BRENNA TUATS SCHON LANG
Good jumping about
The Hubert von Goisern film with lots of bonus material
There are dark sides in Hubert von Goisern's career. Like the time that he slipped away before his very first concert at the Tunnel basement club as folk singer Hubert Sullivan and was "thoroughly ashamed of himself". Or, even worse, his first big appearance on the ORF show Nase vorn as a schlager darling with a lascivious wink and schmaltzy number Gern hab ich die Frauen geküsst, a "dark moment", he says today. But these are also important building blocks in Hubert von Goisern's self-discovery, his "search for the final station that you'll never find at the end of the line". The director Marcus Rosenmüller - another cross country runner through homeland culture - has tracked down a good number of illustrative episodes for his documentary film Brenna tuat's schon lang, which with an audience of 65,000 people was seen by many, but still too few.
A stubborn-headed folk musician accuses the former brass band trumpeter, the son of displaced Sudeten Germans, who never felt at home in Goisern: "It's approaching Moik, the way you have to jump around with the music." The insubordinate man counters: "I like jumping around". It's that simple. Sometimes. It's often also a fight, such as with his grandfather's accordion, the "ugly" dusty instrument that he wanted to rip apart when he was drunk and only then noticed: "Wow, that sounds cool." But most of the time it's a pure intoxication when he's on stage: the concert at the Nachtwerk in Munich, shaped by the New German Wave; his Wildschütz-Räp at an early show in a bar in Texas, which a label boss calls "alpine grunge"; or even when he has to drop out of his Linz Europe ship tour and Xavier Naidoo takes on singing his friend's songs - almost the founding of his TV show in which stars sing each other's songs.
The fact that Brenna tuat's schon lang is now on DVD (Blanko Musik) brings with it the advantage of also being able to enjoy an hour and a half of bonus material that is well-filmed right from the start: Hubert's journey to New York (with the Alpinkatzen), in the desert of Mali, on the Dachstein and even the presentation of his fashion collection "Nicht aussaputzt" at the Salzburg traditional clothing trade show in 94, which "didn't find much favour with the trade audience", but offered clothes in Goisern's spirit: "It's made so that it works. There's nothing hanging off it that is going to annoy you."
Rendezvous with the alpine rocker
Esslingen – For a quarter of a century Hubert von Goisern has been one of the most unusual personalities in the music business, as he has managed to combine the folk music of his Austrian homeland with modern rock music. The purists in both musical camps acknowledged it with a lot of head-shaking at first - but Hubert von Goisern is now a trademark. And he has never tired of opening up his music to new influences. Thus from the alpine rocker came a world musician, who brings with him the best of what music has to offer from half the globe. The Esslingen public had the chance to see him live at the fortress in the summer. Those out there who wish to become more closely acquainted with him should watch Marcus H. Rosenmüller's documentary film Hubert von Goisern – Brenna tuat's schon lang, which is now out on DVD and Blu-ray from Blanko Musik.
In this sensitive portrait of the musician Rosenmüller draws the arc from the alpine rocker's beginnings, over his expeditions to Tibet and Africa, the Linz Europe Tour on a converted cargo ship to the success with Brenna tuats guat.
And those watching this documentary won't just be delighted with a visual and aural reunion with many moments in Hubert von Goisern's unusual career as an artist - they will also encounter an unusually multifaceted musicians, who never commits to one particular genre, who has always sought out the surprising and in every second has remained authentic and utterly himself. That makes this film a real experience for those who have already see Hubert von Goisern live on stage many times. Marcus H. Rosenmüller has got closer to him than almost anyone before. Interviews with the artist and his colleagues, as well as some previously unreleased footage bring to life a dazzling artistic life. In addition to this 20 bonus tracks give voice to high points in Goisern's career.
Songs from Bad Goisern
When Hubert Achleitner from the Upper Austrian town of Bad Goisern (which was soon to become his pseudonym) began to clear the fug from alpine music traditions at the end of the eighties, beginning of the nineties, he was soon called an alpine rocker. That can perhaps be accepted as a start, but in fact it only shows the helplessness in trying to categorise Hubert von Goisern's universe of sound. The individualist is sometimes called an innovator of folk music, or the alternative to any folksiness, but he doesn't care about that, the man does what pleases him - and a large audience can relate to that. Don't misunderstand: the thoroughbred musician can be found at world music festivals, not on Saturday night Musikantenstadl programmes. In spring of this year he also made it on the silver screen. With the film Hubert von Goisern – Brenna tuat's scho lang director Marcus H. Rosenmüller has made a brilliant portrait of the exceptional artist. With great footage (Bad Goisern is sure to have had a few more tourists since the film was released) and pointed anecdotes, you get an idea of what drives the artist. Now, the documentary, recommended by MAGAZIN too, is available for home viewing - with a full 85 minutes of bonus material, which is worth the money alone. Concert clips from New York, Mali and Moldova can be seen, along with scenes from talk shows and award ceremonies, which show a highly engaged von Goisern, who won't be told what to do and who is hard on, but not unpleasant towards, the representatives of the "everything's hunky dory" folk music and members of the media. For those who just can't get enough: Joseph Vilsmaier's declaration of love in film form Österreich: Oben und unten, similarly recently released on DVD, benefits from its powerful soundtrack: music from von Goisern in opulent orchestral arrangements.
Brenna tuat's schon lang (Music documentary)
Though Marcus H. Rosenmüller produces very watchable films (Wer früher stirbt, ist länger tot, Beste Gegend, Wer's glaubt, wird selig), one still hopes that the director will turn to documentary-making again, because the way in which he brought to life the film portrait of the exceptional Austrian musician Hubert von Goisern is in the truest sense of the expression "great cinema". He succeeds in giving old fans and connoisseurs new details and at the same time familiarises newcomers with the Hubert von Goisern's music world. Hubert von Goisern plays folk music, but not the kind that you think of thanks to the omnipresence of unbearable Musikantenstadl-like shows, but an authentic, genuine, world music from Austria, so to speak. Watch out during the interview sequences on Lake Hallstatt. If you watch too long, you'll have found your holiday destination for 2016.
DVD tip: Goisern – Brenna tuat's schon lang
The documentary "Hubert von Goisern – Brenna tuat's schon lang" by Marcus H. Rosenmüller
is a portrait with strong images.
He wants to be "extravagant", says the Goiserer Hubert Achleitner and not someone who is petty and stingy with himself, his strengths and his opportunities, says the 63-year-old alpine rocker at the end of the interview. He sits in a narrow wooden boat on Lake Hallstatt, apparently alone in the world, casts his line and takes a look back at his life. The conversation on the water forms the parentheses of the documentary Hubert von Goisern – Brenna tuat's schon lang (2015) by Marcus H. Rosenmüller. Although there is much footage in the documentary from the many concerts and encounters from the man who came late in life to the career of musician, Rosenmüller finds his own view. The incidental comes to the centre, like the mist that envelops the boat and the protagonist, melting them into one with nature. This film has been made by someone who trusts his footage. Goisern's involvement with the environment and peace needs no explanation. Neither does the fact that he was the one who brought folk music out of the dusty corner and - with all due respect - revamped it into homeland music. A portrait that speaks for itself.
Brenna tuat's schon lang
Folk on the silver screen: While Hubert von Goisern has looked forward with his most American album, Federn, at the same time he's also looking back at his 25-year music career in the service of alpine folk music. Now the music documentary Brenna tuat's schon lang (Still Burning) is out on DVD.
Heast as nit
Wia die Zeit vergeht
Huidiei jodleiri Huidiridi
Die jungen sind alt word'n
Und die alten habn sturb'n
Hidiei jodleiri huidiridi
Heast as nit, Hubert von Goisern
Heast as nit, one of alpine rocker Hubert von Goisern's early pieces, could stand for his musical journey through life, which has led him from tentative beginnings in the Austrian Salzkammergut to unbelievably cool music. He failed first of all as a folk music trumpeter, because of his too-long hair and his general aversion to kneeling at the altar of folk music (as Hubert's former music teacher Sepp Atzmannstorfer puts it). Some years later struggles with the idea of playing music at all. Hubert Achleitner turns into a rebel, even his stage name of "Hubert von Goisern" is meant as an act of revenge, having never felt at home there.
The Goiserer heads to Vienna and tries his luck. He records his first LP, which nobody wants (you've managed to fall not just between two, but all stools), which forces him to put together a band. The alpine grunge of the Alpinkatzen proves to be an express lift eith high record sales and great popularity. However Hubert von Goisern doesn't rest on his success. Constantly giving himself new challenges, he sets off on a musical safari to Africa for example, or sails up and down the Danube and Rhine.
Hubert von Goisern is not an unknown when it comes to DVDs. Back in 1995 film director Joseph Vilsmaier (Schlafes Bruder, Comedian Harmonists) documented the Alpinkatzen's final concert at the Circus Krone in Munich (Wia die Zeit vergeht). His expeditions on water and land have also been well-documented.
Bavarian director Marcus H. Rosenmüller (Wer früher stirbt ist länger tot, LaBrassBanda - Live im Circus Krone München) has now made a portrait of the Austrian artist in the documentary film Brenna tuat's schon lang. Archive material, some barely seen before, shows selected stops along the way of his musical career. Meanwhile, Hubert von Goisern is fishing at 5am on Lake Hallstatt and reflecting on the world.
And where stops are only briefly touched upon, other travellers such as journalist and biographer Bernhard Flieher and producer Andreas Weineck speak, Hage Hein, manager of Blanko Musik and manager and friend of many years, Martin Heller, Intendant of Capital of Culture Linz 2009, as well as musicians such as Xavier Nadoo, Konstantin Wecker, Wolfgang Niedecken and the Ganes-girls.
In just an hour and a half a comprehensive look at Hubert von Goisern's fascinating life as an artist develops. The DVD/Blu-ray contains German and English subtitles, as well as 20 bonus tracks. These include the album presentation of Aufgeigen statt niederschiassen on the Dachstein in 1992, as well as performances with the Alpinkatzen, the Moldovan rock group Zdob și Zdub, and Hubert von Goisern's Trad concerts with old folk songs.
But while we're still occupied with review, in contrast to the slightly melancholy undertone to the music documentary, Hubert von Goisern isn't standing still, instead long being in the in the starting blocks for new musical adventures. He'll still be burning for years yet!
Doku: Brenna tuat's schon lang
Hubert von Goisern had been busy in the music business for about three decades before he managed his first number one in Austria in 2011 with Brenna tuat's guat. The title of the documentary from Marcus H. Rosenmüller is a play on the musician's extensive creativity and burning energy from well before the hit. The Bavarian filmmaker (Wer früher stirbt ist länger tot) has shown how the traditional can be put into a new context - and with it Goisern comes across as a familiar soul. After all the singer and accordion player doesn't just mix folk music with rock sounds, but with music from other cultural spheres too, thanks to his regular travels. Aside from these expeditions, there is a focus on the youth of Hubert von Goisern in the Austrian town of Goisern. Sitting in a fishing boat, he describes his ambivalence to his hometown, which he had to share with Jörg Haider of all people. There are 20 additional bonus tracks, comprising mainly concert recordings.
The fence destroyer
He's not one for compromise. It's more about the opportunities that are worth seizing when they appear. And so over a quarter of a century, from the little trumpeter, who was once unimpressed by the strict bandleader came a folk music rebel, a destroyer of cultural fences and collaborative artist: Hubert von Goisern.
Bavarian filmmaker Marcus H. Rosenmüller (Wer früher stirbt ist länger tot) set the man from the Salzkammergut in a barge on Lake Hallstatt, where he could fish and reminisce. The engaging portrait is garnished with stories from companions, delightful jewels from the archive - and of course with the significant musical footprints that the Goiserer has left in the world.
The fine piece is loaded with 20 bonus tracks, which alone total 83 minutes running time - among them are oddities such as recordings of the HvG fashion collection (1994) and sensational items such as his "Amadeus" acceptance speech, in which he gave the ORF a shake. This DVD isn't a "want", it's a "must have".
Boat trip with Hubert von G.
DVD offers masses of bonus material
As a general rule, when Marcus H. Rosenmüller makes a film, it's because something has appealed to him. That's certainly the case with his first documentary, his approach to Hubert von Goisern, with the title Brenna tuat's schon lang, that is now out on DVD. The film wasn't exactly a blockbuster at the cinema, more something for hardcore fans who wanted to know a bit more about this man from the Salzkammergut, who can be awkward and unapproachable. Even when he smiles, it often seems as though it is difficult for him to shake off his serious nature. Rosenmüller gets astonishingly close to this Hubert Achleitner, as he is really called: on a morning boat ride across the mist-shrouded Lake Hallstatt, he allows him to talk about how he became what he is today. It's really wonderful, very intimate. The viewer gets really close to Hubert von Goisern, almost as if they are alone with him on this lake, surrounded by dark mountains. The DVD comes with an additional 83 minutes of bonus material, which shows what an excellent musician Hubert von Goisern is. In particular the concert clips from 1993 show him and his Alpinkatzen, playing just before their breakthrough to an unleashed crowd of fans, as though they wanted to level the Alps. Has folk music ever sounded more compelling? Another great piece is from an award show in 2001 where he gave the ORF a hard time for their cowardice.
"Brenna tuat's schon lang" on DVD and Blu-ray
No matter with whom or where in the world alpine rocker Hubert von Goisern perform, how he burns for his music is evident not just at his concerts, but in Marcus H. Rosenmüller's portraït Brenna tuat's schon lang too. The documentary spans 25 years of the Austrian musical force of nature's life. And it shows the area of tension between homeland and cosmopolitanism, in which the rebel on the button accordion feels most at home. A long, deeply relaxed interview in an idyllic setting weaves through the documentary. A must for fans.
Authentic and fiery
For decades a firm great among German-speaking cultural figures has been Hubert Achleitner, much better known under his stage name of Hubert von Goisern. Some may have problems with the strong dialect; stiff north German ears in particular have trouble translating the singer-songwriters often socio-critical lyrics. But that by no means detract from the enthusiasm at Oktoberfest for example, when a choir of many voices sings along to Brenna tuat's guat. Perhaps in order to also guard against the many misunderstandings in the 62-year-old's long career, alongside the new CD and Tour 2015 through Germany and Austria, there's also a film about Hubert von Goisern: Brenna tuat's schon lang shows the impressive and eventful story of a man who conquers concert halls with an accordion and - bucking all trends - has established folk music in the younger generation too. The film portrait offers insightful flashbacks, speaks to friends and colleagues and also shows some of his musical experiments and adventures. Hubert comes across as authentic and fiery - no matter whether he's playing in the USA, Asia or Africa. And at time there are even subtitles to help with translation too - absolutely worth watching.
Loud & quiet: Hubert von Goisern
A darkly romantic beginning: on a long, narrow boat - with an auxiliary engine - von Goisern glides slowly in the dark blue twilight into a mountain lake, Lake Hallstatt. Countershot: very old film footage of locals in a similar boat, accompanied by a Goisern song with yodelling about the passage of time.
We are in the natural world of a popular musician who is nevertheless quite different from most others. More than a quarter of a century ago Hubert von Goisern completely revamped the mercilessly commercialised genre of folk and homeland music. A full-blooded musician, but a character too, who didn't simply open up the pigeonhole of "alpine rock". Marcus H. Rosenmüller shot this sweeping biographical documentary about von Goisern, enriched with sometimes unreleased archive material and created a compelling portrait of a sympathetic and very individual artist, who has never slipped into routine.
Of course music is always present, but it is not a concert film, but instead a look at a personality, who fulfills the term "world musician" very well. The Linz Europe Tour on a ship up and down the Danube is almost legendary. On board: those young Ladin musicians, who entered new musical territory not much later under the name Ganes. A spectacular tour, certainly. But von Goisern has no interest in spectacles, instead withdrawing completely from time to time in order to affirm his identity. In order to then return to the concert stage with renewed energy and musical "extravagance".
Austrian world music
Hubert von Goisern has basically been impossible to ignore for at least the past 25 years, but over the next few weeks it'll be even more difficult. Marcus H. Rosenmüller's film documentary Brenna tuat's schon lang opened in the cinemas recently. Director Rosenmüller, known for his films including Wer früher stirbt, ist länger tot and Beste Chance, approaches the phenomenon of Hubert von Goisern and portrays an artist who proves like no other that folk music is young and modern, is a close relative of rock and blues, can take critical lyrics and doesn't have the slightest thing to do with Saturday evening TV folksiness. Von Goisern, who became a popstar through his blinker-less dealings with the music of his homeland, is called an innovator, the man who dusts things off, but actually it's much simpler: Hubert von Goisern lives his music, certainly invokes tradition, but questions it too. The film is suited to those who are not yet familiar with this man. It captivates with fantastical panoramas, is entertaining and shows a charismatic musician with a few rough edges. Rosenmüller is up close, but far enough removed to keep from falling into adulation. And the film makes you want more. So it's good that von Goisern has a new album ready to launch. It's called Federn and leaves you thinking that his hometown of Bad Goisern, from which he took his stage name, must lie close to the Mississippi delta. Cajun, country, blues rock and folk music flow together as if it had always been that way. From 12th May, four days after the CD is released, Hubert von Goisern's big tour begins, he's appearing in Salzburg, Passau and Munich in huge open air arenas, in Berlin it's the Admiralspalast.
Film review: Hubert von Goisern – Brenna tuat's schon lang
The journey is the central motif that Marcus H. Rosenmüller has chosen for his insightful documentary about Hubert von Goisern. It encompasses not just the external journey, the biographical and geographical movements made by the artist who is so difficult to pigeonhole, but his personal, inner development too. This motif is mirrored on a dramaturgical level too and we meet the Goiserer adrift on a barge on Lake Hallstatt, on the train, in the car and on a cargo ship. He is accompanied by contemporaries and by a number of embarrassing and impressive pieces of archive footage from his 25 year career. A highly reflective, socially-engaged and deliberate person is to be found, who has decided to live extravagantly with his talents and to build bridges with music.
Summary: A very coherent, personable and considered journey of discovery! ****
Hubert von Goisern: Brenna tuat's schon lang
Marcus H. Rosenmüller's portrait of Goisern, "Brenna tuat's schon lang",
was the audience favourite at the 29th Bolzano Film Festival
For years the accordion stood neglected in the corner. The grandfather had given it to his grandson Hubert, who wanted nothing to do with this "ghastly instrument" though. But years later he gave it a go after a night of drinking. "Are you kidding, that sounds so cool!" was Hubert's first reaction to the sound. And the liaison took its course.
The documentary film Brenna tuat's schon lang tells the artistic story of a man from Bad Goisern, who played as a youth in the music band. He was thrown out there due to his long hair. The young guy was really bothered that Karl Moik was giving folk music no chance after it had already been so misappropriated by the Nazis. "Now I'm really going to give it to them", he decided and started to deal differently with the sounds. Out of revenge on the repressive mechanism of the spa town of Bad Goisern, Hubert Achleitner took the name of the town and made a career as Hubert von Goisern.
Marcus H. Rosenmüller's film follows the stages of a career that consists of concert journeys, curiosity about the world, political engagement and rousing passion.
The private side of Goisern remains outside. Because private is private. The only concessions to this are existential reflections while fishing on the local lake and a meeting with his music teacher Sepp, which brings up amusing and succinct memories.
Goisern is someone with poise. It can be found in his lyrics too. And he is sparing with his words with a dry humour. The film runs classically chronologically. Rosenmüller and Goisern go well together.
"That's enough", said the star, when the applause wouldn't stop after the showing at the Film Festival.
Rating: A pleasant cinema evening with a passionate man.
How the time flies
"Heast as nit, wia die Zeit vergeht ..." (Can't you hear, how time flies) – the peaceful, emotional song plays, while the camera captures the atmosphere at dawn across misty Lake Hallstatt. Just after the line "die Jungen san alt wor'n und die Alten san g'storb'n" (The young have grown old and the old have died) Hubert von Goisern then comes into frame and he begins to muse on life. In the documentary film Brenna tuat's schon lang director Marcus H. Rosenmüller shows the life and work of the Austrian musician in a special way - it is a film that isn't just worth seeing for the fans, it is also an exciting and interesting look at the exceptional artist's creativity for every culturally-interested cineaste.
Koa Hiatamadl, Weit, weit weg and Brenna tuat's guat – Hubert von Goisern's songs are well-known even if you're not a big folk music fan, or a follower of alpine rock. The busy musician from the neighbouring country has managed to become an ambassador for the alpine region who brings cultures together and has revolutionised folk music and carried alpine rock beyond the mountains that give it its name. He has been on European stages for more than 25 years with his deep and critical lyrics - and has never let himself be pigeonholed. On the contrary, he grows beyond and constantly reinvents himself. Who and what has accompanied him during this development and where the desire for change and new cultures - without ever forgetting his homeland - has taken him can be seen in the documentary film Hubert von Goisern – Brenna tuat's schon lang. Born as an idea from his manager Hage Hein, of cutting together lots of archive footage, it became a music film, which finds the common denominator for homeland and abroad both in the past and present. Not least because Marcus H. Rosenmüller, a cult director of Bavarian homeland films, was brought on board. Rosenmüller combines the archive footage with conversations with the protagonist and his companions. At formative place, they tell thoughtful stories, funny anecdotes and offer a view of both the person and the artist Goisern. Focus lies on the many journeys undertaken, to Africa, Tibet, America, and in particular his grand Linz Europe Tour, on which he sailed on ship along the Danube with his large band. Famous musicians came on board, who in the film show a special mood and feeling for Goisern's life and work.
Marcus H. Rosenmüller himself says of the film that it shows "the inner and outer journey of the exceptional artist". In conversation with cinema-goers at the Reginakino he said that he was both excited and honoured to have been a part of the project. It was Hubert von Goisern's down to earth nature and rooting in the homeland - in spite of constant activity - that fascinated him in particular. And that's exactly how he wanted to present the artist. An initial idea from outside to perhaps show Goisern climbing, in order to show the private side, a hobby, was dismissed by Rosenmüller. Instead he chose fishing: thus begins the film, Hubert von Goisern fishing at 5 o'clock in the morning, informal, not looking at the camera. Rosenmüller deliberately filmed him that way. "Hubert isn't someone who likes to talk much, or present himself so to speak," said the director. The film also ends with the scene of fishing and musing on life. For Rosenmüller it was the parentheses around the film, as well as the background, "... how the time flies": An open and thorough examination of the 25 year journey of the musician Hubert von Goisern.
Crossing Europe 2015: Hubert von Goisern – Brenna tuat's schon lang
Director Marcus H. Rosenmüller stands outside the action and allows insight into Hubert von Goisern's life experiences. In an idyllic setting, in the middle of Lake Hallstatt, the musician explains why his name was an act of revenge and why he likes jumping about.
The film tells the story of "alpine rebel' Hubert von Goisern. The journey through time begins at the point of origin in the spa town of Bad Goisern, which Hubert Achleitner remembers as being old-fashioned and narrow-minded. There where he had to keep quiet as a child, so that the spa guests could have their peace, began his musical career. Hubert was "lucky" with his music teacher - he never called his pupil a "lazy dog", but often practised the same parts with him for weeks on end.
Since Bad Goisern is one of the Austrian towns with the greatest density of brass bands, it's no surprise that Hubert von Goisern became a member of one. After a fight with the bandleader - the reason being his long hair - the "stubborn head" left the band and tried his hand at the guitar. When he returned from a journey, his grandfather was waiting for him with a gift: "A Styrian accordion". This was left standing in the corner for a long time and only once a rather large amount of alcohol had been consumed did it become clear to him that a Styrian accordion didn't necessarily have to sound traditional.
At the beginning of the film Hubert sails his boat out onto Lake Hallstatt and allows director Marcus H. Rosenmüller a deep insight into his life's history. Calmly and precisely he relates what was good in his life and what was not. From his long starting up period to ultimate success. Concert clips, interviews and TV appearances are cut in, to illustrate the stories. Step by step you get to know and understand this unusual person better.
You notice that a number of hours must have been spent in the archives for the film. And so you see almost forgotten footage from the programme Nase vorn and previously unreleased photos from Hubert's youth.
His somewhat unusual project for the Linz09 Capital of Culture appears too - in which he gave concerts along the Danube on a cargo ship. The film maker Marcus Rosenmüller conveys a very intimate picture of the "alpine star" from the time when Hubert toured through Europe with his team. And doesn't just manage to perfectly package his career beautifully in a film, but also puts forward Hubert von Goisern's views and life wisdom with clarity, without any kitsch. To wit the attitude that you have to take things as they come, and not spend hours wondering why and wherefore it's happened - it'll only change in the future. There are often anecdotes that make you laugh, such as the story from a tavern owner, who on receiving a call about the tavern tour, thought she was getting a joke call from radio station Ö3's Callboy.
There's definitely a real spark to this quality portrait and the "alpine rebel" continues to burn. A film that is very much to be recommended and is without a doubt worth a trip to the cinema.
Kino Kino: Review
Marcus H. Rosenmüller, the Bavarian innovator of homeland films behind the camera - the pioneer of alpine rock, Hubert von Goisern, in front: it's a rewarding meeting. Two mavericks and lateral thinkers, both connected to their respective homelands, but not in a folksy way. We learn a lot about Hubert von Goisern's views and his life philosophy, about an artist's life with highs and lows. The two faces of a man who is highly energetic on stage and somewhat shy in normal life become clear. Even though he wanted to keep his private life private: nobody has ever got as close to von Goisern Marcus H. Rosenmüller. The film draws on intensive interviews, including with people from his path through life, and brings up a treasure trove of footage, full of memories from the turbulent times of alpine rock, wild shows in little American clubs, to his concerts in Africa. A visually powerful journey through the life of Hubert von Goisern, which is well worth seeing. He's someone who has never followed the well-worn paths - and is still rocking auditoriums at the age of 62.
Hubert von Goisern - Brenna tuat's schon lang: Yeah! It's booming! Kind of folky, but wicked, rhythmic and even if as someone not from the Alps you don't understand anything: screw it!! The film by Markus H. Rosenmüller explains to us why Hubert is called Goisern and he like "jumping around": all out of defiance!! He never felt properly accepted and when you hear what the old-established people are saying ("Do you really think that what you're doing is the future of folk music?" is just one question he must face) then you know that Mr von Goisern wants to build bridges. Between his homeland and the rest of the world.
Someone like him tough on the outside, with a soft centre, can pull the rug from under you. For more than a quarter of a century the Austrian singer-songwriter Hubert von Goisern has been shaping the musical world of his homeland. With his maverick mixture of modern rock sounds and traditional folk music, many see him as one of the co-founders of so-called "alpine rock". Over the course of the years von Goisern has built up a faithful following with his political lyrics, social engagement and music influenced by the years spent in Africa, Canada and the Philippines. This documentary is for: everybody.
Hubert von Goisern plays on
"Brenna tuat's schon lang": a brilliant homage to Hubert von Goisern
Sometimes alcohol can have a positive effect. Sometime in 1986 the trumpeter, guitarist, electro-acoustician, chemistry laboratory assistant and globetrotter Hubert von Goisern, well-filled with half a bottle of schnapps, took hold of the accordion for the first time, having exiled it to the corner years before. And then, this sound! "Are you kidding, that sounds good", Goisern reminisces in the documentary Brenna tuat's schon lang.
So one could say that the half bottle of schnapps changed European rock music: without schnapps, no accordion, with the accordion, no alpine rock, without alpine rock, no Hiatamadl and without Hiatamadl maybe no international career for Hubert von Goisern. "Alpine grunge!" we hear an American cheer, as Goisern brings a concert hall in Austin, Texas, to boiling point with his band, the Alpinkatzen.
From Bad Goisern to Texas, Asia and Africa. From the traditional brass band to rock, to world music. And from gigs at which the number of audience members could be counted on one hand, to open air arenas full to bursting: Hubert von Goisern's life spans a breathtakingly broad arc, and Brenna tuat's schon lang, the film, does just that too.
Director Marcus H. Rosenmüller has a huge treasure trove of archive footage to draw on - clearly Hubert von Goisern has never shied away from cameras. So we see a young Hubert being verbally attacked by folk music traditionalists in Bad Goisern. There are clips from very early phases of his career - and then of course lots of clips from his most important projects.
In this film the puzzle pieces are put together to form a coherent, inspiring and exciting mosaic. And in detailed interviews, Hubert von Goisern sprinkles a great deal of the contemporary into the material from earlier years. "Life is a journey through space and time", he then says. Or: "Life is an extravagance. The older you get, the more you have to consider for what things you want to be extravagant with your resources." And: "I find extravagant people far nicer than misers."
Hubert von Goisern is shown in the film as a terribly congenial person who goes for extravagance - not least because he generously drops much of his talent into the ears and hearts of the audience. With Brenna tuat's schon lang director Rosenmüller has managed the feat of putting his protagonist in radiant light, without falling into the trap of unconsidered hero worship.
Ideal for: all fans of Hubert von Goisern and fans of alpine and world music.
The life of a seeker
"Brenna tuat's schon lang" on Hubert von Goisern at Crossing Europe and in cinemas
"I still like the feeling that you're just a grain of sand, it relieves the burden of the big rucksack on your back", Hubert von Goisern told me. It was about contemplative moments, for they are also a part of Marcus H. Rosenmüller's film Brenna tuat's schon lang, which will be shown at 20:30 in the Ursulinensaal at Crossing Europe with the world musician in attendance.
Early in the morning Hubert von Goisern heads out onto Lake Hallstatt, casts his fishing line. We see him like this many times in the film, when he's talking about music, about his life and sensitivities. His manager of many years Hage Hein had the idea of making this film portraits and dug about in the many archives, director Rosenmüller produced this good piece about the life of a seeker.
He says he was a lazy dog
Hubert felt the burn fairly early on in Bad Goisern, the trumpeter with the long hair wanted the biggest feather in his hat in the brass band. Photos are shown from his childhood and youth. He says he was a lazy dog. But his teacher (whom he visits on his bike) showed him that music was something cool. At some point he was given a Styrian accordion, put it in the corner, cursed the instrument, let time pass, wanted to rip it apart. Then he discovered a cosmos of sound that grabbed him and didn't let him go.
That's the short version - and certainly without any false idylls. There are events in this film that show the Goiserer in a sorry state, for example at the "Tunnel" in Vienna, where just one person came to his concert - and he fled unnoticed. So there were these fears to survive. On the other hand Hubert is also a man who opens his mouth. Like years ago in discussion shown in the film with Lois Neuper, who accused him of flogging traditional folk music as Austro pop. It hit Hubert Achleitner hard. He took his name "von Goisern" out of revenge on such narrow-minded people.
Rosenmüller (Wer früher stirbt, ist länger tot) is not intrusive. He lets Hage Hein talk about the difficult beginnings, , they went door to door for months. Then record manager visited a concert where people were dancing on the tables to Hiatamadl. The rest, including albums, countless concerts and the huge hit Brenna tuat's guat is history. It is interrupted by regular breaks, for example to find new things in Egypt, Senegal or Tibet, or to visit Jane Goodall. And he went to the USA too, where people called his music "alpine grunge". His most recent CD, Federn, is incidentally dedicated for the most part to country and Cajun music. Hubert von Goisern's curiosity is not to be satisfied, the project Linz — Europe East and West, for which he sailed the Danube and met with exciting musicians from many different countries and had musical and intellectual exchanges with them. It was his 8000m climb, says the down to earth man from the Salzkammergut. For him it's all about meetings with people, building bridges between nations. Without any adulation Rosenmüller's fascinating documentary shows an exceptional musician and humanist, who deserves to be seen. In cinemas now.
Fishing with Hubert
"Take lederhosen away from the right-wingers!", he demanded in the 1990s, presented his own fashion collection and was was way ahead of the new "Tracht" boom. Hubert von Goisern, whose real name is Hubert Achleitner and adopted the name of his hometown in Upper Austria, is a down to earth person, who sets off time and again to take down the boundaries from the term "folk music".
Successful Bavarian director Marcus H. Rosenmüller (Wer früher stirbt, ist länger tot, Beste Zeit) filmed him on his boat while fishing, looking out onto the water and letting his career play out in front him. Rosenmüller talked to people from Goisern's village, with his friend, his teacher, with folk and rock musicians.
A great deal is embarrassing to him today
A great deal of what is to be found in archive footage is embarrassing to the alpine rocker today - an appearance on the TV show Nase vorn for example, presented by Frank Elstner. Von Goisern travelled to Africa and Tibet, he sailed a ship that acted as his stage on the Danube, through the Balkans to the Black Sea, and along other rivers up to Rotterdam.
Now he is 62 years old. Rosenmüller shows him as a man with backbone, who doesn't want to keep his mouth shut and who consistently puts into action what occurs to him. It is a successful film portrait, not just for fans of lederhosen.
Our assessment of Hubert von Goisern – Brenna tuat's schon lang: 5/5 stars - worth watching!
How to be extravagant with your life
Portrait of Hubert von Goisern - from the beginnings in the Salzkammergut to constant reinvention
The best term to use to describe Hubert von Goisern is "exceptional musician". He never sticks to one music genre. And when gets a whiff of this danger, he withdraws in order to return with completely new influences. Marcus H. Rosenmüller, Bavarian specialist in the modern homeland films (Wer früher stirbt, ist länger tot) has now put together a music documentary that shows under what conditions von Goisern's broad-reaching work between new folk music and world music developed.
The contentious beginnings in Bad Goisern are shown, from where he was thrown out of one of the seven brass bands and first discovered the "cool" sound of squeezebox in a moment of drunkenness in his youth, then on to the breakthrough with the Alpinkatzen in 1992, the subsequent trips to Tibet and Africa, the Linz Europa Danube boat expedition, up to the renewed great success with the super hit Brenna tuat's guat in 2011. Rosenmüller gets up close to the artist with rarely seen archive footage and conversations with people from his life, but keeps necessary objectivity in an unpretentious way.
The scenes in which the musician sails on Lake Hallstatt with a barge are a pleasant deceleration to the pace, as he shares his view of things. While he fishes, he explains for example, how one can be extravagant with one's life.
KURIER assessment: 4/5
Hubert von Goisern - Brenna tuat's schon lang
Nearly 20 years passed between Hubert von Goisern's Hiatamadl (released 1992) and his charts comeback with Brenna tuat's guat. Marcus H. Rosenmüller recounts what he got up to in the meantime in this documentary film.
Growing up in the Austrian spa town of Goisern, Hubert encountered folk and brass music early on. But he began his career as a musician with a revolt: traditional instruments, modern rock sound. It took a few years to find fans. Then, right at the point he was riding a real wave of success with the Alpinkatzen, von Goisern retired from the stage! He wanted to be free once more for new experiences and starts travelling the world: to Tibet and Africa, where he plays with local artists. In 2007 he charters a river ship for a musical Danube-Europe tour ...
He went from door to door with his manager for years to finally get his alpine rock out to people. And right when the money was rolling in and entire beer tents of people were bawling along with Hiatamadl, Hubert von Goisern made his departure. That alone makes him so authentic as an artist. Here's someone who knows that he has to keep searching so as not to become lost in success; preserve the peace so as not to be annihilated by the hectic nature of the music business.
Homeland film-maker portrays folk musician
This portrait has been undertaken by Marcus H. Rosenmüller (Wer früher stirbt, ist länger tot) a specialist in homeland films. It works wonderfully: because Hubert von Goisern knows where his roots are too, loves his homeland and his Styrian accordion, even if he had to free himself from the provincial narrow-mindedness and previously mentioned folk music corset. Choosing "von Goisern" as his stage name was a kind of "act of revenge" on his hometown, he reveals. It's an irony of fate that he is now a figurehead for Goisern!
Centre of calm and bundle of energy
Concert footage and archive material from his early years are combined in the film. At five in the morning, von Goisern sits in his boat and sails out onto Lake Hallstatt and casts his line - while he muses on life and tells stories from his career. A person, one gets the impression, who is at peace with himself, like the lake in the mountain landscape. But on stage Hubert von Goisern goes for broke. And as his own project manager and cultural ambassador, he is untiring. "Life is an embracing of talents you were blessed with at birth", he says. And one watches with fascination to see what this man makes of his talents.
Summary: Anyone who isn't a fan of Goisern yet is guaranteed to be one once they've seen this film. What a super guy!
Assessment: 4/5 Electrifying portrait of a musician!
When the accordion glows and blazes
Brenna tuat's schon lang: this documentary tells the story of exceptional musician Hubert von Goisern's life
At sunrise he sails the boat out onto Lake Hallstatt - to fish. A few kilometres from his hometown, Hubert von Goisern is busy with his fishing rod and tells the story of how he became who he ist: his grandfather once gave him an accordion: "Grandad, , it's such a ghastly instrument", said the grandson, who back then was roaming the world and was called Hubert Achleitner, "and I don't like the people who play it."
The legend goes that he left the instrument untouched until years later he tried to destroy it while drunk. Instead he discovered the sound that he found "amazing". The rest is history: Hubert von Goisern created a furore with his accordion, he melded pop and folk music and created a genre of "new folk music", the current implicitness of which couldn't have been predicted back then.
The Bavarian director Marcus H. Rosenmüller blends this unusual story of a musical career, which began relatively late, when he was approaching forty, and has since then taken the most adventurous turns and celebrated the most unexpected successes since then, with the story of Hubert the person.
Who tends to do keep doing something different, even if there's only the danger of monotony creeping into art or life: when Hubert von Goisern had finally earned something akin to pop star status with his accordion-fuelled Alpinkatzen project in the mid-nineties, he suddenly found it more exciting to give free concerts in remote villages in Africa than to play for money in sold-out halls at home.
And after he - now inspired by African and Tibetan folklore - made the traditional tunes of his homeland in the Salzkammergut accessible for a pop audience, he sailed the Danube on a concert ship for two summers and played free of charge where nobody knew him. The perhaps most passionate escapee and re-immerser achieved his first number one hit in Austria, Brenna tuat's guat, in 2011. At the beginning of May comes his strong new album Federn (live tasters in the film), which on one hand sounds consistently like Hubert von Goisern - and on the other hand very different from before.
Marcus H. Rosenmüller (Wer früher stirbt, ist länger tot) presents Hubert von Goisern's reflections on being and his own role therein face to face with the lake, or long-term companions. And he reflects the insights of a great artist with rarely seen footage from the archive. Hubert yodelling in Dakar, improvising in Cairo, rocking out somewhere in Austria, where his first hit Koa Hiatamadl set off an earthquake, which soon became too much for him.
"Life is an extravagance", reasons Hubert von Goisern on his boat on the lake. Marcus H. Rosenmüller's documentary Brenna tuat's schon lang shows that the exceptional musician has been burning a long time. And that it's good to smoulder, play with the fire and then blaze once more. A fine life inspiration, not just for fans.
Brenna tuat's schon lang. Germany 2015. Director: Marcus H. Rosenmüller. Documentary film. With Hubert von Goisern, Xavier Naidoo, Wolfgang Niedecken. Unrated. On Wednesday 29th April Hubert von Goisern will be at the Kino Delphi at 19:30.
As the rudder glides through the smooth surface of Lake Hallstatt almost silently in the early morning, he is wholly with himself - the singer, philosopher and virtuoso musician Hubert von Goisern. Then he muses about the things of life, filtering his reminiscences as a globetrotter, which he packs into his lyrics. And his messages burn - blaze - just like he does.
Marcus H. Rosenmüller allows Hubert von Goisern to be the main thread in this documentary. The way in which he beds the artist and his creativity on rare archive material is both musically and humanistically exciting, showing a man who can withstand solitude and dominate stages.
Listen. Enjoy. Feel the radiating embers of his words: an encounter with Hubert von Goisern is always an experience - here on the big screen too.
World musician on the road
The documentary "Hubert von Goisern - Brenna tuat's schon lang"
It's fitting that it was the Bavarian "homeland film" of a different kind director Marcus H. Rosenmüller who took on the job of capturing the life and career path of the unconventional folk musician Hubert von Goisern. Known for films such as Wer früher stirbt, ist länger tot, in which he also tacked idyllic homeland clichés with humour, Rosenmüller is able to find his way into the artistic personality of this great musical multitalent without any kitsch or demanding sentimentality, a musician who became known to everyone as an "alpine rocker" with Koa Hiatamadl mog i ned and his band, the Original Alpinkatzen.
It becomes clear here that Hubert von Goisern is actually a "world musician", from a narrow valley, he climbed out into an idea of the simultaneity of the impression of nature and inner vision and not just only genre limits.
By means of interesting archive footage and detailed conversations, Rosenmüller skilfully builds the film dramaturgically to an emotional high point in which von Goisern meets up with his elderly, former music teacher. The Linz Europa Tour, in which the musician sailed through Europe over the course of two years, forms an atmospheric point final scene too, in which he sits with Konstantin Wecker at the piano. A scene of unsuspected artistic connection, like many in this film.