Sven Ratzke

Label: Buzz
Format: CD
Barcode: 0608917611823
Catalog number: ZZ 76118
Releasedate: 13-10-15
- The extraordinary entertainer Sven Ratzke presents a new dazzling rock show STARMAN, inspired by the music of the living legend David Bowie.  

- The bizarre world of the great artist Bowie merges perfectly into the mad and wittily entertaining universe of Ratzke. 

- Ratzke is accompanied on this album by his trio, led by arranger and pianist Charly Zastrau. Featuring a.o. Claron McFadden (soprano) and Bowie's saxophonist Steve Elson.

- The music grooves from seventies’ glam rock to sound collages to intimate piano songs, incl. 3 songs written by Ratzke himself
The soundtrack for a bold, new theatrical rock show created by international cabaret sensation Sven Ratzke, STARMAN features dazzling interpretations of classic songs by David Bowie and original material co-written by Ratzke and New York-based musician Rachelle Garniez.  The album's sparse, evocative arrangements are the work of Ratzke's longtime collaborator, jazz pianist Charly Zastrau and feature Haye Jellema on drums and Florian Friedrich on bass.  Drawing inspiration from Bowie's oeuvre -- including his music, aesthetics, and personae -- Ratzke creates a wholly new character, STARMAN, to bring listeners and audiences on a fantastic journey blending truth and imagination.

Album release and show première (Berlin) on October 13, 2015

"Unique, bizarre, ultra-extravagant in style and flavour, supremely talented and bitingly hilarious” - The Advertiser (Australia)

Entertainer extra-ordinair and singer Sven Ratzke spends 48 weeks of the year touring all the biggest theaters,
cabaret venues and festivals all over the world. From sold out shows at Lincoln Center in New York to the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam to the famous Berliner Ensemble in Berlin.

Ratzke's style and talent are unique. He combines high culture with elements of cabaret and vaudeville. He can be a real crooner, and has a touch of Berlin golden twenties in his blood. Ratzke transforms legendary material from Brecht/Weill or even Pop Legend David Bowie as if u never heard it before. He works closely together with his brilliant pianist and arranger Charly Zastrau and many great guest musicians like Eric Vloeimans, Lavinia Meijer and Fay Lovsky. On stage he worked already with legends like Nina Hagen, the muse of Fassbinder: Hanna Schygulla, The Tiger Lillies and orchestras like the Asko Schönberg Ensemble. He made shows with soprano Claron Mcfadden and Holland's darling Ellen ten Damme.

Recently he took the title role in the first-ever Berlin production of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," a role for which he received critical praise. After his release of the Groschenblues and Songs in a Cabaret he will present his new record title STARMAN as a new hommage to the music of Bowie. It contains excitingly new arrangments and also some new songs that he wrote himself. The theatreshow will tour worldwide, with his première in Berlin on 12 October 2015.

New York Press: "Sven Ratzke is a must-see!"

Hamburger Abendblatt: "Sooner or later Ratzke gets them all. He is one of a kind, yes he is a 'Gesamtkunstwerk'!”

Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin: "The shark has feathers: Ratzke is the homme fatale, the glamour animal on stage”

De Volkskrant Amsterdam: "Ratzke is a man of the world, what an entertainer!"

The Advertiser (Australia): "How does one describe Dutch/German cabaret entertainer and European sensation Sven Ratzke? Unique, bizarre, ultra-extravagant in style and flavour, supremely talented and bitingly hilarious”