Little Annie & Paul Wallfisch

  • Kampnagel Internationales Sommerfestival 2019

    Little Annie

Little Annie, who blazed trails for the raucous feminist pop-art of the riot grrrls, Peaches and others. At the tender age of 16, Annie sang about psychotropic drugs in front of Frank Zappa in New York with her band, Annie and the Asexuals. In the 1980s, she lived and played in a commune in England with the political punk band Crass. Back in New York, she became a performer, worked with Anohni, married a New York police chief and, 18 years ago, met musical chameleon Paul Wallfisch.  The theater musician and SWANS keyboard player was accompanying Little Annie live, along with Budgie (Siouxsie and the Banshees) and Ned Collette. The concert also marked the release of their third joint album of piano ballads for drinkers, “Enchantment or Bust.” LittleAnnie says it sounds like “Lou  Reed, Miles Davis and the Stylistics took good LSD together and then got a Hindu blessing from Alice Coltrane.” Anyone who has heard the devastating depth of Little Annie’s interpretation of “Private Dancer” knows that this is no empty promise. (Zitat Kampnagel)

Kampnagel is a theatre in Hamburg, Germany. It is Germany's biggest independent production venue for the performing arts. It is based on the premises of a former mechanical engineering factory in Winterhude, founded in 1865. Since 1982 it has been hosting and producing cultural activities, theatre and dance performances and concerts.

The International Summer Festival Hamburg takes place for three weeks each August at Kampnagel and selected places in the city of Hamburg. Since its beginning in the mid 80s, the festival has held a position as one of the big European festivals, presenting theatre, dance, visual arts, performance, music and theory from all over the world. András Siebold has been Artistic Director of the festival since 2013. His programme focuses on the entanglement of pop culture and avantgarde and the interdisciplinary expansion of genre boundaries. Invited artists stand out due to their interest and engagement in the present and radical aesthetic approaches. An essential feature of the International Summer Festival is the high proportion of world premieres and co-productions, as well as European and German premieres, which are realized within a worldwide network of partners. Each year the festival invites or produces about 50 different works that attract around 30.000 visitors from Hamburg and abroad.

Photo: Daniela Meise
at Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany
during "Internationales Sommerfestival 2019"