Für meine Liebe Deutschen



du weisst bestimmt schon, ich schreibe viel Leiber auf English. Ja, natürlich ist der Grund weil Englisch meine Muttersprache ist. Wenn ich auf Deutsch rede, ich weiss das nicht immer alles Korrekt ist, aber mit schreiben kann man alle meine Grammatik Fehler SEHEN! AAAH!

Egal, ich wollte auf Deutsch schreiben, weil ich weiss das für manche von euch es ist schwer auf English zu lesen.

Wie du vielleicht schon weisst, ich mache gerade ein Crowdfunding Campaign um unsere neue EP zu finanzieren. (nur 5 Tage! Click HIER) Aber ich wollte auch ein paar andrere Deutsch-sprachige Links schicken.

HIER ist ein Interview mit Anna Baldauf von “Keine Fische aber Greten” Aus Leipzig. Sie hat uns in Dresden besucht als wir aufgenommen haben und wir haben gesprochen über Aufnehmen mit Sylvia Massy.

HIER ist ein Artikel in der Marbacher Zeitung über wie wir Hoffnung finden können in Schwierigkeiten.

Unsere Zeit in Dresden bei Schloss Roehrsdorf war so toll und ich freue mich RIESIG die neue Lieder zu präsentieren!

Vielen dank fuer deine Unterstützung!

Liebe Grüße,


What is the face of your Soul?

So, since we are busy trying to write and finish as many songs as possible before heading to the studio with Sylvia Massy, I thought I’d share some thoughts relating to songwriting-and to share some of the process of how I write.

I’ve been thinking a lot about reconciliation and asking- what can bring us together? as well as- what keeps us apart?  I found an old lyric book of mine and was reading through and found something I wrote years ago, “Name dropping is not going to get you very far when hanging out with the ’least of these.’”  I wrote it thinking about being in India and hanging out with people who were just struggling to survive, and how what’s important in my culture has no value in other places.  Like if I went there and said, “I sang a song for Robbie Williams and Michi & Smudo from ‘Die Fantastische Vier.’” That would have no value...it actually already doesn’t have much value in the States since those folks aren’t really known there! 

That got me on the thought- what if you could strip yourself of your culture and race (being the things that are often what can divide us) What if you could exit this time, this culture, this place and be somewhere else?  What would remain of you?  Which in the end is the question- what is at the core of who you are?  What would last? Would it be your personality? your humor? Your mannerisms that would remain?  What is the face of your soul?

So I started writing a song- and for the time being it’s called “The Stripping Song.”  I want this song to bring us into a trance of sorts to connect with the core of who we are.  To strip off the heavy weights, the excess baggage of our culture and times and to connect with the gorgeously unique soul that we have.  To take away all the pressures and expectations of what we should do and be and then, for a moment, to celebrate who we truly are, to celebrate the now of that reality. 

Sounds pretty trippy,  I know, but I think these kinds of practices are what  I think could slowly bring us together.

What do you think?

What does your soul look like?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!


 “My Short-Lived Shadow”
Hand-cut Collage
Sally Grayson

"The World Howls" IS BACK ready for you to experience digitally!

Black Swift CD Cover ©SallyGrayson.jpg

In 2016 when I was on The Voice of Germany, I had to sign a couple of HUGE contracts. One was with Universal.  To be on the show, I had to take all my music offline and wasn't allowed to sell digitally.  LAME!  But my contract has thankfully long expired and I finally got around to getting  "The World Howls" back online!

You can now support your favorite indie rockers (Yes, we are truley independant!) here::

Buy on Amazon: >>HERE<<
Listen on Spotify: >>HERE<<

---and available on just about every other form of digital store/streaming site! 



Help me Remember not to Forget


* I wrote this a year ago, and since today is a year after Nobbe's passing, I thought it was time to share some thoughts. “Life is so short.”  This is a phrase we’ve heard a million times as we rush around our lives, busy busy busy, meeting goals, checking off to-do lists, getting things done.  Life is so short.  And we rush along to try to accomplish the things we want to have done before our time runs out, before the end of the race, before we’re swept away hoping that we’ve left our imprint on this world.

I think of these things after receiving the news that a friend has passed on - completely unexpected.  I’m not even sure what happened, but in this strange age we live in, Facebook ends up being the bearer of bad news. How many times have I sat in front of my laptop late at night weeping over the news from Facebook that someone I love is no longer with us.  Scouring through the timeline posts, looking at the last things that person was thinking about, and wishing I could have said one last word…one last “I love you.”
The news brought to me last night is that Nobbe K is gone. Nobbe was a great photographer and someone I was just getting to know. I met him at a show, he shot some great photos and told me that if I provided a couple of beers for him, he’d come and shoot my shows. So nice!  He came to the next show and then through some FB chats we decided to do an exchange: I’d play at the opening of his new photo studio in exchange for a photo shoot for some press photos for the new album.
We met up a week ago and had a great time together. Trying to find the right backgrounds, letting us try out some crazy ideas (burning eye), and just having fun with it all. For him it was working towards fixing up a great new studio (and then opening). Things were moving forward, plans were in action, exciting times were to come, then...
STOP.  It’s over.  That’s it.
It feels so mean, so wrong.
Nobbe and I weren’t close, I’m not going to pretend we were good friends or something, we were just getting to know each other- but from the time I got to spend with him, I’m so thankful to have known him.  He was kind, super talented, smart and a generous guy.
And now there’s a hole where he once was.  I hate death.  I mean, who doesn’t, right? I hate it with a passion.  If anyone knows my music, they know I write about it a lot.  The horridness of death makes me look at my life and ask- what’s REALLY important.  I’ve been running around trying to get this album finished, busy wanting to do it right, mixing, mastering, promoting, timelines, deadlines, to-do lists.  Don’t understand me wrong - I love it- this has been such an exciting process.  BUT I don’t want to get TOO busy, because in the end, it’s people not goals, it’s relationships, not to-do lists that are what lasts, right?
I mean I do want to leave some kind of musical and artistic imprint on this world.  I want to leave hope, I want to leave love, I want to leave beauty.
We all have to go through life and pay the bills, and eat, and find our place in this world.  We all have to figure out how to live, but what really lasts?  That’s what I ask myself often.  And when someone is suddenly gone, I feel what lasts is (without getting cliche here) well,  is the love we received from that person.  It’s the memories.  And that’s what I really hope to leave behind too.  To leave a mark on this world by loving those around me.  Through being there for one another, through connecting, through sharing moments, through really looking at each other and loving the quirkiness about each other, through forgiving, through soaking in the uniqueness of the ones who are around us, through giving tight hugs, through making that phone call, through sharing a meal, through being a listening ear- these small acts of love these are the things that last and make us feel like we’re really living life, right?  I guess I’m still asking myself these questions.
This is the second time this week that I’ve been sitting in front of the computer crying.  My friend Ingrid passed away this last week.  She and I were close years ago when we lived in Minneapolis together.  I would come over to her house and she would make these yummy Dutch meals and we would talk and pray and laugh and just be there for one another.  She was diagnosed with terminal cancer and from the time of that diagnosis, she lived her life in a way that was so beautiful and full of life.  I didn’t get to see Ingrid before she died, but I watched from a far the way she looked death in the face and fully and passionately embraced the life she had left before her, every second of it. Can’t we all live like that?  Can’t I live like that?
It’s the moments isn’t it?  The sitting around the table and belly laughing together.  It’s closing my eyes on a warm spring day and feeling the sun warming my skin.  It’s watching my daughter run towards me bringing me flowers, it’s enjoying a great meal, it’s looking deep into someones eyes and telling them that you love them.  This is living.  I know that life is filled with all kinds of crappy things and a whole heck of a lot of injustice, but we can’t let the joy be stolen from us.  Because of the regret of the past and fear of the future, we can’t let the NOW be stolen from us.
As I remember Nobbe, and Ingrid, and my friend TJ who also hasn’t been away that long, I want to remember and keep in check to live fully, to love fully, to make memories, and enjoy the moments, to not to get too busy, to feel the air being pulled into my chest, and out again, to be thankful that my blood is warm, that my body works, that the world is full of wonder and beauty, and to not forget to love.  I’m pretty sure that’s all that matters in the end.  Help me remember not to forget.


DIY: USA Tour!!!


Yes, that's right!  This summer I'll be on the road touring the U.S. of A.! Back to my homeland- I'm so excited!

I'm going to be touring as a duo, with the incredible Burkhard Mayer-Andersson on drums!!  Ladies and Gentlemen, he's coming all the way from Germany to join me, so I want a set up a killer tour.

We are going to be able to play just about ANYWHERE: Clubs, bars, galleries, studios, back yards, front yards, kitchens, living rooms, abandoned buildings, pretty much anywhere where people can gather who want to hear music and where we won't get into too much trouble for making some noise.

So, where and how will this tour happen, you might ask.  Well, quite honestly, I'm asking the same thing.  This will be a full on DIY tour.  I'm a DIY kinda girl, but most of my DIY projects have only been successful because of all the wonderful people that have come around to support what I'm doing.

I find that booking shows to be one of those most challenging parts of working as a musician. SO MUCH of it is about networking, and knowing the right people.  Nonetheless, this is a challenge I'm going to take, and it's gonna work out great!

BUT it requires help from YOU!


As a duo, these are the dates we will be looking for shows:

AUGUST 4th-8th, 16th-23rd, 2015


These are the cities, I'm open to playing in + surrounding areas!:

Detroit, MI Chicago, IL Milwaukee, WI Madison, WI Eue Claire, WI Minneapolis, MN Des Moines, IA Columbus, OH Cincinnati, OH Louisville, KY Sweetwater, TN Chattanooga, TN Knoxville, TN Nashville, TN Huntsville, A St. Louis, MO Kansas City, MO Omaha, NE Peoria, IL Bloomington, IL

NOW, Here's where  I would love YOUR help.  Questions:

  1. Do you know any good clubs in any of the above cities?
  2. If yes, do you know personally anyone who works in those clubs?
  3. If yes, would you be willing to share my music with them?
  4. Do you know any people who live in the above cities who might be interested in hosting a house concert?
  5. If yes, could you connect us?  HERE is more info on how house concerts work.
  6. Do you live somewhere other than the above cities and would be interested in hosting a house concert, or helping us find a show in your town?

If you answered yes, to any of those questions, please contact me.  booking@blackswiftmusic.com

Any help would be SO amazing!

I'm so excited to be back in my homeland- the land of endless possibilities, right???  This tour is going to pan out great!  I'm feeling giddy just thinking about it!

Don't forget to email me with ideas, please pass this along and I hope to see you soon!

Thanks SO much for your help!






Hello there and thanks for your interest in a Black Swift House Concert.  House Shows are one of my favorite places to play for their unique, rewarding and memorable reasons.  It's something special to host a musician or band in your  home and to invite your guests to a gig at your own place.  Below is A LOT of information. If you're serious about hosting a show, I'd suggest reading it to the end, otherwise right below I have a short and sweet explanation for those curious about what it means to host a show.  I hope I find myself in your home bringing you and your guests the gift of music!

SHORT VERSION on Hosting a Show:

You, as the host invite at least 30  of your friends for a unique Black Swift show in your own home. The guests arrive, I play a set, donations are made, we all make new friends and everyone leaves happy.  Unless requested, this is not a show where the host has to pay for live music, rather the host is only responsible for gathering the people together and leading the event.

Now onto the longer version:


By house this means basically any space you have access to where you can invite your friends to gather together and enjoy a concert.  This could be your studio, back yard, theatre, winery, apartment, kitchen, patio, or of course your living room!   Its only important that it's a space for you and your friends to comfortably sit (can be on the floor or grass) or with a little room to dance if inspired. :)  My shows are about an hour long, so lets make sure everyone can get comfy.



Since there are only so many weekends in the year, please know that hosting a show under the week can be just as perfect and sometimes even better than the weekend.  We don't have to party till the roosters crow, so it often works out to close up shop early for those who need to head to work then next day.

It's exciting to get a date set, so please send me a variety of dates that could work for you, so that I can work that into my tour.



To create a successful show, at least 30 adults should be there.  This guarantees an atmosphere that feels more exciting for this event, and this helps to make it worth it for me to tour to your house.  Don't forget, this is how I make a living, so we have to be sure to organize it properly.

A couple tips on inviting.  In order to make sure there is a minimum of 30 adults, means inviting 40-50.  Also, it really helps if you ask people to RSVP to make sure you know how many are coming.  If you aren't sure you can get 30 adults to come, you could try co-hosting the event with a friend to ensure enough attenders.

If you have a large space that fits more people, of course this would be wonderful.  The more the merrier!  There's always wonderful excitement in the air with a packed out show!

Thoughts on kids.

Kids are generally loud.  But I can be loud too, and I usually can win the loud contest.  Most of the time when I've played a house show where kids are present, they usually end up being the ones front and center dancing to my music. Generally kids over 7 years old enjoy live music more. I do have some quieter songs where the kids would need to settle down a little bit.  I'm fine with kids being there, that's just something you as a host need to decide because there's also been shows where a fussy child crying ends up being louder than me, and distracting the guests.  But this is your house, and you decide the rules.  If you would prefer that it is adults only, then one idea is: if there's a lot of parents with kids and the show isn't too late, how about having some activities for the kids in another room in the house?  A Black Swift show could be a family style event, or an adult event, either way, I'm cool.


Invite a bunch of your friends!


When you decide to host, (yeah!)  It's important to let your guests know the following, “This is a donation-based concert” Guests should know that they should come prepared to make a donation towards the artist at the end of the show. There's no suggested donation to be able to keep it open.  People should feel moved in the moment to donate without expectations.  If you have a friend who doesn't currently have a lot to donate, but loves music, they should be there too.  Lets get that house packed out and get the music buzz going!

Sometimes there are hosts who would prefer to pay the musicians and not ask for donations.  If this is you, just contact me and I can tell you my prices.

It's up to you if you want to have a pot luck, BYOB, or if you want to provide snacks.  You do it in your style and in your way.


So you’ve invited everyone, RSVPs are in, and you’re ready for the show – here’s what happens next.

I'll arrive about an hour before the guests arrive to set up and do a soundcheck.

Guests come at the time we've decided the event will begin. We'll hang out and mingle for about an hour. After this, everyone comes together in the performance space, people find a place to sit down, the host gives a short introduction, and then I play my show.  This will be about an hour long performance.

As soon as I finish my last song, the host gets up in front next to me with a hat or vase, or some kind of container and makes the donation speech.  It should go something like this:

“Thank you all for coming tonight. I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did. I want to remind you that this is a donation-based concert. Your donations tonight will all directly benefit our artist, and will show her our appreciation for this amazing experience she brought us tonight. We're going to pass a hat and I encourage you to give generously. Thanks again!”

After that, we'll all hang out and get to know each other till everyone starts heading home.



Here is the list of questions we’ll need for you to reply to asap in order to factor your house into the routing.

  1.  In what city and state and country do you live?
  2.  What is the space you have in mind for the concert? (e.g., inside your house, an outdoor space, etc.)
  3. Do you want to host a donation-based concert as described above, or do you want information about paying a guarantee for the show instead?
  4.  a) Do you think you’ll be able to get a minimum of 30 adults to come? b) What is the total number of people you might expect to come?
  5. When would you like to host a show?  Please send me a number of dates in which you are open.
  6.  What is the best email address and phone number at which to reach you efficiently?

House shows are really a wonderful and magical experience that can bring lasting friendships and great memories.  I'm really looking forward to doing a house concert together with you!

Thank you for a Wonderful Year!


Thank you for a wonderful 2014!

I wanted to send out one more email before this year is over to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who made 2014 so wonderful. I’m so proud of all we accomplished, - especially releasing our first full-length and none of it would have been possible, without the support of the community that has become Black Swift.


Thank you to all the musicians I had the honor of playing with in 2014.  I’ve been able to share the stage with these incredible talents: David Arzt, Tobias Unrath, Steffen Eifert, Johnny Park, Matze Fugel, Bertrum Oeler, Stefanie Haecker, Anna Friedel, Stephan Kapplar, Thomas Nathan, Cosmic Nico and Dima Nuteki.


Thank you to everyone who helped support, share and fund our crowdfunding campaign to be able to put out our first full-length record!  I'm so proud of this album and it wouldn't have been possible without you.


Thank you so much to all of our fans who came out to our shows, supported us, sang along with us, applauded us, booked us, hosted us in your living rooms and came out to the clubs and festivals where we played.  I loved looking out at your lovely faces, and hope to see them again soon.



Onwards and upwards to 2015

I have some really exciting plans for 2015 that I'll be sharing with you in the next couple of weeks.  To give you a little idea, it entails more art, more music, more videos and more shows.  Ideas have been percolating and I've been brainstorming on how to make this happen. I will be working together again with the talented Markus Merkle this year to work on some new music videos.  My last big THANK YOU needs to go out to him for all the love support he gave in 2014. He filmed and directed the last music video- if you haven't seen it yet, you can click HERE to see it!

2015 is gonna be so good and I'm excited to share it all with you soon!



Buche Jetzt für ein Black Swift Wohnzimmer Konzert!



Hallo Black Swift Fans,

Wir sind wieder am ende des Jahres, und Weihnachten ist kurz vor uns.  Ich will jetzt für November & Dezember buchen!  Gerne kannst du mich ab jetzt zu einen Wohnzimmer Konzert im persönlichen Rahmen buchen!  Ja, ich freue mich jetzt ein paar Wohnzimmer Konzerte zu spielen!

So sieht das dann für alle aus:


Du als Gastgeber hast genügend Platz wo mindesten 15 Leute können sitzen (auch gemütlich auf der Boden). Du machst die Türe auf und lädst mindesten 15 Freunden ein. Vielleicht kaufst du auch ein oder zwei Flaschen Glühwein.


Ich bringe auch eine Flasche Glühwein und natürliche bringe ich auch die Musik mit.
Ich werde meine neue Lieder mitbringen und die spielen mit Akustik Gitarre, Akkordion, und Ukelele.
Ausserdem werde ich auch Collagen mitbringen, die mit der Musik inhaltlich in Verbindung stehen.


Als Gast zahlst du keinen festgelegten Eintritt, sondern gibst einen angemessenen Beitrag in den Hut.
Vielleicht bringst du auch ein Flasche Glühwein oder was zum knabbern mit.  In diesen dunklen Winternächten
gibt es nichts Schöneres als in einem warmen Wohnzimmer mit Freunden zusammenzukommen und der Musik
zu lauschen.
Wenn du Interesse hast Gastgeber zu sein, schreib mir bitte eine Email : booking@blackswiftmusic.com
und zwar schnell buchen bevor wir ausgebucht sind!
Ein fernsehen Nachricht anzuschauen mit ein Black Swift Wohnzimmer Konzert gibt es hier: http://www.derwesten.de/staedte/duisburg/wohnzimmer-konzert-in-duisburg-id9953217.html?doply=true

Book a show with Kat Jones & Black Swift


Hey Germany, Switzerland & France, I'm excited to be currently planning a short  tour together with KAT JONES. Kat has a gorgeous voice and is a prolific songwriter, and I'm really  looking forward to sharing the stage together! If you aren't on the tour path, check out her music anyway its a great mixture of americana/folk/indie... (kinda like the music I like to write, so its gonna be a great combo)


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Between October 8th - 16th, 2014, we are hoping to head to some of the cities (or surrounding cities) listed below.  If you know of a good club we should play in, let me know, or if you would be open to hosting a LIVINGROOM SHOW, also let me know.  Hosting a livingroom show virtually does not cost anything, its just a matter of opening up your home and inviting at least 20 people who are willing to contribute towards the live music.

Für mehr info auf Deutsch an wie ein Wohnzimmer Konzert functioniert, click mal HIER.

If you live in or near any of the cities listed below, and would be free to host a show,or know of a club we should play in just write mail to :info@blackswiftmusic.com

Düsseldorf Köln Duisburg Essen Wuppertal Bonn Frankfurt Mannheim Karlsruhe Augsburg Wiesbaden Würzburg Stuttgart Zürich Bern Basel Strasbourg

KISS Art Opening with live music from Black Swift


Hey Everyone,  As you know any connections of art with music are always exciting for me.  I've been invited to play a solo show at the Summer Festival at KISS Kunst im Schloss Untergröningen.  This a beautiful old castle now used as an art space.   The information is below.  The exhibition is fantastic, including artwork from Markus Merkle (see image below)



Der Sommer kommt zurück!

Kunstverein KISS – Schloss Untergröningen

Samstag, 13. September, ab 16 Uhr


sommerliches Fest auf dem Schloss mit

– Kaffee, Kuchen und Brotzeit durch den Heimatverein – Musik von Black Swift, Sally Grayson – beteiligte Künstler führen durch die Ausstellungen zu ausgewählten Arbeiten

nächste Führungen mit dem Kurator:

Sonntag, 7. September, 16 Uhr Sonntag, 28. September, 16 Uhr Sonntag, 5. Oktober, 15 Uhr

KISS | Kunst im Schloss | 73453 Abtsgmünd/Untergröningen | info@kiss-untergröningen | www.kiss-untergroeningen.de


Release Party Gratitude

What a night!  It's one I think I'll never forget.  I'll tell you, there is nothing like working so hard at something and then seeing it become a reality.  I wrote these songs and dreamed of putting out not just an album, but the very best album I could.  With the help of SO many people from my co-producer David Arzt- who worked with on this with me the whole way through, to the many many musicians who gave their talents, to producing a pretty sweet little art booklet with the CD in the back featuring collages I've been working on for over 2 years, to the contributors of the crowdfunding campaign who pre-ordered to make it financially possible- we had lots of reasons to CELEBRATE! Here are some Photos (thank you Veronika) and Thank yous for the Evening:

We started the night off with the fabulous Swim Bird Fly.  They rocked our socks off. After they played, I invited everyone outside for a Birthday Milk & Chocolate Chip Cookie Treat. (thanks to Christina, Veronika, Andrea, Michelle & Christiana for the yummy cookies)

Then we took the stage.  Zwoelfzehn was packed and I was overwhelmed by how many people showed up to support us.  Thank you- you brought such energy to our set and I didn't want it to end.  Johnny Park of Swim Bird Fly who also mixed our album played on "The World Howls" with us.  The last song we played was "Whiskey John & Irish" and in the chorus of everyone singing "love is love" sparklers were lit and it was completely magical.

Thank you to everyone who made this night possible:

To my amazing band- it was such a pleasure and so much fun playing with you talented folks! To Swim Bird Fly for opening up the evening! To all the Crowdfunding Campaign supporters who made it possible to finish the album and have something to celebrate about! To all the Stuttgarters who packed that place in, thank you for coming out to see us it was great seeing your beautiful faces!

 By the way, if you missed it, here's the places you can get the new Album:

Get a physical copy: www.blackswift.bandcamp.com (shipping worldwide)

Download on iTunes: US: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-world-howls/id897351348?l=en DE: https://itunes.apple.com/de/album/the-world-howls/id897351348?l=en UK: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-world-howls/id897351348?l=en

Download on Amazon mp3: http://amzn.com/B00LLVTHHO

Find it also on: Spotify, Soundcloud, Google Play, KKBox, Rdio, Deezer, Xbox, and Rhapsody

Watch the video to the single "Branches & Sticks" here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OavQ7ooQ84


"The World Howls" is officially released!


The gates have opened and Black Swift has been RELEASED!! Our first full-length "The World Howls" is now available worldwide!

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Get a physical copy: www.blackswift.bandcamp.com (shipping worldwide) Download on iTunes: US:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-world-howls/id897351348?l=en DE: https://itunes.apple.com/de/album/the-world-howls/id897351348?l=en UK: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-world-howls/id897351348?l=en

Download on Amazon mp3: http://amzn.com/B00LLVTHHO

Find it also on: Spotify, Soundcloud, Google Play, KKBox, Rdio, Deezer, Xbox, and Rhapsody

Watch the video to the single "Branches & Sticks" here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OavQ7ooQ84

BLACK SWIFT Album Release Party!


Black Swift Album Release Party!!

This is the moment we’ve been waiting for! Black Swift has been working SO hard for SO long and it’s time to CELEBRATE! Black Swift will be putting out their first full-length Album called “The World Howls.” This is going to be a great show! Starting the evening out will be the beautiful Stuttgart band, “Swim Bird Fly” (www.swimbirdfly.bandcamp.com) Black Swift will take the stage afterwards, with special guests joining in throughout the set.

Also on display for the evening will be the closing of the exhibition, "Neoteric Saints” recent collages by Sally Grayson displayed in "Fenster Zeitgenossischer Realitaet” Also included in the series is Black Swift's Album Cover.  https://www.facebook.com/events/681190965285299/

This also happens to be Black Swift’s front lady, Sally’s Birthday: and the best gift would be if you would come to the show, and celebrate together! Let’s pack that place out. Come, bring your friends and let’s celebrate together!


Paulinenstr. 45, 70178 Stuttgart, Germany


About the Album:

Black Swift’s new Album “The World Howls,” ranges in style from Tarantino road trip Rock to Morricone, to Fugazi to Tom Waits.  Together with her collaborators Black Swift has been working steadily on a new album for over a year. The bones of the song were written by Grayson,  but the rest has come from a variety of musicians who helped arrange and record in numerous places in America and Germany. “The World Howls” features Jerome Fontamillas (Switchfoot), Beverly Fre$h, Nate Lehner (The Guilty Wanted), Burkhard Mayer-Anderson,  Mike Gunther (Mike Gunther & his Restless Souls), Jayathi Kyle (Black Audience), Stefanie Haecker and more.  Of all her collaborators, her most consistent on this album are co-producer David Arzt (Jumbo Jet) who played  and arranged on most of the songs on the album, Steffen Eifert (Same Same Here) on drums, and Tobias Unrath on bass.  From energetic post-punk indie rock to epic dark ballads, to soul infused & blues influenced story telling, “The World Howls” stretches the gamet of songwriting and soundscapes.

Tinariwen and The Hug


This Thursday I'll be playing at the art opening for Markus Merkle. (see information below) This is not the first time I've played not only at one of the openings for this artist, but actually played in the installation.  Just past Valentine's Day I think I'm still allowed to share a love story. Long story short: in 2002, I met Markus Merkle in India.  We met up again in Munich and on a warm summer night sitting outside till late getting to know each other he told me a sad story.  I said, "I just wanna give you a hug."  He said, "what's a hug?" so I gave him a hug and he said, "That's a great word- that would be a great band name: THE HUG".  So he decided to start a band called "The Hug."  The next year when I was back in Chicago, he invited me to come back to Munich and play in" The Hug."   the HUG bigHe designed, built and installed this huge sculpture that filled the whole room of the Akademie Galerie.  He also formed the band by inviting other musicians along and together we wrote songs and the band "The Hug" played in THE HUG.  There's lot's of beautiful details left out of our story, but 11 years and 2 kids later, I've been invited again by my husband, Markus Merkle to play a show in his massive sculpture titled "Tinariwen."  Once again musically inspired this time by the incredible band from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali.  His installation gives the feeling of being somewhere else, with it's tent like forms that one is able to step into,  you have the feeling of being transported to a different place and time.  Taking shelter inside this structure that rolls on and on like a long journey flowing, connecting, alone yet together. The zigzag forms bring the image of the ups and downs of life and love and relationships.  In my opinion, it's as if The Hug has opened up further offering home and community.  I know it has to me.

I'll be playing a short set of Black Swift songs, (haven't yet learned my African guitar rifts), but I'm looking forward to playing in yet another one of Markus Merkle's beautiful sculptures/room installations.  Hope to see you there!

Hindenburgstraße 29, 71638 Ludwigsburg, Germany
20. Feb. 2014 19h

Die Arbeit Tinariwen ist eine von Markus Merkle speziell für den Ausstellungsraum in der Karlskaserne entwickelte Installation, die den Raum und seine besondere Atmosphäre nutzt, die Proportionen der Säulenanordnung und den Rhythmus der Wandhöhe zur Bodenfläche, um durch diese Neugliederung die Betrachter zu verführen, Fragen im Sinne der Kunst zu stellen. Tinariwen ist ein Wort von den Tuareg, das in Zusammenhang mit der Sahara auf einen leeren Ort, kargen Lebensraum hinweist.Die Form der Installation erinnert an Zelte oder Häuser, welche auch Sinnbild für das menschliche Leben sind und laden dazu ein, einzutreten.

Wie ein monumentales Kartenhaus faltet sich die Installation raupenartig in den Raum. Ein Raum der leer erscheint, dessen neue Inszenierung sich jedoch beim Betrachten auffächert, die Arbeit komplex in der Form und doch einfach. Fragil, zwischen Ruhe und Bewegung, des Auf und Ab des Lebens bietet Tinariwen Möglichkeiten der Herberge. Im Gegensatz zur Kunst, die an den Wänden oder freistehend in der Halle präsentiert wird, bezieht sich Tinariwen auf den Ort der Ausstellung selbst und tritt in einen Dialog mit dem Raum. Man kann von einer Korrespondenz von Kunst und Architektur sprechen.Das Material besteht aus Schilf oder Bambus, das in den verschiedenen Kulturkreisen auch als Baumaterial benutzt wird und einen vergänglichen Charakter besitzt. Nach der Ausstellung wird die Installation abgebaut und besteht nicht weiter.