My loop guitar colleague Gerd Weyhing had invited a few musicians to spend five days in a castle in the Bohemian mountains in the northern Czech Republic, in a remote village called Trebušín, to make music together. So we met in August 2016 in Castle Kalich, eight musicians and one self-declared non-musician, and spent these days musicking, talking, cooking, walking.

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Leander Reininghaus (g,b,keyb), Michael Peters (g), Bernd-Michael Land (synth), Birgit Rehse (voc,g,keyb), Volker Lankow (perc), Gerd Weyhing (g), Wolf Red (synth), Bianca G. (voc,keyb), Joris Donkel (“non-musician”), Pavel Vurmik (house master)

To me, these days felt almost like what I imagine a late sixties Krautrock hippie music commune must have felt, for a few days, complete with a quiet idyllic countryside, an old castle just for ourselves, a campfire every evening, and absolutely no plans, only music. House master Pavel took good care of us and even showed us around his beautiful nearby hometown Litoměřice.

I had brought two guitars, various analog and digital gear, and my tape loop system that I had used for a concert a week before in Berlin. My little workstation looked like this:

We recorded hours of improvisations, some of which were quite inspired. Sadly, my own contributions (some of which felt really great when I played them) were not recorded due to some glitch. Bummer!  but then, we did it for the moment, not so much to create recordings. There will be an official CD release, and I will be listed I think, however … next time, we’ll be more careful with the recording.

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We all loved these fun days and the company of very diverse and interesting musicians, and human beings. We look forward to another week together, maybe next year.

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