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No fear of the dark

November 11, 2019 2:11 p.m. - Act: November 13, 2019 7:11 a.m. -  www.tageblatt.lu

No Fear of the Dark: Festival “Käerjeng on the Rocks” supports young rockers

“Are you ready for some heavy stuff?” Shouted MaYaN singer Laura Macrì into the microphone and announced a metal version of a piece by the composer Pergolesi (1710-1736). An announcement that is representative of the “Käerjeng on the Rocks” festival.

Children and adults, harsh metal growls and heavenly soprano voices, classical instruments and hard guitar riffs: in Käerjeng met on November 9th and 10th.  Extremes on each other.  The "Shadows' Night Asbl." has her  This time the annual concert is bigger: a creative night turned into an entire festival that was organized together with the local music school.

Rock and metal gave in  Premises of the “Musekschoul” and  Set the tone in the “Käerjenger Treff” cultural center, whether at one of the numerous workshops or at performances by bands from home and abroad.


“The 'Shadow's Night Asbl' has existed since 2017,” says Diane Frisch, member of the board of the association and singer of the band  ShadoWhisperƧ. “The aim is to promote rock and metal music in Luxembourg. We do this by, for example, offering workshops and organizing the annual 'Shadows' Night'. Above all, promoting the next generation is very important to us. Our music school also has its own rock band. Classical music education continues to play an important role, but we are also placing increasing emphasis on promoting rock music. "


The young musicians were able to learn from the professionals on site. The symphonic death metal band MaYaN performed as headliners. The members are no strangers to the metal scene: founder Mark Jansen became known as the guitarist of the bands Epica and After Forever, while singer Marcelo Bovio was active in Stream of Passion, among others.


The sound of the group of nine can be described as Death Metal with symphonic elements. Growls and grunts, techniques from the metal genre, alternate with the singing of classically trained singers Laura Macrì and Marcelo Bovio. The name of the band can be traced back to Jansen's fascination with the Mayan culture. Recurring topics in the texts are politics, philosophy and current affairs in the world.


At the end of the evening, Ed Hunters performed and played the greatest Iron Maiden classics. The band with members from Luxembourg, France, Germany and Portugal has been around for no less than 14 years - and it shows that you don't have to be afraid of the dark.

Laura Giacomini

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