michael Luger
  • Photography: Simon Brugner