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25.01.2021

Art in Times of Crisis. How do Creatives Cope in Lockdown? Episode 1

Art in Times of Crisis. How do Creatives Cope in Lockdown? Episode 1 Sundays outdoors. This is how the band »Kraut & Ruhm« spends lockdown.

Our longing for culturally inspiring encounters is growing! For months, the stages in the Gasteig have been largely abandoned, with no artists, no dance, no music, and no theatre. Nevertheless, we remain in close contact with many creatives and want to hear their concerns especially during lockdown. Here, they talk about their current situation, hopes and plans.

»It’s been better. You take what you can. Escapism through excesses at home.«

That is the conclusion so far of Kraut & Ruhm, a six-piece band from the heart of Bavaria. Before the lockdown, the genre-bending Bavarian band attended the Track’n’Field recording sessions for young musicians in the PIXEL in the Gasteig.

To the »Kraut & Ruhm« website.


 

HMTM student Fiona Grond © Lukas Diller

»It feels as if somebody just pressed the Pause button last March.«

... says Fiona Grond, a student at the HMTM
Last semester, Fiona Grond was studying Jazz Composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich. Since she practises and composes almost every day in the Gasteig, the cultural centre is like a second home to her.

How are you doing?
The current situation is becoming an increasing burden to me. I have as good as finished my studies, but I can’t get started in my professional life as a musician. Last year’s cancellations and the empty calendar for the coming one make me sad.

What do you long for?
For all those things that were so normal before the pandemic: for a more or less regular daily routine; for my family; for my friends; for concerts and spending time with others; for prospects.

How are your plans for the future looking?
2020 should really have been the start of my career and I had many plans. I had been invited to competitions and showcases with my Trio »Fiona Grond / Interspaces«, none of which could take place. Nevertheless, we have been able to record an album, hopefully to be published this year, and, if all goes well, combined with a few concerts. Right now, it feels as if somebody just pressed the Pause button last March. I would happily carry on again from there and only hope that everything will come right again. But it seems hard for me to make concrete plans just now.

You can find out more about Fiona Grond at the artist’s website

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