of these concerts took place in Berlin but at markedly different
venues, one a popular spot in the East Berlin alternative scene,
the other a landmark church in Kreuzberg.
The RAW-Tempel is on the grounds of the old East German railroad
where the trains used to be serviced. Ingo Vaupel ran a regular
concert series there of jazz and ethnic music. On this particularly
hot summer night Gambian kora music was also performed. Larry and
Friedemann presented a program of traditional Afghan songs and originals
and topped the evening off with a wonderful extended medley of Ahmad
The Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche is a beautiful red brick church which has
been fully renovated and is now used mainly for cultural events.
This concert was part of the two-week-long Asia-Pacific Festival
and featured Dari, Pashto, and Hindi songs as well as two of Larry's
player Friedemann Zintel began his studies at the age of 13 with
tabla guru, Sankha Chatterjee. Friedemann is currently playing with
the Berlin Mandala Trio, the Bollywood Spacewalk Project, Madhuri
Chattopadhyay’s Inward Journey and appears as guest artist
with numerous bands including Embryo.