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KCRW Berlin: Amplified

Amplified is a weekly music show, originally broadcast on KCRW Berlin, featuring interviews with musicians from all genres, hailing from Berlin and beyond.

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  • 17.10.2020
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    Musician Ian Tilling on writing music in bad times

    We feature indie-rock musician Ian Tilling. The 35-year-old Brit moved to Berlin in 2016. After joining and leaving a number of bands, he started his solo project Grief Scene a year ago. Next month, Tilling will release his debut album titled "Bad Times."

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  • 26.09.2020
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    'It's just the music that I love': Marlais on coming to folk music as an 'outsider'

    We spoke with Michael Culme-Seymour — aka Marlais — about his love of folk music and his life in Berlin.

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  • 20.09.2020
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    Juno Francis: Swedish Pop Made In Berlin

    Angelica Ranåsen and Jacob Fagerstål are the Swedish pop duo Juno Francis. They teamed up in Berlin a couple of years ago to work on their vision of psychedelic 60s and 80s pop.

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  • 05.09.2020
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    'Thinking is a musician's death': Tricky on his approach to music

    Tricky just released his 14th studio album, “Fall To Pieces.” On most of the new tracks, the Berlin-based artist is joined by Marta Złakowska, a vocalist whom he discovered on a European tour.

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  • 29.08.2020
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    'A label for a lack of a label': hear now berlin's founder on playing genre-defying chamber music

    hear now berlin is a chamber group that plays works by contemporary composers. Inspired by the music she loves playing and hearing, the sextet’s founder and flutist, Kelly Watson Woelffer, searched for five musicians who shared her vision: a violist from Australia, a cellist from New Zealand, and a trumpeter, violinist and clarinetist from Germany.

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  • 22.08.2020
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    Musician Candice Gordon on starting a new chapter in her life

    Candice Gordon is the new cultural officer at the Irish Embassy in Berlin. The musician is known well beyond Berlin’s music scene for her haunting voice and prolific lyrics.

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  • 15.08.2020
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    Àbáse talks about his roots and sound

    Szabolcs Bognar, better known as Àbáse, is a Berlin-based producer and multi-instrumentalist who is playing at this year’s XJAZZ open air festival.

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  • 08.08.2020
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    Berlin-based musician Martha Rose on 'diving deeply and emotionally after something that you love'

    Martha Rose, a U.K.-born, Berlin-based musician, just released her second full-length album titled “Undress & Dive After.” The 33-year-old multi-instrumentalist talks with us about her songwriting process, what her grandparents have to do with it, and what’s behind her intriguing album title.

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  • 01.08.2020
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    The German swing band that vows to keep you entertained through the pandemic

    Back in March when all the music clubs closed in Berlin, big band leader Andrej Hermlin made a promise: to keep on performing as long as the coronavirus pandemic restricts our lives.

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  • 25.07.2020
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    'Sonic thinker' Sam Auinger explores the Halle am Berghain

    Berlin-based composer Sam Auinger describes himself as a “sonic thinker.” The 64-year-old Austrian has spent decades exploring sound and perception in public places. Auinger’s current project is a sound installation with his long-time collaborator Hannes Strobl.

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  • 11.07.2020
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    Singer-songwriter Michael Brinkworth on how to create this 'Good Old Feeling'

    Brisbane-born Michael Brinkworth draws inspiration from Bob Dylan, Neil Young and from the city he now calls home, Berlin, “this weird halfway house that I ended up in.” The 33-year-old traveled the globe before settling down here six years ago.

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  • 27.06.2020
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    Noah Slee: Far away but 'Here For It All'

    We caught up again with New Zealand-born soul singer and producer Noah Slee. The musician just released the single, “Here For It All.” It comes after his EP, “TWICE,” and his breakthrough debut album “Otherland.”

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  • 20.06.2020
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    Derya Yildirim on 'coming alive again'

    Derya Yildirim is a multi-instrumentalist, but her favorite is the Turkish lute called the “Bağlama.” Usually, the 26-year-old performs with her band, Grup Şimşek, but more recently, she’s played on her own. We caught up with the 26-year-old in France, where she is reuniting with her band to write new material.

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  • 06.06.2020
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    Odes to love and life: singer songwriter Finn Ronsdorf on his first EP

    Musician Finn Ronsdorf is releasing his first EP, “Odes,” on June 12. We talk with the 21-year-old singer-songwriter about his early musical influences and what it takes to write a love song. He says the key is “really just being very much in the moment.”

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  • 30.05.2020
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    The rap teaching kids to keep COVID-19 at bay

    Brodie White loves to teach guitar and audio production to kids. So when the schools were closed, the 35-year-old had a lot of time on his hands, so he came up with a special lesson for his students: a hygiene rules rap for kids.

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  • 23.05.2020
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    Robot Koch on scoring imaginary movies, his forthcoming album and seeking inspiration in nature

    German-born Robot Koch is dropping his new record “The Next Billion Years” on May 29. Ahead of the release, we spoke to the L.A.-based artist, producer and composer about why late French conservationist Jacques-Yves Cousteau inspired him to make the album.

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  • 09.05.2020
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    Collaboration in the time of the coronavirus: Record label Ransom Note supports artists by making them 'Pen Pals'

    With concerts and festivals canceled, artists are struggling to make ends meet.London-based label Ransom Note came up with a novel idea to generate some much needed cash for music makers. They invited a number of artists — among them, KCRW Berlin’s Moderna — to contribute to a compilation album by collaborating remotely on original tracks in just 10 days.

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  • 25.04.2020
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    How does music help in times of crisis? We asked a musicologist to explain

    We’ve all seen footage of people taking to their balconies to sing and play instruments together amid the coronavirus lockdown. But why is that?We’ve all seen footage of people taking to their balconies to sing and play instruments together amid the coronavirus lockdown. But why is that?

    Gunter Kreutz, who teaches at the University of Oldenburg, has published a book on the mental health benefits of singing, among other things.

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  • 28.03.2020
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    Raving on in quarantine with 'United We Stream'

    Berlin’s clubs were forced to shut this month to help contain the coronavirus outbreak. With Berliners deprived of their beloved music venues, and clubs missing out on vital revenue, Clubcommission and Reclaim Club Culture launched the United We Stream platform.

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  • 21.03.2020
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    Composer, innovator, musical radical: Upcoming festival celebrates Beethoven's 250th birthday in experimental style

    This year marks 250 years since the birth of one of the most renowned composers of all time, Ludwig van Beethoven. Germany has poured 27 million euros into marking the occasion, and there are a number of events happening here in Berlin, including Labor Beethoven 2020, which is a contemporary reading of the work of Beethoven.

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  • 22.02.2020
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    Acht Eimer Hühnerherzen on punk ethos and the perils of overproduction

    We sat down with Johnny “Jacho” Bottrop and Bene Diktator from Berlin punk band Acht Eimer Hühnerherzen, which translates to “eight buckets of chicken hearts.” They explained the meaning of their unusual band name and why coming up with song lyrics should take 30 minutes tops.

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  • 15.02.2020
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    Caligari rises again with a rejuvenated score at Babylon

    On Feb. 27, 1920, Berlin saw the premiere of the psychological thriller, “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.” Today, it’s considered a quintessential film of German Expressionism. But a century ago, a mismatched score nearly cost the film its audience.

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  • 25.01.2020
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    ‘The opera machine is not looking for disruption’: Opera Lab Berlin on breaking down traditional musical theater works

    Opera Lab Berlin’s upcoming premiere of “ODYSSEY: Dead Men Die” promises a “an apocalyptic journey” encompassing Homer, James Joyce and Hollywood.

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  • 11.01.2020
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    Singer-songwriter Jackson Dyer on his debut album 'Inlet,' an ode to Australia and Berlin

    Jackson Dyer is an Australian singer-songwriter and producer, based in Berlin. His debut album, “Inlet,” was released on November 15, 2019.

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  • 21.12.2019
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    ‘Depressive in a good way’: DJ and producer Shed on his new album, revisiting his first home in East Germany

    We met up with DJ and producer Shed, aka René Pawlowitz, following the November 29 release of his fifth studio album “Oderbruch” on Berghain’s label Ostgut Ton.

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  • 23.11.2019
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    Mira Lu Kovacs of 5K HD on why they'll happily disappoint listeners to keep things fresh

    5K HD is a Vienna-based avant-garde electro pop band tired of sticking to musical conventions. We met up with lead singer Mira Lu Kovacs to find out about the band’s jazz influences and passion for experimenting with sound and improvisation.

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  • 26.10.2019
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    Ishmael Ensemble frontman on his love for Berlin and experimenting with sound

    Ishmael Ensemble is a Bristol-based ambient-jazz-electronica outfit that defies being pigeonholed into only one genre. We sat down with band leader Pete Cunningham and bassist Jake Spurgeon to talk about what inspires them musically and why they love playing in Berlin.

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  • 07.09.2019
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    That's what 'She Says': Gurr talks friendship, bilingual lyrics and anxiety

    Berlin-based garage pop band Gurr write songs about anxiety, what it means to be a strong woman, and, of course, love.

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  • 17.08.2019
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    The Chap talk concept albums, midlife crises and political rock

    We spoke with Keith Duncan and Johannes von Weizsäcker, two members of The Chap. The band, who has challenged themselves in recent years to release a series of concept albums which push them beyond their comfort zone, shares some thoughts on their tenure together.

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  • 10.08.2019
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    Tara Nome Doyle sings us a Norwegian lullaby

    The 21-year-old Berlin singer-songwriter Tara Nome-Doyle walks us through her songwriting process and the first song she wrote at the age of 11, the musical impact of growing up in a Norwegian-Irish family, and her first EP, “Milk and Honey” which was released in 2018.

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  • 27.07.2019
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    Delhia de France on her new EP 'Oceanides' and splitting her time between Berlin and LA

    German musician Delhia de France likes drawing from Greek mythology to create her music. She’s particularly fascinated with goddesses.

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  • 20.07.2019
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    Sisters Leah and Chloe Smith from Rising Appalachia on their roots and the Slow Music Movement

    Rising Appalachia is a band founded by two sisters, Leah and Chloe Smith. With links to social and environmental activism, the folk duo from Atlanta, Georgia, look for harmony in the music they create and the places they go.

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  • 01.07.2019
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    30 years after the first Loveparade, founder Dr. Motte shares how he started a ‘rave-olution’

    Thirty years ago today, the Loveparade started in Berlin with a couple handfuls of people dancing to acid house music along Kurfürstendamm. We caught up with the founder, Dr. Motte, to learn more.

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  • 22.06.2019
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    Fenster’s JJ Weihl gives us a glimpse into the band’s creative process

    We sat down with JJ Weihl, one of the founders of Berlin-based band Fenster, to talk about their latest album, “The Room,” and past projects. From creating a soundtrack to a movie that doesn’t exist to tracking an entire album live while in the Tuscan countryside, Weihl gives us insight into the band’s creative process.

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  • 08.06.2019
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    Street sounds of Berlin: Soprano Christina Harslem shares her passion with the public

    We spoke with soprano Christina Harslem to learn more about the rewards and challenges of performing as a street musician.

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  • 01.06.2019
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    Listening to Tuareg music with African Acid Is The Future

    Maryama Luccioni is the founder of African Acid Is The Future, a Berlin-based music collective that hosts concerts and radio shows, and has put out an LP titled Ambiance I.

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  • 18.05.2019
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    Motherhood, music and how you’re 'greater than you think': Diane Weigmann on her new album

    We caught up with musician Diane Weigmann. Born and raised in Berlin, Weigmann was once a member of the all-female pop band the Lemonbabies.

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  • 04.05.2019
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    Violinist Daniel Weltlinger's latest album tells the story of his grandfather's violin

    violinist Daniel Weltlinger’s latest album, “Szolnok,” tells the story of his grandfather — who fled Europe during the war, violin in tow, before ending up in Australia — and how Weltlinger came to own and play that violin decades later.

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  • 20.04.2019
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    The Only Good System Is A Sound System festival explores the sounds and politics of bass culture

    “The only good system is a sound system” is an adage known among music heads and audio nerds. It’s also the name of a festival in Berlin designed to explore the sounds and politics of bass music.

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  • 13.04.2019
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    Decades after artist February Montaine's mysterious disappearance, the tapes he left behind are given new life

    Artist February Montaine mysteriously disappeared from his Derbyshire, England home in 1991. He left behind a substantial collection of journals and homemade tapes, which became cherished by his stepdaughter Suzy. She passed her stepfather’s work onto Berlin-based musician and producer Sam Potter, who spent years weaving these remnants together.

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  • 23.03.2019
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    Chamber group hear now berlin aims to reach new audiences with genre-crossing, emotional compositions

    It was August 2018 when Kelly Watson Woelffer, a Berlin-based flutist originally from the U.S., heard “Music in Circles” by American composer Andrew Norman and something in her ignited. From this inspiration, the chamber group hear now berlin, a sextet that challenges classical music paradigms, was born.

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  • 23.03.2019
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    Street sounds of Berlin: Ukrainian duo Igor and Anton dream of a musical future

    Who are the buskers sharing their music on the streets of Berlin? We caught up with Ukrainian music students and violin and accordion duo Igor and Anton to find out more about their world.

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  • 16.03.2019
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    Find the File: Haus der Kulturen der Welt's new festival turns archives into art

    How should we care for sound archives in the digital age? It’s a question that Detlef Diederichsen, head of music and performing arts at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, has considered for more than 10 years — so much so that he created Find the File, a festival at the HKW, to explore big-picture questions about music digitalization.

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  • 23.02.2019
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    Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra to debut new concert series, highlighting conceptual compositions, unusual instrumentation, and improvisation

    Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra is made up of 18 musicians from a wide variety of musical backgrounds, who all share a dedication to experimentation. They typically meet to rehearse and improvise together about once every month.

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  • 09.02.2019
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    Street sounds of Berlin: Santur player Hakan Tuğrul on sharing traditional Persian music in a diverse city

    Berlin is a vibrant place, full of diverse sights and sounds, and the city’s many buskers are a part of the scene. In a new series, we’re talking with Berlin street musicians in order to find out more about who they are and what drives them to share their music throughout the city.

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  • 26.01.2019
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    DJ Pete (aka Substance): 'Kreuzberg is still the center of my life’

    Berghain resident DJ Pete (aka Substance) stopped by our studio to talk about his new EP “Rise And Shine.” It’s his first solo release since 1998. DJ Pete is a fixture in Kreuzberg, the place where he grew up. He worked in the record store Hard Wax, and it’s where he started to DJ.

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  • 12.01.2019
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    Fredrik Kinbom connects history and Scandinavian melancholy in 'Songs for Lap Steel & Harmonium'

    Berlin-based Swedish musician Fredrik Kinbom has lived abroad for the past 20 years. It was in U.K. where a chance encounter led him to buy his first lap steel guitar, with which he started carving his signature sound.

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  • 05.01.2019
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    Choreographer and performer Kareth Schaffer on 'Dancing Against the Far Right'

    Kareth Schaffer is a choreographer and performer who has become a regular at Tanztage, Berlin’s contemporary dance festival, showcasing up and coming talents.

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  • 15.12.2018
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    Julia Holter’s latest album, ‘Aviary,’ takes flight on her European tour

    Julia Holter’s music is exploratory and playful. “Aviary” is her fifth studio album and takes listeners on an unpredictable 90-minute journey, influenced in part by film scores and medieval music.

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  • 01.12.2018
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    ‘We wanted to tell the German story of the AIDS epidemic’: Berliner Opernverein chair on the AIDS Quilt Songbook

    Sopranist Julie Wyma is the chairwoman of the Berliner Opernverein. Together with Berlin-based artists of different nationalities, backgrounds, and sexual orientations, Wyma has produced a staged version of the AIDS Quilt Songbook: Berlin Edition.

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