It all began in a stairwell in Berlin’s eastern district of
Pankow. Karin Helmstaedt and Judith Engel discovered
they were neighbours and by the end of afternoon tea
they were fast friends. The idea for breathe came about
late one night after much wine and an inspired singsong
with the kids – the resulting project is the realisation of a
longtime dream for both of them.
In June of 2001 they performed their first program entitled »Our Favourites«, made up entirely of covers. With the first
stirrings of their own songs, Rainer Schnoes came on board
to make the duo a trio. With his contribution as composer
and arranger, breathe developed its own repertoire; in November 2003 they made their first appearance in Berlin with
a full-fledged band of guest musicians.
studied Literature in Toronto, Montreal and Paris.
A freelance journalist and television anchor, she’s been
living in Berlin since 1998.
studied classical voice at the Academy of Music »Hanns
Eisler« in Berlin and has been working as a freelance performer since 1992. In 1998 she joined the Berlin Radio
Choir as a full time member.
studied music in Essen and Hamburg; in 2001 he became
a full time member of the Berlin Radio Choir.
Ferdinand von Seebach (Trombone)
Elmar Krick (Saxophone)
Oliver Fach (Guitar)
Erich Gramshammer (Guitar)
Tilman Person (Drums)
Denis Jabusch (Bass)
Hooray Single CD
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