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Classix Kempten: Interview with Andreas Martin Hofmeir


Kempten - Andreas Hofmeir is a jack of all trades, multi-tuba player, LaBrassBanda co-founder, cabaret artist and also a university professor - an interview.

Kempten - Andreas Hofmeir is a jack of all trades, multi-tuba player, LaBrassBanda co-founder, cabaret artist and also a university professor - an interview.

There is no doubt that tubist Andreas Martin Hofmeir is versatile.

The fact that his instrument, which bears the name “Fanny”, is not inferior in diversity can be verified at this year's Classix Festival (from next Saturday, September 18th to Sunday, September 26th):

On Sunday, September 19, the violinist and artistic director of the festival Benjamin Schmid and Hofmeir present at 11 o'clock with "Stradihumpa - high versus low" amazing and enjoyable things with their highly contradicting instruments and styles of classical (-adaptations) jazz, local, Avant-garde ...

Of course, that is by no means all that Hofmeir, who is often referred to as a “border crosser between genres” or “jack of all trades”, and his fanny can do it. The former member and co-founder of the Bavarian cult band LaBrassBanda is also on the road as a duo with harp and organ, plays in various chamber music ensembles such as the Sharoun Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic or the Heavy Tuba Ensemble. He is also on stage as a cabaret artist and is professor of tuba at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

The following key data can be retained: Born in 1978 in Munich, grew up in Geisenfeld in the Holledau: As a child, he learned the piano, drums and tenor horn and finally the tuba from the age of twelve.

Years of study at the Hanns Eisler Music Academy in Berlin, the Royal Music Academy in Stockholm and the Hanover Music Academy followed.

He was also a scholarship holder of the orchestral academies of the Berlin and Munich Philharmonics and played with some of the major orchestras.

Duo for violin and tuba - an "unprecedented spectacle"

In 2013 Hofmeir was named “Instrumentalist of the Year” at the ECHO Klassik and was the first tuba player to win one of the most important music prizes in Europe. Last July, the idiosyncratic artist received the Bavarian State Prize for Music, which did not prevent him from violently criticizing the way politics handled culture in the Corona crisis.

As for the first duo for violin and tuba, the instruments (at least ostensibly) may not have much in common.

The instrumentalists are different: both have a professorship at the Salzburg Mozarteum, both are ECHO prizewinners and at home across all musical genres.

Their promise, "an unprecedented spectacle", which they made before their first appearances in 2017, can be verified next Sunday in the Kempten City Theater.



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the idiosyncratic tuba player Andreas Martin Hofmeir before.


Preferably barefoot - because of the eroticism, as Andreas Hofmeir says.

© Philippe Gerlach

Interview with Andreas Hofmeir

How did “Stradihumpa” come about, a rather unusual duo of tuba and violin?

Andreas Hofmeir

: A good question.

But as almost always with highly complex and incomprehensible processes, the origin was simple: Two pizzas Diavolo and some red wine are to blame.

As can be seen from previous interviews, at the beginning you dreamed of a beautiful violinist as a duo partner.

What reconciles you with the fact that it has now become the outstanding, but still male violinist Benjamin Schmid?

Andreas Hofmeir:

I ask you: who wouldn't if I were in my position?

Unfortunately, I don't know any attractive violinist who fiddles at the top of the world both in classical and jazz music.

And by the way: Beni always dresses extravagantly, makes aesthetic movements on stage and is excellent at cooking.

What more do you want?

What would Stradihumpa's music look like when translated into painting?

Andreas Hofmeir:

A collective exhibition by Rembrandt, Picasso, Munch and Beuys.

With a fun museum guide.

In mid-July you were awarded the Bavarian State Prize for Music.

Shortly before the award, you sharply criticized the cultural policy in Bavaria, especially that during the Corona crisis.

Where do you see the biggest failures?

Andreas Hofmeir:

A culturally interested audience is a social achievement that has to be hard-earned. And it was also worked out in Germany. This is not a matter of course, but it is more than beneficial for a healthy society. The urge to culture is not an urge to survive, it has to be nurtured, it has to be nurtured. For that reason alone, so that society is and remains diverse and reflected. In the past year and a half, we have lost people working from home, before anonymous internet subscriptions. Countless children have put their musical instruments in the closet forever, older people have given back their Philharmoniker subscription forever. It will be lonely and uniform, like in the USA. I think politics is still not entirely clear what role a rich cultural scene plays in peaceful coexistence.

The actor Ulrich Tukur, who will also be a guest at the Classix Festival 2021, was represented with a contribution to #allesdichtmachen, which he wrote with the Rilke quote “Death is great. We are his ... ”begins. How would your contribution have sounded in such an action? (Unfortunately this can only be represented in letters in a print medium.)

Andreas Hofmeir:

You won't believe it, but the internet on my farm is so bad that I couldn't see a single contribution from this campaign.

But I made a corona tuba for the BR: roughened white and blue like the face mask of our beloved country father, filled with three sheets and ten extremely valuable FFP2 masks made by Nüßlein and completely sealed so that no contaminated verdigris can escape.

Sounds like shit, but that's irrelevant.

What does a culturally poor society mean to you?

Andreas Hofmeir: Clear the

way for nationalism and dictatorship.

Since a lot has become possible again, the number of cultural events has exploded.

However, many people are still reluctant to visit, while football stadiums and restaurants, for example, are full.

Does that say anything about the importance of culture in our society?

Andreas Hofmeir:

As Brecht said, eating comes before morality.

And football is a weed that will always proliferate, no matter where.

But culture is a valuable plant that needs to be protected and cultivated.

People are quick to think that it would work without it.

That is also true.

But not nearly as peaceful and beautiful.

Has the image of wind instruments as virus spreaders improved in the meantime?

Andreas Hofmeir:

Despite the numerous deaths who lost their lives due to tuba aerosols in the last 17 months, I have not yet been able to detect any direct hostility.

So I am very confident.

However, if the saxophone could be banned in the wake of this pandemic, I would welcome that.

What do you think of the (not only) demanded by many politicians 2G regulation (vaccinated, recovered) in the cultural sector?

Andreas Hofmeir:

I'm vaccinated because I think that's right.

But I am in favor of the 3G rule, because culture in particular should not be marginalized.

That would be downright paradoxical.

Why are you known to enjoy playing barefoot?

Good grounding with electrifying sound?

Andreas Hofmeir:

No, only for erotic reasons.

Mr. Hofmeir, thank you for the informative interview.

15th Classix Festival - program & information

September 18-26, 2021

Festival motto: "Tradition and new railways"

Saturday September 18th

• 8 pm: Swedish served.

Chamber orchestra Musica Vitae, Benjamin Schmid (violin and conductor), Ariane Haering (piano)

Sunday, September 19th

• 11 am: Stradihumpa - high versus low;

Benjamin Schmid (violin), Andreas Martin Hofmeir (tuba)

• 3 pm: family ties;

the parents: Ariane Haering and Benjamin Schmid;

the children: Cosima, Darius, Emilian and Flora.

Musical coffee table with all kinds of instruments and singing.

• 8 pm: violinissimo;

Chamber orchestra Musica Vitae, Benjamin Schmid (violin and conductor), Linus Roth and Dorota Siuda (violins)

Monday 20th September

• 8 pm: Night Thoughts;

Dorothee Oberlinger (recorder) and the Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca

Tuesday, September 21

• 8 pm: It is served;

Soloist ensemble with Esther Hoppe and Linus Roth (violins), Daniel Eklund (viola), Christian Poltéra (cello), Josef Larsson (double bass), Thomas Gansch, (trumpet), Ib Hausmann (clarinet), Philipp Tutzer (bassoon), Ariane Haering (Piano)

Wednesday September 22nd

• 8 pm: standards;

Markus Schirmer (piano), Esther Hoppe ((violin), Christian Poltéra (cello)

Thursday, September 23

• 8 pm: in a new look;

Lia Pale (voc + flute) with ensemble: Matthias Rüegg (arr + p), Mario Rom (tp), Ingrid Oberkanins (dr) and others;

Songs from Franz Schubert's Winterreise to this day, arranged for a jazz ensemble, and own compositions based on Heinrich Heine and others

Friday September 24th

• 8 pm: composed and improvised;

Brad Mehldau, piano solo

Saturday September 25th

• 8 pm: Round about Schumann, Trio Opus 8;

Michael Hauber (piano), Eckhard Fischer (violin), Mario de Secondi (cello), Thomas Riebl (viola), Claudia Strenkert (horn)

Sunday September 26th

• 5 pm: symphonic standards;

St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, Juri Gilbo, Ulrich Tukur (recitation), Nidia Palacios (soprano)

Info & tickets are available on the Classix Festival homepage or by email to:;

and by phone: 0831/29 095

Source: merkur

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