An evening for the Shanty Choir
with the Shanty Choir about the Shanty Choir
The composer Ole Hübner—who grew up in Bremerhaven, among other places, with shanties, sailors and container ships—pursues his fascination with maritime culture between seafarer romanticism and globalized reality. Together with the Neustädter Shanty-Chor, he explores the social structure of the choir that like hardly anything else appears to illustrate and sustain the tensional relationship between individual and mass. In living soundscapes, the choir merges to a single organism of sound. This is contrasted by the individual life stories of its members that were recorded during the two-year development process. The outcome is a highly personal portrait of the shanty choir in the immediate vicinity of the Schwankhalle—and a declaration of love to the sea. “Yes, I’m in the Shanty Choir” is the result of a collaboration between Ole Hübner and the Neustädter Shanty-Chor that emerged in the frame of the Bremer Composer Prize 2020 of the Landesmusikrat Bremen.
Concept & Composition: Ole Hübner
With texts from interviews with members of the Neustadt Shanty Choir
Neustädter Shanty-Chor e.V., Direction: Coco Joura
Commissioned as part of the Bremen Composers‘ Prize 2020 by the Landesmusikrat Bremen e.V., with the kind support of the Senator für Kultur Bremen.