New sound with Francois

Es tut sich was im Klangspektrum des Absinto Orkestra: Francois Heun ist ab sofort mit dabei und spielt uns mit seinem Sopran an die Wand – wenn er nicht eine tiefgründigere Kanne in die Hand nimmt, um den Saal zum Vibrieren zu bringen. Wir sind sehr verzückt und freuen uns, Euch diese neue Farbe im Absintouniversum präsentieren zu können!


Many times I asked myself: Is there any chance to help music to reveal the truth? Is it even appropriate to describe music with words. Doesn't it already destroy the poetry if I read about music? The most inspiring music uses the human voice just as an instument and is understandable by everyone in the audience especially if they are not into the respective language. When they feel the speech. In the belly, in the mind, somewhere, where there is nothing anymore to say. I think that black eyes work exactly like this. Because of their depth. Whenever you dive into them, you will get lost. That does not really make sense, but it feels really awesome. What am I writing about? Sorry, I have no clue. Well... looks like that's the way it works.
Kai Schmidt

About "Absinto Orkestra"

The Balkan-Beat Express still dashes full speed from stage to stage in Germany and the Absinto Orkestra is one of its haul engines- since more than 15 years.
Inspired by the mesmerizing rhythms of eastern european wedding music, five musicians tell their very own story: A story about the violine players love for classical music, about the guitar players passion for Django Reinhardt, about the saxophone players devotion for Jazz, about the russian origin of the bass player and about the bessarabian roots of the mandolin player.

When Absito performances live it is not only an irresistible invitation to sing and dance and clap along. It is like celebrating anthems of life which integrate everything that makes up our short existance: love, evanescence, desire, melancholy and frenzy.

  • Stefan Ölke Stefan Ölke (acoustic guitar, vocals, mandolin) learned how to pull the strings in a mandolin orchestra. He also beats the drums in a samba-batucada and composes for theater plays. He got his qualities as a frontman during the times beeing a street musician in Germany, France and Italy.
  • Jo Schappert Jo Schappert (acoustic guitar / vocals) got his first guitar in 1978. Ever since then he explores the world of six strings and he gets inspired by every kind of music he likes. He was playing on stage with rock bands just as happily as allone with a dobro or classical guitar. He also acts as a composer and Manager for Absinto.
  • Jolly Reinig Jolly Reinig (violin) does not only honour the old stage costume of his grandfather. Also he plays granddads devilish fiddle. Just like in the old fashioned way, he can let it weep or gallop until the bow's hairs are glowing.
  • Pavel Klimashevski Pavel Klimashevski (string bass) keeps the rhythm of the Absinto bunch together. But occasionally he can't help it to go for some escapades. His affinity for modern Jazz lets him flirt with appealing virtuoso passages from time to time. But also he presents solide and almost rough bass sounds - with a lot of power and love. Furthermore his compositions and arrangements expand the Absinto universe, presenting even more and delicate facets.
  • Francois Heun Some day in the future, there will be a picture and a text, revealing the most intimate secrets of our ambitious sax player - or what ever...
  • Mehr Musiker Manchmal sieht das Absinto Orkestra bei ähnlichem Klang etwas anders aus: Clinton Heneke unterstützt uns oft als Sänger und Percussionist, Bastian Weinig steht bei uns immer wieder am Kontrabass, Frank Völker hilft uns mit Percussion, und auch unser Gadjo Records Labelchef Hans Bender ist gelegentlich als Komponist Gast am Mikrofon oder auch Kontrabassist. Thomas Rohoska schaut mit seinem Akkordeon auch zu besonderen Anlässen vorbei, und manchmal, wenn uns zwei Gitarren nicht genügen, genießen wir pure Gitarrenfreude mit Joscho Stephan oder Lulo Reinhardt.