Malbrook, in Lowgerman (the original language
of northern Germany, more like dutch than like german) means dancdevil.
It is an description for a like mad dancing person. Malbrook also
is a well known trad. Melody in northern Europe.
Since centuries the north of Germany has a strong
connection to the south of Scandinavia. These two regions always
had a strong exchange in trading, knowledge and culture. The zenith
of this development was in the late mediaeval time, at the time
of the Hanse (a union of trading cities in the north of Europe).
In that period Lowgerman was the most important language for trading
in northern Europe. Lowgerman has had a strong influence to the
Scandinavian languages. Also in other cultural things, like music,
there was a strong exchange between northern Germany an southern
Scandinavia. A lot of Songs, Lyrics and tunes are similar in both
regions in the late medieval time.
This was the starting point for the project "Malbrook".
Together with friends from Bohuslän in southern
Sweden and colleagues from the north of Germany, Wolfgang Meyering
produced these CDs. All the tunes and songs are traditional or original
Music from northern Germany. But they all have something Scandinavian
which even gets stronger with the playing of guest musicians from
Sweden and Norway.
Songs about murder, jealousy and death. Strange
children songs in polka stile and a suite of schottische (Schotsken)
played on Mandola, Mandolin, Hurdy Gurdy, German and Swedish Bagpipe,
Bohemian/German Harp, Flutes, Fiddles Percussion, Loops, Sounds